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Carioca Soul

by Dan Goldman

There were ten of us sitting around a long wooden table in an old cantina in Santa Thereza, the “old bohemian village” high up on a hilltop overlooking Rio de Janeiro, a place full of echoes of the charming days of chorinho [an old style of samba] and painters and a simpler, better life. That’s [...]

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The Brazil You Think I Moved To

by Dan Goldman

Just before leaving the USA, I was a panelist at the Futures of Entertainment conference at MIT, where I met a guy from Rio de Janeiro who was a big shot in the transmedia storytelling space in Brazil. We’d been wowed by each others’ presentations during the conference but didn’t actually meet until the closing [...]

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Toucannuí 15: The Visa Countdown

by Dan Goldman

What follows is one whole month. It started at my desk one afternoon where I sat drawing a comic that likely contained a fart joke. A pop-up window from my Calendar leapt up in front of my eyes reading REMINDER: DAN, YOUR VISA EXPIRES IN 30 DAYS. According to the research we’d done at the [...]

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Toucannuí 14: Global Digital Speedbump

by Dan Goldman

They warned me before I left — my industry friends, my former business partner, even my father — that my “global digital dream” of living abroad while still making the New York Money via laptop wasn’t as airtight a plan as I hoped. That was something I’d been working towards forever, watching as the hardware/software/culture [...]

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Toucannuí 13: Post-Dictatorship Spending Disorder

by Dan Goldman

“The best way to learn a language is to move where to they speak it” is a salty old cliché because it’s true. I realized my portuguese skills were growing when I started to registering snippets of paulistanos’ conversations all around me as I walked through central São Paulo’s supermarkets, feirinhas, botecos, rode on the [...]

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Toucannuí 12: Velorio

by Dan Goldman

There are only a few zero-cost outs from all professional deadlines, the easiest being “We’ve had a death in the family.” Far from needing a vacation — or even one more deadline-eating non-producing day away from my desk — I spoke the spell to my editor in New York that pushed my comic’s next chapter [...]

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Toucannuí 11: This Will Be Our Year

by Dan Goldman

Inside the mirrored elevator an infinite row of Lillis, all of them dressed identically cute for New Year’s Eve, extended forward and behind forever in both directions. “She always makes the same meal”, Lil snickered as she shook her finger, the thousand copies of her doing the same. “It’s always delicious, and it’s always anchova grelhado [...]

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Toucannuí 10: Bonito, Part III (fim)

by Dan Goldman

Before my brains caught up to my hormones, I was a die-hard freshwater tropical fish enthusiast. I maintained my own single 25-gallon tank single-handedly from elementary school through most of junior high, studied tropical fish species guidebooks, emptied and scrubbed the tank, replaced the plastic starter plants with ones I grew myself and lovingly cared [...]

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Toucannuí 09: Bonito, Part II

by Dan Goldman

A single early-morning rap of knuckles at our door roused us for breakfast. Like little kids, we’d stayed up too late: the hotel room was too hot after the cool pool and the cheap caipirinhas, and of course a Portuguese-dubbed Star Wars was on late night GloboTV that was just too hysterical to turn off [...]

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Toucannuí 08: Bonito, Part I

by Dan Goldman

Honestly I didn’t even know what day it was. I’d been working on my comics day and night, eight days a week, and my mind was swimming somewhere on the other side of the touchscreen in a digital lasagna of layer effects and vector smart objects when she asked me. Maybe I grunted, maybe I [...]

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Toucannuí 07: Nova Express

by Dan Goldman

Sometimes a thing just clicks in your brain. Learning new languages by immersion is like that; it’s not a conscious process… although that particular eureka took me a few months to get to. In the beginning I was Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Room, furiously stuffing words into my eyes. Everywhere I went with [...]

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Toucannuí 06: Ser Estrangeiro

by Dan Goldman

Time passed. It does that whether you want it to or not. My first few weeks in São Paulo were a disorienting and overwhelming blur, every experience dragged across raw pink skin newly-exposed. I remained a stay-at-home artist, uploading comic pages of my dream-project to my publisher from a tiny apartment in a massive metropolis [...]

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In late 2009, Dan Goldman unplugged from New York City, got rid of everything he owned and moved to São Paulo, Brazil in search of something else. This is what he found.