Andrea Pazienza was part of a group of Italian cartoonists and illustrators who pioneered a breakthrough approach to comics in Italy, comparable to what Moebius did at Les Humanoïdes Associés with Métal Hurlant in France and Robert Crumb with Zap in the U.S. Pazienza was a true visionary, with a fluid line and an uncanny sense of color and composition, and his innovative graphic style served up stories that were iconoclastic, outrageous, humorous, and deeply personal, often based on himself and his microcosm of friends and collaborators. Zanardi portrays a lost generation of late-1970s/early-1980s teenagers, coping with family problems, school, sex, and drugs — a universal tale in many Western countries. Pazienza was a revolutionary cartoonist who ushered an underground sensibility to Italian and European comics, breaking from the more staid tradition of genteel adult (and children’s) graphic albums. Pazienza has never been translated and published in English — until now. Fantagraphics is proud to introduce American (and English-speaking) readers to this blazingly honest cartoonist of international stature.
"Quite possibly the vital global comics release of the season." — The Comics Journal
"The Zanardi work was titanically important to adult-sensibility comics in its original market and promises realistically portrayed stories of teenager troubles in the late '70s and early '80s." — The Comics Reporter
"These comics are foul and rude and nihilistic, full of drug use, misogyny, casual violence, crime, manipulation and general rotten behavior. ... All that said, Pazienza’s art is somehow compelling." — Paste
"This is a book that is individualistic, weirdly humorous, sometimes metaphysical and usually offensive, but what elevates it into much more than a curio is Pazienza’s art. It evolves in mind-melting patterns as the months and years go by, from a scruffy, Gilbert Shelton-esque territory to beautiful full-color fantasies." — Bookgasm