Kevin Jenkins


Supervising Art Director in Industrial Light & Magic e nella sua lunga carriera ha vinto un Art Directors Guild Award per Guardiani della Galassia, un British Film Designers Guild award per Star Wars – Il risveglio della Forza e ha fatto parte del team premiato con l’Oscar per La bussola d’oro. La sua carriera è iniziata come art director per l’editoria, la pubblicità e i videogames per passare poi al matte painting con la serie Walking with Dinosaurs per la BBC. Come Art Director ha lavorato con Stephen Spielberg in War Horse e poi è divenuto Lead Concept Designer per film quali World War Z, Zero Dark Thirty, Edge of Tomorrow, Thor 2, Guardiani della galassia e Avengers: age of Ultron. Entrato in Indutrial Light & Magic, ha seguito come lead art director tutti e tre gli ultimi film del franchise Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story e il nuovo Star Wars: Gli ultimi Jedi.

Puoi incontrare Kevin Jenkins sabato 7 ottobre alle ore 12.00 e domenica alle ore 12.15 presso il Pala Romics - Sala Grandi Eventi e Proiezioni, Pad.8

Kevin Jenkins Golden Romics of the XXII edition

Supervising Art Director at Industrial Light & Magic in his long career he won  an Art Directors Guild Award for Guardians of the Galaxy, a British Film Designers Guild award for Star Wars – The Force Awakens and he was member of the team who awarded the Oscar for The Golden Compass. His career started as a art director for publishing, advertising and videogames then he moved on to matte painting with the series Walking with Dinosaurs for BBC. As a Art Director he collaborated with  Stephen Spielberg on War Horse then he became Lead Concept Designer on films such as World War Z, Zero Dark Thirty, Edge of Tomorrow, Thor 2, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron. After joined the Indutrial Light & Magic, he worked as a lead art director on the last three films of franchise Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Massimiliano Frezzato - Golden Romics of the XII edition



Comic books author and illustrator, his works are published in Europe and in the United States. He was born in Turin on 12 March 1967 where he frequented the Artistic High School.  During the school years he took part in the National Comics Contest in Prato gaining the second place. It was the debut of who will become one of the greatest italian comics artists. In 1985, Frezzato began to publish his works for various magazines and in 1990 he created “Margot” with script by Jerome Charyn. From 1994 to 1997, he was assigned the task of leading an illustration course at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin. In the meantime, in 1996 he published the work that will definitively conquer a large audience, Keepers of the Maser, work that will engage him until April 2005. Since 2007 he entrasted to the skillful pencil of Fabio Ruotolo the illustration of the saga, completely devoting himself to the script and the supervison. The Keepers of the Maser saga was an enormous success and was published in many countries such as : France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Denmark and United States. From 1998 to 1999 he taught at Accademia d’Arte Pictor in Turin. In recent years Frezzato has given space to his creativity, by creating, between 2008 and 2009, a wonderful portfolio in which he illustrated the history of Pinocchio. In 2011 the french publisher Mosquito published Memories of sand, a collection of silent short stories dedicated to love in all its nuances.  


Jae Lee - Golden Romics of the XV edition


Jae Lee, illustrator for various publishers, at Romics to celebrate the 75th anniversary of  BATMAN! With his dark and elegant style he has quickly become one of the youngest artists to work for a major. He won the 1999 Eisner Award for the Marvel series: Inhumans . Lee and writer Grant Morrison produced the four-issue miniseries Fantastic Four: 1234, whose plates  have been exhibited at the Society of illustrators of New York. In 2007 Lee was chosen by Stephen King for a six years long journey begun with Gunslinger Born by Marvel Comics and culminated in illustrating the novel: The Wind Through the Keyhole. Later, Lee dedicated himself to Before Watchmen: Ozymandias, prequel of the best selling graphic novel of all times. He illustrated Batman/Superman in 2013-2014 with writer Greg Pak.

