The Hero’s Journey of Enrico Carnevale

What is the best thing that I love about my work?
It’s freedom. Freedom of working on my own time and schedules; freedom to manage and control my entire workflow; freedom to work on different types of projects; freedom to adopt different styles while remaining true to myself; freedom to steadily reinvent and improve myself and my works.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?
It’s being at peace. Being able to live every moment and aspect of life, whether it being something good or bad, with a peaceful attitude.

What is my greatest fear?
Not being ready. I’m afraid of not being ready to face some particular aspect or event of my life, whether it being something I know it will happen for sure, or something that turns out completely unexpected. That’s why, when I have the time and the chance, I focus on improving myself on lot of different things.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
I’m a hard-thinker, and this usually brings me to take most things too seriously.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?
They vary from time to time, depending on the period I’m living. At the moment they are Carlos Gomez, Stéphane Wootha Richard, Raphael Lacoste, Cedric Peyravernay, Sergey Kolesov, Pepe Larraz, Fabio Mantovani, Antonio De Luca, Lorenzo Ceccotti, Lorenzo De Felici, and Fabrizio De Tommaso.

What is my greatest extravagance?
I like playing with hair, and curl them with my fingers. Since I started losing my hair when I was nineteen and actually I don’t have any left on my scalp, nowadays I curl my beard instead.

On what occasion would I lie?
I lie only when lying it’s the right thing to do. But I mostly never lie, because in almost any cases it’s not the right thing to do.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
The fact that you often have to deal with its general misconception. Many people think it’s always fun, but it isn’t. Many people think it’s easy, but it isn’t. Many people think it’s not a job, but it is.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
It’s been some years ago, during a Comics’ Contest in which I was competing. That evening I was sitting at a table, drawing madly while trying to finish my task in time, and I was surrounded by my closest friends and my two brothers. They were all there to support me, and the feeling I had that night was one of the highest emotional peaks of my life. I mean, I really felt their support, and their love. That’s one of the most priceless things in life – feeling supported. I throwback to that night, from time to time, just to remember myself that if I’ve been able to win that Contest wasn’t just because I was better than the other artists, but also because my friends were there with me.
I’ll always keep that night in my heart as one of the most precious moments of my life.

If I could, what would I change about myself?
I think I would love to be a less complex person. I swear, sometimes I catch myself thinking: “God, how I wish I could be a little more stupid.”
I know this might sound weird or arrogant, but I’m being totally honest in this: it’s hard to be a complex person, and when you’re a complex person, even trying to be a simpler person becomes an extremely complex task.

What is my greatest achievement in work?
So far it’s my first publishing: Paranoid Boyd #2 – “Il lupo sulla soglia”, published by Edizioni Inkiostro. Not only because it was my first publishing as a Pro, but most of all because I was able to share the work with Matteo Pirocco, who has been one of my first (and best) teachers in Comics when I was only thirteen, and whom also become a good friend and colleague in the years later. Sharing my first publishing with him – I mean, share it with a teacher and artist you always admired – was one of most priceless gifts that life gave to me, and I’ll always be proud of, and grateful for, it.
https://www.amazon.it/lupo-sulla-soglia-Paranoid-Boyd/dp/8899413185
http://www.edinkiostro.it/shop/prodotto/paranoid-boyd-n-2/

What do the words ‘The Financial Freedom to Create’ mean to me?
They let me think about the endless possibilities that a single one can pursue to create his financial freedom, mostly of which he can’t even wonder about. They also let me think about what means to be financially free, that is when you never have to worry about money (and/or the lack of it).

Where would I most like to live?
Anywhere that is a neat and quiet spot.

What is my most treasured possession?
A steel mechanical pencil I was gifted years ago. I use it when I work on traditional art.

