Bish! Hooligans! These words are in my favorite panel on page 14 of the Pier Giorgio Frassati comic book -- a fun item to add to your collection if you are a Frassati fanatic!
Description: The comic book was first printed in 2009 by the Brigittine Monks in Amity, Oregon. It was a labor of love created by one of the monks who has a deep devotion to Blessed Frassati. Until now, it has never been widely distributed outside of their monastery gift shop. It is a full-color, 8 1/2" x 11", 20-page book (which doesn't include the front and back covers.) The artwork is all original to accompany a pretty succinct story line from Blessed Frassati's birth to beatification. Not easy to do in 20 pages! There are several quotes set apart from the comics. But the payoff is the back cover -- a black and white photo that is rarely made available. I like to call it "dreamy Pier Giorgio." : )
What I like: Comic books and artwork are highly subjective but this one appeals to me. I like the manly representation of Blessed Frassati in the images. Yes, his hair looks reddish but, remember, it's a comic book. The amazing thing is that the high points and most well-known stories about Pier Giorgio are depicted in such a short amount of space. If you knew nothing about him before reading the comic book, I think you would actually get a very accurate sense of what sort of guy he was from just these 20 pages. It's printed on a heavier stock of paper so it shouldn't tear easily. And, as I mentioned above, the photo on the back is a keeper. I have access to many photos of Blessed Frassati and know that this one is not widely circulated. Because of its size, you could actually frame it and have people wondering where you found it. It's a fun item to have and a great gift for anyone taking his name for confirmation.
What I don't like: There are one or two sentences that may not be 100% factually correct but the errors are so slight that they aren't even worth mentioning. The picture of his grandmother dying is a bit frightful but the drawing style is, in my opinion, fun to follow overall.
RATING: (See below for rating scale.)
Where to buy it: It is available in the PGF Bookstore.
You can also get it directly from the Brigittine Monks -- along with some great fudge and other gourmet confections! Their website also lets you view a few pages of the comic book so you can get an idea of the layout. http://www.brigittine.org/monks/comicbook.htm
Online cost from both sites is $7.00 + SH.
Posted March 27, 2015
Various products featuring some sort of representation of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati are appearing more frequently on the internet. The reviews on this page are unsolicited and FrassatiUSA is not compensated in any way for featuring these products. The opinions on this page are solely those of Christine M. Wohar, founder and executive director of FrassatiUSA, who uses a rating scale of one to five cappuccinos:
Love it as much as cappuccino and ciambella in Bar 67 in Trastevere!
Well done! If it came with ciambella, it would be perfect!
Pretty good. With practice, you could be a barista in Italy!
So so - but at least put a heart on top to make me think I'm drinking cappuccino!
Unfortunately, not everyone that sells cappuccino knows how to make cappuccino.
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