Cannibale, Frigidaire, and the Multitude: Post-1977 Italian Comics through Radical Theory

Federico Pagello

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    A direct connection between comics and contemporary critical theory is to be found in the activity of the collective of artists who created "Cannibale" and "Frigidaire", the two most innovative Italian comics magazines of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The work of Andrea Pazienza, Filippo Scòzzari, Stefano Tamburini, Tanino Liberatore and Massimo Mattioli should be regarded as an expression of the radical movements from which Marxist Autonomist thinkers such as Antonio Negri, Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi and Paolo Virno also emerged in the same period. As a consequence, the writings of the latter can be used to analyse the narrative and visual style, the recurring themes, and the editorial characteristics of the comics of the former. Moreover, an interesting parallel can also be drawn between the work of the most influential of these artists, Andrea Pazienza, and the thought of another prominent Italian philosopher, Giorgio Agamben, whose earliest books were published at that time too. The aim of this article is to show that the ideas of a number of the thinkers who have recently become internationally known as representatives of radical Italian theory, are useful to understand the work of this group of comics authors.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)235-251
    Number of pages16
    JournalStudies in Comics
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


    • Italian Comics
    • Comics Studies
    • Italian Theory
    • Giorgio Agamben
    • Toni Negri
    • Franco Berardi


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