Believe me, I didn’t expect it, when I heard them call my name I thought they had just read the wrong part of the paper. But in the end it was all true and and I got the prize as best Italian comic artist, ex aequo with Stefano Raffaele at the Treviso Comicbook Festival 2010. It really feels odd… when I worked on Giètz! I would never had thought that I could win a prize for it!
Anyway, it’s a good feeling, and it was a good day! I spent it drawing “dèdicaces” on the book, and talking to friends.
Btw. I had the great pleasure to sit right next to the great French Author Alfred, who, as so often, turned out to be a really nice and humble person!
Killer Aloe – die Rache der Heilpflanzen (which means something like “the vengeance of the medical plants”) is a short super-8 movie by Daniel “Analoge Widerstandsfront” Mahlknecht and Silvana Zancolò. I was asked to create a soundtrack for it a long time ago (probably more than 2 years) but only now I find some time to work on it. I’m still sketching out the intro, which I’ve been using to define the overall style of the soundtrack, and I think I’m starting to get somewhere here, at least that’s my feeling with it.
And now some info for the technically inclined: The theremin style sound, comes from the Novation Bass Station, and there is a bit of C64, which I’ve added to the low end of the composition. A Gakken SX-150 was used to add some FX and weirdness here and there. I had added some Atari Punk Console sounds, but have removed them here, they will appear further on in the score.
(the picture above is an actual frame from the movie of course)
I was asked by the Rational Theater in Munich to customize their Coffee Machine. Since the Brand of the Device was Wega, the idea was to illustrate the landing on the Wega Planet. I worked on it with Sbrizz, and it was a real fun! I’m still waiting for a picture of the customized part mounted on the machine (of course they only sent me the parts not the whole device), I’ll post them as soon as I get them.
Franz is a new magazine here in Bolzano. They publish on the web through Issuu, but print a small flyer with one or two articles from the current issu and an illustration on the other side, which for the current issue was created by me. The topic was street art, which was really inspiring!
My dear friend Vlou from France has finally gotten her first graphic nvel out! It’s called Petite Nouvelle. And if you’re in France, you should check it out! If you’re not, you should at least check out her blog!
Here’s the launch post on her blog: www.vlou.net
Get the book here: www.tribulles.com
Neuroticmaze – Out of Control
Hannes Hofer aka Neuroticmaze makes some great electronic music! His first album Out of Control, which elegantly blends synths, electric guitar and voice, is finally out and you can download a free single from his website here: www.neuroticmaze.com
In the last weeks I have collaborated with some friends (from the local electronic music scene) on a quite fun little project. I call it “30 seconds online jam exquis” but we actually never decided a name for it…
The idea is not new and we don’t want to take credit for it. Basically it works like a cadavre exquis in musical form. Each musician is allowed to create a 30 seconds piece, then it must be passed to the next person with stems of the single tracks. The idea is to have a continuously mutating piece of music where elements are addes, modified, distorted…
I’ve recently been invited to take part in a very special project, organized by Iranian-German Musician Amos and his lable Sounds of Subterrania. The project consisted in about 400 whitelable LPs handed out to artists, illustrators and designers from all over the world. Each of us could customize the cover to our likes. These objects now are beingn exibited in different galleries in Germany and Switzerland and online (on the Showtime website)
I really enjoyed to participate, especially because having to create a unique, orginal piece of art, I had to work completely by hand, without resorting to computer aided stuff. The more time passes, the less I like using a computer. Maybe I’m getting old, or maybe it’s just that I miss the direct contact with the paper, the colours, the real world…
Anyway, back to the cover design, here’s the official description I provided for it:
A surreal parade of creatures, memories and objects entwined in an energetic flow. It’s showtime, and everybody acts in sync, their minds linked together by invisible bonds, as if they were one giant organism. The idea was more to represent the (retro) mood and the drive of the album, than to be an illustration to it’s verbal content.
The album (which you can stream for free on the Amos Soundcloud page) is a fun mix of rock ‘n roll, 80′s vibes, Brian May guitars and the good ol’Amos style. Which made me think about when I was young and how I experienced the 80s. So basically the cover is a collage of my memories and images that popped up in my mind while listening to the tracks.