Cartoon Club

International Festival of animated films, comics and games

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Jul 23 · 22 min read
The billboard of the 35th edition of Cartoon Club is designed by Antonio Lapone

Cartoon Club — the International Festival of animated films, comics and games — was born in 1985 from the experience of Acli Arte e Spettacolo Rimini, it is one of the most historic festivals on the Italian scene.

Cartoon Club is also a network which deals with comic literature, exhibitions, educational and social projects, original shows where images, music, and theatre merge, and educational activities in schools.

The club’s goal is encourages relationships between national and international networks (Asifa, CIFEJ, ECFA) and other festivals, to promote know-how, good practices and the circulation of film programs as well as for studying the communicative languages ​​that characterize the world of animated films, comics, and games, with the related changes, evolutions and social repercussions.

Among all those activities, Cartoon Club carries out also an intense editorial production, through the publication of books and catalogs as well as a monthly magazine — Fumo di China — dedicated to the criticism of comics.


Cartoon Club, from start to finish

For this, we have interspersed the photos taken by Ayzoh’s photographers with words by comics and cartoons’ authors as well as by the characters and superheroes that populate that fantastic world.

Two cosplayers walk in Rimini. Cosplay (コスプレ, kosupure — a portmanteau of the words costume and play) is a performance art in which participants, called cosplayers, wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character.

In the midst of the vagaries of life, they provide us a trip to the land of goodness and fairies, of imaginations and possibilities.

A childhood that wasn’t spent watching cartoons or reading comic strips, no wonder, seems too dull to imagine.

Sanhita Baruah

Two cosplayers walk in Rimini

We are in a difficult place, you who are the fiercest women of Wakanda. I will not offer you easy, empty words.

But I will say that as Dora Milaje we are more than servants to any one man or woman — we serve Wakanda. And let us not forget, we also serve each other. Together we will always rise.

Mistress Zola, Black Panther: World of Wakanda

A cosplayer walks in Rimini / Note: on this photo we used Photoshop to hide the car’s plate

I used to want to save the world, to end war and bring peace to mankind. But then I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their light.

I learnt that inside every one of them there will always be both. The choice each must make for themselves — something no hero will ever defeat.

Wonder Woman

A cosplayer walks in Rimini

I can create a world without war. I can make a world without alcohol or drugs. Without hate or jealousy. But then it wouldn’t be the world we live in. Nothing would be learned, nothing would be gained. We wouldn’t advance as species

Iron Man

Two cosplayers walk in Rimini

When it comes to procreation, men are essential, but for pleasure, not necessary.

Wonder Woman

Fontana dei Quattro Cavalli (Fountain of Four Horses), the center of all Cosplayers’ events

The world has changed, and none of us can go back. All we can do is our best, and sometimes the best that we can do is to start over.

Peggy Carter, Captain America

A cosplayer withdraws the money from an ATM

Nevermore shall men make slaves of others! Not in Asgard — not on Earth — not any place where the hammer of Thor can be swung — or where men of good faith hold freedom dear!

Stan Lee

A cosplayer dressed as Jesus hugs a manga character

The world of full of exceptional people. The people in the world who do kindness, or search for the truth despite their lives being at risk. The engineers, the teachers, the doctors, and adoptive parents, the scholars and the firemen, and yes, the journalists.

People who risk everything for the sake of others and those who simply try to help those whose needed be greater than their own. Those people inspire me, not the other way around.

Superman, Strange Attractors

Cosplayers in the park

Your humans slaughter each other because of the color of your skin, or your faith or your politics — or for no reason at all — too many of you hate as easily as you draw breath. — Magneto.

Stan Lee

A cosplayer walks in the park

In a world of ordinary mortals, you are a wonder woman.”

Queen Hippolyta, Wonder Woman’s Mom

Super Mario

Maybe I had a “secret identity”, but then when you think about it, don’t we all? A part of ourselves very few people ever get to see.

The part we think of as “me”. The part that deals with the big stuff. Makes the real choices. The part everything else is a reflection of.

Kurt Busiek, Superman: Secret Identity

Spiderman

Adults… struggle desperately with fiction, demanding constantly that it conform to the rules of everyday life.

