Who said you need words to tell a story? “Shhh!” the last volume in a trilogy published by Ifix – design studio, visual communication and publishing house run by Maurizio Ceccato and Lina Monaco - seems to be teaching us another reality. 150 pages of illustrations, stories by ten Italian authors, put on paper in Technicolor, widescreen format sheets and absolutely no words. These are silent comics. This is the most recent of the utopian projects to come from “B Comics - Fucilate a strisce”, devised by Maurizio Ceccato, cartoonist, graphic designer and founder of Ifix in 2007.
In 2010, Maurizio established his publishing label Edizioni Ifix, with the magazine-book Watt - Senza alternativa (Watt - No Alternatives).
In 2014 he edited his first anthology of Italian cartoonists, the first volume of the onomatopoeic trilogy from the “B Comics” label: “Crack!”, which was then followed by “Gnam!”. There are many strengths to this publishing approach, starting with the authors. They are all Italian, chosen by Ceccato through detailed scouting activities. None of them has had work published before and none of their stories existed before the guys from Ifix gave them creative input.
Ceccato looks for the traits that interest him, he supports the cartoonists he selects, through the development process for each and every strip. His attention leads to a publication which will still be viable, and about which both he and Lina Monaco want to feel proud “even in ten years’ time”. Maurizio and Lina’s work is about research, they say, “we act in a frugal way, but we try to add value and offer status to our artists”.
Over three years, they now have more than thirty artists. They bring them out of obscurity, “from the big houses’ blind spot”. They publish their work, promote them, delighting in the resulting “wonderful human interactions”.
Thr story has been written by Martina Germani Riccardi.writer.