Nomination Panasonic Readers’ Choice Award

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Chas Chas

Luis Cobelo, Venezuela

30 years ago, I came across a story in the form of a comic called "Parque Chas", dedicated to a neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The comic reveals, the adventures of a writer who was told that fantastic and extraordinary things happen there. Where wonderful magical people live.
The reason that "out of the ordinary" things can take place, is because the center of the neighborhood was architecturally constructed similar to a a spider's web or a labyrinth.
So, that's why they say ( the ´chas chasians´), that if you enter into that concentric form, you may never leave and magical things can happen to you.
Many say that this is the reality and not what is out there. Essentially, in Parque Chas everything is possible.
Well, all those years later, I traveled thousands of kilometers to see for myself.
But what really led me to travel there was to discover if the following saying was true: "Everything you ever lost in your life, exists in Parque Chas"
And, I Found it.

The map and the explorer
Lito, the explorer, have a artifact to move in the neigborhood
The country
Argentina is a musical word that sails in turbelents waters
The eye
That can see everything tou can imagine
The tree
Christmas spirit is alway available for hire
The L
The Card always win
The heat
Elisa is a spider who never pretends to be a spider in the labyrinth
The elf
The elf of Chas is always messing up the house things of the people of the neighborhood and makes sculptures that he leaves in front of their homes.
The punks
They are the punks of Chas
The sister
I lost my sister Pilar in the way of life. Only to find her living in Parque Chas
The heroin
Lea discovered that art can change people´s lives. So, she enchanted everyone on the streets
The ballbreaker
Don´t mess with Mabel because she will break your balls
The wound
Some scars leave deep loves