Biography of Francesco Tullio Altan

Mediateca in comics September 30, 1942

Who is  Francesco Tullio Altan?

Francesco Tullio Altan, or more simply, Altan, is one of the most poisonous pens that are never seen in Italy, but also capable of creating characters for kids of infinite tenderness as the famous "Pimp". Born in Treviso on September 30, 1942, did his first studies in Bologna and attended the Faculty of architecture in Venice.

Altan now is an institution, almost a trademark of morality and indignant look on this, although it is likely these are definitions that to him, so shy and introverted, they wouldn't like it, but at the end of the 60 's was an anonymous designer that, he moved to Rome, occasionally also worked for film and television as a screenwriter.

The first collaborations involving cartoons and illustrations are initially by none other than men's monthly "Playmen".

He moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1970 working in Brazilian cinema, and in 1972 he created his first comic strip for children (published by a local newspaper). In 1974 he started working as a regular cartoonist with Italian newspapers.

Returned in 1975 with his wife and daughter, he settled in Milan, then at Aquileia, where he still lives a peaceful life: his marriage lasts for more than thirty years.

The 1975 is a very important year for the Italian Designer: will the "Corriere dei Piccoli" one of his most successful characters ever, the aforementioned "Pimpa", polka dot dog entered into the hearts of children throughout Italy.

Such was the success that William, from 1987, is also a homonym, monthly published in Argentina and Turkey.

Of this lovable character Altan reports that its birth came about by accident when my daughter had two and a half years. I just started to do drawings for her and with her. In fact, much the way William calls to draw kids. Ashwin gives a clean and official way to express themselves through drawings, which was to my daughter ".

Altan is also famous for the artistic side of all opposite comic committed and dedicated to adults, they appeared for the first time on the now historic "Linus", the monthly magazine founded by Oreste del Buono and Altan is permanent collaborator.

His political cartoons were published in "Panorama", "Tango", "Heart" and "Smemoranda", not to mention its decennial collaboration with "L'Espresso" and, for some time, with the prestigious newspaper "La Repubblica".

Since 1977, starting with his first collection, "Trino" Strip, has published several books of cartoons including a dozen volumes focused on the most famous of his characters, metalworker, Cipputi old Communist and disenchanted. But Altan has also proposed sharp biographical rewrites of historic figures ("Cristoforo Colombo", "Francis of Assisi") or bizarre narratives with adventurous protagonists (such as "Sandokan").

Among his comic novels there are also "Ada", "Macau", "Friz" Melon, "Franz", "Crazy Heart", "Zorro" Bolero, all with various translations abroad.

Still works for children, include the series "Kika's first book", composed of twelve volumes (and continually reprinted in Italy, France, Great Britain, Spain, Norway), and graphic novels and written all by him as "Grandpa didn't sleep", "Carlotta makes a ride", "Nino", "Penguin Paloma goes to the beach" or "Acchiappasuoni".

Since 1992 he has shown throughout the series of books by Gianni Rodari for Einaudi Ragazzi.

Among the works of other authors illustrated by Altan include "handyman" cats by T.S. Eliot, "Emilio" by Antonio Porta, "the nose" by Gogol and servitude "instructions" by Jonathan Swift.

Between 1982 and 1983 he worked at a series of 26 movies with Pimpa character animation for an international television co-production RAI, replicated several times on television in different countries, which was followed by a second series in 1997. In the same year, William became an interactive CD Rom: "the cake".

On his screenplays were made into the 1992 animated television special "Kamillo Kromo" and a video for infants with six stories in the series "Kika's first book".

With the French Director Gérard Zingg wrote the screenplay for the film "Ada" from his comic strip while with the director Sergio Staino "don't call me Omar" (soundtrack of Vinicio Capossela), inspired by the story "raw".

Kamillo Kromo histories, Colón and Reina were also adapted for the stage.