The Hero’s Journey of Enrico Pierpaoli

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I think itʼs the way it allows me to express my interior world (feelings, thoughts, fears, bad or good experiences), in a language more effective than the speech.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? I donʼt believe in perfect happiness. I believe thereʼs a very high level of happiness you can reach in your life, but the way to get it is to stop looking for the perfect happiness and enjoy yourself.
What is my greatest fear? My greatest fears changes as I grow up. For now Iʼm afraid of fears itself, and of their power to paralyze you and keep you from being who you want.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? My laziness, maybe.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I admire especially 70/80ʼs comic artists. People like Robert Crumb, Art Spiegelman and Frank Miller. They used the language of comics in a way never seen before.
What is my greatest extravagance? Once I dressed as a woman and went to a lgbt party. It was great.
On what occasion would I lie? I lie a lot, but people always figure me out.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? The unpredictability. But itʼs also one of the things I like the most.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? There have been moments when I thought about giving up, because I wasnʼt liking what I was doing. Everytime I remember to do what I like and enjoy my work, Iʼm the happiest. But it is not always simple.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I would like to be more audacious and confident.
What is my greatest achievement in work? Before, I believed I was not able to pursue a project of mine. I was seeing my self as a simple worker. Trying to start personal projects is been a great achievement for me. Now I would not do anything else!
What do the words ‘The Financial Freedom to Create’ mean to me? It means something very hard to get, especially here in Italy.
Where would I most like to live? I need sun, good food and good friends, so I think that Bologna is the best place where I could live. But Iʼd like to try something else.
What is my most treasured possession? My old Stratocaster ❤
What is my most marked characteristic? Iʼm too much patient.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The streets of the center, in the week end. Itʼs full of bands, performers and every kind of street artist. Itʼs very ispirational for me…I would take my pencils or my guitar and join them.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? All the “all you can eat” sushi restaurants 😀
What books influenced my life and how? Probably “The Age of Insight”, by Eric Kandel. It made me understand that the part of our mind that we control is just a small  . This is why it’s so precious.
Who are my favorite writers?
H.P. Lovecraft, Douglas Adams, Alan Moore…
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Something hard rock, like Van Halen or AC/DC. To leave with style…
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Courage, the cowardly dog.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
Real dogs.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime
2001: A space odyssey
What role plays art in my life and work? Many kinds of art influence me in different ways. If a song, a movie, a drawing hits me, this has an effect on my work and my life.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? Many friends of mine play this role. Naming only one of them could get me into trouble 🙂
Whom would I like to work with in 2019? I would like to start a collaboration with some foreigh publishers.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019? As many as I can.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? A new comic named “Xenax”. It’s like Xena, the warrior princess. But under Xanax.
Where can you see me or my work? At the incoming Lucca Comics & Games, various italian comics and illustration festivals and at these links:
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
If you do something you love, nothing else matters.
Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story?
Marco Brancato, Claudia Plescia, Gloria Goderecci.
How can you contact me?
You can send a mail to

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