Last Sunday at the market…
It seems the best moment to make fun of the royal family now that the queen is in Italy; last week there was a story in a local newspaper about prince William eating in an Italian restaurant while attending a course on agricultural management. The article kindly told us that the prince had a salad and then penne boscaiola (which is odd: salad should have come as the second dish!). Apparently he enjoyed the meal so much that he cleaned the plate.
I’ve recently moved to Cambridge (UK) to start an exciting postdoc at the EMBL-EBI. Here’s a drawing of my first “medium” size coffee at Costa.
Being a scientist is an exciting job: you get a certain degree of intellectual freedom, you meet a lot of smart and intelligent guys and you also get to travel a lot (until the funds run out, off course). The downside is that usually you are travelling on your own and its easy to feel a bit lonely. So far I’ve been coping with this situation carrying my camera with me (here, here, here and here for some photographs I’ve taken during conferences). Lately I’ve started to do some notebook drawings, largely inspired by the amazing work of Guy Delisle, who started his graphic novelist carrer drawing a diary of his business trips to asia: his naive yet deep look at North Korea has become a modern classic in citizien journalism.
I certainly don’t want to emulate Delisle, but just want to share some experiences during these lonely journeys; hope you enjoy it.
The first drawings were made during a trip to Gdansk, in Poland, where I was visiting the lab of Prof. Lojkowska. It has been a really interesting trip!
As many other “nerdy” young people, i’ve read the whole production of H.P.Lovecraft: it all started with the Metallica song “The call of Cthulhu” (from “Ride the lightning”), which made me wonder on the meaning of that strange name; after a few days i was deeply absorbed by the onirical and disturbing world of the american writer. Continue reading