The Istituto Italiano di Cultura and The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015, present:
HANSEL & GRETEL
Illustrations by Lorenzo Mattotti
From the Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti
SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2015; 5:30PM - 7:30PM
The exhibit runs through June 26, 2015
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
496 Huron St., Toronto
Infoline: 416.921.3802 ext. 221
Mattotti was born in Brescia (Lombardy). He studied architecture when he was young, but did not finish the course. Instead he became a comics artist. After a few traditional comic stories he decided he wanted to tell different kinds of stories and portray these in a different style. Il Signor Spartaco was the first comic made under this ambition. The story centred on the dreams of a train passenger making it possible for Mattotti to use forms and colors in a way previously unseen in the classic French-Belgian comic world. He focused more on the inner world of his characters and the total absence of an adventure was also a radical change in the comics universe. Mattotti is mainly inspired by painters, musicians, writers and directors. To him, the relation between text and image should be the same as with text and music. The two should enrich each other. Unusually, in Mattotti's comics the text illustrates the illustration instead of the other way around. He always makes sure the text has enough freedom for multiple interpretations.
Part of the the TORONTO COMICS ARTS FESTIVAL 2015!