Odyssey

By Fabio Visintin
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40,000 €
2016-05-24

"Homer's Odyssey told using sequential art, with powerful images, a striking narrative and no dialogues. The images offer a poetic interpretation of the Homeric tale, but not without the fascination and meaning this masterpiece has left behind. My intention is to articulate a purely visual reading that flows like a long dream and can be enjoyed with eyes wide open. The Homeric Odysseus this version evokes, is at the same time a hero and a man that wants nothing but to return home, so that he can be reunited with his wife, son and land. A surprisingly modern character,  so similar to many of the antiheroes we commonly relate to nowadays".

Fabio Visintin

Spanish, English, French and Italian.

september 2017

All or nothing

To portray The Odissey, the most well-known poem of ancient times, only with images may initially appear to be a contradiction.

This tale describes the adventures of a hero renowned not only by his legendary cunning but also by his mastery of words and language, the ability to narrate his own great feats and to convince and captivate whomever he encountered, be it mortal or divine.

In the third book of the Iliad the Trojan counsellor Antenor remembers hosting Odysseus in his very home while Greeks and Trojans tried to negotiate peace. He would describe him like this:

He looked down motionless, his eyes locked on the ground, seemingly not knowing what to say. One could have deemed him lost in his own rage or even completely demented. But when from his chest arose a deep voice saying words like snowflakes in winter no man would have dared to defy Odysseus, no one would have dared to judge his appearance”.

The king of Ithaca possessed the charm of words. How could he turn “snowflakes” into words without underestimating them? It is so that both silence and image were chosen as the ideal way to bring this story of seas and solitude once again into the light.

Then, stripped of written text and dialogue, the tale is solely constructed through the intertwining of images in a logical sequence.

Odysseus is a man gone beyond his limits, the only mortal to descend into the Hades and return alive, the last great hero to refer to the gods as if they were his equals.  His legend has been enriched throughout the centuries with more and more layers and sometimes even conflicting characteristics. In ancient times some believed him son of Sisiphus, cunning enough to cheat death herself. From this lineage would come the hero's pirate and rousing spirit. After all his name means “the hated one” in ancient Greek (due to the hatred of his defeated and roused enemies, like the sea god Poseidon). Others like the great Dante Alighieri in his Divine Comedy would describe him as a titanic hero that crosses Hercules's pillars for his love for knowledge and to pursue "virtue and wisdom”. The Homeric Odysseus this version evokes, is at the same time a hero and a man that wants nothing but to return home, so that he can be reunited with his wife, son and land. 


A surprisingly modern character, so similar to many of the antiheroes we commonly relate to nowadays.

During his journey, Odysseus will encounter and fall in love with sumptuous women and goddesses as radiant as they are dangerous: the nymph Calypso (“she who hides”), who after saving him from the shipwreck will keep him in a forced exile in the island of Ogygia; the mysterious Circe, daughter of the Sun and sister of the great witch Medea; young princess Nausicaa, daughter of Alcinous, king of the Phaeacians, that finds him on the beach of her island; Athena, both goddess of wisdom and his patroness, who appears in many forms to protect him; and finally Penelope, his wife and Queen, by whose side he so badly longs to be.

Not only does he meet gods among his travels but also mythical creatures such as the sirens, the souls of great dead men in the underworld, Scylla and Charybdis (two dreadful monstrosities of the seas that rule over what we now known as the strait of Messina) and the Cyclops (the atrocious and cannibalistic son of Poseidon).



Even after facing such adversities, once back in his beloved homeland, Odysseus' trials won't be over: he will have to confront the warrior princes arrived in Ithaca to compete for Penelope's hand in marriage, as they all believed her a widow. This affront on his wife, his son and his land will only fuel the flame of Odysseus wrath, and his vengeance will be ruthless.

It's hard to believe all the events told in the Odyssey happened in what we know to be the Mediterranean. As Pihlostratus said, “Do you believe someone as cunning as Odysseus could be lost for ten years in a sea just slightly bigger than a pond?”. The rout he followed goes deep into unreal realms. It's a journey to distant universes, far away from the reach of men.

The places in which the story unravels are fabulous lands, fascinating images form the background of the different stages of the chronicle.


"In this graphic novel, I want the images to tell what
words cannot describe without trivializing.

I want to show the glances, the clothing, the fire's reflection,
the waves and the abyss in which Poseidon rests.

