59th edition
21-24 March 2022
Bologna - Italy

2021 BRAW Comics Jury

A jury of experts for the Comics category


David B.

David B. is one of the founders of L’Association, the cult publishing house on the new French comics scene. An Applied Arts graduate, David B. had his first work published in several different comics magazines like À suivre, Chic, and Circus. His sketch book of dreams – or rather nightmares – published by L’Association subsequently attracted attention, his powerful dream-like images further enhanced by his masterful use of black and white. Now, after about fifteen years, David B. boasts a large body of work, including his emblematic autobiographic series L’Ascension du Haut-Mal.

In 2016, Le Pavillon Blanc art centre in Colomiers, and the Abbaye Sainte-Croix museum of Sables d’Olonne hosted his solo exhibitions. He has also exhibited in several collective shows at the Museum of American Illustration, New York, the Chicago Cultural Center, FRAC Aquitaine, CAPC, and the galérie anne barrault. 

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Matteo Stefanelli

Born in Milan, Matteo Stefanelli is a scholar, journalist and organizer of cultural events straddling the world of comics and the media. A lecturer at Milan’s Università Cattolica, Bergamo University and EESI in Angoulême, he founded and heads the web site Fumettologica, Italy’s major comics site. His articles on the media industry, pop culture and comics have been published in many different dailies and magazines, such as Corriere della Sera, Repubblica, Domani, Il Fatto Quotidiano, Il Post, Lo Straniero, Flash Art, Rolling Stone, Link Idee, Zero, Linus, Neuvième Art, and Fumo di China. Matteo has operated as curator or consultant on a range of exhibitions and communications projects focusing on comics for museums like the the Milan Triennale, Cité de la BD, Angoulême, the National Science and Technology Museum, and several businesses. He has been a programming consultant for Lucca Comics & Games for over 15 years, and has been the Artistic Director of the COMICON festival since 2019. His publications on comics include: Il secolo del Corriere dei piccoli (Rizzoli, 2008), Bande dessinée: une médiaculture (Armand Colin, 2012), Fumetto! 150 anni di storie italiane (Rizzoli, 2016). 

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Virginia Tonfoni

Born in 1978 in Livorno, Virginia Tonfoni graduated from Pisa University in Foreign Languages and Literature in 2004 with a final dissertation comparing the novel Tristana by Benito Pérez Gáldos and Luís Buñuel’s 1971 film adaptation. In 2006, she obtained a Master’s from Barcelona University in “Cultura histórica y comunicación”. She then worked in the publishing and movie industry while in Barcelona, moving back to Italy in 2012 where she taught Spanish in high school and collaborated with Alias, the cultural supplement of the Italian daily Il Manifesto. Virginia organized the Teatrofficina Refugio’s Combat Comics festival, and collaborated with the Leggenda festival organized by the R. Fucini library in Empoli, as well as with the exhibition Leggermente curated by the Biblioteca Labronica F.Guerrazzi. She has been a member of the Boscarata Award jury of the Treviso Comic Book Festival since 2015, and in 2021 joined the jury of the Pozzale Luigi Russo Award. Since 2018 she has participated as an independent researcher in international conferences, presenting her work and publications on comics. Her first book entitled Violeta-Corazón maldito (Bao Publishing) was released in 2017. Virginia also curates the “capsulètte” section on www.lefauci.it; her articles can be found on the blog www.quattrononi.wordpress.com

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