What if our memories — all that we've seen, all that we've experienced, but also all that we've read or imagined — took on their own reality? And what if, furthermore, the people and creatures lurking in our mind somehow came to life and began acting independently, spinning out brand new scenarios to haunt us? Three men become aware of the existence of a mysterious island that may or may not be the sum total of all the information stored in their mind, and either seek it out or are brought there by the mysterious "Mr. O'Blique." With an art style that's half European-classic and half Roger Langridge-surreal, Sergio Ponchione offers up one eye-popping moment after another as we plunge down the rabbit hole of GROTESQUE...
Winner, Gran Guinigi prize for Best Series, 2009 Lucca Comics & Games festival: "Grotesque by Sergio Ponchione is a work that gives the reader an incredible number of suggestions and visual stimuli. At the same time disturbing, metaphysical, surreal, dreamlike, metaphoric, inventive and unabashedly referential, it is perhaps more than anything else a formidable and accomplished tribute to some great comic geniuses of the U.S., from Elzie Crisler Segar to Robert Crumb by way of Daniel Clowes and Charles Burns, but without forgetting the Italian maestro Benito Jacovitti. The prize for this saga is meant to be a recognition of an author who, having started professionally in the area of mass production, chose to explore the endless possibilities that the language grants to comics artists who, just like Ponchione, feel the urge to express his own poetic definition."
"Beautifully drawn light Lynchian fantasy... it's a fun set of vignettes, with a few really clever, moody set pieces." – Dick Hyacinth