Two brothers, born in a small Bavarian town in 1984 and 1986. Philipp is the youngest. Grown among thousands of comics, they soon began to draw, invent stories, develop fantasy worlds, spending days thinking about characters and adventures. As long as the serious side of life has knocked on their door: the school was over, it was time to choose a profession. Thus begins an apprenticeship dictated by reason, Johannes as a cook in a big hotel and Philipp as a dental technician. But instead of focusing on training , they keep making graffiti, drawing comics and having fun.
Despite their strict education, the wish to become artists was growing in them day by day. Johannes finished his apprenticeship and went to Hamburg, where he visited the school of animation. Philipp becomes a real technician. Both free and ready for the future, they decide to dedicate their time to the arts using the name of “Hitspitter.” To earn some money they worked as waiters, kitchen helpers, bakers, pizza makers… but their main job is always to make small art projects and learn as much as possible.
They did everything to become the best and most experts: they sold t-shirts they printed themselves, they made huge wall paintings, exposed their drawings, produced an animated webcomic, attended drawing classes, sought good art teachers. In September 2011, they started attending a school of sculpture in wood in Monaco of Bavaria, to express themselves in the third dimension. A school for eight hours a day, using the nights for their private projects, such as The Concourse (the atrium). They just wanted to learn more and more, remain humble and maintain their artistic freedom.
The inspiration for The Concourse – project that Fermoeditore is giving shape to – came from an unexpected event. During a long train journey the two brothers have lost a coincidence and had to spend the night with other passengers in a small hall of a station somewhere in northern Germany. To kill time they invent the wildest theories about the passengers, who were acting very strangely.
Back home, Philipp, always writer of stories, writes a story about a strange and stressful businessman stuck in icy atrium. Johannes displays the story in a sequence of images. In The Concourse, the two artists have developed the story using only one big picture for each page, where the text is part of the composition: a bit ‘like in the movies, turning the page is like changing the scene, this method creates a special narrative rhythm and causes that history seems to happen in real time. The graphics, fully digital, is inspired by woodcut.
The Concourse is not an ordinary comic book or a mere graphic novel: it is an art book, it hence requires a demanding reader.
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