Graphic Design

RABBIA - Personal Comic Project

By:
Giorgia Lanza
RABBIA is a personal violent rant made graphic.
The Concept

RABBIA.

Thought to be a one-shot format comic, composed of short ungraceful strips, it soon became a larger project, taking the shape of a graphic novel 140/150 pages long.
Some sequences I had in mind were way too difficult to summarize them.

"RABBIA" (italian word for "rage") tells the story of Vanille (Vanessa irl), a 26 years old girl, who's living a thick and greasy existential conflict.

She's always been an easily "triggerable" person, a fresh and modern mind trapped in an old-fashioned country (Italy is pretty slow, when it comes to thinking and acting progressive).

Like everybody, she's extremely annoyed by many factors, some internal but mostly external ones: people, the system, politics, people, bigotry, people, people, sticky summers, people...

Until she receives a guest.

An ancient, bored Caos Spirit noticed her continuous contempt and decided to gift her of something very precious: the power of killing one single person, without being socially or penally accused of anything.

This new power makes Vanille pretty aware of being the one in control, for once.
All her social anxiety vanishes, the fear of confronting people is a long lost memory, and facing one by one every single aspect she hates of the human kind , Vanille discovers the magic of "barking back" to assholes.

My idea was pretty clear from the very beginning.
I wanted her to be expressionless, effect granted by the hair.

Limiting her expressivity, I wanted the reader to get a stronger response when she actually lets her face leak out emotions.
She wears casual, colorful clothes for two reasons:
-I didn't intend her to be a person who actually cared for clothing;
-I wanted to break the obvious associations GLOOMY PERSONALITY = DARK CLOTHING.

I wish a better personal knowledge of the English language could help me explaining the difficult concept of this project better... darn!

My idea was pretty clear from the very beginning.
I wanted her to be expressionless, effect granted by the hair.
Limiting her expressivity, I wanted the reader to get a stronger response when she actually lets her face leak out emotions.
She wears casual, colorful clothes for two reasons:
-I didn't intend her to be a person who actually cared for clothing;
-I wanted to break the obvious associations GLOOMY PERSONALITY = DARK CLOTHING.
When she becomes aware of her potential, she stupidly starts doing little shenanigans in the night.
She knows it's wrong and silly, but she wants to taste her new freedom in every little aspects.
Outfit is composed of TRIBAL MASK + MILITAR JUMPSUIT (yes, Slipknot's style).
Little focus on the concept behind Vanille's mask on the cover.
The Production

My idea was of producing only the proposal of the comic and then look for a publisher to fund the project.

The production of this random chapter lasted 2 months.

It took a lot of time for me to polish everything as I wanted, considering it was the first serious comic I attempted.
Every page took 2-3 days to be completed... a happy summer spent drawing comics.

Storyboards were roughly sketched (usually during bus trips) on a cheap sketchbook I always carry with me.
I have a problem with expensive, beautiful sketchbooks. I'm always afraid of ruining them.
The one I currently use is a terrible agenda I got for free in an underwear shop. Being cheap, I don't feel forced to "honor" every single page. I feel free to write random things and draw scraps with no worries and then put it back into my bag, where it gets all worn out and scratched.

Storyboards were roughly sketched on a cheap sketchbook I always carry with me, usually during bus trips.
I have a problem with expensive, beautiful sketchbooks. I'm always afraid of ruining them.
The one I currently use is a terrible agenda I got for free in an underwear shop. Being cheap, I don't feel forced to "honor" every single page. I feel free to write bullshits and draw scraps with no worries and then put it back into my bag, where it gets all worn out and scratched.
Zoom in to the Super Mario cameo I inserted in the comic... making the sprites required a LOT of time and patience.
Final

This is a random chapter in the story.
I'm sorry, texts are in Italian.

Summary:
Vanille meets Claudia, an old mid-school classmate who ferociously bullied her. No beating, only terrible words and psychological abuse.
Claudia acts like nothing happened and greets Van like they were actually great friends, which leaves our girl extremely doubtful and restless.
Vanille unwillingly accepts Claudia's invite to go out having lunch together.
During the meal, the ex-bully blabbers about everything and nothing, the usual huge amount of not required personal informations. Vanille hardly listens to her, reviving some sad episodes of her mid-school life.
Suddenly, Claudia notices that Vanilla has hairy arms exposed and begins a long and superficial list of considerations about how she had always admired Van for being so careless about "appearing good" and "meeting social expectations".
Vanille gets more annoyed than ever, but doesn't reply. All she does is taking advantage of Claudia's distraction to mix a couple of her own pubic hairs into Claudia's healthy soup.

A silly act, but a right, little revenge for a silly, little person.

Last panel. On the desk there's written "KILL YOURSELF, BITCH"
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