The exhibitions, organized in famous buildings of the historical center of Rimini, put together entertainment and culture. They offer to the public a chance to give an in-depth glance to themes, characters, authors, works, trends: all of them dealing with the world of Comics and Animation Cinema.

The latest editions of Cartoon Club featured exhibitions about Diabolik, Tex, Dylan Dog, superhero films, Japanese comics in Italy, the graphic novel phenomenon, Sergio Bonelli, Pierluigi De Mas, Stefano Ricci, FUsako Yusaki, Lorenzo Mattotti, Hugo Pratt, Bruno Bozzetto, Luciano Bottaro and many others.

The 2015 edition will feature an exhibition dedicated to:


Town Museum July 4th-26th, Rimini

Giuseppe Maurizio Laganà studied at the Brera Arts Academy (Milan) and has been a teacher in several animation classes, not just in Italy (Livorno, Firenze, Roma) but also abroad (Annecy), for example at the European Institure of Design, at the all’Istituto Superiore d’Arte del Castello (Milano) and at the University of Trieste/Gorizia. For many years a co-worker of Bruno Bozzetto, he worked at films such as West and Soda, Vip – My brother superman and Not too cheerful and, more recently, to the animated long feature film Blue Arrow by Enzo D’Alò. He directed several music videos and animation productions for the Italian television, such as Pinocchio, good morning Italy and the short series Tiramolla. He also directed Sandokan 2 (2000), The Last of the Mohicans (2003) and the series The Spaghetti Family, created by Bozzetto and awarded at the Cartoons on the Bay festival as best animation family series. In recent years, he directed the long feature films Felix – The bunny globetrotter and Felix the bunny and the Time Machine.



55 years of adventures with the so-called Spirit with the Tomahawk
Le Befane Mall. Rimini. July 4-26, 2015

600 numbers and 55 never-ending selling years at the news-stand. A very long editorial life, second just to the doyen Tex. An endless series of adventures that have enraptured generations of readers. Zagor celebrates his “first” 600 albums in Rimini, during Cartoon Club. The festival pays a tribute to this extraordinary accomplishment achieved not only in the editorial field, with a great exhibition dedicated to the so-called Spirit with the Tomahawk. Cover pages, boards and original albums together with foreign editions celebrating the deeds of Zagor and his valiant Chico, the potbellied mexican, in the fantasy forest of Darkwood, in the second half of the XIX century America. Indians, thieves and villains like professor Hellingen, supporting characters like Bat Batterton, glamorous women as dangerous as Ylenia Vargas, vampires and gunslingers, Indians and romantic treasure hunters (Digging Bill): in more than half century of adventures, Zagor mashed-up with grace action and fantasy, horror and thriller, all perfectly mingled by the typical humor of Sergio Bonelli (with the writer’s alias of Guido Nolitta) and dynamic stretch of Gallienus Ferri (the graphic creator) and many good writers who make up the staff.


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Dante comic

Dante in comics: the so called Highest Poet and his “Divine Comedy” in the talking balloons of the whole world. A tribute to Dante Alighieri 750 years after his birth.

Town Museum July 4th-26th, Rimini

Cartoon Club’s Festival is on the tracks of the Divine Comedy, finding out numerous italian and foreign artists’ works drawing inspiration from Dante’s epic masterpiece, illustrating the poem for a new interpretation or even re-inventing the amazing journey in the Underworld. There are more than 100 comics all over the world paying tribute to Dante Alighieri and his masterpiece. A huge exhibition of comics, coming from all over the world, mainly unpublished, displaying original boards or “historic” pieces witnessing how the relation between comics and the “Highest Poet” is still vitally active today.
On the occasion of the celebration for the 750 years from Dante’s birth (Florence 1265), the Festival gives the audience a great opportunity to see the works of many artists and illustrators that in years have drawn inspiration from the Divine Comedy and that have challenged their talents with the origins of the universe and the characters of the allegorical/didactic journey in the afterlife worlds described by Dante, all gathered. The exhibition (a first edition of this exhibition was arranged in 2004 and it has never ceased being updated) is a part of this current, with its lively and specific iconographic style. The production inspired by the Comedy carries on through ages proving to be an attractive subject, witnessing Dante’s flawless skill to communicate through centuries to men and women, young people and adults belonging to the following eras.



Exhibition of original drawings of authors who collaborated with Hugo Pratt.
Venice - Rimini - 2015
Town Museum – Ala Moderna. Rimini. 11th-26th july 2015

