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Thursday, 21 September 2017 11:05

1. The North

"The North" is the first chapter of the comic "We want everything" based on the book of the same name by Nani Ballestrini. The comic does not follow the book literally: Here the first chapter does not correspond to the book's homonymous chapter, but it is a summary of the chapters "South" and "North" and acts as an informal prologue for the rest of the comic book. The reason is that from the very beginning I had decided to focus more on the FIAT ​​events.
As far as the implementation, a major problem I had from the very beginning was my ignorance of the basic things that are mentioned in the book and concern Italy in 1969. For example, what clothes did they wear at that time? What hairstyles they had, what habits? Which train carried the thousands of domestic migrants from the Italian South, Sicily, Naples, Salerno to the Italian North? What was his course? How was his interior? How were the stations (and especially Porta Nuova in Turin) and so many others. I researched and collected a lot of material, mainly through the Internet, but also from films such as The Invisible (based on the next book of Balestrini and the defeat of the Autonomy movement), Radio Alice or The Labor Class goes to Paradise. However, the risk of having made some mistakes remains.
"The North" as I mentioned before is the first chapter of the comic book. The chapters "The Struggle" ("The Fiat" and "The Struggle" in the book), "Autonomy" ("The Wage", "The Companions" and "The Autonomy"), "The Assembly" (same) and "The Rebellion" (same) will follow.

Additional Info

  • Medium: Pencils, pens and digital corrections
  • Date: 2017

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We Want Everything

the publications of colleagues, Nov. 2021

Summer of 1969, Italy. A year after May '68, FIAT workers began a dynamic and unmediated strike against their powerful boss. Their struggle marked the beginning of a decade of workers' and students' mobilizations and the rise of the Autonomy movement. It was characterized by many as the last invasion of the working class into the sky. Last ... let's hope until the next one ...

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