My name is Javier Arce, comme tout le monde. I'm an illustrator and [code] writer based in Madrid, working to make CartoDB the best cartographic and storytelling platform out there.

Teaching my classes, I started to notice during the breaks that there was so much warmth between these people who often had very little in common. They had engaged in a fairly passionate and intimate kind of play with each other, and the connections between them happened so quickly, and they developed such a collective fondness for each other. But this fondness lacked the traits we normally associate with adult friendship. They didn’t know that much about each other. They didn’t know what was going on in each other’s lives. But they felt a strong and genuine closeness. They were happy to see each other. And I started to think, Oh—friends are the people you play with. That seemed like a pretty good definition of friendship to me, and I was satisfied with it.

Then, about five years ago, a friend of mine moved here from Kelowna, British Columbia. She said, You know, in Toronto, friendships are all based around talking. What you do with your friends is you go out for coffee or drinks, or you go to their apartment and you talk about stuff. In Kelowna, what you do with your friends is go swimming. It seemed really beautiful to me that in Kelowna your friends might just be these people who liked floating around in the water with you—that the people floating near you are your friends.

— The Chairs Are Where the People Go, Misha Glouberman & Sheila Heti

I’m not sure how many of you live in Berlin, but if you do and want to hang out I’ll be around until the 22th of September. 

You can contact me here.

Sooo, like two months ago I promised myself that, whenever I went outside, I’d bring my beloved 5-year-old GF1 camera with me (“I’m going to take photos all the time”, I said to myself). I can’t show you pictures of the moment I broke my oath because, of course, my beloved 5-year-old GF1 camera stayed at home the whole time, unaware of my betrayal.

A couple of days ago, however, after successfully bringing my photographic device to some places and making click click click several times, I decided to give it another try.

I also created a photo diary, because I like failing bigger every time.

I hope you like it.

I drew some super simple (and inflatable?) icons the other day at work.
PS: I’ll be in Berlin from 12th to 20th of July. Ping me if you’d like to meet up.

I drew some super simple (and inflatable?) icons the other day at work.

PS: I’ll be in Berlin from 12th to 20th of July. Ping me if you’d like to meet up.

I had a terrific time attending ELCAF (aka the East London Comic Arts Festival) this past weekend with my friend Júlia. I met some friends and illustrators from around Spain (hi, punio, bloglaurag, josejajaja, mentecalamar, cristinadauraillustration and cachetejack!) and enjoyed the talks of Chris Ware, Seth and Mattias Adolfsson. Plus, I brought a bag full of nice comics and posters!

Other thing I brought? This video of the Q&A with Chris Ware & Seth. My gift to you :)