Thursday, April 21, 2016

"Lost Art Books" Scores a 2016 Eisner Award Nomination for Niso Ramponi Art Books

"Kremos: The Lost Art of Niso Ramponi" chosen as one of the year's best books by Eisner judges

"We are excited to share our good news with everyone: We've received a Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards nomination in the category for “Best Archival Collection—Strips” for our two-volume set, Kremos: The Lost Art of Niso Ramponi," announced Lost Art Books

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comics world. Named for the pioneering comics creator and graphic novelist Will Eisner, the awards will be given out this year during a ceremony at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Friday, July 22, 2015.

"We couldn’t be more flattered to find ourselves honored in the same category as folks like Fantagraphics Books, IDW, and Sunday Press, all publishers we've admired for years. What a great way for Lost Art Books to continue celebrating our fifth anniversary."

A decade in the making, this two-volume set covers the Italian cartoonist and animator’s entire career. Ramponi was at his most prolific from the mid-1940s through the early 1960s, working with everyone from friend and colleague Federico Fellini to creating the official movie posters for Walt Disney’s post-war releases in Italy. But it was as a cartoonist and cover artist for some of Italy’s more irreverent satirical magazines that Ramponi left his most enduring mark. As contemporary cartoonist Jerry Carr describes in Volume 2’s foreword, “Kremos’s work reminds us of the layouts of Hank Ketcham, the polish of Bill Ward, the humor of Dan DeCarlo, and the grace of Jack Cole—while exemplifying something entirely original.”

Benefiting from careful restoration and translation, Volume 1 collects over 200 of Kremos’s bodacious black and white cartoons and illustrations and is fronted by a 6,000-word introduction by Ramponi’s friend and current-day animator, Mario Verger. Volume 2 adds 250 curvaceous color comics and covers to the set, with a foreword by contemporary comic artist Jerry Carr. Combined, these volumes offer nearly 500 examples of his work and a comprehensive overview of a maverick artist at the height of his creative powers.


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