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This is a very unfortunate project. I made this storyboard around 1993, but never made it beyond page three of the final drawings. Years later I attempted to make an animation out of it, but failed again. Now, at least, you will know how the story ends.
(Lucania is the ancient name for a region of southern Italy)
Spaniards are looking for a Lieutenant. They choose the one who can read the secret codes.
Under the sun they march towards the watchtower.
They give the password to the former guardians.
Lieutenant leaves the donkey to the former guardians. Lieutenant’s log.
The watch tower, the instruments and the three watches.
Bitten complains. Is he spying the Boy?
An astronomy lesson. Christianity has brand new Doctors.
A boat in the night. Smugglers, not Turks!
In search of eggs.
Empty nests. The Bitten goes fishing.
The moray eel, the distant storm and a dream…
The forest needs water, and receives fire.
A problem with the southern watchtower. Lieutenant goes with the arquebus. Wolves!
He runs for life, but accidentally shoots himself…
Thirst, fever, delirium. What’s going on in the watchtower?
Boy comes to the rescue. The dream of the old woman…
…and the giant flies. The dream of the nocturnal boat.
By the way: a sail showed up yesterday. After a dispute, the Bitten menaces the Lieutenant.
A night without moon. The Boy wakes up.
I’ve killed him… because I love you, but I have to kill you too.
The Boy is hard to catch!
The Turks! The traitor gets his wage.
Action takes place in a watchtower near Maratea. The watchtower (Torre Caina) really exists, but throughout the plot there are several historic inaccuracies.
Now the army quarantined the factory, but I was able to crack your servers…
…so I know about the strange activity going on the assembly lines and the plans to bomb the plant…
…but that’s useless, I can deactivate the virus.
-What do you need? -A map of the ventilation system and a ticket to Mexico!
General has been fair, but I’m here to retrieve the Vix, not to destroy it!
Here’s the probe, I’ll stop the fan as usual… FRAKKZ!
-I WAS WAITING FOR YOU, CREATOR.
-You… you can speak! -I NEED YOUR BODY FOR MY PURPOSES. -What purposes…
-THERE’S NO PLACE ON EARTH FOR TWO SENTIENT BEINGS.
-Are you building a weapon? -IT’S JUST A WAY TO TRAP YOU.
-HERE IS THE VEHICLE TO ENTER YOUR BODY. -Please, have mercy… -NO MERCY FOR THE OBSOLETE.
-I WON’T KILL YOU.
-NOW I WILL LOBOTOMIZE YOU.
It’s true, I’m a stranger to my own body…
-STOP! I’VE DESTROYED THE VIRUS! -This criminal must be executed immediately!
Note the Sciattoproduzie symbol on page three. Even if it was a solo production, I underlined my membership to the collective. There are some Apple Macintosh generated images, wireframes and pop art patterns mixed with handmade items: actually I aspired to “draw like a computer”. Final is a little bit lousy, it deserved some extra drawing.
I made this comic in 1991, under the influence of A. Pazienza‘s work (note the badge that the main character wears on his suit)
The main characters.
-Could you help me climb the bus? -Sure, Ma’am.
…ugly faces all around…
I will find you a seat!
Could you please…
-I’m talking to you! -Fuck off!
YOU ARE NOT…
Please, sit down, Ma’am.
The hero leaves the scene.
-Social security is so cheap! -Unbelievable…
At that time I was a bus rider, and a militant of Sciattoproduzie, an art collective (note the heart shaped symbol in one of the last pages). Line 280 still exists, the post office is near Piazza Mazzini, in Rome. For a better display, I cut the original pages in two. I must be honest, I also changed the final: in the original comic the Hero and the Techno Addict were not partners.
I’ve already used this comic for a flash animation, but I think the original version deserves a post. I made the drawings during summer of 1990, while Saddam was invading Kuwait. It’s a little bit cryptic, but if you find the key it melts down easily.
…worst of betrayals, but I loved you, number four…
Every drop of blood oiled your metal veins… but you wanted more…
I made these drawings twenty years ago. It was a very productive period, I was trying to develop a personal style (maybe too much “overloaded”). There was a lot of pencil and pattern overlap. I still use some of the “pop art” patterns.
Yes, I knew birds opened foil capped bottles, not that they opened nuts by throwing ‘em down the window.
I love hunting spiders, I watch their alternating strategies. I admire their hysterical patience.
I’m frightened by viruses’ cold determination… Their mechanical love for life made of few proteins.
And all this is mirrored by your beautiful eyes…
While time crumbles under my sheets.
Few months later I made “Little Kittens“. Thanks to Miki B., the girl I made the drawings for.
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.
Flyer for crack! 2010 by Nina Bunjevac
Flyer for crack! 2010 by Tommi Musturi
Music performed during crack! 2010
Below, a brief interview on Crack! philosophy (in italian).
I’m back to where I started: comics! Download the zip file, print the three images on scrap paper, follow the easy folding procedure, staple and… be my publisher! First issue is MORGANA, as always a story of Love & Death.
Dated 1990, a true, sad story. Tightly bonded are childhood flashbacks, Andrea Pazienza’s comics and the theme of in sleep drifting. Drawn in the same weeks of “The Plant“, witnesses my efforts for a personal style (images, total 906KB).