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20th Week of the Italian Language | EXHIBIT | Drawing Stories: Evolution of the Italian Language in Comics



20th Week of the Italian Language | EXHIBIT | Drawing Stories: Evolution of the Italian Language in Comics

Drawing Stories: Evolution of the Italian Language in Comics is the digital exhibition organized by the Cultural Institutes of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC and Toronto, in collaboration with Romics, International Comic Books, Animation, Cinema and Gaming Convention. The exhibition opening will be on the 19th of October 2020. The event is part of the XX Week of the Italian Language in the World promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (19-25 October 2020), which will have as title Italian Between Word and Image: Graffiti, Illustrations, Comic Books.

The itinerary focuses on the evolution of language in comics, from the great masters to emerging authors. A virtual journey to discover the profound changes, particularly in narrative terms, that the “ninth art” has experienced in recent years, starting with the role of the screenwriter. The exhibition, which centers around the works of Tito Faraci (writer, screenwriter for Disney, Astorina, Sergio Bonelli Editore, and editorial curator for Feltrinelli Comics) and interactions with multiple designers and notable figures, will present 30 tables with authors from the most important Italian publishing houses, including Silvia Ziche, Bruno Brindisi,Enrique Breccia, Ivo Milazzo, Giuseppe Palumbo,Francesco Ripoli and Sio.

The webinars will be presented in Italian with simultaneous English translation

The theme of this cultural study, in addition to offering international scope and "country branding" linked to comics, is intended to be a reflection on the mutations of narrative rhythms dictated both by the impact of new media and by the ever-rising popularity of the graphic novel.

The digital exhibition and live meetings will be available in both Italian and English on (live on October 19th).

Please note: the English version of the website is available after selecting "Close," "OK" and clicking "Italiano." A drop-down menu will allow you to select "Inglese" for English. Finally click on the image to start exploring.


To accompany the Virtual Exhibition, a series of meetings centered around the changes taking place in iconic characters from Italian and international comics to graphic novels: starring the innovative and international impact of Disney Italia comic production; graphic novels, their narrative impact, the introduction of new narrative languages and rhythms, and a journey behind the scenes of comic books that highlights Diabolik as the protagonist in a dialogue on how to get to that extraordinary alchemy between history and image. Tito Faraci, Alex Bertani, Barbara Baldi, Sergio Brancato, Igort, Mario Gomboli, Giuseppe Palumbo and other Italian authors will take part in the presentations.

The digital exhibition and live meetings will be available free of charge (in both Italian and English) on the site, as well as the sites from the participating cultural and diplomatic offices, from 19 October to 15 November 2020.



Live Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 10 AM PDT.
Available on the platform through November 15.
A journey through innovative Italian Disney productions that have met with international success. Tito Faraci, editorial curator of Feltrinelli Comics, Alex Bertani, editorial director of Topolino - Panini Comics, Marco Gervasio, Disney author and Daniela Pietrini, professor of Italian and French Linguistics at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. Sabrina Perucca, Artistic Director of Romics, will moderate the meeting.

Live Friday October 23, 2020 at 10 AM PDT.
Available on the platform until November 15th.
What happens behind the scenes of a comic book? What relationship is established between the writer and the illustrator? Mario Gomboli, writer for Diabolik and Giuseppe Palumbo, one of Diabolik's greatest illustrators, will come together for a very special meeting, which will allow viewers to witness the actual creation of a comic story. Mario Bellina, author and television writer, will moderate the meeting.

Live Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 10 AM PDT. Available on the platform until November 15th.
The changes in script and language imposed by the success of graphic novels in Italy. Tito Faraci, editorial curator of Feltrinelli Comics, Igort, comics artist, script writer and Italian director, Barbara Baldi, illustrator and colorist for Pixar, Disney, Marvel and Oblomov Edizioni and Marcello Serra, semiologist and professor of communication and journalism at the Carlos III University of Madrid. Sergio Brancato, professor of sociology of communication at the University of Naples "Federico II", expert and historian of comics, will moderate the meeting.

The digital exhibition and the webinars will be posted on the Italian Cultural Institute's website and social media channels starting on October 19.


Date: Da Monday, October 19, 2020 a Sunday, November 15, 2020

Entrance : Free