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Fumetto and Storytelling



Fumetto and Storytelling

Webinar with cartoonists Thomas Campi, Lorena Canottiere and Manuele Fior.

20th Week of Italian Language in the World
Under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic.

Italian between words and images: graffiti, illustrations, comics

Each year the Italian language is celebrated worldwide during the Week of Italian Language in the World, an initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation which in 2020 has reached its 20th edition. This year's theme is Italian between words and images: graffiti, illustrations, comics, and within the series of events organized for the anniversary, the Italian Cultural Institute of Sydney in collaboration with the IIC Melbourne presents a webinar featuring Italian cartoonists/graphic artists Thomas Campi, Lorena Canottiere and Manuel Fior. Moderator of the conversation will be Antonella Beconi, PhD Candidate at Sydney University and CCE Convenor of Italian courses. The event is part of Book Pride 2020, online exhibition of Italian independent publishers.

The origins of Italian comics can be traced back to the publication, on December 27, 1908, of the first issue of Corriere dei Piccoli, the first Italian comic newspaper. The weekly publication, aimed mainly at children, had at its origins educational intentions. Over the decades, the Italian comic strip has started to address also an adult audience. Comics and illustrations are widely recognized as pervasive and very important artistic forms. The language of Italian comics has by now achieved a dignity of language equal to the traditional novel and Italy, together with Japan, the United States and France, is one of the most important countries in the world for the production of comics, thanks to artists such as Bonelli, Pratt, Manara and recently Zerocalcare (just to name a few).

The conversation aims to tell the experiences of three Italian artists who live in different countries and who will tell us about the latest trends in the world of Italian comics at an international level.

Thomas Campi is an Italian illustrator and cartoonist, recipient of numerous awards. After having lived in China for six years, he moved permanently to Sydney. Thomas has been creating comics for over 20 years and his works have been published in Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland as well as in several extra-European countries. His graphic novels Les Larmes De Seigneur Afghan and Macaroni! won the Cognito Prize for Best Graphic Novel Documentary in 2014 and 2016. In 2014 Thomas received the International Spectrum Fantastic Art 21 Gold Comic Award and in 2015 he received an Australian Bronze Ledger Award.

Lorena Canottiere started working as author of comics for Il Corrierino, Schizzo Presenta, Mondo Naif, Focus Junior, ANIMAls, Slowfood, Internazionale and La Lettura del Corriere della Sera. She works as an illustrator for major Italian publishing companies and sporadically in advertising and theatre, as well as making covers for music CDs and woodoo dolls. Her latest comic books are Geese, Blood runs in the veins, Coconino Press; ça pousse published in Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Chile by Diabolo Edizioni; Verdad released in Italy by Coconino Press, in France by Ici Meme, in Austria by Bahoe Books and in Spain by Liana Editorial; Genova per noi, comic created during the Festival Multipli Crossings 2017 and published by ComicOut; Io più fanciullo non sono published by Coconino Press and Mibact in collaboration with the Royal Museums of Turin in the series "Comics in the museums", a series that was awarded Gran Guinigi at Lucca Comics 2018 and Salvo imprevisti published by Oblomov Edizioni and Ici Meme. With Verdad she won the Grand Prix Artemisia 2018 in France, assigned by the jury with the unanimity of votes.

Manuele Fior was born in Cesena in 1975. After getting a degree in architecture in Venice in 2000, he moved to Berlin, where he worked until 2005 as a cartoonist, illustrator and architect. He published the graphic novels Les Variations D’Orsay (Futuropolis 2015), The Interview (Futuropolis 2013), Cinq Mille Kilomètres Par Seconde (Atrabile 2010, winner Fauve d’Or, Meilleur Album, Festival International de Angoulême 2011, and Premio Gran Guinigi, Autore Unico, Lucca 2010), Mademoiselle Else (Delcourt 2009, winner, Prix de la ville de Genève 2009), Icarus (Atrabile 2006, winner, Prix A. Micheluzzi Meilleur Dessin, Comicon 2006), and Les Gens Le Dimanche (Atrabile 2004). His illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Le Monde, Vanity Fair, Feltrinelli, Einaudi, La Repubblica, Sole 24 Ore, Internazionale, and Rolling Stone magazine. He is working on a new comic book titled Celestia. His work appears in English translations from Fantagraphics Books. Manuele lives in Paris.

This webinar will be held online via Zoom and you can book by clicking on this link:

Fumetto and Storytelling

The times for the Australian States and Territories are:

6.30pm AEST (VIC, NSW, TAS, QLD)

6pm ACST (SA, NT)

4:30pm AWST (WA)

The event is free of charge and it is organised in collaboration with the IIC Melbourne.

The webinar will be held in ITALIAN and will subsequently be available on the Yutube channel of the Institute.


Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020

Time: From 6:30 pm To 7:30 pm

Organized by : IIC Sydney

In collaboration with : IIC Melbourne

Entrance : Free


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