Francesca Ghermandi made her debut in 1985 in the daily Italian paper Reporter, but she was best known in the United States for her series "Pop. 666" (written by Massimo Semerano), which was serialized in the anthology Zero Zero in the late '90s, and the imported pantomime graphic novel Pastil (which garnered her an Ignatz Award for "Outstanding Artist" in 2000). This all changed with the 2003 release of her surreal full-color noir thriller The Wipeout, published by Fantagraphics. Most recently, Fantagraphics has published her award-winning follow-up series,Grenuord. Ghermandi makes her home on the outskirts of Bologna, where she also pursues careers as an illustrator, painter, and occasional animator.