Francesco Tullio Altan
- Category : Cartoonist
- Type : GE
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Service 3
Francesco Tullio Altan (born 30 September 1942) is an Italian comics artist and satirist.
He was born in Treviso, the son of Friulian anthropologist Carlo Tullio Altan. He studied in the University IUAV of Venice, but halted his studies to work for cinema and TV as scenographer and writer. In 1970 he moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he created his first comics series for children, published on a local newspaper. In 1974 he started to collaborate with Italian publishers.
In 1974, for the comics magazine Linus, he created Trino, an unprepared god who has to create the world. In 1975, the year he returned to Italy, Altan created one of his most famous characters, Pimpa, initially published on the Corriere dei Piccoli. Pimpa, a puppy female dog with red polka dots, later became a cartoon for Italian television, under the direction of Enzo D'Alò.
His other characters for adult readers include Cipputi, a communist industrial worker who was subject of numerous daily panels for newspapers such as L'Unità and La Repubblica, Cristopher Columbus, Casanova and "Franz" (a parody of St. Francis of Assisi). Altan's satirical panels were also publisher on magazines such as Panorama and, more recently, L'Espresso.