Tamed scorpio



Tunué is ready for a new adventure. Luca Baino, Mariano Rose and Zeno Colangelo are three authors who are preparing for an exciting challenge: a crowdfunding campaign to be able to give life to The Domesticated Scorpion.

A cartoonist on the run, a journey into the heart of the purest and most romantic Australia, a graphic novel that will lead you to discover the deepest soul of the protagonist of this story, Dante Deboni: a character who speaks to each of us, who has the courage to dig inside to look for those answers that often paralyze us, who will have to figure out how to tame that gigantic scorpion that lives inside him.

We are happy to support such a beautiful story and its authors.




A runaway cartoonist, a giant scorpion and a trip to the other side of the world: this (and much more) is Tamed Scorpio, an original graphic novel that will take you to the heart of wild and romantic Australia.

Tamed Scorpio will show you the wildest side of Australia and the deepest depths of the soul of this story’s main character, the cartoonist Dante Deboni (alias the alter ego of author Luca Baino). In this book, wonderfully illustrated by Zeno Colangelo, the author found the courage to look himself in the eye and find the answers to the many frustrations he was facing in his life, finding himself face to face with… a giant scorpion.

Let’s face it, it could be better. It was no easy game, interior demons are difficult creatures. But the story of this battle is a thrilling adventure made of sharp jokes, real life moments, troubled loves and the flavor of something that we have all been missing very much during these endless pandemic times: travelling.


the tamed scorpio
The tamed scorpio

How far can you go when looking for your way home? That’s what Dante Deboni is trying to figure out. Dante is an Italian cartoonist on the rise who’s overwhelmed by debts and by his own struggling. He’s published a bestseller book that gave him fame and allowed him to live a lascivious life: women, partying, booze and comics. What else?

But the same world that was able to give him so much suddenly turns back on him, so our hero is left all alone. Not even his only real friend, the bartender Bacco – the only one Dante can get booze from for free without getting beaten up –  is able to help him now.

Dante is a very confident guy who always has a joke up his sleeve, but now that everyone has left him, even the woman he was supposed to marry, and living alone in a garage, his incurable optimism doesn’t seem to help him. The scorpion is watching him and its claws grind his dreams.

When your life breaks into pieces, what is the only possible solution? Facin… I mean, running away from it! Possibly with a one-way ticket to Australia.

Dante’s idea is that of trying to work as a graphic designer in a video game development studio, and to do so in the middle of breathtaking  cliffs, extremely useful Scottish lessons, credit cards hidden in refrigerators, comics travel journals, poisonous spiders, nightmarish monsters and… a breathtaking redhead.

But, in spite of all this, Dante will have to realize that escaping thousands of miles away from home is not enough to feel better. The scorpion has been following him and his poison knows no distance.

Luca Baino, author of this graphic novel, knows it well – this is a terribly autobiographical story, even if a bit romanticized.

The Tamed Scorpio is a real travel journal made in comics. While reading it, many people will laugh at what’s happening to Dante, but they might as well feel moved by it and see themselves in someone that is trying to figure out how to face his fears and… his dreams. Life is a journey, and this is the only lesson that we keep learning throughout our lives.

We said that this is a true story. Ok, maybe in real life there are no giant scorpions to be seen, but… we are sure that everybody has to face their personal demons. Sometimes all you need is being able to draw them.

Luca himself might like to tell us something about it, and share with you a few stories that you will find inside the book!

Luca, though, didn’t take this trip on his own. He fought the scorpion together with Mariano Rose, who worked on the editing phase of the book and helped with the writing, and Zeno Colangelo, one of the new emerging talents of international comics. Through his art you will be drawn into a great adventure in exotic places… both real and imaginary. What else could you desire, especially now that traveling is so difficult?


The tamed scorpio

The book that you will hold in your hands will be an elegant hardcover edition of more than 160 pages, 17 x 24cm, printed on top quality paper. The book will be printed both in English and in Italian. You can choose the book’s language before the shipping.

