The Hero’s Journey of Massimiliano Valentini

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

Mine is the most beautiful job in the world because I can tell the stories I would like to live.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

Absolute happiness does not exist in my opinion. There are moments of happiness that alternate with moments of sadness. Both are useful for having a complete life.

What is my greatest fear?

I love freedom and independence, losing both would be devastating.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

The laziness. It is a demon whom I fight in tough battles every day.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

I admire the work of many authors who are better than me.

What is my greatest extravagance? 

I often play in chess tournaments. My “rational ego” takes the upper hand over the “irrational” one.

On what occasion would I lie?

I lie by trade.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

I can’t stand the arrogance of those who think they no longer need to learn anything.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? 

On three occasions. My debut on “Topolino”, “Il comandante Mark and Diabolik.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I wish I could change some past decisions. Unfortunately, a time machine has not yet been invented

What is my greatest achievement in work?

There is a story I am particularly proud of: “Quattro nella tenda” (Four in a tent, published on Topolino 3098). You never see the ducks, because they are stuck in a tent, and you can only tell one from the other from their dialogues.

What do the words ‘The Financial Freedom to Create’ mean to me?

Write in total freedom, without worries.

Where would I most like to live?

Coazze, a small town in the mountains near my city.

What is my most treasured possession?

My curiosity, to discover new things.

What is my most marked characteristic?


What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

A walk in the park, early in the morning.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

I do not have a favorite place.

What books influenced my life and how? 

“The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway; “Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)” by Jerome K. Jerome; all the novels by Emilio Salgari and Arthur Conan Doyle.

Who are my favorite writers? 

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; Clive Cussler; Ken Follett; Danila Comastri Montanari.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

“My Way” (Frank Sinatra) –

The Sound of Silence” (Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel) –

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Mister Spock (Leonard Nimoy) from “Star Trek”

Dottor Seth Hazlitt (William Windom) from “Murder, she wrote”

Magnum, PI (Tom Selleck) from “Magnum PI” –

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? 

My grandfather Attilio.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

“Deliverance” (John Boorman) –

“Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” (John Sturges) –

Operation Petticoat” (Blake Edwards) –

What role plays in my life and work?

I do not like to show myself. I prefer to stay “behind the scenes.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

My cat Malachia.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?

All those I have never had the pleasure and luck to work wirth.

What people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019?

Enrico Marini –

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?

I have a couple of dreams in the drawer. I hope to make at least one of them come true.

Where can you see me or my work?

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? 

Make your dreams come true, with all your strength.

Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story? 

Roberto Gagnor:

Andrea Malabaila:

Manfredi Toraldo:

How can you contact me? 

You can find me on facebook or writing me an email at this address:

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