In the occasion of the XXth Week of the Italian Language in the World, dedicated to “Italian between words and images: graffiti, illustrations, comics“, the Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal, under the patronage of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, and the Consulate General of Italy in Montreal are pleased to present the webinar “With the wings of the comic of Kleiner Flug“
Friday, October 23rd 2020, 3 pm EST
Kleiner Flug (Small flight), founded by Alessio D’Uva, is a small and precious Italian publishing house, which imagines, creates and publishes books of city stories, lives and works of illustrious characters, all narrated with the stroke and the liveliness of cartoon color. With the four series, “Viaggi” (stories of cities, monuments and travels), “Prodigi” (biographies of illustrious Italians), “Theater” (plays) and “Narrativa” (literary works), Kleiner Flug narrates, with creativity and imagination, “trying to excite, entertain through signs and styles that this particular and wonderful language allow”. Numerous volumes have already been published, including in particular: The conversion of St. Francis, Leonardo da Vinci, In the Rome of the Caesars, Raphael, Galileo Galilei, Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarca, Giotto, Venice Sketch Tour…
Alessio D’Uva, Filippo Rossi and Elia Munaò, all from the Kleiner Flug publisher, will participate in this webinar, along with Dario Brancato (Concordia University) and Francesco D’Arelli, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Montréal.
Alessio D’Uva, born in Florence in 1972, began his professional career in the family business, D’Uva srl, one of the largest producers and distributors of museum products in Italy and, in the meantime, collaborates with various realities of the world of comics as an author and editor. In 2006 he founded the DOUbLe SHOt Cultural Association together with some friends of the sector, a label within the Bottero Edizioni publishing house that deals with independently carrying out projects and publications of an experimental nature. Following the victory of a Gran Guinigi in 2007, the Oscars of Italian comics, he decided to leave the family business and devote himself exclusively to comics as an editor and teacher at the International School of Comics in Florence. Over the years he also became one of the best literists around and collaborated with 001, BD, JPOP, Planeta, Bao Publishing, Tunuè, Panini Comics and Editoriale Cosmo. In 2013 he decided to put to good use his major careers, comics and museums, and gave life to Kleiner Flug, a comic book publishing house centered on the lives of illustrious artists, writers and historical figures. In 2018 he became Director of the International School of Comics in Florence.
Filippo Rossi was born in Siena in 1982. He attended the Classical Lyceum and the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, and then enrolled, in 2005, at the International School of Comics where he graduated with full marks in 2008. The same year he began to publish the fanzine Difuori, together with a group of cartoonists, with some of whom in 2012, he founded the association Disagio Production which deals with self-production and publication of web-comics. He carries out numerous workshops at the International School of Comics in Florence and within happenings and events related to culture and comics. Between 2010 and 2011 he is part of the R.A.R. (Anti-Racist Laughter), organized by COSPE, for which he holds a series of cartoon lessons in high schools in Siena, Grosseto and Florence, also participating in numerous events around Italy. The experience is repeated with the U-Care project that will begin at the end of 2013. He publishes as an author some strips for Things that speak. Objective Dialogues (Double Shot, 2008) and as a screenwriter he participates in the publication of Dreams (Double Shot, 2010) and Dal Risorgimento alla Resistenza. Stories of Tuscans who made Italy (Lucca Comics, 2011). Since 2013 he collaborates with Kleiner Flug, for which he works on the storyboard of Dante Alighieri, he writes the screenplay by Francesco Petrarca and Benvenuto Cellini. He has been editor for Kleiner Flug since 2015 and in the meantime continues his numerous collaborations, including the latest Maldarno for the Double Shot Cultural Association.
Elia Munaò, born in Florence in 1994, after a brief experience in the private education sector decides to devote himself to comic book publishing. He works first as an intern and then as head of the Press Office and Social Media Manager in the Kleiner Flug publishing house of Alessio D’Uva. Later, he joined the editorial staff of the DOUbLe SHOt Cultural Association.