Gianni Brunoro was born in San Pietro Viminario 1936, former geologist then Senior High School teacher, has made his debut as a comic critic on the magazine “Sgt. Kirk” in February 1968. He has written several articles, dozen of prefaces, an amout of entries on encyclopedias and various books. He had a special consideration for Hugo Pratt: proved by an essay on Corto Maltese 81984 and doubled in 2008); a notable care for Benito Jacovitti (dozen of articles, edition and preface of a set of ten od volumes, a great exhibition with a catalogue in Città di Castello, 2012). historical partner of the main critical magazines on comics as “Fumo di China”, owing the power to lay down the law in a personal space on the web site “Giornalismo e Storia” (Journalism and History) by the Braidense Library in Milan. Once in a while, as Wittgenstein says, one can shut up.
Born in Perugia in 1953, Claudio Ferracci he has always been passionate about drawing in all its forms and at the end of the eighties he founded the Flit fanzine with Sergio Rossi, Luca Calisi, Artemio Settimi and Francesco Gaggia. In the same years he start teaching comics and mediums in elementary schools of the territory. In 1993, together with the ARCI of Perugia he founded the association Umbria Fumetto, taking care of the homonymous festival in ancient Rocca Paolina until 2001 with international guests and events unique in Italy (like the exhibition of all the artists of the Breccia family and the staff of Yves Chaland). In 1998 he founded the Scuola Perugina dei Fumetti, completely free, and in 2002 he conceived Sagrantino Disegnato, until 2010 in Montefalco (PG), where for the Wine Week a master of comics was asked to draw a label for the prestigious wine local. In 2002 he curated at the National Gallery of Umbria a major exhibition on Pinocchio’s illustrators and in 2005 the great exhibition on Little Nemo with original, vintage newspapers, films, conferences, tributes to the comic book pioneer and animation by the greatest designers of the world. In 2002 he founded the Biblioteca delle Nuvole, which in 2005 became a municipal library of the Municipality of Perugia.
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 carta” and “Vittorio Giardino: un italiano a Parig”. 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”.
In 1988 Michele Ginevra was one of the founders of the Centro Comunale “Andrea Pazienza” and he directed or edited almost all the initiatives, services and projects: Schizzo and related series, the specialized library and events such as fairs, competitions, exhibitions and meetings. He stell coordinates the Center in the role of Instructor of the Municipality of Cremona. Among the most significant collaborations, those aimed at enhancing new trend such as the Alter Vox pavilion and the Self Area at Lucca Comics, the Happening Underground at the Leoncavallo in Milan, the annual collective exhibition Futuro Anteriore in Naples Comicon. In the didactic field he conduced workshops and courses in every kind of school, and refresher courses for teachers and librarians. He has written and edited columns, in addition to Schizzo, on Blue, Fumo di China, If, Libraries Oggi e Tirature. He collaborated with the ComicUs website and published interventions on the Italian website. He has written essays and prefaces for various publications, including volumes: “Carlo Ambrosini. Paths designed” (Glamour International, 2000), “Luca Enoch” (Il Penny, 2001), “Roberto Baldazzini” (Il Penny, 2000), “Sergio Tarquinio. A designer for adventure” (ANAFI, 2005), “Gipi. Life between the pages” (ArteFumetto, 2007). He was frequently called to e part of the jury of comic book awards. He graduated from the Milan Statale in Political Science with a thesis entitled “Il Diritto d’Autore and the comic book”, which he received in 1998 at Expocartoon the “Mario Marchetti” Award.
