Thunder Combed – Fumettologica is dead

The cartoonist Andrea Paggiaro, known by the stage name of Tuono Pettinato, died at the age of 44 after a long illness. Born in Pisa on September 27, 1976, Tuono Pettinato was one of the most important cartoonists of his generation, a brilliant mind and a fine humorist.

Tuono Pettinato was a prolific and multifaceted author. In his career he has made short stories, strips, cartoons, illustrations and graphic novels. In 2009 he received the Nuove Strade Award at Naples Comicon and in 2014 the award for Best Single Author at Lucca Comics & Games, which the following year dedicated a major exhibition to him at the Palazzo Ducale.

The stage name of Paggiaro derives from the title of a book present in it The library of Babel, one of the best known tales of the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.

Trained at the DAMS in Bologna, in the early 2000s he was co-founder and member of the Superamici collective together with Ratigher, LRNZ, Dottor Pira and Maicol & Mirco, one of the happiest expressions of Italian comics of the period, outside the box and innovator in the field self-production and more.

For Rizzoli Lizard, a publishing house with which he collaborated for a long time, he created several graphic novels with a historical and biographical slant such as Garibaldi. Truthful account of his valiant deeds, for the use of young minds (2010), Enigma. The Strange Life of Alan Turing (2012, on texts by Francesca Riccioni), e Nevermind (2014), dedicated to Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain. Also for the Milanese publisher he created together with the writer and youtuber Dario Moccia We are the champions (2016), on the life of Freddie Mercury and the band Queen, and Big in Japan (2018), chronicle of a trip to Japan.

In 2013 he wrote and drew for GRRRzetic Little body, one of his most intense and successful works. A reflection on the Italian crime news steeped in black humor, which starts from an infanticide to tell the cynicism of the media in the face of a tragedy and the collective madness of respectable people, more interested in appearing in front of the cameras and playing a role than in leading the ordinary existence of any citizen. In 2014, the comic, thanks to the topics covered, was included among the university textbooks of the teaching of Criminology, within the degree courses of Pedagogical Sciences and Psychology.

In 2015 he ran a strip in the weekly International entitled Mediocre, which told of a vaguely Fantozzian firm where only incapable and idiotic people are hired. A comedy of characters with satirical tones, which looks to Italy today, juggles with the stereotypes of our imagination and allows retro forays to the borders of erudition. He has also made stories for magazines such as Linus e Republic XL.

Among his latest works we remember It’s not the end of the world (on texts by Francesca Riccioni, Rizzoli Lizard, 2017), in which it is imagined that aliens arrive on Earth to study our now extinct civilization, and Chatwin (Rizzoli Lizard, 2019), a story with philosophical implications on existence, which tells of a cat who abandons everything to travel.

Tuono Pettinato has long collaborated with Comics, making the strip from 2013 to 2015 Tippi Tuesday, in which with his irony he touched on various themes, from current affairs to politics through the fantastic and the world of comics.

The editorial staff of Comics he clings to the condolences of his family, his loved ones and his readers. Andrea was for us and for many a friend, as well as a great author, and his is a great loss for the comic and for all those who knew him.

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