Steamnocchio by Fabricio Moraes September 9, 2009Posted by leskanturek in Pinocchio, Steampunk, Summer Reading Project.
Tags: Fabricio Moraes, Gepetto, Pinocchio, Steam punk Pinocchio, Steampunk
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Fabricio Moraes’ wonderful entry to CGSociety: Society of Digital artists Steampunk challenge.
Steamnocchio. As Moraes has captioned it “ This is an adaptation of the Pinocchio story.
In this version, Geppetto is a mad and lonely old man. Since he has no friends at all, he decided to make one. With no magic or abracadabra stuff, he makes his creation alive with the power of steam”.
If you go to the cgsociety challenge page you’ll see a great breakdown of the illustration. Fabricio’s initial sketch, the steps in modeling the figures digitally, earlier version of the color and details. I’d highly reccomend it as well as seeing the other great entries on the site.
Pinocchio Cover Gallery July 29, 2009Posted by leskanturek in Books, Pinocchio, Puppets, Summer Reading Project.
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A sampling of Pinocchio books:
1. Lane Smith (2003) 2. Mauro Evangelista (2006) 3. Gus Grimly(2009) 4. Sara Fanelli (book with slipcase 2003) 5. J.J. Menet (France 1945) 6. Lois Lenski (1940)
7. Tony Sarg (1940) 8. Sergio Rizzato (1963) 9. Jim Dine (2006) 10. Art Seiden (1954) 11. Benito Jacovitti (Italy 2001) 12. Winshluss (2009)
13. Matthias Griebler (German 2007) 14. Lorenzo Mattotti (Italy 1991) 15. TK (Japan 1997)
16., 17. James Jean (2008)
18. J. Pavlin – G. Seda, (Czech, English version 1974)
Pinocchio/The Dark Side June 30, 2009Posted by leskanturek in 3-D work, Pinocchio, Puppets, Summer Reading Project.
Tags: dark side, death, mask, Pinocchio, Pinocchio tattoo, Skeleton, Vampire Slayer
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“Number 3 Chris Slipknot mask is an official licensed mask from Morbid Industries. … (the) mask is a bondage style Pinocchio latex mask, … The nose on this slipknot mask is approximately 4.5 inches long”
A Giant (Pinocchio?) skeleton at The Palazzo Reale in Milan by artist Gino De Dominicus titled “Calamita Cosmica”
Pinocchio’s death- an installation at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2008) by artist Maurizio Cattelan, (titled Daddy Daddy)
(above) Zombie Pinocchio Tattoo ( courtesy of BMEzine.com)
(above) Pinocchio’s Revenge , the 1996 horror film. “…..Evil comes with strings attached”. You can’t beat that as a tagline.
(above) Pinocchio Vampire Slayer A graphic novel coming September 2009 drawn by Dustin Higgins and written by Van Jensen. Pinoke uses his nose as a wooden stake to kill the undead. If you look closely at the bottom right hand panel the vampire is saying with his dying breath ” Killed by a nose…how humiliating”.
(above) Geppetto from the DC/Vertigo comic book Fables. The story as written by Bill Willingham paints Pinocchio’s father as an deluded, tyrannical despot. I’ll save you the details of what has befallen the Blue Fairy at the hands of this monster.
(above) Pinocchio: The Story of a Boy By Ausonia
Where do I begin? The maggots on the cover should be a tip off of how dark this version of Pinocchio is. Here the story of our hero is turned upside down. The world is inhabited by wooden people , Gepetto is a butcher who sews together a creature that loosely resembles a bag of meat.
I first saw mention of this book on frankensteinia, a wonderful blog of all things related to Frankenstein. Which does raise an interesting point. In many ways Pinocchio and Frankenstein are cousins. Two beings invested with life, yet not quite whole. They both search for their humanity and as they do so provide a sometimes terrible reflection of what and how humanity can act towards the different and outsider. Ausonia tackles these themes with beautifully drawn art, the imagery is shocking and graphic. Ausionia’s site for this particular book of his offers sketches, and finished art with the authors thoughts on pinocchio. The pages can be translated fromm the Italian through your browser. www.ausonia-pinocchio.com/
Another book that explores the connection between Pinoke and Frank (also written up in frankensteinia) is The Cobbler’s Monster by Jeff Amano (writer), Craig Rousseau (pencils) and Wayne Faucher (Inks). This book is more of a blending of the two stories.
