A young woman, hardly 25 years old, and she has already studiedhard and been trained in every aspect of the world of comics. Barbara Montruccoli started drawing when she was very young. Her passion was fostered by her family that always supported her in her choices. She lived and breathed cartoons, enthralled by the animated stories broadcast on the TV, she began to draw even before she understood
that this could become a job. She read her first manga at 12, and from that moment she was certain of her future. She studied at the European Manga Academy and, even if it was frequently difficult, having to clash with other people’s lack of interest and poor knowledge of the style, Barbara never lost heart. When she talks about it, all her passion and desire to succeed shine through, passion and determination that will take
her far. Her project “Italia Nipponica”, is not simply one volume or a series of strips. It is a much larger container, driving an idea that Barbara has cultivated for a long time and one that she attempts to continuously develop, by getting colleagues involved, promoting Italian products and doing what she knows best - drawing. Montruccoli’s aim is to prove that manga is not just a purely Japanese cartoon style, but a powerful medium for narration. An art form that transcends nationalities and cultures and one that can be done – and done well, in an authorial way - even in Italy. She enjoys storytelling and wants to tell stories in a format that she feels at home with, even if manga is still a niche area, a genre unfairly undervalued, in Italy. But not for long…
The story has been written by Valentina D’Urbano, writer.
Japanese-style cartoonist, Barbara Montruccoli has a dream - to show that even Italians can make manga.