I want to draw pagan gods and have their power, their mystery
and madness shine through their appearance.

I want to show jewels remnant of buried civilizations.

I want the reader to be transported deep into and ancient and
primitive era, dragged into a dream framed in times of legend.

I want to take the reader to a suggestive experience and let his
imagination sense the dialogues of the Homeric poem".

Fabio Visintin 

Rewards gallery

 

We know what a job well done entails and both the author and Spaceman Project are prepared. We love this medium and want to take it to another level where readers, authors, editors and booksellers are the protagonists. Therefore, we have taken small details into account and set a goal of raising an amount in keeping with what we offer. 

A maximum period of 15 months is anticipated for the development of this work.

Finally, but no less important, all the illustrations presented in this campaign are provisional and are subject to modifications once the goal is reached and the work begins to be created. This will mainly only affect cover images, never the story and format of the work and the type of reward offered. Naturally, we are presenting a live project to be developed. Creativity has no limits and we are convinced that we should not stop improving, which is why we have a commitment to quality with our readers.

  • today
  • 10th April 2018

    ¡ODISEA YA ESTÁ IMPRESO!

    by Spaceman Project

    El nuevo cómic de Fabio Visintin ya es una realidad y es maravilloso poder disfrutar del arte de cada una de sus páginas.

    A partir de la próxima semana empezaremos a enviar los ejemplares a todos los patrocinadores, que tardarán en llegar entre 2 y 4 semanas, dependiendo del páis de destino.

    El día 18 de abril cerraremos los archivos con las direcciones de envío. Si tienes que actualizar la información de entrega, puedes hacerlo en tu área de usuario entrando en la recompensa y siguiendo esta ruta:

    Ver los detalles de esta aportación / Dirección de envío / Editar

    Esperamos que el resultado de dos años de trabajo te encante tanto como a nosotros.

    contact@spacemanproject.com

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  • 7th February 2018

    ODISEA, de Fabio Visintin, ¡está preparado para entrar en imprenta!

    by Spaceman Project

    Con gran placer comunicamos que el diseño editorial del cómic está finalizado y el día 19 de febrero enviaremos los documentos a la imprenta (es cuándo tenemos la fecha reservada). El proceso de producción dura entre 4 y 6 semanas. Una vez que recibamos los libros en nuestro almacén, empezaremos a realizar los envíos a los todos patrocinadores, el tiempo de entrega es de entre 7 y 15 días. Después de eso, los libros estarán disponibles en las tiendas.

    Agradecemos enormemente la paciencia y apoyo por tu parte. El trabajo sobre los materiales requirió un tiempo extra, aproximadamente 2 meses, para poder dejar la obra a la altura del autor, quién ha realizado una maravillosa historia con un dibujo precioso.

    Esperamos que el resultado sea de tu agrado y quedes tan contento como nosotros.

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  • 23rd October 2017

    ODYSSEY / STATE OF THE PROJECT

    by Spaceman Project

    Fabio Visintin finalised the creative part and we received all the artwork the 7th of September. We are now in the layout and design phase. 

    This project is suffering a delay in design and preproduction so we need to postpone the release date to November-December 2017 approximately. 

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  • 5th May 2016
  • 28th April 2016

    Exclusive gift for the backers of ODYSSEY

    Thank you for backing comics Spaceman Project!

    For all of you that have supporting Fabio Visintin's project, we are rewarding you with an exclusive print of the characters ODYSSEY

    The print is a one side, measuring 14,8 x 21 cm

  • 13th April 2016

    ODYSSEY by Fabio Visintin starts it’s crowdfunding today!

    Sponsor this project from 13th/April from 23th/May

    "Homer's Odyssey told using sequential art, with powerful images, a striking narrative and no dialogues. The images offer a poetic interpretation of the Homeric tale, but not without the fascination and meaning this masterpiece has left behind. My intention is to articulate a purely visual reading that flows like a long dream and can be enjoyed with eyes wide open. The Homeric Odysseus this version evokes, is at the same time a hero and a man that wants nothing but to return home, so that he can be reunited with his wife, son and land". 

    Fabio Visintin

  • 13th April 2016

    Project launch

Fabio Visintin

Bibliografia Fabio Visintin

Fabio Visintin nasce a Venezia nel 1957, città nella quale tuttora risiede.

Dopo aver frequentato il Liceo artistico si iscrive all’Università di Architettura e contemporaneamente intraprende la carriera di illustratore ed autore di fumetti.

