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EUNIC Panel Discussion at TCAF with PAOLO BACILIERI



EUNIC Panel Discussion at TCAF with PAOLO BACILIERI

Join us for a special panel discussion as part of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival! Along with some of our partners from the European Union National Institutes for Culture, we will be presenting italian artist Paolo Bacilieri in conversation with French guest, Marcelino Truong and German guest Martina Schradi.

The discussion will be moderated by Lars von Toerne, who is a journalist for Der Tagesspiegel. Following the panel will be a book signing.


Born in Verona in 1965, Paolo Bacilieri graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arte in Bologna. His works include Barokko, Durasagra and The Supermaso Attitude. He is also the creator of recurring character Zeno Porno, whose madcap adventures are collected in the books Zeno Porno and La Magnifica Desolazione. His recent graphic novels include Adiós Muchachos and Sweet Salgari. His latest graphic novel to be translated into English, "Fun," is both a researched history and a playful literary crime story, that explores the strange power of crossword puzzle, one of the world’s most popular pastimes. He lives in Milan.

Martina Schradi is an artist and psychologist from Nuremberg, Germany. She studied Psychology and Design. In 2013, she launched the project, “Ach, so ist das?!” (“Oh, I see?!”), about LGBT themes, and which eventually became a book. For this work, Martina interviewed people, collected their stories and turned them into short comics based on their life events and experiences. She conducts workshops and readings on how to use her comics to fight prejudice, reflecting both her passion for art and activism.

Born the son of a Vietnamese diplomat in the Philippines, Marcelino Truong and his family moved to America, and then to Vietnam at the outset of the war, before going to London and Paris. "Such a Lovely Little War," his first graphic novel translated into English for now ("Saigon calling" will be released next September by Arsenal Pulp Press) is a graphic memoir about the early years of the Vietnam War, seen through the eyes of a young boy, where the turbulent national history is interwined with an equally traumatic familial one. Marcelino is also the author and illustrator of several children’s books, published in French, such as "La Carambole d’Or" and "Trois samouraïs sans foi ni loi," and published numerous press illustrations as well, in Libération, Marianne, ELLE and XXI.


Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Time: From 7:30 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : EuropeanEUNIC - Union National Institutes for Culture

Entrance : Free


Alliance Française de Toronto - 24 Spadina Road, Toronto