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The unknown inspires graduate student’s work

Published: September 27th, 2012

Category: Spotlights

Andre Frattino

Family trips to St. Augustine every summer while growing up and living in Savannah during his undergraduate years exposed Andre Frattino to the mysterious world of paranormal activity.

After taking jobs as a ghost tour guide in Savannah and a location scout for a paranormal activity show, Frattino, now a University of Florida graduate student, incorporated his experience and knowledge of the subject into two graphic novels, which are narrative stories conveyed using art. They are “Reaper of St. George Street” and “Lost Souls of Savannah,” which is due out in September.

“I’ve loved making books since I was 5 years old,” he said. “Throughout middle school and high school I was making my own comic books.”

With the novels under his belt, as well as published children’s and comic books, Frattino is back in his hometown to get his master’s degree in art education.

However, it isn’t Frattino’s first time at UF. During high school he skipped a day of classes to come to a comic book symposium at UF where he met and was inspired by Will Eisner, “the godfather of graphic novels.”

“UF helped me along the way at a young age,” he said.

After he graduates next year, Frattino hopes to teach students how to illustrate for comic books.

“I’ve had very supportive art teachers, and I want to follow in their footsteps,” Frattino said. “I want to one day provide kids with the opportunity to really pursue that dream of becoming a comic book artist.”

He plans to “teach by day and do art by night.”

And if all of that isn’t enough for his resume, Frattino is also working at the Independent Florida Alligator as the illustrator for the comic strip “Son of a Gator” and was contracted by UF’s College of Nursing to work on a promo illustration for its upcoming 2012 reunion.

“I feel so honored to go to an institution like this,” he said. “I think it’s going to help me in pursuing what I want to do.”

To see his work, visit www.arfstudios.net.

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