He was born in San Pietro Viminario 1936, former geologist then Senior High School teacher, has made his debut as a comics critic on the magazine “Sgt. Kirk” in February 1968. He has written several articles, dozen of prefaces, an amount of entries on encyclopedias and various books. He had a special consideration for Hugo Pratt: proved by an essay on Corto Maltese (1984 and doubled in 2008); a notable care for Benito Jacovitti (dozen of articles, edition and preface of a set of ten of volumes, a great exhibition with a catalogue in Città di Castello, 2012). Historical partner of the main critical magazines on comics, 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.
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”.
Born in Perugia in 1953, 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.
In 1988 he 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 still coordinates the Center in the role of Instructor of the Municipality of Cremona. Among the most significant collaborations, those aimed at enhancing new trends 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 conducted 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 “(Glamor 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 be 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.