The theme of the 20th edition of the Week of Italian Language in the World (October 19 to 25) is "Italian Between Word and Image: Graffiti, Illustrations, Comic Books". To mark the event, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto will present a lecture by Professor Vittorio Frigerio on the history of Italian “fumetto” (comics).
This talk will provide a bird’s eye view of the development, growth and diversification of Italian comics starting with their popularization in the first years of the 20th century, thanks to magazines such as the weekly Il Corriere dei Piccoli, and ending with today’s “graphic novels”. Italian “fumetti” entertained from the start an ambiguous but strong relationship with modern painting, the world of literature, and eventually cinema. They evolved progressively, through the upheavals of the Second World War, into a massive market enjoying great popularity with readers of all ages and producing a wealth of original creators, several of whom would exert an important influence on the development of the genre worldwide. We will present here an array of some of the most significant of these authors, to name a few, Sergio Tofano, Benito Jacovitti, Aurelio Galleppini, Grazia Nidasio, Hugo Pratt, Magnus, Guido Buzzelli, Dino Battaglia, GiPi and Zerocalcare, and their most unforgettable characters and stories.