Adults foolishly demand to know how Superman can possibly fly, or how Batman can possibly run a multibillion-dollar business empire during the day and fight crime at night, when the answer is obvious even to the smallest child: because it’s not real.

Grant Morrison

Cosplayers

Let’s lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today.

But, unlike a team of costumed super-villains, they can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them — to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are.

Stan Lee

Cosplayers posing for the many photographers who attend the event

The point of these things is to remind us that… There is no going back, there’s only moving forward. You feel different because you *are* different.”

Melinda May, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

A photographer belonging to AIFA Cosplay, an association that brings together professional photographers and amateurs with a passion for cosplay photography.

Each soldier was the living image of the others, but there was one who was a bit different. He had only one leg, for he was the last to be cast and the tin had run out.

Still, there he stood, just as steadfast on his one leg as the others on their two; and he is the tin soldier we are going to hear about.

Hans Christian Anderson

A Cosplayer returns home (or hotel) at the end of the events

Comics deal with two fundamental communicating devices: words and images. Admittedly this is an arbitrary separation. But, since in the modern world of communication they are treated as independent disciplines, it seems valid.

Actually, the are derivatives of a single origin and in the skillful employment of words and images lies the expressive potential of the medium.

Will Eisner, Comics and Sequential Art

A girl prepares for the show “Like a Princess”

You control your destiny — you don’t need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems.

Merida

A girl prepares for the show “Like a Princess”

Just because it’s what’s done, doesn’t mean it’s what should be done.

Cinderella

A girl prepares for the show “Like a Princess”

“Don’t kill if you can wound, don’t wound if you can subdue, don’t subdue, if you can pacify, and don’t raise a hand at all, until you’ve extended it.” ― Wonder Woman

A girl prepares for the show “Like a Princess”

“We’re on our way to rescue a queen, overthrow an evil wizard, and win back a country. Care to join us?― Jonathan Maberry, Doomwar

Behind the scenes of the show “Like a Princess”

The most important thing a girl wears is her confidence.

Cinderella​​

A girl prepares for the show “Like a Princess”

Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards — the things we live by and teach our children — are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings.

Walt Disney

Behind the scenes of the show “Like a Princess”

What makes it worth it though, is I love drawing. I love it. I love making comics. I love starting a new page and buying new paper, ink and brushes. I love telling stories!

I love the people I work with, I love the people I meet. I love thinking about the syntax and language of comics. I love esoteric discussions about the comic book industry.

I love the opportunities I’ve had in life because of comics. The second I stop loving it I will find something else to do. Comics are hard work. Comics are relentless. Comics will break your heart.

Comics are monetarily unsatisfying. Comics don’t offer much in terms of fortune and glory, but comics will give you complete freedom to tell the stories you want to tell, in ways unlike any other medium.

Comics will pick you up after it knocks you down. Comics will dust you off and tell you it loves you. And you will look into it’s eyes and know it’s true, that you love comics back.

Becky Cloonan

Behind the scenes of the show “Like a Princess”

Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

Hans Christian Anderson, The Complete Fairy Tales

Behind the scenes of the show “Like a Princess”

Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it’s a simple adventure story. Others can read the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper and unlock the secrets of the universe.

Lex Luthor

Behind the scenes of the show “Like a Princess”

Adults are interested if you don’t play down to the little 2 or 3 year olds or talk down. I don’t believe in talking down to children.

I don’t believe in talking down to any certain segment. I like to kind of just talk in a general way to the audience. Children are always reaching.

Walt Disney

Behind the scenes of the show “Like a Princess”

Violence doesn’t discriminate. It hits all of us… the rich, the poor, the healthy, the sick. It comes as cold and bracing as a winter breeze off the Hudson. Until it sinks into your bones… leaving you with a chill you can’t shake. They say there’s not rest for the wicked.

But what about the good? The battle of Good vs. Evil is never-ending… because evil always survives… with the help of evil men. As for Daredevil, well… soon the world will know the truth. That this is a city born of heroes, that one man can make a difference.

Daredevil

Behind the scenes of the show “Like a Princess”

Do not be followed by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.

Merchant, Aladdin

Behind the scenes of the show “Like a Princess”

Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true.

