Favourites

Let me share with you a partial selection of my favourite books, games, music albums, films, comic books and animated series. They’re not necessarily related to art or design. Just pieces of creativity that have been important, inspiring and sometimes even determinating in my personal and professional life. I hope you find them interesting.

Books

The Shape of Design

By Frank Chimero (2013)
Type: Essay

A clear, direct, straightforward and brilliant essay around design. Written by a young but very lucid designer that I respect a lot.

The Illustrated Voice

By Craig Frazier (2004)
Type: Monograph

A book centred on the thinking process and concept behind illustrations. Sadly, there aren’t many books like this one!

The Philosopher's Secret Fire

By Patrick Harpur (2002)
Type: Essay

A great essay on imagination. Philosophy, mythology, poetry, alchemy, anthropology and the very concept of the human soul. In Harpur's fantastic line of work.

The Philosopher's Secret Fire

By Patrick Harpur (2002)
Type: Essay

A great essay on imagination. Philosophy, mythology, poetry, alchemy, anthropology and the very concept of the human soul. In Harpur's fantastic line of work.

The Secret Teachings of All Ages
By Manly P. Hall (1928)
Type: Essay

A complete compendium of the arcane knowledge of all times, exposed in an enlightening way. The work of a young but learned Manly P. Hall.

The Secret Teachings of All Ages
By Manly P. Hall (1928)
Type: Essay

A complete compendium of the arcane knowledge of all times, exposed in an enlightening way. The work of a young but learned Manly P. Hall.

Daimonic Reality
By Patrick Harpur (2004)
Type: Essay

One of the most intriguing and original essays by Patrick Harpur and one of the most important books I’ve read in my life.

Daimonic Reality
By Patrick Harpur (2004)
Type: Essay

One of the most intriguing and original essays by Patrick Harpur and one of the most important books I’ve read in my life.

El Club Dumas
By Arturo Pérez-Reverte (1993)
Type: Novel

History, ancient books, unsolved mysteries, intrigue, splendid characters… Part of my Top 3 of favourite novels ever written.

El Club Dumas
By Arturo Pérez-Reverte (1993)
Type: Novel

History, ancient books, unsolved mysteries, intrigue, splendid characters… Part of my Top 3 of favourite novels ever written.

Neuromancer

By William Gibson (1984)
Type: Novel

One of the most important sources for the many cyberpunk topics treated in thousands of other works around the genre.

Neuromancer

By William Gibson (1984)
Type: Novel

One of the most important sources for the many cyberpunk topics treated in thousands of other works around the genre.

Batman Animated
By P. Dini & C. Kidd (1998)
Type: Art Book

My favourite art book ever. A perfect compilation of little but powerful creative moments, brilliantly arranged by Chip Kidd.

Batman Animated
By P. Dini & C. Kidd (1998)
Type: Art Book

My favourite art book ever. A perfect compilation of little but powerful creative moments, brilliantly arranged by Chip Kidd.

Music

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Mezzanine
By Massive Attack (1998)
Genre: Trip-Hop

This work sums up absolutely everything I love about Massive Attack. An extremely influential album containing an iconic sound.

Mezzanine
By Massive Attack (1998)
Genre: Trip-Hop

This work sums up absolutely everything I love about Massive Attack. An extremely influential album containing an iconic sound.

Mezzanine
By Massive Attack (1998)
Genre: Trip-Hop

This work sums up absolutely everything I love about Massive Attack. An extremely influential album containing an iconic sound.

OK Computer

OK Computer

By Radiohead (1997)
Genre: Alternative Rock

It’s still my favourite Radiohead album and probably one of the best alternative rock works in history. Indispensable.

OK Computer

By Radiohead (1997)
Genre: Alternative Rock

It’s still my favourite Radiohead album and probably one of the best alternative rock works in history. Indispensable.

OK Computer

By Radiohead (1997)
Genre: Alternative Rock

It’s still my favourite Radiohead album and probably one of the best alternative rock works in history. Indispensable.

Homogenic

Homogenic

By Björk (1997)
Genre: Alternative Rock

It’s hard to choose only one album by Björk but this was for sure the one that let me discover this inimitable artist. Many others followed.

