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Book Title: Sala prób|
The author of the book: Gipi
Edition: Kultura Gniewu
Date of issue: April 2008
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 5.8
ISBN 13: 9788360915127
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Gipi is an Italian graphic novelist and Garage Band is his most recent work. It’s the story of four boys who come from divergent backgrounds but join together for a common cause. We’re given four models of urban adolescence: Stefano is a cut-up, rebellious and crude, Alex is damaged, ungrateful and confused, Alberto is tame but malleable, and Giuliano is kind but self-conscious. The four young men, together, are a composite for teenagedom. Their friendships and the band they form are subject to the insecurities and project the passion that mark the young – a trepidation and unsureness combined with a sense of invincibility.
We’re introduced to the band as they’ve just begin to gel, which is in part thanks to Giuliano’s father’s kindness in offering a garage for the four to use as a practice space. Other than their relationship in a more public practice setting, the four share private similarities. Alex’s father left for the Caribbean after he was caught embezzling money form his factory, and Giuliaino’s father is present but distant and distracted – he refused to take pictures of his young son without one of his hunting dogs sharing the frame. All four are passionate about what they do, and exhibit a guarded loyalty to the ones in their lives who matter most. Guiliano cares deeply for his girlfriend Nina, Alex honors his grandfather’s memory, Alberto assists his ailing father, and Stefano, lacking a support center in his family, is fiercely devoted to his friends and his band.
The story unfolds as the boys begin to feel more and more comfortable in their craft, and, when Alberto’s amp goes on the fritz, their combined ambition drives them to a series of poor decisions in which their foolishness and naïveté is laid bare. Regardless, the strength of their friendships and belief in the band are tantamount, and the story Gipi weaves is more sympathetic than not.
Gipi builds his characters and story with finesse, and he unravels their pasts slowly and carefully. Despite his care, his characterizations are not always spot-on. Even while giving us ample room to understand and empathize with the band, some of Gipi’s creations, Alberto and Alex in particular, are difficult to like. While it’s bad enough that Alberto is edgy and has apparently no respect for authority, the fact he comes from privilege makes it that much worse. Alex, a spoiled Nazi fetishist, is only so much more understandable after we learn of his father’s flight. Alberto and Giuliano, while pleasant, are sometimes inseparable in their inoffensiveness. It’s a fortunate aside that we’re able to see Giuliano with his clever girlfriend Nina, whose witticisms and interactions with her lover showcase a whole other facet of his personality.
Gipi’s watercolors are restrained but eye-catching. Gritty and subdued in color, the cityscapes and individuals in the story come to us as jagged, sometimes murky, but always alive with expression and detail. The scenes of Nina and Guiliano at the beach are particularly arresting, as are the wide sheaths of grey sky and fading sunlight implicit in some of the landscapes. While not the surest of successes, Garage Band is still a resonant and welcome journey into the past, where fidelity and rebellion are just different sides of the same coin.
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Read information about the authorBorn in Pisa, Gianni Pacinotti (Gipi) started out illustrating for the publishing and advertising fields. From 1992, he creates illustrated stories and comics, published in magazines like Cuore, Blue, Il Clandestino, Boxer, Il Manifesto and La Straniero. In 2000, he founded Santa Maria Video, a studio through which he creates video and animation shorts.
His graphic novel 'Appunti per une Storia di Guerra', published by Coconino Press, also appeared in France. Gipi has created 'Gli Innocenti' for the collection Ignatz, edited by Igort. He is editor of the 'Esterno Notte' anthology, and an illustrator for magazines like La Repubblica.
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