Luca Raffaelli (wikipedia)
is an Italian journalist, essayist and screenwriter expert in comics and animation. Considered one of the greatest Italian experts in the field of comics and animation, he is involved in promoting a prominent role in the national cultural scene, both as a journalist and as an author of essays. He began writing in 1976 on the pages of Il Fumetto, the magazine dell’Anaf. After having founded the critical magazine L’sclo, he began collaborating on the pages of Paese Sera in 1980, then taking on the role of editor-in-chief of the Italian edition of Métal Hurlant. In 1981 he directed two services on the comic for La parola e l’immagine, Rai 3’s cultural program: the first with the first tv interview with Andrea Pazienza and Filippo Scozzari, the second on the magazine crisis with interviews with Oreste del Buono, Luigi Bernardi, Milo Manara and many others. Since 1994 he has edited the Nuvolette column on Lanciostory and for several years he has written about animation and comics about XL, La Repubblica’s monthly magazine, Il Venerdì di Repubblica and La Repubblica. For Repubblica he also edited the series of the classics of comics, The classics of the comic series gold, The encyclopedia of stripes, Graphic-novel, the historical color collection of Tex, and that of Zagor of which he writes all the introductions to the volumes . In 1994 he published the essay “The anime designed, the thought in the cartoon from Disney to the Japanese” (I ed. Castelvecchi, II edition, minimum fax 2005), which became a reference text for anyone involved in animation in Italy, and in 1997 “Il Fumetto” (Il Saggiatore – Flammarion), in which he reviews the different formats in which the ninth art is proposed, tracing its centennial history. He has also published two books for children, “Un fantasma in cucina” and “Gianga e Perepè” (Arnoldo Mondadori Editore). He was the artistic director of Castelli Animati, the international festival of animated cinema in Genzano, as well as Romics, the festival of comics and animation in Rome. As a screenwriter, among other works, in 2002 he collaborated with Giulio Cingoli and Dario Fo on the animated feature film Johan Padan a la descoverta de le Americas, and in 2003 on the first Italian animated 3D film, L’apetta Giulia e la signora Life. Since 2008 he has been on the scientific committee of Manga Academica magazine, the first study magazine on comics and Japanese animation. In 2009 he published “Traits and portraits, the great cartoon characters from Alan Ford to Zagor” with minimum fax, in which he collected, broadly revised, 78 introductions to the volumes of the series The classics of comics and the classics of the comic series gold. On the back cover this thought of Vittorio Giardino, creator of Sam Pezzo and Max Fridman, is reported: «The real novelty of contemporary comics is not so much in the works as in the quality of some people, like Luca Raffaelli, who read it critically». He also worked for television as a director, conductor and author (Mattina 2, Tele + bambini, Go-cart). The singer Mina, in the 1993 double CD Lochness, has interpreted one of her songs, entitled Ninna pà. In October 2012 he published for Einaudi Ragazzi, the comic novel “Enrichetto Cosimo in search of the manga mangante”, with drawings by Andrea Cavallini. From 2014 he directs “La Città Incantata” in the splendid Civita di Bagnoregio, an international meeting of designers who save the world.
Špela Čadež (Finta Studio)
Slovenian animator, director and producer.
After graduating in Visual Communication Design (2002) in Ljubljana, she continued her studies at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Department of Media Design. During his studies in Germany he has made two animated films, with the puppet animation technique, which have achieved notable international recognition: Zasukanec (Mate to Measure, 2014) and Liebeskrank (Lovesick, 2007).
In Last Minute (2010) Špela has collaborated with the Swiss director Marina Rosset. In 2013 he made, always with the puppets, Boles, projected around the world, receiving over 50 awards and nominations.
In 2016 he directed Nighthawk, a completely different work from his previous films, in cut-out animation (23 awards obtained to date); the film has participated in numerous festivals, such as Sundance Film Festival and Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival, with important awards and won the Best Animated Short Film award at the 15th edition of Imaginaria.
For 10 years, Špela has worked as a director and independent producer of animated films, with the production company Finta in Ljubljana. Orange is the New Black – Unraveled is his latest work, a fun puppet animation commissioned by the TV series Netflix.
Barbara Canepa (wikipedia)
is an Italian cartoonist, known as a designer together with Alessandro Barbucci, for Disney Italy and as co-creator of W.I.T.C.H., Monster Allergy and Sky Doll.
He began attending the University of Architecture and later worked as an advertising graphic for the exhibition space of the Milan Fair “Parco di Novegro”.
In 1996 he began his collaboration with Disney Italy as an illustrator for books, periodicals and licensing. In 1997 he created the illustrations for the advertising campaign “Disney Babies” and for the next three years he collaborated on projects for the magazine “The Little Mermaid” among the covers and a dozen comic stories. At the same time he took part in the Advanced Course of Pictorial Techniques held by G.B.Carpi at the Disney Academy for two years. His oil paintings have been exhibited in various exhibitions throughout Italy.
Since 1998 he has also worked as an illustrator with Clementoni, De Agostini and Disney Records.
He also participates in several creative projects as illustrator, character designer and graphic designer for the Walt Disney Company Italy. With Alessandro Barbucci he makes several comic stories and illustrations for “PK” and other comics. In 1997 the couple Barbucci and Canepa collaborated with the author Elisabetta Gnone to the creation of W.I.T.C.H., Disney Italia comics series: they took part in the drafting of the subject, realizing the characters, the background and the graphic, directorial and coloristic style. Published in 71 countries, the series is a huge success all over the world, selling more than 40 million copies before the end of 2012. It is the 4th best-selling magazine in the world. He also holds the “color course” to 4 other Disney artists for “Witch”.
After leaving Disney, in 2000, the couple Barbucci and Canepa are dedicating themselves to a new project for the French publisher Soleil, the comic-book science fiction series Sky Doll, also translated in other countries and published in Italy by Vittorio Pavesio Productions. In the early 2000s the couple was involved by Francesco Artibani and Katja Centomo in the creation of the Monster Allergy series, published for the new Disney Buena Vista Comics brand.
Since 2015 she has been the curator of the Métamorphose comic book series published by the French publisher Soleil, which also includes the comic book co-produced with Anna Merli, E.N.D. – Elisabeth.