Born in Milan in 1963, freelance journalist and essayist, Stefano Gorla collaborates continuatively with several magazines (Letture, Famiglia Cristiana, Fumo di China, Itinerari Mediali, www.drivemagazine.net) and sometimes with magazines specialized in media criticism. He has a bachelor’s degree in Theology and a Master’s Degree in Social Communication. Stefano has published Nuvole di Carta. Viaggio nel mondo del fumetto (EP, 1998, with Franco Luini) and has taken part in many collective works (for publishers such as Quaderni Acec, Centro Ambrosiano, ITL, Edizioni Falsopiano, Cartoon Club). He has published catalogues and exhibitions linked to the world of media and comics. Together with Paolo Guiducci he edited the book, La fede a strisce: l’elemento religioso nel fumetto and created the homonymous award for religious comics. He has written plays, tales and created characters for children. He has also worked as the publishing and planning coordinator for the publishing house ITL of Milan. He coordinates and creates didactic activities in educational courses on media for teachers. He manages the Olmetto Theatre in Milan and the permanent exhibition Fumetti a teatro (“Comics in Theatre”). Since June 2008 at 2017 he is the director of the publications for youngsters of the publisher Periodici San Paolo and is editor-in-chief of the magazines il Giornalino and GBaby.
Born in Rome in 1962, Alessandro Bottero has a degree in Philosophy, is a freelance journalist and, since April 2001, the publishing coordinator for ‘Mondo TV’ Group. In his broad experience in the publishing field, Bottero has worked as screenwriter for many famous figures, such as Popeye and Betty Boop (Masters ed.), and has also written tales for Walt Disney Italy and for some King Comic’s series. For years, he has been a leader of the DC Italian Fans groups, editing many Play Press comic- books, Superman included, whose post-mortem he helped re-launch. He has also edited the Italian publication of the CrossGen comics universe for Dream Colours publishing house and, with his own publishing house Bottero Edizioni, he has printed works of many emerging authors. He wrote the mini-series N.O.X. for publisher Star Comics, and writes articles and reviews for the website Fumetto d’Autore (www.fumettodautore.com).
A journalist and literary critic from Rimini, Paolo Guiducci (1967) graduated in Philosophy, and based his degree thesis on the Edith Stein’s philosophical thought, under the guidance of Italo Mancini. He has two great passions: dialect poetry and comics. He organized several comic exhibitions and events, and he is also the director of Fumo di China, the most noted Italian Magazine on comic information and critiques. He is a supervisor and one of the organizers of Cartoon Club. He also on a column for the local radio. Among his books are Amori di cartaand Vittorio Giardino: un italiano a Parigi. He is also one of the editors (with Gianni Brunoro and Enzo Linari) of Indagini ad alto rischio: Nick Raider, the catalogue for the homonymous exhibition that took place in Certaldo. Among his most recent works, you may remember: Lupo Alberto: un simpatico lupo d’autore e Carta Canta: la musica nei fumetti, i fumetti nella musica (with Davide Barzi and Stefano Gorla). And the book (with the exhibition) Fumetti subaquei (La Mandragora) with Loris Cantarelli and Faustolo Rambelli. St. Francis has been studying in the comic, has created the Prize Faith in Strips with Stefano Gorla, and care with passion (along with David Barzi) shows the Wolves, mice and tragic heroes: the Holocaust in comic.