Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller - Golden Romics of the XVI edition

 

Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez have received the Golden Romics Award during the Italian presentation of  ‘’Sin City 3D: A Dame to kill for’’, second long-awaited transposition of the graphic novel.

Sabrina Perucca, Artistic Director of Romics declares: ‘’At a time in which comics and cinema have established a prolific collaboration, Miller and Rodriguez have managed to converge their skills of alchemists of the imaginary, creating an original and suggestive formula. Two great masters in the respective fields, revolutionary and extremely bold artists’’.

Lele Vianello - Golden Romics of the XXII edition

 

For many years as a collaborator of Hugo Pratt, among the stories of Corto Maltese to which Vianello worked: La Casa Dorata di SamarcandaTangoLe Elvetiche e Mu – La città perduta. He collaborated for the magazines Venezia 7, Sinbad e Il Mago creating sci-fi stories and  for the magazines Corto Maltese and Il Grifo. Among his numerous artistic experiences, he was also artistic director and author of the storyboard for the french-brazilian film “La farfalla e il cangaçeiro”, author of short stories and special pubblications. He cured together with Guido Fuga the books Corto Sconto. Itinerari fantastici e nascosti di Corto Maltese a Venezia, an original guide of Venice on the tracks of Corto Maltese. 

Luigi Albertelli - Golden Romics of the XVII ed.

 

Luigi Albertelli (born 21 June 1934) is an Italian lyricist.

Born in Tortona, Alessandria, Albertelli debuted as a lyricist in the second half of the 1960s and got his first success in 1969 with the song ''Zingara'' which won the nineteenth edition of the Sanremo Music Festival and was a number 1 hit.

Characterized by an elegant and refined style, his collaborations include Mina, Milva,Caterina Caselli, DiK Dik.   In 1987 his song "La notte dei pensieri" won the Newcomers competition at the 37th Sanremo Music Festival.

 

Bruno Bozzetto - Golden Romics of the XVIII edition

The great italian director of animated films, who created in the Sixties his very first and timeless character Mr. Rossi, in 1965 the featured film West and Soda, followed by Vip my brother superman in 1968 and in 1976 by Allegro non troppo, the italian answer to illustrious “Fantasia” by Walt Disney. Bozzetto produced, with Piero Angela, more than 100 films for the TV science show Quark,  and more than thirty shorts, for which he received much recognition as well as many awards, including  four Nastro d’Argento, ten Career Awards, the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival and an Oscar Nomination. Bozzetto  represents a cornerstone in the history of italian and International Animation,  which has indelibly marked our imagination. Romics has also dedicated to Bozzetto a biographical exhibition composed by original drawings: From Bozzetto to Pixel.

 

Francis Manapul - Golden Romics of the XVIII edition

Writer, illustrator, colourist, Francis is able, practically on its own, to create an entire album. Manapul is a Filipino-born comic book artist living in Toronto, Francis wrote and illustrated Flash and now he has also become the artist of Detective Comics (with his trusty Brian Buccellato), the doyenne of Batman’s titles. He illustrated Adventure Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes, Superman/Batman, Justice League e in the past he has worked  for major american and european publishing houses.

 

 

 

 

Go Nagai Sensei - Golden Romics of the XIX edition

 

Kiyoshi Nagai known as Gō Nagai is regarded as one of the greatest authors of Japanese comics and animation. He created a universe of characters which accompanied entire generations: Ufo Robot Grendizer, Mazinger, the manga cult Devil Man, Cutey Honey, Kotetsu Jeeg, Violence Jack.

He began his career in 1965, but only two years later he created his first manga work Meakashi Porikiki.

In 1968 he founded the Dynamic Production with which he produced his masterpieces. We need to mention in 1971 Mao Dante from which he began his exploration towards religious and demoniacal themes; the author declared that he was inspired by an edition of the Divine Commedy illustrated by Gustave Doré.

That same year he published Devilman, one of the most eminent and influential works of the seventies. Nagai introduced situations on the border of splatter with an apocalyptic ending that leaves dumbfounded. A TV series dedicated to this manga was also developed with less violent contents and explicit recalls to the iconography of the western superhero.

