Soft Cover, English, Staple Binding, 41 Pages, 2016, ISBN 378-3-86335-943-0
One could call the artist?s book 360º by Martín Vitaliti a concept-comic. It is based on a single page from "La Banda del Missouri (The Missouri Gang)" designed by the acknowledged Italian Hugo Pratt. Its grid of thirteen panels has been reproduced forty-one times while the respective illustrations have been "expanded" by Vitaliti.
This results in thirteen panoramic views of each scene throughout the book. The narrative as such - Indians and rangers discovering a rider-less horse and a dead body floating in the Missouri river - doesn?t have an important meaning. What becomes meaningful is the void of the vast landscape that is developed by Vitaliti?s intervention. He evokes a strange kind of "something in between", on one hand a visual cinematic effect; on the other hand a frozen storyboard. Compared with other famous panoramic representations of landscapes - for example the Panorama of "San Francisco from California Street Hill" (1877) by Eadweard Muybridge, or "Every Building on the Sunset Strip" (1966) by Ed Ruscha - Vitaliti?s approach appears highly complex. What might look as a popular comic book, turned into a "Cadavre Exquis", an existing story narrated anew by someone else, that doesn?t develop to a climax but instead remains on hold.
Language: English, Spanish, Katalan