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"[A] lush, innovative and important monument to loss." The New York Times

"A superb combination of family saga, coming-of-age memoir, and tribute to his hometown of Pittsburgh … He simultaneously pays tribute and bears witness in artful detail, creating an origin story sure to move many readers to reflect upon their own beginnings." Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A sumptuous album which proceeds by retinal impressions, without forgetting to touch the heart." Le Monde

Frank Santoro

Pittsburgh is the story of a family and a city. Frank Santoro faces a simple but heart-breaking situation : his parents, once high-school sweethearts, no longer speak to each other despite working in the same building. Stuck in the middle, he tries to understand them. Drawn in vivid colours and exuberant lines and set amid the fading neighbourhood streets, the pages of Pittsburgh are filled with details ranging from the humdrum to the dramatic, from his childhood mishaps to his father’s trauma in Vietnam.

Official Selection 2019 Angoulême festival

Published in May 2018

22 × 28 cm, hardcover
224 pages
Full colour

Frank Santoro

Frank Santoro was born in Pittsburgh in 1972. He studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. Santoro cemented his reputation as an innovator in the world of underground, art-minded comics. First by publishing his Sirk zines in the early 1990s, followed by the 1995 release of Storeyville, a 40-page graphic novel printed in a newspaper format. The book quickly attained cult status, and is cited by many comic creator, iincluding Chris Ware, as a major influence. He then spent five years working as an assistant to Italian painter Francesco Clemente. He went back to comic books in 2005, released Chimera, Incanto and Cold Heat with PictureBox, followed by Pompeii in 2013. Santoro has collaborated with Dash Shaw on animated movies and videoclips. He currently lives in Pittsburgh.