The 1972 was a very important year for the japanese animation. Nagai, great innovator of the Mecha genre, gave birth to Mazinger Z, the first Japanese anime which saw as protagonist a super robot controlled by a human.  The idea of a steerable big robot came to Nagai while he was driving in city traffic, thinking what might have happened if the car was equipped with mechanical arms for overstepping the others vehicles. This work was published in several comics versions, the most important of which was the one written by Nagai and illustrated by Gosaku Ota, that follows closely the plot of the TV version accentuating the violence and introducing many innovations. The character of Archduke Gorgon was included in the course of the comic-book and the TV series, the first member of Micenae Empire to fight against Great Mazinger, the successor of Mazinger Z.

In 1973 he created Cutie Honey, the android girl living under the secret identity of the blonde Honey Kisaragi, but that in case of need may appear in different identities, each one with its own aspect, powers and special equipment. Cutie, the main identity, is a red-haired definitely malicious heroine, far from the Japanese female standards, who often mocks her male friends and ridicules her enemies during the fighting. It is here that Go Nagai has joined heroism with eroticism.

In the same year it began the very long epic of Violence Jack, a series in which the Kantō Peninsula is isolated by a cataclysm and becomes the scene of  furious struggles for  survival. Nagai repeatedly interrupted and resumed the series until its conclusion in 1990.

Returning to Great Mazinger, in 1974 this TV series deepened and polarized the contents of Mazinger Z: this time the mecha pilot is a real soldier trained for the achievement of a single aim: the defeat of Micenae Empire, enormous robotic monsters with human heads set into the belly.

Also in 1974, Nagai gave evidence of his genius creating the ‘’combinable mecha’’ with Getter Robot. In this series makes its return the theme of ‘’ the enemy which comes down from the past ‘’, the Dinosaur Empire, a civilization of reptile-like humanoids, they have lived many years in hibernation and now they reclaim the Earth. From the TV series to the comic-book version one more time exasperating the violence present in the cartoon and changing the personality of the characters. That same year Go Nagai wrote and illustrated the manga comic book Kekko Kamen, yet another fusion of heroism and eroticism where the female superhero fights the crime dressed only in a red, rabbit-eared mask, with matching gloves, scarf, and boots.

In 1975 he published Getter Robot G, the sequel of Getter Robot and especially two series much loved in Italy,  Kotetsu Jeeg and Grendizer. The themes this time are more ‘’classically’’ sci-fi, with a real and proper alien invasion.

Grendizer had much success particularly in Europe, where especially in Italy it gave rise to a real cultural phenomenon, even studied at the faculties of sociology. Grendizer officially marked the entrance of the anime within the television programming. A strong impact, as there were many differences with regards to design, animation techniques and themes. The italian theme-songs created by the duo Luigi Albertelli – Vince Tempera soon became very famous.

 

Furthermore Grendizer has shown with great evidence how many of Go Nagai’s characters belong to the same narrative universe: in the series appears Koji Kabuto, pilot of Mazinger Z, at the controls of an innovative flying saucer. Later, we find the giant robots of Nagai joined for a common cause in several films and OAV such as Great Mazinger vs Grendizer, Mazinger Z vs Devilman, Great Mazinger vs Getter Robot and the magnificent team-up Grendizer, Getter Robot G and Great Mazinger vs the Dragosaurus.

In 1976, Nagai collaborated in two series perhaps less original, but which have also been broadcasted in Italy with a good public feedback:  Gaiking: Legend of Daiku-Maryu and Gakeen Magnetic Robot. A dispute over Gaiking rights led to a violent quarrel between Nagai and the Toei Animation that until that moment had been producing all his series, and the consequent separation.

From here onwards the career of Nagai has taken a curious turn: besides producing new works, he dedicated in an almost maniacal way to the ‘’rewriting’’ of the works that made him famous, often helped for drawings by Ken Ishikawa and recently by Yu Kinutani. In this manner is started the rereading of Mazinger (God Mazinger, Z Mazinger, Mainstage, Mazinkaiser), Getter Robot (Getter Robot Go, Shin Getter Robot, Shin Getter Robot: The Last Day, Shin Getter Robot vs Neo Getter Robot, Getter Robot Ark) and Devilman (Neo Devilman, Devilman Armageddon, Devillady, Amon - The Darkside of Devilman, Strange Days - The Apocalypse of Devilman).

In confermation of the greatness of this Japanese author there is the fact that he and his characters have become, just like international stars, also objects of super deformed parody, we talk about CB Chara Nagai Go World, in which are present all characters of the most famous series.

 

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