Wildhoney

Wildhoney

By Tiamat (1994)
Genre: Doom Metal

One of the most brilliant experimental rock/metal albums ever made. Tiamat will be remembered by albums like this one.

Selected Ambient

Sel. Ambient Works
By Aphex Twin (1992)
Genre: Ambient Techno

Maybe not the best Richard D. James album, but definitely the one that introduced me to his very intense and original work.

Tubular Bells 2

Tubular Bells 2
By Mike Oldfield (1992)
Genre: Progressive Rock

My first contact with Mike Oldfield’s music. I was only 12 and this great album inaugurated a whole musical stage for me.

MCMXC

MCMXC a.D.
By Enigma (1990)
Genre: Alternative

I loved the fact that I could not define the music contained in this album when it was released. Still a very unique, fresh and influential work.

Oxygene

Oxygene
By Jean Michel Jarre (1976)
Genre: Alternative

Sometimes beautiful, sometimes nightmarish. This album will be considered a cult classic for many generations.

Games

Guacamelee
By Drinkbox Studios (2013)
Genre: Brawler/Metroidvania

Funny, cheeky, vibrant, original… The perfect game for any visual designer and platform-brawling-metroidvania lover.

Guacamelee
By Drinkbox Studios (2013)
Genre: Brawler/Metroidvania

Funny, cheeky, vibrant, original… The perfect game for any visual designer and platform-brawling-metroidvania lover.

VtM: Bloodlines
By Troika (2004)
Genre: RPG/Action

One of the best RPGs of all times and possibly the best video game ever created around vampires. Eerie and full of great characters.

VtM: Bloodlines
By Troika (2004)
Genre: RPG/Action

One of the best RPGs of all times and possibly the best video game ever created around vampires. Eerie and full of great characters.

Resident Evil 2

By Capcom (1998)
Genre: Survival Horror

A first level horror experience with a language often close to cinema. Perhaps the best survival horror game in history.

Resident Evil 2
By Capcom (1998)
Genre: Survival Horror

A first level horror experience with a language often close to cinema. Perhaps the best survival horror game in history.

MDK
By Shiny (1997)
Genre: Action

One of the most extravagant games of the early 3D era. Hectic action, amazing OST and a very imaginative global design.

MDK
By Shiny (1997)
Genre: Action

One of the most extravagant games of the early 3D era. Hectic action, amazing OST and a very imaginative global design.

Quake
By ID Software (1996)
Genre: FPS

Blood, rust & explosions. A groundbreaking game that presented a new FPS era. Highly remembered Nine Inch Nails OST.

Diablo

By Blizzard (1996)
Genre: Action RPG

I’m a fan of the series, but the first Diablo is still the main exponent of the action-RPG genre. One of the most plagiarized games ever.

Super Metroid
By Nintendo (1994)
Genre: Platforms/Exploration

A game design masterpiece and probably my favourite Super NES game. Everything on it is superb. You can still play it via emulator.

Captain Commando
By Capcom (1991)
Genre: Beat'em-up

Perhaps the favourite of my beloved Capcom’s beat’em-ups of the 90s. Extravagant, excessive, carefree, colorist and eclectic.

Films

The Matrix

The Matrix

By The Wachowski Sisters (1999)
Genre: Sci-Fi

Some may see just an action film in it. In fact, it’s full of impressive symbolism, wrapped in a very entertaining package.

El Día de la Bestia

El Día de la Bestia
By Álex de la Iglesia (1995)
 
Genre: Humor/Horror

The film that made me reconsider the value of Spanish cinema. Filled with black humor, horror and bizarre characters.

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

By Mamoru Oshii (1995)
Genre: Sci-Fi

A metaphysical exploration of the human condition in the form of one of the most astonishing animation films ever made.

Ghost in the Shell
By Mamoru Oshii (1995)
Genre: Sci-Fi

A metaphysical exploration of the human condition in the form of one of the most astonishing animation films ever made.

T2

Terminator 2
By James Cameron (1991)
Genre: Sci-Fi

Action films, special effects and explosive science fiction brought to a new level. Full of very inspired visual tricks that influenced many other films.

Terminator 2
By James Cameron (1991)
Genre: Sci-Fi

Action films, special effects and explosive science fiction brought to a new level. Full of very inspired visual tricks that influenced many other films.

