The partnership between Renato Queirolo and Anna Brandoli created, between 1977 and the mid-eighties, some of the most intense and original stories of Italian comics, appeared on “Linus” and later in “Orient Express”.
The authors use the historical setting merging a great deal of documentary research and imaginary stories, able to renew the adventure genre and reveal a darker turn of events. The world of Rebecca e La Strega is populated by astrologers, millers, inquisitors, slaves, witches and werewolves, mirroring the Italy of the Seventies, including allegories of power and protagonists who embody certain ideals of the feminist movement.
The exhibition, held in the Aula Magna of Accademia di Belle Arti, aims to bring the public’s attention to the work of the authors: the dry, caustic and elegant handwriting of Queirolo and the expressive power of Brandoli.
From the strong contrasts of La Strega, to Rebecca, including children’s books like La fata Colorina e Il mago di Oz, with color experimentations proving the ability to handle lighter stories, the exhibition display the changing style of the two authors, too much forgotten until the precious recovery by ComicOut editions.