Wednesday, May 5, 2010

COTTA: who? when? where was he...?

This is one of two pages by an artist named "COTTA," which popped up on the indispensable CARTOON RETRO a few years ago. Nothing more by him has surfaced, and yet I remain fascinated--these are great examples of truly, boldly stylized figures in my opinion. CR has opened my eyes up to many such cartoonists, particularly from South America, Spain and Italy. Wouldn't you know it, Cotta is the most intriguing, and the scarcest.

Anybody got any leads on bio information or where more art can be seen...?

UPDATE: IGNACIO OCHOA sends us this link to several more choice images, as well as supplies some biographical details in the comments here.... Gracias Ignacio!

13 comments:

Roberto Severino said...

This really brings back good memories to when I was actually had access to the full Cartoon Retro site back in 2007 and 2008. I remember seeing this back then and being completely amazed by all the great stylistic and cartoony choices made in this one page.

This really makes me wish I could subscribe again, but money really doesn't grow on trees in my family. Financial issues have hitting everybody hard lately.

RooniMan said...

Super flat, yet has a sense of form and dimenson.

Matt J said...

Fab shapes-don't know any more about him but great find. Perhaps Shane Glines knows more?

Paul Penna said...

I've found online sources referring to an Argentine illustrator/caricaturist/cartoonist named Juan Angel Cotta who was active in the 1940s, for example this link: http://www.a-d-a.com.ar/historia.php

Googling the name also turns up an individual by that name credited with some translations, but I don't know if it's the same person.

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Will Finn said...

Thanks Paul!

BTW the deleted comment is the usual commercial site/link suspect, not an actual comment...

Clarke (Csnyde) said...

I agree. So good and I can only hope that Shane will somehow find more and share with us.

Ignacio Ochoa said...

Really is Juan Angel Cotta. Is an Argentine cartoonist. Today at night, when I return home, I will try to find more stuff about him, and I write a comment again from here, Argentina.

Thanks.

Will Finn said...

Gracias Ignacio!

Ignacio Ochoa said...

Hi Will.
Well, I comply with my promise, and comment about Juan Angel Cotta. Besides work like cartoonist, he worked like book illustrator, and art director in editorials and agencies. He was born in Buenos Aires in 1920 and he passed away in an accident of cars at the age of 42. He obtained popularity like cartoonist by his works in Rico

I recent posted a few images on my blog.

www.ignaciocarlosochoa.blogspot.com

If you want, please send me and e-mail. I have a few more images to send to you.
ignaciocarlosochoa@gmail.com

Thanks.

(Sorry by my English)

Mick said...

I like that stuff... reminds me of something from somewhere... argentinian maybe... balls to disney, more of this

Will Finn said...

Carlos--MANY THANKS: this man was a major talent. Sad to know he died young, similar to "Divito"....

I will add this link to the text of my post also...


Mick--Absolutely!

Ignacio Ochoa said...

Por nada Will!!

Don´t have doubt to write me, if you want