Peppe (artist)

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Peppe
BornGiuseppe Durato
(1992-12-24) December 24, 1992 (age 28)[1]
Fossacesia, Italy
OccupationManga artist
NationalityItalian
EducationCa' Foscari University of Venice
SubjectSeinen manga
Notable worksMingo
Years active2019–present

Giuseppe Durato (born December 24, 1992), better known as Peppe (Japanese: ペッペ), is an Italian manga artist. His first manga series, Mingo, was serialized in Big Comic Spirits from 2019 to 2020. Peppe was a cast member of the reality television series Terrace House: Tokyo 2019–2020, which showed him in the period just prior to the launch of Mingo.

Early life[edit]

Born in Fossacesia, Italy to parents who are both chefs, Peppe is the eldest of three siblings; he has one brother and one sister.[1] Although he has been a fan of Japanese video games, particularly Pokémon, and anime such as Ranma ½, City Hunter and Dragon Ball since he was a child, he did not learn about manga until he was 16 years old.[2] Planning to move to Japan, Peppe entered Ca' Foscari University of Venice focusing on Japanese Studies in order to fully understand the culture first.[1][3] His favorite manga artist is Taiyō Matsumoto.[2][4] Other artists he was influenced by include Tite Kubo, Takehiko Inoue and Kengo Hanazawa.[2] Peppe is trilingual, able to speak Italian, English and Japanese.

Career[edit]

After graduating, Peppe bought a one-way plane ticket and moved to Japan in January 2015 in order to become a manga artist.[1][3] He initially worked at a restaurant in Ginza and gave private Italian lessons before starting work as a model.[3] He explained that after only one hour in Shibuya he was scouted and started working as a model in order to pay the bills.[1][5] Peppe was an assistant to manga artist Keiko Nishi.[4] After completing a manga story he felt confident in, he called the editors of Big Comic Spirits and scheduled a meeting to discuss having them publish it.[3] He submitted this work, Model Monogatari (モデル物語), to their June 2017 award contest and won an Effort Award that earned him ¥10,000 (roughly US$100).[3][6] His manga Hatsukoi (初恋) won an August 2017 Encouragement Award.[6] In March 2018, Model: Mingo ~ Itariahito ga Min'na Moteru to Omou na yo (MODEL:ミンゴ~イタリア人がみんなモテルと思うなよ) won an Honorable Mention Award.[5][6]

In September 2019, Peppe became a cast member of the Fuji TV and Netflix reality TV series Terrace House: Tokyo 2019–2020.[5] He left the show the day after Mingo began publication, citing the forthcoming hectic work schedule of a weekly manga series.[7] The artist included some of his housemates from the show in Mingo, including Ruka Nishinoiri in chapter one, and Hana Kimura following her death in May 2020.[4][8] Chapter one also features an "Obake Inu" drawn by Kaori Watanabe, credited as foxco.[4]

Peppe's first serial, Mingo: Non pensare che tutti gli italiani siano popolari con le ragazze! (ミンゴ イタリア人がみんなモテると思うなよ, Mingo: Don't think that all Italians would be popular with the girls!), began publication in the 46th issue of Shogakukan's weekly magazine Big Comic Spirits on October 12, 2019.[9] It is a comedy based on the artist's own life and follows an Italian man named Mingo who travels to Tokyo in order to become a manga artist. Mingo was a nickname given to Peppe in high school; since he wanted to be a manga artist, he was called "Manga", and this eventually evolved into "Mingo."[4][10] To celebrate the release of the first tankōbon volume, an event was held at Aoyama Book Center on December 17, 2019. It included an interview with the artist, a slideshow of childhood photos, and an appearance by Peppe's fellow Terrace House castmate Ryo Tawatari.[11] In April 2020, Mingo collaborated with Italian fashion brand Tod's.[12] The 30th and final chapter was published on August 3, 2020 in issue 36/37, which also included an interview with Peppe.[13] The fourth and final tankōbon volume was released on October 12, 2020.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e ペッペ. Horipro (in Japanese). Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  2. ^ a b c 漫画家ペッペさん「今は漫画に夢中だけど、実は仕事より恋が大事なタイプ」 (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun. 2019-11-19. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Passion, Persistence and Teamwork: How I Made It in Japan as an Italian Manga Artist". Kintopia. 2021-01-14. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  4. ^ a b c d e 西炯子に教わったマンガ家の心得は?「テラハ」ペッペのデビュー作発売でファン集結. Natalie (in Japanese). 2019-12-17. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  5. ^ a b c 『テラハ』出演のイタリア人漫画家・ペッペ「日本に来て1時間でスカウト」. Oricon (in Japanese). 2019-12-17. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  6. ^ a b c テラハペッペ(ジュゼッペ)は漫画家志望のイタリア人モデル!テラハ史上最強イケメンの驚きの経験人数が判明!. Dai Kazoku Fan (in Japanese). 2019-10-17. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  7. ^ 『テラスハウス』東京編・第25話ーーペッペの告白に春花が出した答えは? 流佳の嬉し涙と突然の卒業ラッシュも. Real Sound (in Japanese). 2019-12-10. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  8. ^ ペッペ「ミンゴ」最新刊に木村花への追悼イラスト、テラハで過ごした日々を描く. Natalie (in Japanese). 2020-07-10. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  9. ^ 週刊ビッグコミックスピリッツ 2019年46号. Shogakukan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  10. ^ “テラハ”で人気のイタリア人漫画家・ペッペが素顔告白!「彼女の周りに男がいると嫉妬しちゃう」. Fuji TV (in Japanese). 2019-12-24. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  11. ^ イタリア人漫画家・ペッペが初単行本発売記念でイベント開催「本当にハッピー」. Fuji TV (in Japanese). 2019-12-21. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  12. ^ 「ミンゴ」がイタリアの有名レザーブランドとコラボ、ペッペがイラスト描き下ろし. Natalie (in Japanese). 2020-04-10. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  13. ^ a b ペッペがスピリッツで連載の「ミンゴ」完結、マンガ家デビュー振り返るトークも. Yahoo! Japan (in Japanese). 2020-08-03. Retrieved 2020-08-06.

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