The Heroine’s Journey of Margo Tramutoli aka La Tram

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The best thing about working in the filed of illustrations and comic is to have the chance to make books that can contribute to the reflection on social items that I care about, like gender equality, sexism, ecology, multiculturalism and so on.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? A giant tidy workspace full of acrylics, oilpastels, different kind of papers, a publisher that lets you work without tight limits, a bucket of pistachios and the last season of Peaky Blinders on tv.
What is my greatest fear? Not to be brave enough to push further and further my limits everytime, and start to fell cozy and get lazy in my artistic comfort zone.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I hate letting the other’s opinion striking me so down.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Undoubtedly Frank Espinosa. He’s a great artist, an endlessly generous teacher and the most curious and empathetic human being I’ve ever met. He meant a lot for my artistic and human development.
What is my greatest extravagance? I really have an issue with buying books that I’ll never have the time to read and collecting animals brooches
On what occasion would I lie? To protect someone I love.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Like every freelance work, the worst part is to be after the customers for payments too much delayed than the drop. Be my own secretary is such a pain.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? It happens always when I hold in my hands every my brand-new book.

If I could, what would I change about myself? My anxiety and my pessimistic attitude, that gives me the illusion of keep under control all the unforeseen circumstances that may come, but in reality keep me from many working and human experiences.
What is my greatest achievement in work? To be contacted by my favourite publisher who asked me to write and draw a book for him. And. To teach in the art school where I teach. Teaching and understand that you’ll be part of the artistic development of another artist is such a huge responsibility and a great pleasure.
Where would I most like to live? One of the best thing in my work is that I can do it wherever I want, so my biggest dream would be travel around by myself and living one year here and one year there. At the moment, at the top of the board there are France, Spain, Finland, Cuba and about five or six more countries in latin America.
What is my most treasured possession? The box in which I collect all the stuff and memories about the travels I’ve done.
What is my most marked characteristic? How fast I get angry, I guess.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I love the harbor, walking around there in the night, with the soft warm lights that it has and just the rolling of the boats.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? Well, is not exactly in my city but really close. A greek restaurant in Pisa, the “Makedonia”, managed by two lovely friends.
What books influenced my life and how? Martin Eden by Jack London showed me how a passion can lead your life until the unexpected, devasting consequences, but it made me feel incredibly understood, too. East of Eden by John Steinbeck teached me the empathy for every human condition like no other book or kind of education could do.
And Le Deuxième Sexe by Simone de Beauvoir, of course, that every woman but especially every man should read.
Who are my favorite writers? Carver, Steinbeck, Franzen and London broke my heart forever. But at the moment I have a super crush on Guillermo Arriaga.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Nina Simone and Leonard Cohen, of course.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I’d say my alter ego Lucy, from Peanuts, for her being so adorably pissy and ready to fight back and Elmo from Sesame Street for his sweetness, innocence and incomparable sense of humor.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? All the people brave enough to go through psychological and physical pains or traumas which have to deal with rebuilding their life . Single moms, workers with no rights, people who get out from illness… Everyday heroes, in short.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
That’s difficult. I’ll choose three. Mystic River, The Sleepers and Amores Perros.
What role plays art in my life and work? It just plays all roles. It’s my job, my main hobby and the more effective way I have to take care of myself.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? I guess my best friend, or better my sister, Maria.
Whom would I like to work with in 2019? I wouldn’t know in which way, since he’s an independent artist, but I’d like to work with Lorenzo Ceccotti, the most eclectic artist we have in Italy.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019? In 2019, 2020, everytime… Claire Wendling and J.A.W. Cooper.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? The first graphic novel written and drew by myself.
Where can you see me or my work in 2019? In the anthology Post Pink (Feltrinelli Comics), and in an exhibition I’m working on, I’ll give you more info about it on my social networks in few weeks…
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Means that I hope to have a really long old age 🙂
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Grazia La Padula, Rita Petruccioli, Francesca Protopapa, Francesca Ciregia.
How can you contact me?
La3am (instagram)

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