Fumetti d’avanguardia. Pablo Echaurren dai "quadratini" al graphic novel

Carlotta Vacchelli, Ph.D.

My project investigates the artistic figure of Pablo Echaurren in the broader context of the Italian underground comics scene in the 1970s and 1980s. My goal is to demonstrate the historical centrality of his work for the progressive evolution and diversification of the Ninth Art in Italy. I focus on Echaurren’s stylistic evolution from his participation to the Roman countercultural milieu, especially through fanzines and magazines, to the rise of the graphic novel in Italy. More specifically, I study the combination of artistic avantgarde motifs with the reuse of comics icons among underground artists.

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