The Hero’s Journey of Luca Russo

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

I love to tell stories.

Raccontare storie.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

I hope I will never find it, otherwise I would stop looking for it.

Spero di non trovarla mai altrimenti smetterei di cercarla.

What is my greatest fear?

My greatest fear is to lose creativity.

Perdere la creatività.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

When I get angry, I hurt people’s feelings. Anger makes me say things I don’t think.

Quando mi arrabbio, ferisco i sentimenti delle persone: l’ira mi fa dire cose che non penso.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

Nicolas De Crécy, for his continuous experimentation.

Nicolas De Crécy, per la sua continua sperimentazione.

What is my greatest extravagance?

I pay attention to the little things and do not often notice the most obvious ones.

Faccio caso alle piccole cose e non noto spesso quelle più evidenti.

On what occasion would I lie?

If I have to lie, I keep silent.

Se devo mentire, taccio.

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

When in my work it happens to deal with people without passion.

Quando in ambito professionale mi capita di avere a che fare con persone prive di passione.

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

On 24th August 2017, when my publisher call me when I was on the beach to tell me that Nottetempo”, the first graphic novel entirely written and draw by me, had been printed.

Quando, il 24 agosto 2017, mentre ero in spiaggia, il mio editore mi ha telefonato per dirmi che era stato stampato Nottetempo, il primo graphic novel interamente scritto e disegnato da me.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

In this life I’m like this, next time we’ll see.

In questa vita sono così, alla prossima si vedrà.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Nottetempo”: with this book I started my path as a complete author (subject, text and drawings) of graphic novels.

Iniziare, con Nottetempo, il mio percorso come autore completo (soggetto, testo e disegni) di graphic novel

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

The main freedom is to create, then the economic aspect is built on the quality of work.

La libertà principale è quella di creare, poi l’aspetto economico si costruisce sulla qualità del lavoro.

Where would I most like to live?

In any place that can give me creative ideas.

In ogni posto che possa darmi idee e stimoli creativi.

What is my most treasured possession?

My books, my CDs, my drawing tools.

I miei libri, i miei cd, i miei materiali da disegno.

What is my most marked characteristic?


La passione.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

Prati district in Rome, alone or with a few trusted friends.

Quartiere Prati a Roma, da solo o con pochi amici fidati.

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

Any place where there are good food and nice atmosphere.

Qualsiasi locale dove oltre al buon cibo ci sia anche una bella atmosfera.

What books influenced my life and how?

The complete work of Lovecraft and the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, for their imaginary and the sense of fear of the unknown and the unknowable, recurrent topics in the construction of the psychology of my characters. “The Theater of Silence: the art of Edward Hopper” taught me to suspend time and to tell the human being through the settings. The Cinema according to Hitchcock, an essay through which I was able to deepen the knowledge of my favorite director, made me better understand his narrative dynamics.

L’opera completa di Lovecraft e i racconti di Edgar Allan Poe, per il loro immaginario e per il senso della paura dell’ignoto e dell’inconoscibile, argomenti ricorrenti nella costruzione della psicologia dei miei personaggi. il Teatro del Silenzio: l’arte di Edward Hopper mi ha insegnato a sospendere il tempo e a raccontare l’essere umano attraverso le ambientazioni. Il Cinema secondo Hitchcock, un saggio attraverso il quale ho potuto approfondire la conoscenza del mio regista preferito, mi ha fatto capire meglio le sue dinamiche narrative.

Who are my favorite writers?

H.P. Lovecraft, Edgard Allan Poe, Daniel Pennac, Stephen King, Oscar Wilde, Tove Janssonand many others.

H.P. Lovecraft, Edgard Allan Poe, Daniel Pennac, Stephen King, Oscar Wilde, Tove Jansson e molti altri.

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

“Come è profondo il mare” by Lucio Dalla

Come è profondo il mare di Lucio Dalla

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Penauts by Charles M. Schulz, Major Gruber by Moebius, Zanardi by Andrea Pazienza, Dylan Dog by Tiziano Sclavi, Il Collezionista by Sergio Toppi, Capitan Harlock by Leji Matsumoto.

I Penauts di Charles M. Schulz, Major Gruber di Moebius, Zanardi di Andrea Pazienza, Dylan Dog di Tiziano Sclavi, Il Collezionista di Sergio Toppi, Capitan Harlock di Leji Matsumoto,

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Anyone who follows his dream, at any cost.

Chiunque segua il proprio sogno, a ogni costo.

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

Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock, Suspiria by Dario Argento e Alien by Ridley Scott.

Psycho di Alfred Hitchcock, Suspiria di Dario Argento e Alien di Ridley Scott.

What role plays art in my life and work?

Un ruolo totale.

A total role.

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

My wife, my publisher, my readers.

Mia moglie, il mio editore, i miei lettori.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?

With anyone I can create an understanding necessary to give the best.

Con chiunque si crei unintesa necessaria per dare il meglio.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019?

My readers, Bill Sienkiewicz and I’d like to meet again Nicolas De Crécy and Craig Thompson.

I miei lettori, Bill Sienkiewicz e mi piacerebbe incontrare di nuovo Nicolas De Crécy e Craig Thompson.

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

After Nottetempo, I’m working on my new book, another one written and drawn by me.

Dopo Nottetempo, sono al lavoro sul mio nuovo libro, anche questo scritto e disegnato da me

Where can you see me or my work?

On Facebook

On my publisher’s website (Tunué)

On amazon

What do the wordsPassion Never Retiresmean to me?

It’s the steady thought of every day.

È il pensiero costante di ogni giorno.

Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story?

Ivan Ferrara, a young and creative author who has just published his first book “La moglie petulante” (Barometz editions).

Ivan Ferrara, giovane e creativo autore che ha da poco pubblicato il suo primo libro “La moglie petulante” (Barometz edizioni).

How can you contact me?

By mail:

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