Pubblica le prime storie sulle pagine di Alter Alter, storica rivista edita da Rizzoli ed in seguito su testi di altri autori disegna due libri a fumetti per l’editore Ottaviano.

Decide di dedicarsi completamente alla professione di illustratore e abbandona gli studi universitari.

Inizia la collaborazione con Frigidaire la storica rivista creata da Scozzari, Pazienza e Sparagna e su Frizzer (supplemento interamente dedicato al fumetto) pubblica parecchi suoi racconti . Collabora inoltre con agenzie e studi di grafica e illustra numerosi testi per l’editoria scolastica per quasi tutti gli editori di settore.

Inizia la sua collaborazione con Alex Randolph celebre inventore di giochi da tavolo per il quale visualizza e illustra parecchi giochi editi nel mercato tedesco e in quello americano oltre al libro per bambini “Detective Nosy” pubblicato dalla Hamish Hamilton di New York e poi venduto e tradotto in numerosi paesi.

Grazie al suo segno eclettico che gli consente di passare facilmente da produzioni riservate ad un pubblico adulto ad altre riservate ai ragazzi inizia a collaborare con quasi tutti gli editori specializzati nel settore per i più piccini.

Crea libri per gli editori: Piccoli, Coccinella,Fabbri,Giunti,De Agostini, Happy Books, ecc..

In questo periodo realizza alcuni libri per l’editore Piccoli nei quali appaiono in embrione quelli che ripresi in una versione  a fumetti diventeranno una serie molto conosciuta ed apprezzata sulle pagine del Corriere dei Piccoli della fine degli anni 1980: “I Cuccioli”.

Sempre per il Corriere dei Piccoli con cui collabora molto intensamente dal 1987 al 1994 produce anche un’altra serie: “Nella Foresta Incantata” della quale realizza 3 lunghe storie avventurose a Puntate.

Dopo la chiusura della testata riprende a collaborare con studi e agenzie grafiche ed inizia il sodalizio con l’editore Marsilio del quale diviene il principale illustratore delle cover della collana Giallo-mistery “Le farfalle”. Collaborazione che prosegue ed ha raggiunto e superato le 100 cover realizzate.

Anche se in maniera più saltuaria torna per passione a pubblicare storie a fumetti, prima sulla rivista Blue e in seguito, occasione molto importante e significativa, realizza una serie di racconti per la rivista Animals, racconti che raccolti in un volume intitolato: ”Natali Neri” arricchito da un racconto inedito gli valgono lo scorso anno alcuni significativi riconoscimenti:

Premio Micheluzzi al Comicon di Napoli 2015 e premio Gran Guinigi a Lucca Comics 2015.

Volume inoltre selezionato dal circuito bibliotecario di Roma come uno dei migliori 16 libri editi nel 2015 per concorrere al premio  “Biblioteche”.

Il suo approccio appassionato e autoriale al fumetto gli fa realizzare opere sempre molto particolari, sia per contenutii che per modalità produttive, è in questa prospettiva che vanno inserite la Grapich Novel “Vita Amori e avventure veneziane di Messer Gatto con gli Stivali”  trasposizione  integrale a fumetti di un dramma radiofonico di Angela Carter edito da Marsilio e “L’Isola” Graphic Novel liberamente ispirata alla Tempesta di Shakespeare edito da RoundMidnight edizioni.

Partecipa al Libro e alla mostra : “Archeomafia, Storie d’Arte e di Misfatti” per Lega Ambiente e Commando Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale e  su testi di Silvano Mezzavilla illustra l’episodio “Ex Libris” poi esposto alla mostra tenutasi all’Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica di Roma sotto l’alto patronato del Presidente della Repubblica.

Su testi di BrunaMaria Dal Lago realizza il libro edito da Giunti Progetti educativi e dal Museo di cultura Ladina di Vigo di Fassa: “Il Regno dei Fanes”, sempre con la Dal Lago inventa e illustra il gioco “Creature Leggendarie dell’ Alto Adige” Premio autori da scoprire regione Alto Adige.

Vince il premio “Soligatto” per le illustrazioni del libro di Roberto Piumini:” Dei ed Eroi dell’Olimpo” edito da Mondadori, casa editrice per la quale realizza numerosi titoli.

Attualmente all’attività nel campo editoriale si sono aggiunti anche il disegno di stoffe, e la produzione di quadri.