Paolo Barbieri - Golden Romics of the XV edition


Paolo Barbieri has been working for more than fifteen years in the Italian and  foreign publishing market. He collaborated with the most important international publishers, creating hundreds of book covers for great writers such as  Michael Crichton, Clive Clusser, Desmond Bagley, Ursula L. Guin, George R. R. Martin, Cornelia Funke, Umberto Eco, Sergej Luk’Janenko,Lian Hearn, Bernard Cornwell, Wilbur Smith, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Herbie Brennan, Francesco Dimitri, Cassandra Clare, Giovanni Del Ponte, and many others. He created all the book covers for Licia Troisi’s works, the best-known Italian fantasy writer, the book covers of the two comic-series Mondo Emerso published by Panini Comics, and the manifesto for Mantova Comics 2009 and Cavacon 2013. In 2001 he worked in the world of animation, with “Aida degli alberi” (2001 - Medusa film/Lanterna Magica), as director of the color division for the  scenographies (key-backgrounds). On this occasion he deepened his knowledge on the spreading of the colors for the  scenographies, typical of American (Disney) and Japanese masters, remaining three months in Seul to direct the color division of the corean studio responsible for creating the backdrops of the animated film. Barbieri is one of the very few Italian artists who can master such a specific technique, where you can achieve the effects of oil painting with the use of acrylics. ‘’Aida degli Alberi’’ was one of the most expensive animated co-productions ever made in Europe, which returned into the limelight for some suspected similarities from the movie ‘’Avatar’’ by James Cameron (2009). In 2011 he was the first Italian Artist Guest of Honor at Lucca Comics & Games, with an anthological exhibition in the rooms of Palazzo Ducale. In the same year he published ‘’Favole degli Dei’’ (Mondadori), the first illustrated book where Barbieri became a complete author, creating both scripts and illustrations, re-interpreting the figures of Greek mythology through a dreamlike, sensual and modern style. In the 2012 saw the light another significant work: “L’Inferno di Dante illustrato da Paolo Barbieri” (Mondadori), a challenge in which Barbieri compared himself to the Supreme Poet. Over 60 fantasy illustrations showing Dante’s journey to hell populated by legendary characters. Barbieri’s next book was “L’Apocalisse illustrata da Paolo Barbieri” (Mondadori), dedicated to the last book of the Bible, famous for its disquieting symbols and prophecies on the end of time. A further evolution of style stands out in this volume,  by pushing the classic fantasy towards a symbiosis with  symbolic art and metaphisic. Barbieri was the first artist to have produced with Mondadori, some themed illustrated books, finally bringing, also in Italy, the tradition of making books in large format to be able to better admire details and colors of the works. In 2014 Barbieri was awarded the Golden Romics, the prestigious recognition dedicated to great international artists in the sectors of comics, illustration and cinema who have marked the collective imagination. Paolo Barbieri took part as Special Guest at the XVII edition of Romics with the exhibition ‘’ La forza e la voluttà: attraverso i Mondi immaginifici di Paolo Barbieri ‘’ a journey through the artistic career of this extraordinary illustrator.

In the last years, a lot of works of Barbieri were selected by prestigious international magazine Spectrum, the most important annual in the world which collects the best of fantasy art.

Paolo Barbieri created works with the most important painting techniques (oil colors, airbrush, acrylics, watercolors, pencils, chalks), and he is also a ‘’maestro madonnaro’’. In 2003 in the role of maestro madonnaro he won the contest of Grazie di Curtatone (MN), one of the most important themed event in Italy and in the world.


Stefano Babini - Golden Romics of the XVI edition


He began his career in the world of comics as an inker for some erotic magazines of Edifumetto. He got in touch with Hugo Pratt and frequented his studio in Switzerland. In 1993 he arrived at the publishing house Sergio Bonelli Editore. He began a collaboration that still continues today with the Italian Air Force Magazine. The turning point came in 2006 when he joined the illustrators team of  Diabolik. In 2009 he published the graphic novel ‘’Non è stato un pic nic!’’. In 2010 his second sketchbook ‘’Welcome bye bye’’came out. He collaborated to Cinquanta x Cento project in the occasion of  the centenary of  C.G.I.L., together with Vittorio Giardino and Ivo Milazzo. He worked on a project  for the french market, in collaboration with Florian Rubis, author of the biographical essay  ‘’Hugo Pratt ou le sens de la fable’’.

