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Posted - 14/01/2020 :  15:37:52  Show Profile Show Extended Profile  Send jaki a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Ja sam fetišist papira!
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Posted - 14/01/2020 :  15:40:10  Show Profile Show Extended Profile  Send jaki a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Even more than Viola Giramondo , the first foray out of the Disney comic book by the couple formed by Teresa Radice and Stefano Turconi , is the forbidden port to play an important role in the career of the two authors: it is their first work to contain elements not suitable for children, the one that demonstrates their ability to range between genres and atmospheres, the first published by BAO Publishing - which will become the "home" of all their subsequent projects - and has won several industry awards, allowing spouses to to be known in the Italian comics scene and to be able to develop other projects, always different from each other, thanks to the trust of the Milanese publishing house.

It should perhaps not be too surprising, then, that Radice and Turconi return to tell of places and characters known precisely in The Forbidden Port : the affection and attachment that the two feel for the microcosm of Playmouth that they have created is the key to decipher The girls of the Pillar , volume that inaugurates a series whose nerve center is the Pillar to Post, the pleasure house that was one of the key places in the original history.

Radice and Turconi return to Pillar_Reviews The first volume contains two stories, June and Lizzie , choral stories in which, however, it is the girl of the title who is at the center of the single story.
The plots are simple and delicate, but in their lack of superstructures the screenwriter manages to give the characters three-dimensionality , making them alive and extraordinarily human, as per her habit. Unlike other examples, however, among which the forbidden Port itself , this effect does not obtain it through long dialogues or courtly quotations - stylistic code of Teresa Radice - but with a more fluid narration, always refined but in this case more direct, consistent with the context and the extraction of the characters at the center of the narrative.

So in June we have the shy Asian who goes out of her way to defend the new "bouncer" of Pillar, a good giant without an arm from afar who is however frowned on by someone, while in Lizzie we follow the love story between the curly-haired blonde and an introverted scholar of a good family. In both stories stands out the strong-willed, generous and positive character of the girls, which manifests itself in the choices they make and in how they deal with their fears and problems , which goes to build very good literary characters, strong and multifaceted figures of women to which it is easy become attached and that are never stereotyped or forced.

The strength lies therefore not so much in what happens, but in how it is told and in the enveloping characterization that is given to the two protagonists, to the companions of "activities" and to the other characters involved.
After all, the reality of the Pillar to Post was not investigated much in the original graphic novel, in which the focus was mainly on the owner of the place, and this certainly offers ample margins to reveal various details of the girls who populate it. .

But not only that: the place is configured as a privileged observation point on the country and on the characters that populate it or pass through it.
Radice's narrative does not remain enclosed within those walls but is contaminated , arriving at the port, the seamstress's shop and elegant country villas. The protagonists come into contact with so much different humanity and the screenwriter's ability to build significant and interesting characters enhances this choice, enriching the setting and expanding it.

Radice and Turconi return to Pillar_Reviews In constructing this narrative system, the authors choose a solution perhaps risky, but certainly intriguing. The two stories are not limited to being self-concluding: in addition to the vertical structure of the single adventure, there are some subplots that link the two episodes and that are even left open, referring to the next volume to see the developments.

These are not just references to what happened between the pages of The Forbidden Port , present with hints that the passionate reader can appreciate - also for the delicacy with which they are inserted - but that do not weigh down the reading to those who do not catch them, but rather true parallel stories that manifest themselves in the background .

For example, the new commander of the Last Chance frigate - that Jasser Allali present as a secondary character in the graphic novel - is assigned by the Navy a secret mission to Algiers that for some reason not yet revealed, disturbs him a lot, which seems to annoy someone and the which we will follow developments only in the future.
At the same time, a mysterious brunette who has just arrived in Playmouth tries to gather money to reach her distant brother, and crosses her path with that of the Pillar, probably entering the group but leaving the precise feeling that she is hiding something in her past, even on the way. of the still not clear relations with the blood relative and of the reasons that push her with such urgency to return to him.

They are elements capable of capturing the attention and of composing a much more complex and ambitious tapestry than one might initially think , but which collide with an output cadence so dilated as to risk making the use of horizontal textures cumbersome to readers less be careful, since there is talk of a hiatus of two years between each volume.

