http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvrbJoqggMQ March 5-8, 2020 I attended NeMLA in Boston. I talked about: The Italian Comics Industry: Notes on the Production of Graphic Novels and Serial Comic Books In this talk I will illustrate current practices in the production and distribution of comics in Italy with regard to the graphic novel format and the serial comic-book... Continue Reading →
The Indiana University Comics Studies Group is pleased to announce our first conference, Panels on Panels, to be held on Thursday, February 13th and Friday, February 14th, 2020 in the Global and International Studies Building (Indiana University). For this inaugural conference, we have the pleasure to host as keynote speaker Scott Bukatman, professor of Media Studies at Stanford University. Panels on Panels is a two-day interdepartmental... Continue Reading →
My article on the artistic career of Italian cartoonist Magnus is now available in the International Journal of Comic Art, as a result of my participation in The International Comic Arts Forum in April 2019. I'm proud to be published next to renowned international comics scholars, and my deepest gratitude goes to John Lent, who... Continue Reading →
Starting from this semester 2019, Indiana University has an (almost) official Comics Studies Group. In Frebruary we will hold our first conference, "Panels on Panels". Stay tuned for more details!!
This paper seeks to examine the categories of “high” and “low” within the medium of comics itself, through the example of the Italian comics magazine Orient Express (1982-1985). Founded by Luigi Bernardi, Orient Express was one of the many “auteur comics magazines” that in those decades imported a Franco-Belgian format into Italy. However, this editorial... Continue Reading →
My paper analyzes the contribution of the comics magazine Orient Express, published by Luigi Bernardi from June 1982 to March 1985, to the development of the adult comics culture in Italy. Although Orient Express consists of only thirty issues, its role in the Italian comics world of that period is not to be underestimated. Before... Continue Reading →
This paper examines the strategies employed in the early 70s by the Italian cartoonist Pino Zac to adapt Ludovico Ariosto’s The Frenzy of Orlando into a graphic novel. The Frenzy of Orlando is perhaps the most famous Renaissance epic poem and it consists of forty-six cantos in octaves. Zac’s work shows great balance between a... Continue Reading →