“I’m sorry I wrote you such a long letter; I did not have time to write
a short one.” In this way, Blaise Pascal started one of the most
famous Provincial Letter, around 1656. Perhaps a comic strip starts
from this concept: a humorist thorough long work, which captures
only a few seconds of our attention, he manages to get a smile, puts
you in a good mood and it becomes a door for human relation, and
why not, even to talk about serious things, after “icebreaking”.
This work, in its levity (as Calvino says lightness and non-banality),
wants to stimulate the reasoning about the relationship between
teenagers and parents. The key is a graphic gag… followed by a
brief translation in texts that wants to encourage the thought with
the help of some practical exercises.
But we want to give you a suggestion: -before- read the comic strips,
try to understand them, look beyond and try to contextualize
them thinking about your children; -then- compare your thoughts
to the printed ones. Devote some time, in our opinion it’s important,
as, maybe, it’s important to try to laugh more with our children.