This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four Cs. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy.

Walt Disney

Behind the scenes of the show “Like a Princess”

I can give her no greater power than she has already, said the woman; don’t you see how strong that is? How men and animals are obliged to serve her, and how well she has got through the world, barefooted as she is.

She cannot receive any power from me greater than she now has, which consists in her own purity and innocence of heart. If she cannot herself obtain access to the Snow Queen, and remove the glass fragments from little Kay, we can do nothing to help her.

Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen

Behind the scenes of the show “Like a Princess”

I have to tell you a secret that will see you through all the trials that life can offer. Have courage and be kind.

Ella’s Mother

Behind the scenes of the show “Like a Princess”

A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.

Zeus

Otto Panzer, the presenter of the show “Like a Princess”

The world is on fire, young man. As writers, it is only proper that we do what we can to warn people.

But in telling the truth to the world, don’t lie to yourself. Write whatever you want. Tell the truth. Just don’t imagine that you are changing anything. Like I said, people just want to have a good time.

Mark Russell

Otto Panzer, the presenter of the show “Like a Princess”

Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are.

Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.

William Moulton Marston

Otto Panzer in Piazza Cavour

A gift can often be a curse. Give someone wings, and they may fly too close to the sun. Give them the power of prophecy, and they may live in fear of the future.

Give them the greatest gift of all, powers beyond imagination, and they may think they are meant to rule the world.

Professor X

Otto Panzer in Piazza Cavour

Since ancient times, sacred texts from around the world foretold about a time period in human history when a mighty demi-god would appear on earth.

Whether we call this figure Perseus, Krishna, or Messiah, he is epitomized in the figure of Jesus Christ — the modern equivalent of which is Superman!

Eli Of Kittim, The Little Book of Revelation

A girl photographs her little sister together with one of the princesses

In the midst of the vagaries of life, they provide us a trip to the land of goodness and fairies, of imaginations and possibilities.

A childhood that wasn’t spent watching cartoons or reading comic strips, no wonder, seems too dull to imagine.

Sanhita Baruah

Otto Panzer in Piazza Cavour

Pop culture. Nobody does bullshit better than us. Right? China took over manufacturing. And the Middle East has us on fossil fuels. That’s just geography and politics.

We’re a nation of whacko immigrants. Scavengers and con men. We crossed the ocean on faith, stole some land and stone-cold made up a whole country out of nothing but balls and bullshit.

Superhero comics got invented by crazy genius Jews who showed up and revamped the refugee experience into a Man of Steel sent from Krypton with a secret identity.

Damon Suede, Bad Idea

An exhibition dedicated to the world of comics at the Museo della Città of Rimini

For men must never feel a cause is hopeless — men must never feel an enemy cannot be beaten!

Stan Lee

“Time after time”, an exhibition dedicated to the artist Antonio Lapone at the art gallery Augeo Art Space

Comics, it seems, aren’t supposed to be political because they’re ‘lowbrow.’ But honestly, lowbrow art is where dissidence often expresses itself most clearly: in bad comedies, in terrible music by equally terrible musicians, in silly color drawings of people in capes.

Tara Marie

Museo della Città of Rimini

Just because you have superpowers, that doesn’t mean your love life would be perfect.

I don’t think superpowers automatically means there won’t be any personality problems, family problems or even money problems. I just tried to write characters who are human beings who also have superpowers.

Stan Lee

Museo della Città of Rimini

Heroes are forgettable.

They try to save the world, but villains are the ones who change it.

Adam J. Brunner, Friday’s: Bar for Supervillain

Museo della Città of Rimini

Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say, ‘No, *you* move’.

Sharon Carter, Captain America

Museo della Città of Rimini

Manga represents and extremely unfiltered view of the inner workings of their creator’s minds. This is because manga are free of the massive editing and committee-style production used in other media like film, magazines and television.

Even in American mainstream comics, the norm is to have a stable of artists, letterers, inkers, and scenario writers all under the control of the publisher. In Japan, a single artist might employ many assistants and act as a sort of director, but he or she is usually at the core of the production process and retains control over the rights to the material created.

