Thursday, 29 December 2011

All Star

I was just looking for something else to scan and I pulled this off the Shelf. Antonio Solinas kindly sent me a copy after I'd contributed a couple of things and although I can't read Italian it's a great book to own, not only for its fabulous cover art by Francesco Biagini and some of the great illustrations inside but obviously for the writing itself. I hope that it gets a translation at some point because I know that it had great reviews by those who can speak the lingo!

For those who can, I'm going to post the info for the book in Italian as well as English alongside scans from Marvel Boy and one of my all-time favourite pieces of sequential storytelling ever!

Grant Morrison: All Star 
di Giovanni Agozzino, Nicola Peruzzi e Antonio Solinas

Grant Morrison: All Star è un libro che, per la prima volta al mondo, intende esaminare e inquadrare in maniera critica la carriera di uno degli sceneggiatori simbolo del fumetto di lingua anglosassone e uno dei più grandi innovatori di sempre del medium.
Il volume, che intende colmare un evidente vuoto critico a livello internazionale, è stato pubblicato sul mercato di lingua italiana dalla casa editrice Double Shot, debuttando nei giorni della fiera Lucca Comics & Games 2010, alla fine di ottobre 2010.
Scritto da Giovanni Agozzino, Nicola Peruzzi e Antonio Solinas, tre dei maggior esperti dell’opera morrisoniana in Italia, il libro copre in maniera schematica e ragionata la tutta la produzione di Morrison, a partire dalle prime storie pubblicate su Near Myths fino agli ultimi exploits di Batman & Robin e Joe the Barbarian, con un approccio al contempo divulgativo e d’approfondimento, e riservando il giusto spazio a opere seminali come i primi fumetti pubblicati in patria e l’essenziale saga di The Invisibles.
Il libro è corredato da una copertina inedita di Francesco Biagini (Dingo, Dead Run, Elric - The Balance Lost for Boom! Studios, Terra Inferno for Soleil), una introduzione da parte di Michele Foschini della BAO Publishing (che publicherà la versione italiana di SuperGods di Morrison) e include approfondite interviste a collaboratori chiave di Morrison quali Frank Quitely, Chaz Truog, Steve Yeowell, Richard Case, Chris Weston, Paul Grist, Rian Hughes, Steve Parkhouse, Frazer Irving etc,  oltre a un apparato iconografico di immagini rare o inedite tratte dai più importanti comics di Morrison.
Ogni capitolo è accompagnato da una estesa serie di riferimenti e note a margine, allo scopo di facilitare la comprensione del lettore e la capacità di approfondire le fonti originali.
A corredo, il libro presenta una serie di box che affrontano in maniera stuzzicante aspetti poco conosciuti e/o curiosi della carriera e della produzione di Morrison, fornendo un “gancio” per l’approfondimento di argomenti importanti non solo per quanto riguarda la poetica dell’autore, ma fornendo anche aneddoti di sapore “colloquiale”.

Just one of the great illustrations in the book. Superman by Frank Quitely
Grant Morrison: All Star
by Giovanni Agozzino, Nicola Peruzzi and Antonio Solinas
Grant Morrison: All Star is the first book which aims to provide a critical analysis of the entire career of Scottish writer Grant Morrison, one of the most important innovators in the comic medium ever.
The book, which intends to fill an evident void in comics criticism worldwide, has been published in the Italian language by publisher Double Shot and made its debut at the Lucca Comics & Games 2010 convention at the end of October 2010.
Written by Giovanni Agozzino, Nicola Peruzzi and Antonio Solinas, three of the biggest Morrison experts in Italy, the book spans the writer’s entire career, from his “independent” beginnings to his latest major exploits, such as Batman & Robin and Joe The Barbarian, putting particular emphasis on the appraisal of early Morrison comics published in the UK as well as the essential The Invisibles saga. The book features new cover art by Francesco Biagini (Dingo, Dead Run, Elric - The Balance Lost for Boom! Studios, Terra Inferno for Soleil), an introduction by BAO Publishing’s CEO Michele Foschini (who will publish the Italian version of the SuperGods book by Morrison) and includes in-depth interviews with key collaborators such as Frank Quitely, Chaz Truog, Steve Yeowell, Richard Case, Chris Weston, Paul Grist, Rian Hughes, Steve Parkhouse, Frazer Irving and more, as well as an extensive gallery of unpublished and rare artwork from Morrison’s most important comics.
The book also includes a chapter on the writer’s extra-comics work, a thorough Morrison bibliography, the comic The House of Heart’s Desire, which represents the first “Barbelith” appearance (so far unpublished in Italy),  and an extensive interview with Grant Morrison, covering all the most important themes and topics in his work.
Suited both to readers with a deep knowledge of the Morrison oeuvre and to novices, the book is aimed at the same (apparently wide) audience that has been so responsive to Supergods: Morrison fans, superhero enthusiasts, comic readers looking for “alternative” ideas, as well as comics scholars.
Written in an accessible style able to convey complex ideas to the general public, Grant Morrison: All Star presents many interesting bits of trivia and less-known angles to Morrison’s bibliography. Ideally, it will find its place next to Grant Morrison: The Early Years by Timothy Callahan and Our Sentence Is Up by Patrick Meaney and constitutes an ideal companion to Meaney’s movie, Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods. While Meaney’s movie deals more with Morrison’s biography, Grant Morrison: All Star, with a similar approach, instead analyses his body of work.
Grant Morrison: All Star has been well received by the Italian national press, and the reader reaction so far has been very positive and enthusiastic.


Originally seen as a double-page spread in Marvel Boy, by Grant Morrison and JG Jones.

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