Roberto La Forgia is one of those artists whose indisputable talent needs some time to completely bloom. Knowing him since almost six years now we’ve always thought he’s one of the best illustrators and comic artists around, but still, until some days ago, you wouldn’t find a lot of material by him out there. This is no critique at all. Conversely, in a epoch of widespread bulimic production, he used the exact time he needed to investigate and refine his technique, to work on the details, to wait humbly for the moment everything was at its right place, like an old artisan. We remember we received a draft copy of the book he was working on, almost a year ago for a preview. The boards were complete and he only needed some technical overtime to get them ready to print. But Roberto wasn’t completely satisfied with the result and he took his friends’ reviews and comments so seriously he decided to go back and rework half of it. This is something only those few would dare.
Yes, until some days ago, because it happens that his first book – “Il signore dei colori” – is out now and we bet it’s as good as it looks.
“Il signore dei colori” (Lord of colors) is the story of three youngsters becoming adults during a summer. A summer bound to reveal their weaknesses: one will understand he’s not as cool as he thought, another will be humiliated by a little girl, and the third will discover that the love of the adults may hide dark zones, pulsions that one can defend from, only if armed by a genuine naïvety.
The following is the last issue of Mosso, Roberto’s and friend free online magazine, featuring a presentation of the work with comments by Igort, Vincino, Ferruccio Giromini, and Daniel Pellegrino.
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