Blade Runner

Blade Runner

By Ridley Scott (1984)
Genre: Sci-Fi

Wikipedia: "Blade Runner can be seen as a quintessential example of the cyberpunk style and theme”. Not much to add. Indispensable.

The Thing

The Thing

By John Carpenter (1982)
Genre: Sci-Fi

My favorite Carpenter’s film. Its visual effects terrorized and seduced my very young me. A horror and sci-fi masterpiece.

Alien

Alien
By Ridley Scott (1979)
Genre: Sci-Fi

An unrivaled atmosphere, a memorable art direction, a tense, suffocating experience and a very smart film. To be remembered for generations.

Eraserhead

Eraserhead
By David Lynch (1977)
Genre: Surreal drama?

An experience able to alter your mental structure. One of the most surreal films I’ve ever seen. Full of symbolism. A classic.

TV Shows

True Blood

True Blood
(2008)

One of my favorite contemporary series. Daring, violent, dark, bizarre... everything one would expect from a series about vampires.

Heroes

Heroes
(2006)

Heroes was a phenomenon, especially in its first season. A great approach to the classic concept of superhero, with memorable characters, worthy of the best comic books.

Supernatural

Supernatural
(2005)

The Winchester brothers have been with us so long that they are practically family. Huge seasons full of monsters, urban legends and epic battles that will hardly be matched by other series.

The X Files

The X Files
(1993)

The header series for any lover of mystery, conspiracy and the inexplicable. A modern classic that will be remembered by a whole generation.

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks
(1990)

A cult series that captivated everyone and dragged many people to the essential work of David Lynch. Memorable, dark, strangely fascinating.

Twin Peaks
(1990)

A cult series that captivated everyone and dragged many people to the essential work of David Lynch. Memorable, dark, strangely fascinating.

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Friday the 13th
(1987)

Totally unrelated to the famous horror films, this series was a total nightmare for a child. A fascinating starting point accompanied by inspired visual effects.

Planeta Imaginari

Planeta Imaginari
(1983)

The most special television program ever conceived on any tv channel. An insurmountable ode to imagination. Unforgettable music by Isao Tomita.

Planeta Imaginari
(1983)

The most special television program ever conceived on any tv channel. An insurmountable ode to imagination. Unforgettable music by Isao Tomita.

Dr. Who

Dr. Who
(1963)

Eternal classic. For me, the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) will always be THE doctor. But I've also enjoyed his last encarnations from 2005 on.

Comic books

Roco Vargas

Roco Vargas
By Daniel Torres (1983-2017)

The most popular Daniel Torres' character has brought to us some of the most beautiful pages in european comic books.

Roco Vargas
By Daniel Torres (1983-2017)

The most popular Daniel Torres' character has brought to us some of the most beautiful pages in european comic books.

Roco Vargas
By Daniel Torres (1983-2017)

The most popular Daniel Torres' character has brought to us some of the most beautiful pages in european comic books.

Roco Vargas
By Daniel Torres (1983-2017)
Genre: Sci-Fi

The most popular Daniel Torres' character has brought to us some of the most beautiful pages in european comic books.

Hellboy

Hellboy
By Mike Mignola (1993-2016)

An inimitable cult classic that I’ve followed and collected from the very beginning. Occultism, legends, folklore, epic battles.

Hellboy
By Mike Mignola (1993-2016)

An inimitable cult classic that I’ve followed and collected from the very beginning. Occultism, legends, folklore, epic battles.

Hellboy
By Mike Mignola (1993-2016)

An inimitable cult classic that I’ve followed and collected from the very beginning. Occultism, legends, folklore, epic battles.

Hellboy
By Mike Mignola (1993-2016)
Genre: Horror/Adventure

An inimitable cult classic that I’ve followed and collected from the very beginning. Occultism, legends, folklore, epic battles.

100 Bullets

100 Bullets
By Azzarello/Risso (1999-2009)

One of the most interesting thrillers ever written in any medium. Great characters and an addictive story.

100 Bullets
By Azzarello/Risso (1999-2009)

One of the most interesting thrillers ever written in any medium. Great characters and an addictive story.