That artists are not necessarily highly educated and deal frequently in plain subject matter only heightens the sense that manga offer the reader an extremely raw and personal view of the world. Thus, of the more than two billion manga produced each year, the vast majority have a dreamlike quality. They speak to people’s hope, and fears.

They are where stressed-out modern urbanites daily work out their neuroses and their frustrations. Viewed in their totality, the phenomenal number of stories produced is like the constant chatter of the collective unconscious — and articulation of the dream world. Reading manga is like peering into the unvarnished, unretouched reality of the Japanese mind.

Frederik L. Schodt, Dreamland Japan

Museo della Città of Rimini

As every schoolboy knows, comics do not stand alone at microphones in the dark. Indeed, we cannot even read them in the dark. We need light, the more, the better.

And we enjoy comics best in solitary, by ourselves, not in crowds; although large numbers of people read comics, they generally do it by themselves, in silence.

R.C. Harvey

Museo della Città of Rimini

My theory about why people like superheroes is that when we were kids, we all loved to read fairy tales.

Fairy tales are all about things bigger than life: Giants, witches, trolls, dinosaurs and dragons and all sorts of imaginative things.

Then you get a little bit older and you stop reading fairy tales, but you don’t ever outgrow your love of them.

Stan Lee

Museo della Città of Rimini

We’re not just our failures. As much as they hurt, we learn from them. Then we go out there and do our best to make up for them — Even though we never will.

We save people. We save as many as we can to make up for the ones we couldn’t. That’s all we do.

Spiderman

Museo della Città of Rimini

Haven’t you learned anything yet? Think about your own life — everything you’ve done to keep your secret safe. You don’t just wear the mask for yourself.

It’s for your wife… your parents… even for — one day — your children. There are animals out there. And when it comes to family, we can’t always be there to defend them. But the mask will.

DC’s Green Arrow

During Cartoon Club the entire city center is filled with works of art displayed in shop windows

The Joker is my favorite villain in all of literature… I think the Joker is sort of villainy at its purest, most fascinating and brilliant form.

All he’s about is convincing yourself that the things you’re most afraid of are true. My favorite villains in all of literature do just that.

Scott Snyder

During Cartoon Club the entire city center is filled with works of art displayed in shop windows

Compromise where you can. Where you can’t, don’t. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right.

Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say, ‘No, *you* move’.

Sharon Carter, Captain America

“Ricordi in soffitta” (Memories in the attic), a flea market where toys and comics are sold by children

A hero can be anyone, even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a little boy’s shoulder to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.

Batman

“Ricordi in soffitta” (Memories in the attic), a flea market where toys and comics are sold by children

One of the common retorts to my cartoons is that I’m being ’emotional,’ or ‘angry.’ And my reply to that is always, ‘You’re damn right.’ There’s a time to be emotionally detached, purely objective, and entirely analytical.

Like when I’m doing my taxes, or playing chess — not when I’m creating political cartoons… Political cartoons are at their best when their authors actually display some human emotions.

If you can talk about people being treated poorly or denied equal rights and not be emotional or sensitive to that, then there’s something wrong with you, and you probably could use some counseling.

Darrin Bell

Two steampunker in Piazza Cavour. Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery

It’s no accident that the first superhero boom came when we were facing the Great Depression and a world war. Superheroes represent the best in all of us — in that sense, they are us.

So it’s natural that we look to them for our entertainment, whether it’s on the pages of the comic books or up on the big screen.

Joe Simon

A steampunker in Piazza Cavour

All art makes a statement, and comics have from the very beginning. From the earliest political cartoons, to golden age Superman being a walking, talking New Deal reformer, comics have always been and will always be political.

Tom Speelman

Steampunkers in Piazza Cavour

I wanted them to be diverse. The whole underlying principle of the X-Men was to try to be an anti-bigotry story to show there’s good in every person.

Stan Lee

A steampunker in Piazza Cavour

If Shakespeare and Michelangelo were alive today, and if they decided to collaborate on a comic, Shakespeare would write the script and Michelangelo would draw it.

How could anybody say that this wouldn’t be as worthwhile an artform as anything on earth?

Stan Lee

Steampunkers in Piazza Cavour

True happiness is found along a middle road. There lies the balance and the harmony — with reason and emotion, not at war but hand in hand.