Hugo Pratt, Rimini and Venice: the two italian cities that somehow had an influence on his life. The first was his town of origin. Then he immediately moved to Venice, where he spent his childhood to leave then with his father for other distant places. The destiny has always played a significant as much as incredible and sometimes dramatic role, in the life of this great International author. Culture, passion and events have deeply influenced Pratt’s narrative philosophy, both in his literal and graphic context. After an Ethiopic interval that will deeply affect the structure of some of his future novels, or graphic novels, as they are called today, Hugo returns to Venice, in the hazy town on the Laguna where he seems to find the best inspiration for his tales. Unlikely great writers like Salgari or Verne, that very few or at all have travelled, Hugo is a voyager, used since his childhood to moving, which he will do continuously for all his lie, without ever being parted from his pencils, crayons, pens, watercolors, papers and whatever could be useful to sketch his pictures. His graphic notes will become his stories, his characters, the men and women of his narrative. Women, another turning point in his life. Taking advantage of his charm and his huge culture, of the fact he spoke many foreign languages as well as dialects, Hugo becomes an unapologetic heartbreaker with the fascinating “partnership in crime” of Corto Maltese, the prince among his characters, world famous, too.
Venince is today paying him a tribute, twenty years after his death with an exhibition of sketches, drawings, boards and works that commemorate him through the artistic memory of authors that have cooperated with him, that drew inspiration from him, that have contributed to make the “venetian school” one of the most incredible artistic workshops that the World of Comics has ever known. Stelio Fenzo has developed, after Hugo’s introduction, extraordinary characters like The Shadow, Kiwi and Captain Cormorant, afterward known as Capitan Moko. Guido Fuga has realized following Pratt’s request all the vehicles, the trains, the planes, the armored cars, the tanks seen in the boards of Corto Maltese and The scorpion of the desert. Hugo loved the preciseness of these vehicles, that used to enrich with incredible fidelity his works, becoming not only simple optionals, but in some cases mute protagonists, too. Lele Vianello has completed in various periods and long moments of their lasting cooperation Pratt’s boards and they have worked and finished several projects together, before starting himself a career as an author. Ivo Pavone has shared with Pratt the argentinian adventure, collaborating to the creation of Sergeant Kirk. Stefano Babini has lived with Hugo in Lausanne, receiving from the Maestro from Malamocco an incredible artistic imprinting, afterwards faithfully narrated in his graphic novel It wasn’t a Pic Nic!. Milo Manara that on Hugo’s scripts has created two extraordinary novels, Everything started anew with an Indian Summer and El Gaucho, Paolo Cossi, that has created a peculiar biography in comics of Hugo Pratt where all fundamental for his artistic path. These, directed by Stelio Fenzo himself, have put up the exhibition “Fairytales in Venice” at the Polymnia Centre, in Mestre – Venezia – from May 30 to June 14, with the support of the municipality of the town of Venice and the partnership of the Association Rosso Veneziano in Terraferma, the comics-shop Super Gulp, Voilier Editions and Cartoon Club/Riminicomix, the International Animated Cinema Festival, Comics and Games, that from the 11th to the 26 th of July will move this exhibition to Rimini, remembering Hugo Pratt’s works through this twinning, at the Modern Wing in the Town Museum, via Tonini 1, Rimini Old Town Centre, parallel to the new edition of the Pratt Day 2.0 who will reunite all these extraordinary artists.

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Don Camillo comic book version
The greatness of Giovannino Guareschi’s Little World
FAR – Art Factory Rimini – First Floor / Cavour Square Old Town Centre – July 4- 26

They’re one of the most quarrelsome couples in Italian history. On one side the energetic priest, and on the other, the Communist, both real man of a provincial area that prior to representing the emblem of the activities between Catholics and the Communist party of the time, are symbols of a human challenge that perfectly embodies Italy in its post-war times.

Don Camillo and Peppone, the priest and the Major born from the pen of Giovannino Guareschi, amused and moved (and still keep doing it) millions of people, through the books saga at first and through the famous films then. Today, don Camillo and Peppone fight on the pages of a comic book, too.

And they do it in style. The gap was bridged thanks to ReNoir Comics: the milanese publishing house, supported by the heirs of the whiskered writer, committed itself to an original project, that’s to say convert in illustrated literature the extraordinary tales that the vivid pen of Guareschi wrote down between 1946 and 1966 with the dynamic priest and the left wing Major as leading characters in everlasting quarrel. The two icons of Italy’s post-war period make thus their debut on the illustrated pages, in black and white, like in their films, and even more faithful to the original characters from the screen.

The original tales by Guareschi are adapted in chronological order – by a crew of authors and illustrators, first in line scriptwriter Davide Barzi (a familiar author at Cartoon Club) and illustrators Sergio Gerasi, Ennio Bufi and Elena Pianta – in short graphic novels, thanks to a careful and never pedantic historical research. Every volume of the series collects nine stories of don Camillo and Peppone’s saga and two refer to the Little World and its so to say “minor” characters, followed by very interesting and detailed information.

As we said, Don Camillo and Peppone beat the living hell out of each other even on comic books. Journalist Indro Montanelli used to say that Guareschi perfectly represented Italy of the post-war period through the saga of the hot-tempered priest and the communist Major. Probably, Guareschi’s characters represent a lot more than the Country at that time.

The exhibition tries to prove it. The feelings and the passion they convey are universal and still thrill the reader despite the Country “Italy” as such, doesn’t actually exist anymore. Unfairly and for a long time underestimated by the critics, Guareschi amused and made an audience of millions of people weep with don Camillo and Peppone “and when you can amuse and move to tears –skillfully sums up Michele Brembilla – you strike all possible chords of the human soul”.


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