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Altan: “The cartoon needs ambiguity. Drawing? I trust the text more”

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The cartoonist and designer is back in the bookshop with “A me gliocchi”, a collection published by Salani. And during “Incipit”, the book section of Sky TG24, he says: “Experience? It leads you to learn about the mechanisms that then help you to have the right intuition”

For more than half a century, Francesco Tullio Altan has pierced commonplaces with an essential and undeniable quality. That quality also animates his latest book: it is entitled “To me eyes”, published by Salani, and has the merit, among other things, of reminding us that a good cartoon should never be explained or described. “The purpose of this work is to present different points of view about the reality that we have in front of us,” he says during “Incipit”, the Sky TG24 column dedicated to books (all episodes here).

In the interview, Altan talks about rhetoric and its risks (“in Italy it is one of the things that would be nice to peel off a little, but it is difficult”), the centrality of the text and the link with drawing (“I trust more of the former, then I do some sort of casting between my characters to decide who should play it”). And again: the relationship with the politically correct and the importance of duration and experience in a creative work (“it leads you to learn about the mechanisms that then help you to have the right intuition”).

“Drawing is an extremely lonely activity, but the relationship and comparison with others is not excluded,” says the inventor of Pimpa and Cipputi, explaining how unpredictable and unexpected reactions can also arise from that confrontation: “The vignette always needs ambiguity, it is part of the language and therefore it may happen that someone laughs because they have understood the opposite of what you meant; but this is inevitable: it is part of life”.

Source: TG 24 Sky

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