The event has been organised in partecipation with Mimaster Illustrazione Milano
How a picturebook is born. How the text relates to the projects, the illustrations to the graphic art, and art to the market? A special double session meeting.
Picture book agent e editorial producer, Debbie Bibo, and illustrator and graphic artist, Chris Haughton, will describe how a picturebook comes about, from the initial idea and the creation of a character through to the international success of a publication.
Writer and journalist, Nadia Terranova, and illustrator and film director, Lorenzo Mattotti, will tell the story of their book “Aladino e la lampada magica”, published by Orecchio Acerbo editore, describing the illustrations, how much they were inspired by the classic children’s story, and how much they re-wrote.
11.00 - 12.30 (Italy time zone)INSIDE THE PICTUREBOOK - Chris Haughton and Debbie Bibo: building a successful picturebookHow a picturebook is born. How the text relates to the projects, the illustrations to the graphic art, and art to the market?
Debbie Bibo: book agent and editorial producerChris Haughton: illustrator and graphic designerModeratore: Giacomo Benelli, The Illustrators Survival Corner coordinator
17.00 - 18.30 (Italy time zone)INSIDE THE PICTUREBOOK - Lorenzo Mattotti and Nadia Terranova: rewriting and illustrating the classic “Aladdin and the magic lamp”
Illustrations, taking inspiration from a classic, rewriting
Nadia Terranova: writer and journalistLorenzo Mattotti: illustrator and animated films directorModerator: Ivan Canu, The Illustrators Survival Corner director
Debbie Bibo is a literary agent and editorial producer of children’s picture books and illustrated books. A native of Northern California, she moved to Milan in 1992 and worked for years in art publishing before founding Debbie Bibo Agency in 2011. The agency represents and promotes an eclectic selection of debut and award-winning authors and illustrators from around the world. Many of the books her agency represents have won multiple awards and have been published in over 25 languages. She has worked as an editorial consultant for international museums and holds courses on the process of picture-book making and the children’s book market at Mimaster in Milan, the Europe Institute of Design, and Ars in Fabula in Macerata, Italy.
Chris Haughton is an acclaimed Irish illustrator and author based in London. Before becoming a picture book author, Chris traveled the world and worked as a waiter in San Francisco, a handyman in London’s Paddington Station, an English teacher in Hong Kong, and an art teacher in India. On his trips to India and Nepal, he became interested in fair trade and got involved with a number of non-profit projects. In 2007, he was listed in Time magazine's "DESIGN 100" for the design work he did for People Tree.
Chris's debut book A Bit Lost was first published in Korean. It has been translated into 27 languages and has won 10 awards in 8 countries. His howlingly funny Oh No George (Walker Books, 2012) was an Amazon Top 10 Picture Book of 2012. With SHH! We Have a Plan (Walker Books, 2014) he won, among other prizes, the Ezra Jack Keats Award, the AOI award for children's books and the Irish Book Award. His beautiful bedtime book Goodnight Everyone (Walker Books, 2016) was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award and received a starred review in School Library Journal. His interactive projects include Hatmonkey, an app which released in 2014, and Little Earth, a virtual reality experience launched in August 2017.
Lorenzo Mattotti studied Architecture at the University of Venice and started his career in the ‘70s as a comics writer. Frequenting often the stimulating scene of comics writers in Bologna, together with other artists, he founded the magazine Valvoline (1983), and, the year after, he also published his book Fires, work that will make his highly expressive and evocative style achieve international acclaim.
Moving permanently to Paris in 1988, Lorenzo became part of the international illustration scene, exploring forms of artistic expression other than comics, a genre, however, that he will still continue to cultivate. Among the many publications, we find La Zona Fatua, (released in 1998 by Albin Michel as part of a volume entitled Murmure), L’Uomo alla Finestra (Feltrinelli, 1992), Le Voyage de Caboto (Albin Michel, 1993), and Stigmates, first published in France in 1994 by Autrement in the anthology Le Retour de Dieu and further developed in Le Bruit du Givre (Seuil, 2003).
Alongside his collaboration with newspapers like "The New Yorker","Cosmopolitan", "Le Monde", "Suddeutsche Zeitung", "Il Corriere della Sera" and "La Repubblica", Lorenzo also accepted commissions from the visual communication sector, developing a particular interest in the language of film. In 2004, following on from his animation for children, Eugenio e Pinocchio, he created the illustrations for Eros, a film series directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Soderbergh and Wong Kar-wai, and, in 2008, he also collaborated on the collective animation Peur(s) du noir (2008). It is again an animation project his more recent major focus: the feature film La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia, produced by Prima Linea Productions and co-produced by Pathé, France 3 Cinéma and Indigo Film, won the Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma Special Prize at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
Nadia Terranova è una scrittrice nata a Messina nel 1978. I suoi ultimi libri sono: Gli anni al contrario, Addio Fantasmi - Farewell ghosts (Einaudi, finalista al Premio Strega 2019), Come una storia d’amore (raccolta di racconti per Giulio Perrone Editore), Non sono mai stata via. Vita in esilio di Maria Zambrano (rueBallu, illustrazioni di Pia Valentinis). Ha scritto diversi libri per bambini tra i quali Omero è stato qui (Bompiani, illustrazioni di Vanna Vinci) e Aladino (Orecchio Acerbo, illustrazioni di Lorenzo Mattotti).
Con Lelio Bonaccorso è autrice della graphic novel Caravaggio e la ragazza (Feltrinelli Comics)
Collabora con numerosi quotidiani italiani tra i quali la Repubblica, Il Foglio e Linkiesta.
Photo credits: Sandro Messina