Luigi F. Bona (Milan, 1950) is chairman of the Franco Fossati Foundation and director of the Museum of Comics in Milan, editorial consultant, historian and comics expert, popular literature and multimedia communication. Avid comic as a boy draws and publishes humorous cartoons and illustrations of various publications; while studying at the Politecnico di Milano, in 1972 he debuted professionally as managing editor of the magazine “Sorry” publisher Ennio Ciscato and the anthology “Venetian Almanac.” On their own, with Studio and Dami Dami Rinaldo Carlo Porciani, re-edited the 108 historical books of “Pantera Bionda”, restored and accompanied the first exhibition on the female characters of the comic world. Republish Bioletto, Yambo and other great authors in Amateur books, restoring the reproductions from the original papers. At twenty-five, in 1975, compiles and publishes the “Catalogue of the Italian Amateur Comics” before and exhaustive historical review of the limited editions and fine, which will update in 1978. In 1976 he created the monthly “WOW” at the time the most widespread “fanzine” comics, cinema and literature, gender and popular, generating a network of friendships and collaborations that continues to this day. For ten years he publishes and updates the first professional directory of comics and animated films, the “WOW Handbook.” He won the Yellow Kid, in Lucca, with the “WOW Agenda” professional cartoon.graphic designs and supervises the construction of books, handbooks and periodicals in the medical pharmaceutical industry, designing in the early eighties for Editiemme the dossier comic “Rossi’s Story” of dental hygiene, with Giorgio Cavazzano and Ferruccio Alessandri, released in millions of copies even in Germany and Great Britain.While working with the agency Zadig science journalism, prsegue activity in the comic with the initials Studio Metropolis, and in 1992 he published the “Catalogue of Italian comic”, a “Bolaffi” of ten thousand titles published in Italy, with proportionate covers and logical groupings for easy searching: an unpublished criteria.Since 1996, the disappearance of his friend and fellow journalist and critic Franco Fossati, presides over the association that bears his name (created with friends and colleagues, and with his brother Furio Fossati) and in the project alongside the Franco collection of his private collection . In 2007 the association Fondazione Franco Fossati and care becomes dozens of exhibitions and events, in addition to the cultural reorganization of “Cartoomics” at the Milan Fair.In 2011 it is realized the project “museum of comics, illustrations and animated picture” dream for thirty years: born in Milan “WOW Comics Space” with exhibition and conservation areas, library, educational, bookshop, café. In 2013, the museum will mate with CBBD Brussels; in 2016 it celebrates first five years with a positive balance: more than a hundred exhibitions, events and 220,000 visitors over two hundred extramuseale activity.
Born in Cagliari in 1954, classical studies, law degree in Turin. Crazy about comics! Domenico Vassallo is vice-president of Anonima Fumetti, a non-profit association which, since 1994, has been involved in the promotion of comic language as an artistic expression and cultural tool. Reviewer for the agency specialized in comics “afNews.info”, curator and screenwriter of the free online comic magazine “La Città Nascosta”. Creator and screenwriter of “Sulla terra leggero” on the great Sardinian writer Sergio Atzeni, of the series “Fine della Storia” (designed by the very young Elena Bia and Ilaria Ticino), of the series on violence against women “Lady Tabata” (designed by Elena Bia) , of the graphic novel “Anime in transito” (designed by Marcello Restaldi). Coordinator of the “Blue Boy” comic, on autism issues, designed by the late Alessandro Caligaris.
Expert in cultural European design, he conceived and coordinated the development plans in marginal areas and the major collaboration initiatives between Italy and France as “Mistà”; “Al tempo delle Abbazie”; “Jardins des Alpes”. He designed and created two multimedia and interactive museums such as “Espaci Occitan” in Dronero (CN) and the “Museo del Clown a Villa Grock” in Imperia. Designer of exhibitions as “Commissari di Carta” on comics, cinema and “thriller” literature (Saluzzo, 2008); “L’Esploratore innamorato: Alberto Ferrero della Marmora” (Cagliari, 2009); “Vele, tonni e scimitarre: avventure salgariane nel Mar di Sardegna (2010); “Nuovi Mondi: esperienze visionarie tra Arte e Fumetto”, with the teachers of the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin (2011). In 2009, he coordinated the “Belgian Comic Strip Award”, for young cartoonists, in collaboration with the Belgian Tourism Office.