– From the Author’s Introduction –
There are those who maintain that everything is preordained. So, what makes a real difference in a book isn’t the “what,” but the “how.” In brief, how the story is told, not what is told.
I don’t know if this is true, or not. I think that the what also has its role to play. But maybe I’m wrong. I’m ignorant in so many areas! (Even if, to tell you the truth… in my opinion, this story of a dog named Ace who comes from space hasn’t been told by anyone, yet, anyway….) So, one day I began to think about this how, and I said to myself, “After a novel and two collections of poetry, why not try to publish a book that doesn’t just makes readers think and feel, but also laugh, or at least smile? Some people tell me that I am capable of playing with irony….”
Two minutes later, I was already thinking about our courageous four-legged friend. Only… I also imagined him drawn! And not drawn in just any ol’ way, but… drawn like a comic strip! And not just any ol’ comic strip, mind you! (Oh no! Here things get done on a grand scale, or they don’t get done at all!) Rather, a comic strip by the one and only Lele Corvi!
“Oh brother! – I thought to myself – And now?” And a little voice in my head said, “Well, write him, and tell him about your idea, and see if he likes it… That’s all there is to it. Simple, no?!” (Sometimes the little voices in my head are a L-O-T smarter than I am. Yes, yes, I admit it. And, cross my heart, it really went like that!) It goes without saying (but I’m gonna, anyway 🙂 ) that, much to my great happiness, Lele really liked the idea. (…)
Anna “Annina” Lorenzi
Starleen K. Meyer, Anna “Annina” Lorenzi, &… Ignazio/Ace! (It/En)
An excerpt about Ace from the interview with my translator
“The Story of Ace, the Dog that Comes from Space” (translated from Italian by Starleen K. Meyer), and its original title “La Storia di Ignazio, il cane che arriva dallo spazio” are an “Original A19” Project in collaboration with Lele Corvi. Copyright ©2021 Anna Lorenzi. All rights reserved. Texts: Anna “Annina” Lorenzi. Copyright ©2021 Anna Lorenzi. All rights reserved. Illustrations by Lele Corvi. Copyright ©2021 Gabriele Corvi. All rights reserved. English translation: Starleen K. Meyer