Me and Anna

Last Friday I went with my daughter Anna to Forte Prenestino, at the Crack! indipendent comic Festival. She came with some handmade puppets to sell and comics to show. I came with some copies of a book I made out of the Zymachi illustrated synopsis, book available in a online bookshop. Needlees to say that my daughter’s puppets went sold out!

crack! 2010 (HATE + LOVE)

Crack!, indipendent international comic Festival is back for the sixth time, held as usual in the dungeons of Forte Prenestino, Roma, from June 17th to 20th. Theme of the year is HATE + LOVE (watch “Interference“, my personal rendition on the subject). Below are some of the flyers.

Below, a brief interview on Crack! philosophy (in italian).

EGGcarton

An installation made with Giorgia Curti and Enrica Vatteroni at Crack!, Forte Prenestino, June 2008. A cartoonish room is mirrored by its inverted counterpart. The video was shot and edited by Enrica, along with the soundtrack that actually looped during the show.

Drawings were scanned and plotted at full size, then glued on a carton backing. Visitors were disoriented by the absence of their own reflection in the cutout mirror.

No Rights Reserved

In 2006 the Crack! comic convention released the catalog of the previous edition. Artists were asked to produce new material signing a creative commons license. I didn’t sign anything, that’s what my drawing was about (in the meanwhile I’ve changed my mind, see the footer of this page).

Download version for high quality printing (1.8MB).

Vinavyl

In 2006 the Crack! comic convention was dedicated to italian artist Stefano Tamburini, father of Ranxerox. I was invited to make my contribution, delivering this vectorial drawing inspired to Tamburini’s xerox manipulations (see Snake Agent, third image).

You can download the AutoCAD code (127KB, plot any size), and a GIF file (print A4 size,508KB) of my entry.

MP5

Maria Pia Cinque is a very talented artist. Her style is sharp and cold, as I like it. I saw her extra-large comics at the Comik Shake exhibition, giant xeroxes, black tape and a cut-knife. Comik Shake was organized by Crack! (www.mpcinque.com)

MP5 is also the name of a machine-gun. Perfect!

Fortytwo Badges

The CRACK! 2006 staff asked me to draw badges for merchandising purposes. They told me the size and said I could put 40 on a single A4 sheet. At the end I fitted 42 variations of a single subject in the assigned space.

You can download the AutoCAD code (207KB,plot any size), and a GIF version (print A4 size, actual badge size, 1MB).

On War by War

Durante il Crack!, festival di fumetto indipendente tenutosi al Forte Prenestino per la prima volta nel 2005, ho avuto l’opportunità di parlare davanti ad un piccolo pubblico. Visto il tema dell’evento, mi ero preparato un discorso sulla guerra, ma il dibattito ha virato in un’altra direzione, ed in questa animazione ci sono le parole che ho tenuto per me (in inglese).

During the CRACK! comics convention, celebrated in Rome, June 2005, I had the chance to speak in front of a small audience. According to the main theme of the event, I had prepared a speech on WAR, but debate took a different direction, so here are the words I held for myself:

Clicca qui per vedere / Click to watch (flash animation, 990KB).

& Fame for All

“Andy Warhol was a great artist, but sometimes sold bullshit.”, that’s how I described this Flash animation as first released in 2001. In this version soundtrack has been reviewed.

<<click to watch (801kB).

Animation is “embedded” in the Stratosfortress anthology.

War Equals Terror

This is the first “step” of the STRATOSFORTRESS looping animation, especially produced for the CRACK! comics exhibition that took place in Rome last month. Originally I conceived this sequence as an intro for another war-based animation, “The K-Bomb”, maybe never to be released. I leave to your imagination what “K” stands for.

<<click to watch (flash animation, 2.4MB).