ANDREA PAZIENZA A true visionary, with a fluid line and an uncanny sense of color and composition, Andrea Pazienza’s innovative graphic style served up stories that were iconoclastic, outrageous, humorous, and deeply personal, often based on himself and his microcosm of friends and collaborators. Pazienza was a revolutionary cartoonist who ushered an underground sensibility to Italian and European comics, breaking from the more staid tradition of genteel
THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEO adult (and children’s) graphic albums Black & white illustrations with some color. Born in 1956 in San Benedetto del Tronto and died of a heroin overdose in 1988 when he was only 32, he is a cultural hero of Italian counterculture: His stories and his characters are impressed in the imagination of young people to this very day while numerous streets, boardwalks and squares, are named after him.
Foreign sales: Brazil (Editora Veneta); France (Revival); Spain and Latin America (Fulgencio Pimentel) Fandango Libri (Italy) | 125 Pages | B+W I often say to myself that if he hadn’t done what he did, in both storytelling and illustration, I’d have never made a single line.—Gipi He was the James Joyce of comics. He managed to represent the fate, pipe dreams, madness, genius, misery, and desperation of a generation that only for the sake of expediency, perfunctorily, do we call the Bolognese generation of ’77. Of that movement Andrea Pazienza was perhaps the greatest bard, poet, artist.—Pier Vittorio Tondelli
A missing piece in international comics history! Over 25,000 copies sold in Italy in 2016 alone! The Last Days of Pompeo was Pazienza’s last work and in a way, both a testament and a self-fulfilling prophecy. It recounts the slow downfall of Pompeo, a heroin addict and comics artist in 1980s Bologna who dies of an overdose, which in fact happened to Pazienza himself only 3 years later. A raw, lyrical and often genius work that recounts the visceral relationship with heroin of a whole generation.
ZANARDI Foreign sales: Spain and Latin America (Fulgencio Pimentel); USA (Fantagraphics Books); France (Ici-Même Editions). Fandango Libri (Italy) | 264 pages | B+W & Colors Void is Zanardi’s main characteristic. The absolute void that permeates his every action.—Andrea Pazienza It’s exactly this which Andrea’s death ruthlessly makes clear to me: the negative side of a generation and a culture which never really believed in anything except in its own damnation. Success, balance, love notwithstanding, Andrea is dead— most likely of an overdose—as many of his peers, as one of those who he himself understood and represented better than anyone else.—Pier Vittorio Tondelli We used to talk about him a lot with Fellini. He was one of our favorites, one of our loves, one of our topics. . . He really was the founder of a school without students as he was just beyond imitation, a talent so pure to be impossible to replicate.— Roberto Benigni
Over 25,000 copies sold in Italy in 2016 alone! Pazienza’s most famous ch aracter— the cruel and immoral
high school boy Massimo Zanardi— can be resumed with three essential characteristics: beak nose, hawk eyes and much existential void.