What is my most marked characteristic?
I’m pondered.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
There isn’t a particular one, but I could answer: the streets at night. I love taking long walks in the streets at night, specially in summer: there’s silence everywhere, no people, no cars, no hustle, the air is light and there’s a beautiful glare. I like crossing slowly the city without having to deal with its daily mess and confusion, without being in a hurry to get anywhere, without having to talk to anybody or to listen to anybody.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
To eat I have many, but one of my favourite is Osteria Sette.
(https://www.tripadvisor.it/Restaurant_Review-g187791-d6157850-Reviews-Osteria_Sette-Rome_Lazio.html)
To drink, my favourite place is Officine Beat.
(https://www.tripadvisor.it/Restaurant_Review-g187791-d4889591-Reviews-Officine_Beat-Rome_Lazio.html)

What books influenced my life and how?
“A New Earth” by Eckart Tolle, mostly because that book represented my first approach to a whole new ways of viewing life’s aspects, and also because, after reading that book, I started asking myself some important questions and, most of all, I actually started seeking for the proper answers.
https://www.amazon.com/New-Earth-Awakening-Purpose-Selection/dp/0452289963

Who are my favorite writers?
David Foster Wallace, Paul Auster, Wayne Walter Dyer, Brian K. Vaughan, Diego De Silva.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
“Epic Last Song” by Does It Offend You, Yeah?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FvT3FUgP7U

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
The Sherlock Holmes portrayed by Benedict Cuberbatch in the TV Series.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
Everyone who improves (or saves) the lives of others. But, most of all, animals – because they live the purest lives.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
Maybe I would say “Pulp Fiction” – because, since I haven’t seen it, it means that I can’t die yet.
Just kidding.
The serious answer is “Dead Poets’ Society” – I know it might sound like a cliché, but it’s a movie that can teach you (or remind you) lots of things, depending on the period of your life in which you view (or review) it.

What role plays art in my life and work?
It shapes both of them.
Art it’s the starting point, the concept I daily revolve around, my biggest and most truly commitment.
It’s both the goal and the journey, the question and the answer, the blessing and the curse.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My whole family – including me.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?
For me it would be enough to work with the people I already know I’ll have to work with. So far I’ve been very lucky, and I mostly worked with people that I like.
But, if I can make a wish, I’d like to have some time to work with and for myself.

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019?
The people in other Countries I’ve worked and I’m working with, and whom I never met in real life.

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?
A project I’m going to start with my brother Matteo, and that we’re both postponing because we’re caught in our other works – but, I admit and confess, so far the most disorganized in this one it’s been me.

Where can you see me or my work?
I don’t have a proper website at the moment, so you can take a peek at some of my works on my Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/enricocarnevaleartist/) or my Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/enrico_carnevale/).
You can also check my group Kuro Jam on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kurojam/) – it’s a comic-related group I’ve made up with some friends (and colleagues), with whom we’ve created our comic book series “Kimera Mendax”, published by ManFont.
You can find as well my works on the Paranoid Boyd comic book series published by Edizioni Inkiostro (http://www.edinkiostro.it/shop/categoria-prodotto/paranoid-boyd/).
Last but not the least, you can follow the comic book series I’m working on at the moment, “Possession” (https://www.facebook.com/PossessionComic/) – published by Markosia Enterprises and available on Comixology (https://www.comixology.com/Possession-1/digital-comic/699151).

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
I think it can be summarized with the words of Joseph Conrad: “How do I explain to my wife that when I look out the window I’m working?”.
You know, when you work as an entertainer in any creative field – whether it be visual art, or writing, or else – your working time has no boundaries. Throughout the day, you find yourself constantly absorbing and processing informations, emotions, sights, feelings, words.
The best part is that you develop greater attention to everything – whether it being visible or invisible – and you want to convey to others what you see and what you feel.
The worst part is that, over time, you learn that there is no actual way to accurately explain the most beautiful feelings you experience, so you end up keeping them for yourself.

Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story?
Chiara Colasanti.
https://www.facebook.com/Ipernova

How can you contact me?
You can contact me on my Facebook Profile and my Facebook Page, or send me an email to carnevalenrico@gmail.com.

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