Enrique Fernández - Golden Romics of the XVI edition

Very special spanish penciller, he started his professional career signing the storyboards of some feature length animated films such as El Cid, La Leyenda (2003) and Nocturno (2007). In 2004 he made his debut in the world of comics in France. He collaborated with the writer David Chauvel in the adaptation of The Wizard of Oz (tunue’,2012) and he created Les Liberateurs, published by the swiss publishing house Paquet and by Glenat in Spain. In 2009 he wrote and illustrated L'Ile sans sourire published by Drugstore and by Tune’ in 2014 with the title The Isle of Smile. In 2012 started the crowdfunding campaign in order to produce the graphic novel Brigada #1 and after the extraordinary success (around 50000 euro were collected), the following year started the campaign for the creation of the long awaited Brigada #2. In the same year he published the graphic novel Aurore for the Tipitondi series.

Barry Purves - Golden Romics of the XV edition

Barry J.C. Purves is an English animator, director and screenwriter of puppet animation, television and cinema and theatre designer and director, primarily for the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse in Manchester. Known as one of Britain's most celebrated animators on account of his six short films each of which has been nominated for numerous international awards (including Academy Awardand, BAFA nominations), he has also directed and animated for several television programs and over seventyadvertisements, title sequences and animated insert sequences. His film credits include being head animator for Tim Burton's Mars Attack! and animation director for Peter Jackson's King Kong. Purves has taught animation, made documentaries, written articles for magazines and books and his own book Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Prformance was released through Focal Press in 2007. He has held workshops about animation in several colleges in Europe and beyond as well as major North American studios such as DreamWorks, Pacific Data Images, Pixar and Will Vinton Studios Around 1996 he made plans to shoot a full-length film of Noye’s Fludde, Benjamin Britten's opera version of a mystery play about the Deluge, one of his strangest credits was co-presenting, in Mandarin, the live final of the Chinese talent search show Super Girl in 2006.


Francesca Ghermandi - Golden Romics of the XIV edition

Born in Bologna in 1964, Francesca since the second half of the 80’s has started to work for several italian and International publishers amongst which “Frigidaire”, “Echo des Savanes”, “Il Manifesto”, “Comic art”, “L’Unità”, “Linus”, “Internazionale”, Fantagraphics Books, Garzanti, Sinsentido, Topi Pittori, Mondadori. She published many comic books including: Hiawata Pete (Granata Press, 1993; Coconino press, 2008), Helter skelter (Phoenix, 1997), Pastil vol.1, vol.2 (Phoenix, 1998/2000), Bang! Sei Morto (Seuil, 2003), Pasticca (Einaudi, 2003), Grenuord, (Coconino Press, 2008), Cronache dalla palude (Coconino press, 2010); children’s books such as  ‘’Le avventure di Cipollino’’, on a text by G. Rodari, Editori Riuniti, 2001, ‘’Le avventure di Ulisse’’on a text by R. Piumini (Editori Riuniti, 2003), ''Il Racconto del lombrico'', on a text by N. De Vita, (Orecchio Acerbo, 2008), ''Pronto soccorso & beauty case'', on a text by S. Benni (Orecchio acerbo, 2010 ); the collection of drawings ‘’Un'estate a Tombstone’’ (Comix/D406, 2006). Among her personal exhibitions: ‘’Quella teppa dei miei amichetti’’ (2004) at the Museo dell'illustrazione of Ferrara,’’Un'estate a Tombstone’’ (2006) at the d406 of Modena, ‘’Cronache dalla Palude’’ (2011) at the Squadro Gallery of Bologna, Officina Ghermandi (2012) at the  Museo Civico Archeologico of Bologna. In 2005 she created the animated intro of the  62th editon of  Biennale del Cinema di Venezia. Francesca received the Golden Romics Award in 2013.

Akemi Takada - Golden Romics of the XIV edition

Her soft, kind and at the same time captivating lines have generated some of the most beloved characters in the history of animation. Lamu, Creamy, Kyoko, Madoka, Fancy Lala, to mention just a few… which have made Akemi one of the most famous illustrator and character designer. Her career, started at Tatsunoko before turning towards the status of free-lance, has given us not only some excellent tv series (Lamù, Maison Ikkoku, Mami Creamy, Orange Road, Patlabor etc), but also OAVs, artbooks, covers, videogames and much more…