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Premio Gran Guinigi 2019: all the winners

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Published on Oct 06, 2019

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The winners of those commonly considered “the Oscars of the Italian comic book” have been announced this year, two per day for a week. From Tuesday 1 to Sunday 6 October, have been communicated to the winners (works and authors), but, above all, the reasons that led the jury to that choice.

This year the jury was composed by journalist Luca Valtorta, by the authors Alessandro Bilotta and Sarah Mazzetti (already winners of the Gran Guinigi in 2018, respectively, awarded in the categories of Best Series and Best Comic book Short) and by staff members of the cultural Pierpaolo Putignano, and paula White.

Here are the winners:

BEST NEWCOMER
Fumettibrutti and Zuzu (ex-aequo)

Motivation: Because each in its own way tells the story through his own experience the contemporary without pretense, rhetoric, recriminations: novels of formation through sex, pain, love, drawings, thoughts, life.

BEST COMICS FOR YOUNG READERS
“Storiemigranti” by Nicola Bernardi and Sio (Feltrinelli Comics)

Motivation: The way to tell to young people (but not only) the world around them through the stories of those who flee their own country in search of dignity and salvation.

NEW PUBLISHING INITIATIVE
Necklace Bold (Sergio Bonelli Editore)

Motivation: Because she has demonstrated a courageous willingness to innovate historical characters of the publishing house and to experiment with proposals that cover new subjects and unexpected.

THE REDISCOVERY OF A WORK
“The diary of my disappearance” of Hideo Azuma (J-Pop)

Motivation: A manga extraordinary that tells the story of the author from the great success of the Pollon to the urge to abandon it all and becoming a homeless: tough and light thanks to a subtle irony is also an act of accusation against the overwork that destroys life.

BEST SCREENWRITER
Lorenzo Balloons for “La lupa” (saldaPress), and “Instantly Elsewhere” (Shockdom)

Motivation: A female character beyond the stereotypical plot of the noir with the final that would like very much to Tarantino: the author is a promise.

SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE JURY
Mat Brinkman for “Multiforce” and “Teratoid Heights” (Hollow Press)

Motivation: Why is dark, pop, esoteric, fascinating, foolish, grandiose, not incasellabile in any genre: Brinkman has created an imagery that combines the comic, the art, the music, the video game, a great fresco that remains in the history of the underground.

BEST UNIQUE AUTHOR
Jason Lutes for “Berlin” (Coconino Press)

Motivation: For the historical reconstruction imposing and elaborate the first draft of which has employed over twenty years, but that sounds so contemporary as to make it even more disturbing.

BEST DESIGNER
Martoz to “Instantly Elsewhere” (Shockdom)

Justification: Because what he does is not like anything that there is already absorbing at the same time, suggestions of modern art and street art.

BEST COMIC OR COLLECTION
“Without limits,” Jillian Tamaki (Coconino Press)

Motivation: Because each page is a surprise: it tells the story of people, mostly women, immersed in a daily life in which they may happen strange things. Magic realism is a delicate and unresolved between the designs changing, animals and plants. A continuous challenge that will leave you mouth open.

BEST SERIES
“Demon” by Hubert and Bertrand Gatignol (BAO Publishing), and “Orcs-Of the” Jason Shiga (Coconino Press) (ex-aequo)

Motivation: Orcs-Of the royal families that rule the world, eat human flesh, and take advantage of men and women, as servants: a metaphor for intriguing and perfect design. On the contrary, the drawing of Shiga is simple and annoying, the screenplay is compelling in a compelling continuum of puzzles, challenges to the readers, the solutions absurd.

BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL
“Bezimena. Anatomy of a rape” by Nina Bunjevac (Rizzoli Lizard)

Motivation: For the courage of the author in denouncing sexual violence through a graphic novel that is at once pure chronicle and visionary delirium. But also for the strength of a design very accurate and cold uk to a writing that does not seek effect or simplifications. An important contribution on a difficult subject, awkward and, unfortunately, topical.

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