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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday Guest: Sergio Toppi

Illustrations for CS Lewis' Narnian novels The Magician's Nephew and The Last Battle are ready, but before that, it is time to welcome some other Sunday guests. Here above, a couple of pictures by the Italian comic art master and fantasy art master Sergio Toppi (from his Arabian-Nights book Sharaz-De: Volume 2, Castiglione del Lago, IT: Edizioni Di, 2005), in a personally recolored version, or rather hand-colored. Toppi died in 2012. A selection of his works is currently on exhibition in Perugia, Italy. I happened to meet him in Milan in about 2000 in the offices of the comic magazine Il Giornalino. The dialogue started like this: "Master Toppi, it is a great honor to meet you." And he replied: "Ehhh?" He was a little deaf, you know.