Pinocchio-1001 Uses June 30, 2009Posted by leskanturek in 3-D work, Industrial Design, Pinocchio.
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Possibly it’s the material aspect of Pinocchio that has inspired designers to turn our iconic wooden friend into something utilitarian. His nose seems particularly handy for a number of things. I suppose form really does follow function.
A Pinocchio tape measure (Kim and Jason’s Lemonade Stand)
The copy reads: “Add a colorful touch to your bathroom with Pinocchio Toilet Brush. Any kid young or old would like this naughty brush in their bathroom. Cute and practical, Pinocchio’s nose substitutes the handle, while the brush is Pinocchio’s smiling face and his cap is the brush stand. Poor Pinocchio has to do the toilet cleaning also for all the lies he said.” (Gizmodiva.com)
From Italy a plastic Pinoke funnel (by Alessi)
A set of cards available to teachers to be used as measuring exercises in elementary school.
A clothes line by industrial designer Francesco Castiglione Morelli (Outlook Design Italia)
A toothpick dipenser created by David Tsai (davidtsai.net)
Pinocchio…”I’ll be back” May 11, 2009Posted by leskanturek in Comics, Graphic Novels, Pinocchio, Puppets, Summer Reading Project, Uncategorized, Visually Cool & Relevant.
Tags: Pinocchio, Vincent Parannaud, Winshluss
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Like the Terminator he seems to reference, Pinocchio is back, this time channeled through well known French comix artist Winshluss. His retelling of the classic children’s story was awarded the Fauve d’or (best comic book prize/ Gold Fauvre) at the 37th Angoulême International Comics Festival in France this year. Winshluss, is the pen name of Vincent Parannaud who might also be familiar to some as co-director with Marjane Satrapi on her animated film Persepolis.
Winshluss has created a wonderfully dark, comic noir interpretation of Carlo Collodi’s classic children’s story. The artwork is primarily done in pen and ink, and watercolor but switches to paint for larger splash panels. He references a terrific range of illustrative styles and history in the story from late 18th century pen and ink, to early French film pioneer Georges Méliès , through early Disney (don’t ask what indignities Snow White endures within these pages), and underground comix.
Disney’s 1940 animated Pinoccho seems to have become the definitive version here in the U.S., Winshluss work is much closer to Collodi than Disney in spirit. Like Collodi’s originally serialized story of the wooden marionette, Winshluss updated version was first published as serialized chapters in Ferraille Illustré, a French comics journal. Winshluss’ graphic novel is an adult noir movie that at times is both comedy and tragedy. The narrative begins with a shooting, and then flashes back to Pinocchio’s creation (he is now a robot like android) and his subsequent adventures. Collodi’s original story, which is also darker (Pinocchio is hung, Jiminy Cricket is killed…) than Disney’s version and was first intended as an adult story. Both versions portray Pinocchio going from one manipulative situation to another. Winshluss has also injected politics into his story which also played a part in Collodi’s original.
The Angoulême site described the book as an “Opera”, which it is in it’s visual lushness and drama. For the most part the book is wordless, with multiple character’s points of view all adding to the sum of Pinocchio’s story. Jiminy Cafard (Cafard translates as cockaroach as well as hypocrite and a feeling of severe depression), Pinochio’s companion provides the most talking in the book which seems appropriate, and provides comic relief.
Most of his appearances are rendered in black and white. As of now Winshluss’ Pinocchio is only available in French (which won’t stop you from enjoying it even if you’re not a French speaker) and through overseas online merchants . Hopefully it will be distributed in the states in the near future.
All images © Winshluss and or Les Requins Marteaux