Born: 1968 February 22 in Florence, Italy
Biography: Simone Castaldi is Associate Professor of Italian at Hofstra University in New York, where he teaches comics, cinema, modern and contemporary literature, Italian language, and history. He is the author of the first in-depth English-language study of Italian comics, Drawn and Dangerous: Italian Comics of the 1970s and 1980s (University Press of Mississippi), and of numerous articles on European comics and Italian cinema. His most recently published work is a chapter on the history of Spanish and Italian comics in the Routledge Companion to Comics. For Fantagraphics he has contributed critical essays for the Complete Crepax series of books and translations to the first English-language edition of Andrea Pazienza's Zanardi and Romano Scarpa’s The Return of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. He has recently finished co-translating Hugo Pratt's complete Corto Maltese, an Eisner and Harvey award-nominated 12-volume series for The Library of American Comics (IDW).