The Hero’s Journey of Lorenzo Palloni

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The chance of working wherever I want: I have to write and draw all day long, and to making comics you just have to deal with a PC and a scanner: so that’s all. And of course the fact that making comics is the work of my dreams.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Summertime, a seaside house, my girlfriend, tons of books and comics, no cellphones or PCs, two hundred sheets of white paper in A4 format, a story to tell.
What is my greatest fear? No more stories to tell. What happens if one day I wake up and have no more things to say? It’s a question I don’t want to find an answer.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? My anxiety about Time and about all the stuff I think I have to do before I die.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Martoz, Giuseppe Palumbo, Mike Mignola, David Mazzuchelli, Gipi
What is my greatest extravagance? I drink liters of chamomile and tea cups and eat lots of green apple per day. My studio colleagues think I’m crazy and make fun of me about that…
On what occasion would I lie? I occasionally say little lies if it may avoid problems or little traumas to friends. Lie is not a problem, if you do it the right way.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Making comics is a slow and time taking job: I dislike the fact that I have to choose what to eliminate from my free time in order to tell one story more.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I finished my webcomic “Mooned” (that anyone can read free, also in English, on and I received tons of congratulations. It was a great personal achievement.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I’d change my disillusion about human nature and world. Someday it’s so heavy know precisely how things go, and see why all societies and systems are falling apart, because of the sad human nature.
What is my greatest achievement in work? I think my great achievement is that people search for me for my capabilities and because I am a honest storyteller: I never lie about what I tell, people understand it and they know that every message I want to spread by my stories are true.
What do the words ‘The Financial Freedom to Create’ mean to me? It means be able to live by what I love to do and what I be able to do, and to create more and more by all that. Nowadays is working this way for me, that’s a kind of miracle. That’s stimulating, and I have to work almost fifteen hours per dab, but I hope it will last.
Where would I most like to live? In an European capital, for a while. Of course not Paris, that city is too much complicated for me. And then somewhere in seaside. Now I live in La Spezia, it’s a seaside town, but it doesn’t seems to be: I can’t smell the sea. Believe me. I need more water around me. Treviso is a cool town, indeed. Maybe, in the future, who knows…
What is my most treasured possession? My personal life and experiences. I don’t talk so much about myself and my feelings and what happens to me: I use all this materials as “fuel” for my narrative and stories.
What is my most marked characteristic? The will to make comics with all energy I’ve got. I’m a monomaniac about that!
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? In my hometown, Arezzo, the most inspirational location is Saione, my neighborhood: lots of dark places and unusual corners. The best for a crime story!
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? There’s a little “bio” and “km zero” place, its name is Biolento. When I’m at home, I like to take there my friends. A huge amount of fantastic centrifuged drinks and local beers.
What books influenced my life and how? That’s hard. Too much to talk about. Let’s say three of the amount: “Dr No” by Ian Fleming (it taught me what I’d like to tell for the rest of my life); “Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud (it taught me how to tell it) “Conquest Of Useless” by Werner Herzog (it taught me why to tell it).
Who are my favorite writers? John Steinbeck, Raymond Chandler, James Ellroy, Toni Morrison, Ray Bradbury, Georges Simenon.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? “The Passenger”, Iggy Pop. And, if there’s time enough, some Pink Floyd’s songs, randomly.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Too much. Let’s just say a name: the ambiguous Nick Corey from John Steinbeck’s “Pop 1280”. So deeply human and hardly monstrous at the same time.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Whoever has the strength to fight for what he/she believes in. But not if they are fascists or nazis, of course…
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road”. Pure cinema: simple movement and deep narration. It’s hard not to fall in love with that film.
What role plays art in my life and work? If we talk about “art” as concept of “creation”: everything. It means everything. I wake up thinking about it; I live everyday for it; I go to sleep every night thinking about what I’m gonna create the day after.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My parents, my girlfriend, my colleagues from my club Mammaiuto and, of course and always, myself.
Whom would I like to work with in 2019? I’d like to work with Antonio Zeoli, an incredible italian artist. He’s a monster. I love his style and storytelling.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019? Well, I’d like to meet Mike Mignola, the Perfect Artist in my opinion. Every line he draws tells a world.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? I’ve so much book projects ongoing and in pause. “Delusi Dalla Preda” and “Il premio” will be my next comics for Italian market; by the way, I have to finish three stories that will be published in France next year: “Emma Wrong” (art by Laura Guglielmo, the publisher is Akileos) and “The Desolation Club vol.1” and “vol.2 (art by Vittoria Macioci, the publisher is Sarbacane ). The scripts are done, but we’ll have to do some modifications, surely, so we’re still on run.
Where can you see me or my work? You can see my work online, I’ve got several web series and some short stories on, a website where you can read literally tons of free comics online. Meantime, I’ve got some books in French bookshops (“The Corner”; “L’Île”; “La Louve”) , and some in Italian bookshops to (“365”; “Scary Allan Crow”; “Un Lungo Cammino”; the next one will be out on 25th October, the title is “Instantly Elsewhere”, art by Martoz).
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? That I will fu**ing die on the fu**ing table, betweens sheets and pencils and markers, working. I know it will happen this way. Finishing my last and best book, I hope so.
Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story? Peter should have a conversation with my friends and colleagues Martoz, Vittoria Macioci and Laura Guglielmo. Three clever and crazy guys. Really… peculiars, everyone for their reasons.
How can you contact me?
You can reach me by my Facebook Page (
LorenzoPalloni), by my Instagram profile (
lorenzo.palloni) and my email

And here are my books on amazon:

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