Paola & Rommel

Paola   PAOLA CORTESE: Italy

Paola Cortese, an Italian-Indonesian comic and animation artist was born in 1984. She graduated with a Diploma in Animation and Multimedia Design from Limkokwing University College of Creative Technology, Malaysia in 2006. She is currently living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is working in an animation studio. Paola has been involved in some nationally broadcasted commercial and animated TV series project on various roles including character designer, storyboard artist and 2D animator. Her most recent project was developing a trailer of her original animated TV series that will be displayed in Mipcom 2007, Cannes. Although her professional portfolio consists mainly of animation, she has a lifelong love of comics and has made several comics and original stories, and was a finalist of MDeC (Multimedia Development Corporation) Comic Competition 2006. She is also an active member of Juvi, a group of young Indonesian comic artists. When she has any free time, you can find her singing with her church choir or humming a tune in her bathroom. She jokingly refers to herself as a “professional bathroom singer”. Paola is also an avid dog-lover and constantly plans to have 2-3 dogs as soon as she moves from her “no-pet-policy” condominium.

Rommel Joson      ROMMEL JOSON: The Philippines

Born in 1978, Filipino artist Rommel Joson grew up not knowing what he really wanted to do. He nevertheless graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1999. He subsequently worked as an Account Manager in an advertising firm for 3 years. After realizing that he really wanted to do art, he left to study again, finally completing his Fine Arts degree at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts in 2006, graduating magna cum laude and at the top of his class. Since deciding to pursue art, he has won awards in the fields of comics, painting and graphic design. In 2007, his animated video won the Nokia You Make It Reel Video Competition in the Philippines. His first children’s book was also published the same year. He currently works as an art director for Harrison Communications.

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