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Stefano Turconi's pencils readjust easily in the British town of the early nineteenth century, theater of action: the trait of the artist is reconfirmed essential and quick, with soft and fast lines that in few signs manage to graphically characterize a face, a look or a posture.
The cage of the tables is mostly classic, although with a scan of the cartoons that is certainly not rigid, since they almost never have the same size, thus dictating an always varied and lively rhythm for scanning the story.Rows with three squares are not uncommon instead of the canonical two, as well as tables where doubles abound with a lower than average height, thus obtaining an extra row of vignettes. There are also some quadruples and splash pages of great effect, with individual vignettes that occasionally nestle above them.

Furthermore, even more than in The Forbidden Port , Turconi is dedicated to portraying female forms and nudity, without ever being vulgar or lingering excessively on these aspects but giving a charge of intense sensuality to some scenes, making the volume at times disturbing.

The girls all look different from each other in terms of features, build and aesthetic characteristics, facilitating the reader to understand the dialogues between the characters and giving a very good side to the painstaking job of describing the screenwriter.
The care for clothes is also evident , in particular with regard to the supporting actors who often play particular roles and therefore wear clothing or uniforms of a certain rank, always represented with great attention to detail.

Radice and Turconi return to Pillar_Reviews As far as the backgrounds are concerned, the designer shows once again that he has a good eye in the composition of the scenes, filling the environments with objects and elements that enrich the context by making the reader enter a coherent world full of reference points. This observation applies both to the interiors and the exteriors, in which Turconi further indulges himself by portraying different naturalistic elements - glimpses, buildings, animals - that make each environment concrete and fabulous at the same time.

The big visual difference between The Forbidden Port and The Pillar Girls is certainly the use of color. While the graphic novel was in black and white, a choice that was consistent with both the type of plot and the aesthetics of an old adventure book that you wanted to recreate, in this case the boards enjoy a truly effective colorful palette.

With a caressing appearance, Turconi's coloring follows a bit what was done with Tosca dei Boschi and with the two volumes of the Orlando Curioso series : the pastel tones dominate, offering a particularly suitable soft color scheme and always communicate precisely where we are and what is the atmosphere of that scene. At Pillar to Post, warm tones like orange and light brown dominate, the streets at night are halfway between dark blue and faded purple while the port during the day appears limpid, clear and bright, with the blue sky making it from master.
Color contributes significantly to the overall result, especially for its always careful and fitting use, in the service of history.

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The girls of Pillar is not a sequel, therefore: The forbidden port is a graphic novel that finds perfect closure in itself, considering in particular the events that concerned the two protagonists, Abel and Rebecca.
The two cartoonists therefore opt for a "side shift", shifting the focus of the narrative on the prostitutes we have already known and using them as a starting point to go and peek in other corners of Playmouth , deepening places, situations and characters that had not been treated or gutted in the 2015 comic novel.

The project, as mentioned at the beginning, has to do with the passion of Teresa Radice and Stefano Turconi towards their stories, and the affection towards the context of The forbidden port is perceived on each page , as if the authors had physically returned to a place where they had good moments, with the curiosity to see what changed in the life of the people they had known then and with a touch of nostalgia (as they also declared in the interview they gave us at last Lucca Comics ).
They love these characters and in particular the girls to whom they dedicate the series: a sensation that clearly affects the reader and contributes to the success of the volume.

Ja sam fetišist papira!
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Posted - 14/01/2020 :  20:01:34  Show Profile Show Extended Profile  Send Poli a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by pcoro

Pa ništa, samo da se da pročitat. Ali stari je nešto kao inspektor Bloch iz Dylana, ništa nastalo poslije 1970te ga ne može oduševiti ili natjerati na komentar, ni knjiga ni film. Ako ga nešto zainteresira pogleda ili pročita, ako ne neće, i to je to.

Pa takvi smo i mi sami sa godinama.

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Posted - 15/01/2020 :  08:10:32  Show Profile Show Extended Profile  Send pcoro a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Lijepo je što su napravili novu knjigu, ali šteta da je nastavak ove priče koja se čini završena, i to još kratki nastavak i to još kratki nastavak sa dvije još kraće priče. Nadao sam se da će slijediti nešto novo, dugo, bolje, najbolje!
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Posted - 15/01/2020 :  09:32:30  Show Profile Show Extended Profile  Send Shaner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Lijepo to zvuči, nadam se da će pronaći put do Fibrinog kataloga.
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