I want to start this new blog about animals and artists with a post about a friend of mine
who also happens to be one of my favorite Italian illustrators: Franco Matticchio.
His drawings are witty, elegant and full of fantasy; sometimes dark, often enigmatic,
always very personal. Animals are consistent inhabitants of Matticchio's unpredictable
and humorous universe. Notably, an eyepatch-wearing cat called Jones is the protagonist
of a series of surreal comics stories collected in the volume Sensa Senso, while a lonely
bull terrier features in the animated title sequence for Roberto Benigni's movie "Il Mostro".