The Lighthouse Initiative
The Lighthouse is as much Nila's home as a haven for anyone who loves Cantalagua but is not originally from there. As such, Irene and Nila welcome anyone with open arms to enjoy the wonders of this magical town.
The Lighthouse Initiative, like its namesake, was born as a group willing to expand their walls and create a community of artists that proves that art, like many other things in life, is richer and better when many different minds work together.
The family is growing.
Maria, Paulo and Antar are three mexican creators. They share a love for creating worlds, characters and telling stories, so they banded together to work on the creation of Cantalagua.
As of October 2019, the Team grew to house Gerry and Noemi, too. Marisol joined forces on March 2020.
If you were to attend a regular Cantalagua work session you would be treated with chips, bread and hot chocolate.
She is the mind behind Cantalagua.
A passionate geek for everything fantasy, Maria poured her heart into a story mixed with sci-fi and her love for plants, animals and her culture giving birth to the idea that would become Cantalagua. Lead Character Designer and Cantalagua’s Layout Artist.
Maria is one of the most hard-working and disciplined people you will ever know.
She will always say yes to a second breakfast.
One thing must be said about Antar: No one chopea his pan dulce with so much gusto as him (“Chopear” is the mexican verb for dipping something, usually bread, into your hot beverage).
The Master of Color in Cantalagua, though ironically always wears black.
Antar’s expertise is crucial for narrative structure and character arc development.
He loves robots, so most of the tech is by his hand. Antar doesn’t enjoy talking much about himself but has a liking for rancid humor.
Paulo loves stories, laughter and lying barefoot under a tree… so he’s basically a hobbit.
He can’t stand for tied knots so he puts order to the chaos that any story may become.
His meticulous mind helps knitting the ideas for the story to flow and the world-building
to make sense, which is generally asking many questions and forcing the team to take decisions. Without his scripts, the story would only be nice daydreaming.
"Mr. Flats" as nicknamed by the good Antar, Gerardo works on doing… well, the flats. His true work though is easing everyone’s job so the rest of the team don’t feel the need to hit their heads to the walls constantly.
He feels very happy to be the first collaborator of the Cantalagua Team, and loves everything that has to do with Star Wars and science fiction since childhood.
Gerry continues to learn a lot from his colleagues and friends about how to make a comic, to someday make his own. Wait for it.
Half animator, half cosmic soul, half firebender. Noemi uses that fire to give motion and soul to different characters to let them talk and move by themselves. Cantalagua captured her imagination so she turned up to the Team’s Secret Headquarters and started animating by herself. And that’s the True Story of why she is here, by creating this magical illusion of life.
Noemi also enjoys exercising herself, showing everyone else that we should too.
She loves video games, tv shows and books (perhaps a bit too much), but what she loves the most is a story well told and the worlds that exist in them and the endless possibilities they have. She's always looking out for new stories so when she first heard about Cantalagua and the team behind it she fell in love and followed until the door was opened.
Apart from that she loves cats, otters, food and learning new stuff. The double-edged sword here is that all that loving makes her tired all the time. Marisol helps everyone around, waters the plants, feeds us and 3D models buildings and pretty places.
Some are good at drawing, others at planning, others at storytelling, but Rocio is the one who can make this all come together in the shape of a website, without which we would all be posting to social media with autocrop and awful resolution.
Thanks for being here and enjoying our work!
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