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Among the great "schools" of comics, the Italian one is probably the less known, in the other countries. Many Italian artists work for American and French comic books industries, but almost no Italian series or characters are famous outside of Italy. Exceptions are the Disney's Witch series, Winx Club and thousands of Disney comics published in all the world, but without credits. If you read Disney comics, probably you have read hundreds of stories by Romano Scarpa, Giorgio Cavazzano, Giovan Battista Carpi and many others Italian authors without knowing them.

That's okay, but what about the other Italian series and characters?
We produce a lot of comics, we have thousands of titles, and many of them sold or still sells more than most of the USA superheroes... But only in Italy. Some titles are translated in orher coutries, but in small printing and even smaller sales. Italian comics are not popular outside of Italy.
But what we produce, then? Well, Wikipedia can give a little help (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_….

First of all, remember: we have two distribution channels for comic books: comics shops and public kiosks. And the kiosks make the big sales.

Actually, the biggest and most important Italian comic books publisher is Sergio Bonelli Editore (English page: www.sergiobonelli.it/sezioni/3…, which published dozens of series since 1948. In the Nineties, Bonelli sold each month millions of copies of its comic books. Most popular series since that period are (still today) Tex Willer (a very classic western) and Dylan Dog (horror). Bonelli comics are monthly b/w books of 96 pages. All the Bonelli series are drawn in traditional style, with positive heroes. No bad guys allowed!

If I had written this "article" a few years ago, I could have talk about other publishers "Bonelli-like", but today they are gone or they only publish manga, French and American comics. The two main publisher who tried to follow Bonelli's success were Star Comics (www.starcomics.com/) and Eura Editoriale (www.editorialeaurea.it/).

The other big publisher in Italy is Panini, but it mainly translatse and publishes marvel and Japanese comics.

To find more Italian characters, today, you have to go in comics books and look for little publishers, which are a lot, and which publishes many books, most of them doesn't reach the 1.000 copies of sales. Here we are speaking about graphic novels, more than series. And if our mainstream adventure comics are mainly settled in the USA with American characters, here setting and characters are often Italian. Check publishers like Bao (www.baopublishing.it/), Shockdom (www.shockdom.com/webcomics/), 001 Edizioni (www.001edizioni.com/), Kappalab (www.kappalab.it) or NPE (edizioninpe.blogspot.it/).

Well, this is a far incomplete view on Italian comics today, just a glimpse, but here you are a list of some of the most important Italian characters. If you are reading these words, you have a computer and you surely know Google, so..

TEX WILLER
DYLAN DOG
MARTIN MYSTERE
ZAGOR
LA STORIA DEL WEST
DIABOLIK
CORTO MALTESE
VALENTINA
STURMTRUPPEN
LUPO ALBERTO
ALAN FORD
KRIMINAL
VALENTINA MELAVERDE
IL COMMISSARIO SPADA
IL GRANDE BLEK
SATURNO CONTRO LA TERRA
WINX CLUB
RATMAN
COCCO BILL

And these authors who are more famous than the characters they created
MILO MANARA
VITTORIO GIARDINO
ANDREA PAZIENZA
GIUSEPPE PALUMBO
MARIO ALBERTI

You can find many of them in the Wikipedia page I linked. Only, remember that anyone can contribute to the Wiki page and in the "famous authors" and "famous comics" lists there some names that probably have been added... by themselves!

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FedericoMemola
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Living in Milan, Italy. Comics writer from 1991. Writer for Nathan Never, Legs Weaver, Martin Mystère, Zona X, Il Giornalino. Creator of the comic book series Jonathan Steele, Agenzia Incantesimi (Enchantment Agency), Rourke, Harry Moon.
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:iconnikhero:
NikHero Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
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taijitodragon Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
grazie per il favvo!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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FedericoMemola Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Di nulla!
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julbrossi Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, thank you so much for the watch!
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FedericoMemola Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
My pleasure, really!
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Khiliel Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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tantissimi auguri -un pochino in ritardo- a Jonathan per i suoi 15 anni! ^v^
me lo ricordo bene, quel giorno in cui mio papà tornò a casa col numero 1 :)
cmq non è invecchiato di un giorno! beato lui :)
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FedericoMemola Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Ti ringrazio, sei gentilissima!
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Khiliel Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
^v^ non c'è di che!
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AuroraRahBraga Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
grazie per aver aggiunto The gold star ai tuoi preferiti!
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FedericoMemola Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Figurati!
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Nakuru-Nebelung Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Ciao! Hai una galleria bellissima (Io sono dalla Spagna ma parlo un po' l'italiano :) )

Mi piacciono molto i tuoi dipinti ^_^ !!
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FedericoMemola Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Grazie! In realtà non li ho fatti io, ma i disegnatori con cui lavoro. Sono i miei personaggi e le mie storie, ma sotto ogni disegno trovi scritto il nome del disegnatore. Alcuni di loro sono qui su Deviant Art.
Posso anche scrivere in inglese, se ti è più comodo!
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Nakuru-Nebelung Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Ah, scusa! Non mi sono reso conto che erano degli altri disegnatori ^^; . E non ti preocupare per la lingua, mi piace potere parlare con qualcuno in italiano.

So che non lo scrivvo neanche lo parlo molto bene, ma è l'unico modo di migliorare ^^;
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FedericoMemola Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Nessun problema. Io sono uno sceneggiatore di fumetti, quindi tutte le illustrazioni e pagine di fumetti che metto qui su Deviant sono tratte dalle mie storie o basate sui miei personaggi, ma a disegnarle sono stati i rispettivi disegnatori. Per breve tempo ho anche lavorato per una casa editrice spagnola, la Planeta, ma sempre su pubblicazioni uscite solo qui in Italia.
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JonathanWyke Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014   General Artist
Thanks for the fave!
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FedericoMemola Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
You are welcome!
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Mro16 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Thank you for the watch add.
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FedericoMemola Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
My pleasure!
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ronsalas Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Thanks for the watch.
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FedericoMemola Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
You are welcome!
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Pauldelvaux Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
ti ringrazio per il watch!
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FedericoMemola Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Figurati!
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tommasorenieri Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional
Grazie di aver accettato il contatto e di seguire la mia galleria :)
Non ti ricorderai di me, da ragazzino mi presentai a te durante Lucca Comics: sono passati troppi anni.
Sono felice di averti ritrovato :)
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FedericoMemola Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Eh, sì, in effetti, così su due piedi, non ricordo... Ma almeno posso farti i complimenti per i lavori che ho visto sulla tua pagina. Davvero molto belli,spero che tu stia lavorando con successo.
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tommasorenieri Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional
Ti ringrazio Federico. :)
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