Courtesy Felipe Galindo

A veteran cartoonist publishes long-awaited book

Many know Felipe Galindo only as Feggo, the name he uses to sign off his artwork on publications like The New Yorker and the Wall Street Journal. But now, everyone will be able to enjoy Galindo’s work.

His book “No Man is a Desert Island,” which is a collection of 140 of some of his best humorous cartoons, recently hit the shelves. He is also exhibiting 50 of the original pieces “with all their defects and corrections” in Mark Miller Gallery in New York through June 30.

A veteran cartoonist publishes long awaited book feggo2 people NBC Latino News

(Photo/Katy Prince)

Although he has been drawing since the mid-70’s, when he began college in Mexico, he says he has experimented with different styles and mediums throughout his career. From watercolor to digital, one thing has remained constant.

“My main component is always humor and the unexpected…Images that make you think…” says the friendly Galindo.

He says he hopes this book, his second one after his first dedicated to cats, is the first of several volumes.

“I have plenty of cartoons!,” he says. “Most are non-topical, you can understand them now, and in 10 years…Any subject is a good excuse and challenge to create a cartoon.”

“No Man is a Desert Island” ultimately came about through the urging of people who were fans of his work in The New Yorker, Reader’s Digest and The Wall Street Journal, who wanted to see his cartoons in one place. He says the name originated from a British poem.

“ A desert island is a recurring cliche in cartoons,” adds Galindo. “It also means we are not isolated between humans. We are always connected between continents. We are never alone.”

A veteran cartoonist publishes long awaited book feggo3 people NBC Latino News

Courtesy Felipe Galindo

Galindo shares his artist space with his wife, and fellow artist, Andrea Arroyo.

“We complement each other as well,” he says. “She’s really into fine arts and I’m into the humor. We encourage and inspire and support each other.”

He says just the other day, he was reading about the conquistadors and the huge ships they used to sail in, and then a Chinese menu was slipped under their door with an image of a Chinese boat. He made the connection of what he was reading and sketched both ships with the words, “Who ordered the Chinese food?”.

“Anything can trigger my brain to find something funny,” he says gently laughing, adding that he always has a sketchbook with him just in case an idea pops up.

And Galindo is not resting yet, he’s now working on an animation about Frida Kahlo, which he hopes to finish by spring of next year.

“It’s a whimsical animation about her trip to New York,” he says. “I have storyboards and am developing the drawings. It’s a long process, but I like to do it very patiently.”

A veteran cartoonist publishes long awaited book feggo4 people NBC Latino News

Courtesy Felipe Galindo, Global Warming. 2nd Prize at XIV Porto Cartoon Festival, Portugal 2012.

%d bloggers like this: