Prix Oecuménique, Angouleme International Comics Festival, Macaroni!, 2017
Thomas Campi was born in Italy in 1975. After graduating from the art school Dosso Dossi in 1994, he began his career as an illustrator and graphic designer at the advertising agency Taibi & Taibi, illustrating texts for Zanichelli publishing. Three years later, he joined a studio run by Gerlano Bonazzi and Roberto Zaghi (both Italian comic book authors working for Bonelli publishing). That same year, he published his first comic book, Mem the Seeker (Comics&Dintorni 1997), with Stefano Vietti writing the script. In 1999, he began illustrating the popular crime series Julia (Bonelli), created by Giancarlo Berardi. In 2008, alongside his continuing work on Julia, he produced a comic book adaptation of Tolstoy's War and Peace (Adonis/Glénat), with author Brrémaud. In 2010 began his ongoing collaboration with Belgian writer Vincent Zabus on Les Petits Gens (Le Lombard). The next year he contributed to the charity project "Magnitude 9" (Ankama), a collection of illustrations dedicated to the victims of the Japan earthquake. In 2014 he was the only European artist to be nominated at the Spectrum 21 awards. Barely had he put the finishing touches to Tears of an Afghan Warlord(Dupuis 2014, Europe Comics 2017) with Zabus and renowned reporter Pascale Bourgaux on script, when he started his next project with Zabus, Macaroni! (Dupuis 2016, Europe Comics 2017), a touching graphic novel about Italian immigration. He next released Magritte (Le Lombard 2016, SelfMade Hero 2017) to wide critical acclaim and in 2018 published The Joe Shuster Story: The Artist Behind Superman (Super Genius; published in Italy by BAO Publishing).
Country of origin: ItalyEurope Comics Publisher: Dupuis (Belgium)