On this week’s Panel Borders radio show, broadcasting later today on ResonanceFM, there’s a pair of interviews with European artists now working in English. Host and co-curator of Graphic Brighton Alex Fitch talks to Italian artist Gigi Cavenago about his work on iconic characters such as Dylan Dog and Spider-Man in Across the Spider-Verse, and to Lucie Arnoux about her autobiographical graphic novel Je Ne Sais Quoi published by Jonathan Cape.
Born in 1982, Gigi Cavenago is a comic artist who lives and works in Italy, who also works as a concept artist for cinema and TV. He has worked exclusively for the Italian market for over 15 years, especially for Sergio Bonelli Editore, creating several issues for series such as Cassidy (2009 ) by Pasquale Ruju, Orfani (2013) by Recchioni and Mammucari, and Dylan Dog, the best-selling and highly acclaimed horror comic book created by Tiziano Sclavi in 1986.
For Dylan Dog he created “Mater Dolorosa” (2016), the issue that celebrated 30 years of the series, immediately after he becomes the official cover artist until 2021. He worked on the first issue of “I Racconti di Domani” by Tiziano Sclavi and, together with Werther Dell’Edera, drew a special Batman/Dylan crossover.
Gigi made his debut in American comics with The Magic Order, written by Mark Millar.
He’s also designed the 2024 Lakes International Comic Art Festival poster, which will be revealed soon – a very special tribute to Italian artist Hugo Pratt.
Lucie Arnoux started drawing comics 14, when she joined the Studio Gottferdom. First published at 17 in Lanfeust Magazine, she produced monthly autobiographical stories in its pages for six years.
She studied in Paris before finally moving to the UK, where she graduated from Kingston University in Illustration and Animation and has settled in London for good.
Lucie is the creator of Stonetop, a tabletop fantasy adventure RPG centred on a village community, working with Jeremy Strandberg and Jason Lutes, and her graphic novel, Je Ne Sais Quoi, published by Jonathan Cape.
Lucie has been busy designing theatre backdrops and prop painting with Olivier award-winning designer Tim Bird, live sketching as artist-in-residence for Sidmouth Folkweek, Womad and the Rose Theatre, and illustrating comics and children’s books published internationally.
• Panel Borders: Euro Visions airs at 5.30pm, Wednesday 7th February 2024, repeat broadcast 11.00am, Sunday 11th February 2024, on Resonance 104.4 FM + DAB (London) / more info at panelborders.wordpress.com
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.