Interview # 1 — m . a . noreña
1.Who is m . a . noreña? An existential question, may I say. Synthesis in a few sentences; we’re not ready to write autobiographies, at least not now. The fame in extremis hasn’t stricken us yet.
A person, an idea, someone who draws, says hello and dances. A witch, a magician. As deep as superficial.
2.Your favorite time of day or night and why
The space in the morning from the time I wake up (5-6am) until just before 2pm in the afternoon when everybody is busy with existence, and I can pretend I’m a ghost. Afterwards it’s also fine by me.
♥ CÓMICK 2 – February 2016
3.The love story with fanzines, how did it start
Like every time you fall in love, you don’t realize how infatuated you are until you’re drowning, and for this to happen, time is the key. I was a small child, maybe 11-12 years old when I did my first zine and I didn’t even know what the word ‘‘zine’’ meant.
4.Coffee with or without sugar
Without. And with a good conversation, the better it is. (If there’s something sweet to go along with, I say hell yeah three times in a row).
5.And Mamasita du Rock, what about her?
She’s free-spirited but very concise and direct. I wished I could be more like her.
6.What do you think about Punk, in general
It’s an idea, an element, a mental state. It is, as a matter of fact, the thing that has brought me here.
7.Sudden love declaration to/wards mister post-punk, b/witch please
There are motionless spirits; according to some, they’re trapped energy that keeps circulating in a certain space for all eternity or for an indefinite amount of time, because of an accidental invocation, a crime or a violent accident. There is other type of spirits which take or already have a restless conscience; they won’t forget where they come from, but they’ll want to go in another direction and travel to other places, sometimes without going back. That’s it.
♥ ¡no new wave! Popayan / Bogota April 2017
8.Star recipe that you want to share with Stenchcore Diva’s hungry readers
People say I prepare good chickpeas and good hogao (Colombian typical sauce made from scratch using onions, tomatoes and garlic. Cumin, black pepper and origan may be added).
9.Something that frustrates you…
♥ November 2015
10.A motivation to wake up in the mornings…
The purest stubbornness.
11.Let’s talk about Death. Playlist of 5 songs to avoid suicide. Or not.
– Flipper ”Life”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDzB-Eu8YeQ
– Le Volume Courbe ”Ain’t Got No… I Got Life” (cover de Nina Simone): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mHomf6TNpE
– ZNR ”Solo un día”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SFbYes4PSw
– Faust ”It’s a rainy day (sunshine girl)”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRxvQmTTz5I
– Flipper ”In life my friends”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wvnt6fx8rQ
12.What are the things you love and hate the most about Medellin
I love Medellin and all its surroundings, even if it breaks my heart from time to time. One of its most dangerous things is at the same time one of its greatest attractions, and it’s precisely its village soul. You can get lost and exist even when nothing happens in your own life or in your life in relation to the city; and still be so calm about that! The thing about being the best place to live on earth is true, and as such, it’s a double-edged sword. Ah, we have the most skilled and dangerous politicians in the (whole) country, they’re criminal magicians of artifice.
♥ CÓMICK 3 – April 2016
13.Why the comics
Because they are the primal form of language and visual communication. They are everywhere.
♥ More beautiful things made by m . a . – April 2017
14.Why the party
I have a recent idea. And it’s that there’s a constant game. Mankind has been subjected to the imposition of Time as we know it, and people have allowed this to happen. We exchange time for abstract monetary values; this works like some sort of huge structure called year(s), simultaneously divided inside smaller structures called month(s). These are connected between them in a cyclical sequence repeating itself over and over. Inside months, we find other small cubicles: weeks which already have a sort of different divisions while also being cyclical. These are called days; in other time and space they were something else. The weight of Sisyphus is overwhelming, but there’s also female Prometheus at stake. Even though the cult of the weekend can be something totally petit bourgeois and a kind of worker-reward thing, the party is an entertainment space that can happen anytime and let you discover recesses inside the structure. Parties are powerful, therefore they’re dangerous because you can sacrifice a lot in their honor. Few understand how the party functions inside, to get out and get in without their identities being changed. This is another question; there always will be a molecular re-structuring, —thus of everything else—, when you come back from last weekend’s party.
15.Theory about why strangers find each other and instead of sleeping together, they would rather contemplate their own neurosis alone.
Prudence is a rare quality plus being a killjoy, I guess.
16.Being 25 years old is…
The extended adolescence.
17.Being 30 years old is…
The configuration of all our neurosis and how to take advantage of them. (For some people, the end of all).
18.Being 35 years old and beyond is…
The certainty that there is none.
19.Art according to m . a . I know, I know, this question sounds snob and it’s so vast that blah blah blah.
A craft. The tasks, the language. A business and a stock market dealing with values in an elite scale. Doing everything. Thinking and doing nothing.
20.Hedonism according to m . a . Yes, don’t pretend you’re a saint, ome ome.
It’s a much-needed matter, especially because it doesn’t belong to a game of exchanges and it doesn’t respond to that, neither to lifestyles’ being bought or sold. It’s also decoupled from the reward given to the efficient and righteous employee.
21.The Apocalypse according to m . a . All versions are acceptable, including the zombie one, so threshed by the masses and no less genius anyway.
Another name for the history of civilization(s).
♥ Mini cómics – June 2017
22.Love according to m . a . With or without capital letters.
Chemistry like everything that moves us. Like drugs, so immensely enjoyable as terribly sufferable. It’s something I have spent years deconstructing and reinventing as I see fit; a very stubborn and arrogant task.
23.Dirty sex or coy sex? I’m sorry, but you have a message from Stenchcore Diva Headquarters. It says that imagining you dressed as a priest, with or without sexy stockings underneath the cassock is veeeeery interesting.
A Machiavellian fusion of both ideas, dancing.
♥ November 2015
24.Something about solitude.
Something everyone should experience.
25.Mention something you want to do right now, besides stop answering to this silly and post-modern interview.
Going outside for a walk, but it’s raining and I don’t have an umbrella.
26.Something vile to confess
That we have all been (vile)?
27.Why sometimes escaping from the city is vital
Putting your mind at rest. Knowledge, coexistence. Magic.
28.Your favorite aroma
Now I wouldn’t know which one to choose, but I like those who spontaneously appear and re-activate memory… Recently, a greengrocery. Yes, I like the greengroceries’ aroma.
29.When did you decide to become an illustrator
Almost instantly when I realized one could get paid drawing other people’s ideas. (I have never felt part of the guild or the ‘‘clique’’), I’m an illustrator because it’s my job and I do it sparingly. Otherwise, I make drawings, I write and create comics but that’s a different story.
30.Your best childhood memory
All of them, particularly the most terrible ones. A couple of times I got scared by clowns’ toys and I was extremely terrified. I was also afraid of dolls. I would say everything that came through my ears, eyes, taste and touch was and still is relevant.
♥ Mini cómics 2017
Thanks! Always laudable Being from the catacombs, venerated by Darkness and blessed by the Muses.
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Original interview in SPANISH