I’ve been trying to catch up on some of my to-read pile, and I came to Corto Maltese: The Golden House of Samarkand by the amazing Hugo Pratt. Like every Corto Maltese adventure, the story is thick with historical references and exotic locations. In this particular story, Corto is on the hunt for the lost […]
Although Corto Maltese has been a cult favorite in North America for years—and is finally being translated by us in definitive English-language editions—many fans may not realize just HOW popular the series is worldwide. Here’s a clue: On September 20 and 22, The Teatru Manoel Youth Opera in Malta will perform an opera based on […]
A year-long exhibit of Hugo Pratt’s art is currently on display at the Musée des Confluences, in Lyon, France. Curated by Patrizia Zanotti and Cong SA, in cooperation with the national libraries of France, the exhibit – and catalogue – features a brief piece by Dean Mullaney discussing Milton Caniff’s influence on Pratt. For our […]
While prowling around Corto Maltese’s old haunts in Venice this week, my wife Lorraine Turner and I stopped at the city’s one and only comics shop: ZAZÀ, and spent some time visiting with our new friends Giacomo Vella and Tommaso Listo. They’re great guys, who graciously put up with our (very) limited Italian and showed […]
We received an advance copy of Fable of Venice from the printer. For fans who remember the 1981 NBM edition (the only English version available until now), you should be thrilled at how much better our new edition looks. Here’s a comparison so you can see how much art was actually missing in the old […]
We spent a few enjoyable hours last night hanging out with Corto and his pal Rasputin. Not in person, mind you (which would be a little difficult), but in playing the CORTO board game that was published a few years ago. We’re not board game geeks, so can’t speak to how it rates in the […]
The lion statues guarding the Venice Arsenal are an important part of the city’s history. The lions—and the inscriptions on them— also play a key role in Hugo Pratt’s Corto Maltese adventure, Fable of Venice. Simone Castaldi, our Corto co-translator, was in Venice recently and went to check out the lions first hand to see […]
Hugo Pratt’s cover art for the Corto Maltese album Les Celtiques was one of the big ticket items at Sotheby’s auction of comics art on March 15. Pratt’s art sold for a whopping $343,000.00!