Transmetropolitan

Transmetropolitan
By Ellis/Robertson (1997/2002)

A series full of eccentric politic and science fiction concepts in a unthinkably dehumanized futuristic America.

Transmetropolitan
By Ellis/Robertson (1997/2002)

A series full of eccentric politic and science fiction concepts in a unthinkably dehumanized futuristic America.

El Canto del Gallo

El Canto del Gallo
By Max (1996)

A selection of short and rare stories by Max, showing some of the most beautiful pages ever produced by the artist.

Textura Humana

Textura Humana
By Daniel Torres (1995)

A rare album compiling some short stories by Daniel Torres, creator of Roco Vargas. The best Daniel Torres in action.

Licantropunk

Licantropunk
By Max (1988)

My favourite Peter Pank’s album, mixing humour, horror, adventure and romance, with the usual extraordinary art by a young but great Max.

Hokuto no Ken

Hokuto no Ken
By Buronson/Hara (1983-88)

One of the most iconic manga series ever and one of my first contacts with japanese comic books. Still one of my favourite.

Animated series

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Adventure Time
(2010-2017)

An endearing series that brought back imagination, fantasy worlds and a bizarre and refreshing sense of humor.

Adventure Time
(2010-2017)

An endearing series that brought back imagination, fantasy worlds and a bizarre and refreshing sense of humor.

Adventure Time
(2010-2017)

An endearing series that brought back imagination, fantasy worlds and a bizarre and refreshing sense of humor.

Samurai Jack

Samurai Jack
(1993-2016)

An iconic and tremendously influential series in terms of aesthetics. Specially appreciated by artists and designers.

Samurai Jack
(1993-2016)

An iconic and tremendously influential series in terms of aesthetics. Specially appreciated by artists and designers.

Batman Animated

Batman Animated
(1992-1997)

The most exquisite animated series of all time and the best version of Batman ever conceived. Imprescindible.

Batman Animated
(1992-1997)

The most exquisite animated series of all time and the best version of Batman ever conceived. Imprescindible.

Ranma

Ranma 1/2
(1989-1992)

One of the craziest and funniest series ever created, full of great characters, martial arts and estrambotic situations.

Ranma 1/2
(1989-1992)

One of the craziest and funniest series ever created, full of great characters, martial arts and estrambotic situations.

Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball
(1986-1996)

One of the most influential japanese work of the last decades. An entire generation grew up with it.

Dragon Ball
(1986-1996)

One of the most influential japanese work of the last decades. An entire generation grew up with it.

Dragon Ball
(1986-1996)

Perhaps the most influential japanese work of the last decades. An entire generation grew up with it.

Clementine

Clementine
(1985-1986)

I always thought this series was dark and strangely attractive. A paralytic girl constantly pursued by a demonic entity. Symbolism?

Clementine
(1985-1986)

I always thought this series was dark and strangely attractive. A paralytic girl constantly pursued by a demonic entity. Symbolism?

Clementine
(1985-1986)

I always thought this series was dark and strangely attractive. A paralytic girl constantly pursued by a demonic entity. Symbolism?

Ulysee 31

Ulysee 31
(1981-1982)

A great exponent of the splendorous science fiction of the 80’s. Elegant, stylish and with a great soundtrack.

Ulysee 31
(1981-1982)

A great exponent of the splendorous science fiction of the 80’s. Elegant, stylish and with a great soundtrack.

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Ashita no Joe
(1970-1980)

One of the most epic and terribly sad anime series of all my childhood. I fought and cried with Joe...

Ashita no Joe
(1970-1980)

One of the most epic and terribly sad anime series of all my childhood. I fought and cried with Joe...

Illustrators & designers

Here's a short list of some of the designers and illustrators that I respect most, in no particular order. I know some of them in person, while others —unfortunately— passed away some time ago. All of them have been important in my evolution as a graphic designer and/or illustrator, in one way or another.

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Selflessness is humility. Humility and freedom go hand in hand. Only a humble person can be free. — Jeff Wilson

Selflessness is humility. Humility and freedom go hand in hand. Only a humble person can be free. — Jeff Wilson

Selflessness is humility. Humility and freedom go hand in hand. Only a humble person can be free. — Jeff Wilson