Roberto Alfredo Fontanarrosa (November 26, 1944 – July 19, 2007), better known as El "Negro"note was an Argentinian writer and cartoonist of a long career. He was from the city of Rosario, province of Santa Fe, known mostly by his characters Inodoro Pereyra (el renegáu) and Boogie el Aceitoso. He was regarded by his affectionated parodies, his humour, his affability and his Creator Provincialism, as his fame never changed him. He was awarded as a "Persona Destacada de la Cultura" (Honoured Person of Culture... sort of), and he has participated in many forums, as the meetings of the Third International Congress of the Spanish Language, in 2004, where he gave a humorous lecture about taboo words and the final speech. Expect a lot of Played for Laughs
His work has examples of these tropes:
- Affectionate Parody: Inodoro Pereyra is a lazy and ugly Gaucho, loosely based on Martín Fierro. He even made a cameo of Cruz (an important character in the masterwork of José Hernández) in one of his firsts comic strips, but the two take different paths to avert following the original work.
- Animated Adaptation: Again, Martín Fierro, and Boogie El Aceitoso have their own films.
- Art Evolution: He started out quite surreal, with lightly drawn lines and very few details, although the strips had a lot of action and movement, (even if it was mostly implied). He later became more detailed and expressive in his drawings, but they mostly became more static with the jokes in the strips becoming more pun based rather than graphic. In particular, Boogie and Inodoro Pereyra went sociopathic mercenary and duel having cow herding adventurer gaucho (a sort of cowboy), to mostly stoic and snarky witnesses respectively, to everyone else idiocy and lunacy.
- Comic-Book Adaptation: A comic book adaptation of Martín Fierro has been drawn by him, and adapted as a film in the year 2007.
- Stylistic Suck: his artwork wasn't very pretty, he favored the grotesque.