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September

Sometimes dying can mean being reborn, and it’s not compulsory for life to literally cease in a biological sense for one to die in every other sense. This short story (though to date, with its 81 illustrations Daniela’s longest), set in a city which is probably Rome, centres on the personal assistant of a famous European film director. With a long-distance boyfriend and recently sporting a Jean-Seberg-in-“Breathless” hairstyle, she discovers that being separated from what she cherished most in life can make her find the resources she needed to really turn over the leaf. Thus, coming back to life and to who one really is.

The storyboard of September was created in late August 2012, precisely when that end-of-summer, dissolution feeling was about; the story was then drawn between January and March 2013.

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