Aquaman

Cristina D’Avena (right) with a fan before the concert. Cristina D’Avena is the most famous Italian singer for the cartoons’ theme songs broadcasted on TV.

Things aren’t always what they seem. Our fears can play tricks on us, making us afraid to change course, afraid to move on, but usually, hidden behind our fears are second chances waiting to be seized, second chances at life, at glory, at family, at love.

And these opportunities don’t come around every day, so when they do, we have to be brave, take a chance, and grab them while we can.

The Flash

Marcello Franca, presenter of the Cristina D’Avena concert, reaches Piazza Cavour

We’re a country that’s scared — there are scary things in the world right now. 9/11 knocked us back on our ass. The idea that someone out there is trying to kill us. Even the bad superhero films do well.

Why are they working? It’s not because of the violence [depicted] or because they’re colorful — it’s because we’re a country that is worried and scared… and right now is starving for heroes.

It’s even in the political culture — look at who we nominate for president. We’re not looking for politicians — we’re looking for saviors.

Brad Meltzer

Marcello Franca

Marvel is a cornucopia of fantasy, a wild idea, a swashbuckling attitude, an escape from the humdrum and the prosaic.

It’s a serendipitous feast for the mind, the eye, the imagination, a literate celebration of unbridled creativity, coupled with a touch of rebellion and an insolent desire to spit in the eye of the dragon.

Stan Lee, Excelsior!: The Amazing Life of Stan Lee

Cristina D’Avena

I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers.

And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it, they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.

Stan Lee

Cristina D’Avena sings with a fan who joined her on stage

‘You don’t understand the nuances,’ some people say. I don’t give a f ***— about the nuances. Charlie Hebdo showed up to work in 2011 after they were firebombed, and kept working to put out an issue.

And they continued and put out an issue after 12 murders. As far as I’m concerned, this is the [precise] award for courage for cartoonists.

Neil Gaiman

Fans of Cristina D’Avena

A true Defender never raises arms against an innocent, no matter how they threaten you.

Doctor Strange

The pleasure of reading a story and wondering what will come next for the hero is a pleasure that has lasted for centuries and, I think, will always be with us.

Stan Lee

Fans of Cristina D’Avena

Look at all this. It’s fantastic. A hundred thousand worlds. What I love most, because I’m a hideous narcissist, is knowing many of these worlds are mine. You know what all of this is, don’t you?

This is the immune system of the human soul. Superheroes, space rangers, time cowboys, they are the T cells of the spirit. They were always here to save us. We made them to save us.

Bob Proehl, A Hundred Thousand Worlds

Fans of Cristina D’Avena

Joking about something is a defense mechanism to overcome your fear towards it. If people see their leaders in cartoons, that can help to make them realize they are not gods. Cartoons break people’s fear.

Sherif Arafa

The staff that guarantees security and assistance during all the events in Piazza Cavour

The fate of your planet rests not in the hands of gods. It rests in the hands of mortals.

Thor

Nuova Arena Francesca da Rimini, Castel Sismondo: non-stop projections of cartoons by the best authors in the world

Wakanda will no longer watch from the shadows. We cannot. We must not. We will work to be an example of how we as brothers and sisters on this earth should treat each other. Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence.

We all know the truth: more connects us than divides us. But in times of crisis, the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.

T’Challa, Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet

Nuova Arena Francesca da Rimini, Castel Sismondo: non-stop projections of cartoons by the best authors in the world

A definition of a hero is someone who is concerned about other people’s well-being, and will go out of his or her way to help them — even if there is no chance of a reward.

That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero.

Stan Lee

Castel Sismondo, Rimini

As far as that mask is concerned, well, I’m happy it’s being used as a multi-purpose banner of protest.

It’s like [Alberto Korda’s] Che Guevara image on T-shirts and such that was used so often in the past as a symbol of revolutionary spirit — the difference being that while Che represented a specific political movement, the mask of V does not: It’s neutral.

It just represents opposition to any perceived tyranny, which is why it fits easily into being Everyman’s tool of protest against oppression.

David Lloyd: V for Vendetta co-creator

That’s all folks!

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