Gianluca Ascione

in collaboration with Canicola Edizioni, Cassero LGBT Center

This year’s comics artists are keen to looking for traces of fantasy in the real world. Gianluca Ascione chose to explore one world in particular: the world of dating apps. An emerging talent in the Italian comics scene, Ascione presents his first short graphic novel Il Grifone d’oro (The Golden Griffin), a story about the intricacies of relationships in the digital age, set in a psychedelic version of the city of Bologna, located somewhere between the art of Andrea Pazienza and the pop aesthetic of Cartoon Network.


Il grifone d’oro  (The Golden Griffin)November 24th – December 4th  | Centro di documentazione F. Madaschi - Cassero LGBT CenterOpening November 24th h 7 pm

curated by Canicola
in collaboration with Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
Il grifone d’oro – the new volume of the short stories series “Henry Darger” by Canicola Edizioni – is a sturm und drang that takes place between Grindr notifications. It tells the story of Gianni and Francesco’s relationship as a frantic rush of lust, an emotional disorientation. Gianluca Ascione reinterprets the city of Bologna in Cartoon Network style, and he fills it with fantastic creatures. The exhibition shows the result of this psychedelic mix where Inio Asano, Final Fantasy and Eichiiro Oda softly dissolve Andrea Pazienza’s madness with Steven Universe‘s magic.


with Gianluca Ascione, Cristina Portolano
moderator Sara De Giovanni


Gianluca Ascione is a young author and former student of the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna.
He collaborated with the IANONOIA project, launched in 2013, that operates in Udine, Milan and Bologna. Il grifone d’oro (Canicola Edizioni, 2018) is his first graphic novel.