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Cristina Durán (Valencia, 1970) and Miguel A. Giner Bou (Benetússer, 1969) are graduated in Fine Arts (University of Valencia) in the speciality of Drawing. Both were scholarship holders: Cristina with the scholarship Erasmus realized the last course of teh career in Middlesex University (London). Miguel A. got a scholarship to collaborate during two years in the Spatial Representation & Perspective Department.

At college, they created the fanzine NO APARCAR LLAMO GRUA with Robin and Alberto Botella. The 4 of them created THE GRUATEAM (EL EQUIPO GRUA) that edited five numbers of the fanzine. Cristina, at that time, was awarded with several prizes as amateur comic cartoonist: She was selected in the CERTAMEN INJUVE 98 and awarded as better cartoonist in MURCIA JOVEN 98, National Prize Alaquàs,  Rentería’s Villa Prize and Quart de Poblet’s Prize.

Once ended University studies, they were employed for some years in an animation company. Cristina as inbetweener and Miguel A. in the department of pre-production (lay outs and storyboards). At the same time, with the members of the fanzine, they opened a study, LaGRUAestudio, where they work since then focusing their work on illustration (for publishing houses and advertising agencies) and on comic. Among their clients we can find L’Oceanogràfic, Oxfam, Air Nostrum, Terra Mítica, AVACU, Generalitat Valenciana, etc and numerous publishing houses like Santillana, Voramar, Anaya, Barcanova, Pearson, Castellnou, Bromera, Tàndem, Planeta, Vicens Vives … etc

In 1997 they took part actively in the reappearance of the Illustrators’ Professional Association of Valencia (APIV). Since the beginning they belong to  the Board and in 2006 Cristina assumed the presidency (until 2009). Nowadays, Miguel A. is the Association President. In addition, Cristina has been a member of the Board of the Federation of Associations of Professional Illustrators (FADIP) and of the EIF Board (European IIllustrators Forum).

Apart from illustrating several books, they have published some graphic novels:

UNA POSIBILIDAD ENTRE MIL. Ediciones Sins Entido, 2009.

PILLADA POR TI. Ministerio de Sanidad, Política Social e Igualdad,2011.

LA MÁQUINA DE EFRÉN. Ediciones Sins Entido, 2012.

CUANDO NO SABES QUÉ DECIR. Salamandra Graphic 2015.

EL SIGLO DE ORO VALENCIANO. Biblioteca Valenciana Nicolau Primitiu, 2015.

UNA POSIBILIDAD. Astiberri Ediciones, 2009. Compilation of UNA POSIBILIDAD ENTRE MIL and LA MÁQUINA DE EFRÉN with extra pages.

And they have taken part in some collective albums:

ENJAMBRE. Norma Editorial,2014.

VIÑETAS DE VIDA.OXFAM INTERMÓN/ASTIBERRI 2014.

Miguel A. is also the teacher of the subject SCRIPT AND COMIC: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL in the ILLUSTRATION AND DESIGN MASTER of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Valencia (UPV), and in ESAT

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:

2010:
FINALISTS. PREMIO NACIONAL DE COMIC
. MINISTERIO DE CULTURA. For Una posibilidad entre mil.

2011:
ACCÉSIT
.1er Trophée ” les Bds qui font la différence” 1er Trophée « les Bds qui font la différence » sur les personnes en situation de handicap. Sans Tambour Ni Trompette in collaboration with FIBD (Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême).

2012:

PREMIO TURIA Mejor Contribución Cultura del Cómic. XXI Edition. For Una posibilidad entre mil and La máquina de Efrén.
PREMIO FLASH BACK 2013
. For Una posibilidad entre mil and La máquina de Efrén.
FINALISTS. Premios de la Crítica
Dolmen. Mejor Obra Nacional y Mejor Guión. For La máquina de Efrén.

2013:
NOMINATED. Mejor obra de autor español
.31 SALÓN INTERNACIONAL DEL CÓMIC DE BARCELONA. For La máquina de Efrén.
FINALISTS. PREMIO NACIONAL DE COMIC
. MINISTERIO DE CULTURA For La máquina de Efrén.

2014:
INSIGNIA DE PLATA de la CULTURA. Ajuntament de Benetússer.

2015:
PREMI DONES PROGRESSITES 2015.

2016:
First Prize Poster for WOMEN’S DAY.
Generalitat Valenciana.

2017:
PREMI CIUTAT DE PALMA DE CÒMIC 2016.
With the journalist Laura Ballester for the project EL DÍA TRES.