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Exclusive Interview: “Hokusai: A Graphic Biography” Writer Francesco Matteuzzi & Illustrator Giuseppe Latanza


While you may not know his name, you undoubtedly know the work of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), who, as Hokusai, created such classic work as the iconic woodblock print series “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa.” But that could (and should) change thanks to Hokusai: A Graphic Biography (hardcover), a new biography written by Giuseppe Latanza and illustrated by Francesco Matteuzzi. In the following email interview — which was translated by Mauro Spagnol — Giuseppe and Francesco discuss how they came to make this visual biography, and what influenced their approach to it.