Giving value to a story can also mean providing the right packaging.

The story of Tamed Scorpio will take up all the book’s pages but, who knows, maybe if we’ll reach certain goals we will be able to add some extras…


Three people were able to tame the Scorpio: Luca Baino, Mariano Rose and Zeno Colangelo.

Luca Baino

Luca has been a professional comics scriptwriter for over 10 years. His stories have been published by the most important comics publishers in Italy (Sergio Bonelli Editore, Tunué, Beccogiallo, ManFont, Pavesio Comics, La Corte Comics). This is the first time that he approaches the international market as an author.

He currently collaborates with Shockdom as an editor and coordinator. Moreover, his 48-hours days are also dedicated to working as an editorial consultant.

He loves to teach – he teaches scriptwriting at the International School of Comics in Torino and Genova – and he spends his days trying to face the Scorpio inside him. Luckily, a breathtaking redhead is helping him.

Zodiac sign: Scorpio

Mariano Rose

Mariano is a scriptwriter too  and has helped Luca in writing this graphic novel and editing the text.

Born in 1992, he too published his stories with several Italian publishers, such as Sergio Bonelli Editore, ManFont, Doubleshot, Edizioni NPE and Tunué. But there’s more than comics to his world, and he is currently working on an animation series co-produced by RAI and MAD Entertainment to be released in 2022.

He loves to travel alone and he’s a limitless source of stories and anecdotes.

Zodiac sign: Cancer

Zeno Colangelo

Very young, very talented. He’s always looking for new features to perfect his unique and personal style. Before approaching comics he dedicated his talents to painting and live performances. His first stories were published in the anthologies Grimorio Vol.2 and Synth/Org. In 2020 he worked on two books for the Italian publisher BeccoGiallo, while his work for Tamed Scorpio, supported by Tunué, aims at being a turning point in his career.

Zodiac sign: Gemini


But there’s more to the creation of Tamed Scorpio in addition to the authors’ great talents: Tunué’s team! Tunué is an Italian comics publisher with a 15+ year long story. Through the years Tunué has published some huge editorial successes (series like Monster Allergy have been translated and published worldwide). Tunué is now approaching Kickstarter for the first time. In life it’s very important to keep experimenting new things, and the idea of helping Luca in telling his story is… a great challenge!


1,10 €

Caffè espresso

The price for a coffee at Bacco’s café, it will help Bacco make up for Dante’s debts. Pure Italian espresso! Both we and Bacco are grateful!

9,90 €

Wild Scorpion

Better not  get stung by the scorpion. Receive the complete digital comic book!

21 €

Tamed Scorpio

You did well and trapped the scorpion! You will receive the printed graphic novel and be able to access to the digital edition as well.

27 €

Famous Scorpio

Since it’s been tamed, the scorpion is in over his head and wants to sign the book’s copies! You’ll receive the signed printed graphic novel and be able to access to the digital edition as well.

35 €

Runaway Cartoonist

It’s ok to run away, but you better take notes! You’ll receive the hardcover edition of the book signed by the authors, the digital edition and a classy, customized sketchbook for your travel notes!

45 €

Lone Traveler

The number one traveler’s rule? Have a map! You’ll receive the hardcover edition of the book signed by the authors, the digital edition, a classy sketchbook and an exclusive map of Australia by Zeno Colangelo!

75 €

The Scorpio’s Shell

You defeated the scorpion, so you can now use his 100% cotton shell to protect yourself while traveling!

You’ll receive the hardcover edition of the book signed by the authors, the digital edition, a classy sketchbook, an exclusive map and a T-Shirt!

150 €

Scorpio ascendant Scorpio

The horoscope is good to you! You can have a personalized illustration by Zeno Colangelo in addition to the hardcover edition of the book signed by the authors, the digital edition, the sketchbook, an exclusive map and a T-Shirt.

(the offer is limited to 7 people)


the tamed scorpio
The tamed scorpio

Would you like to add any extras to your pledge? No worries: you can add the cost of the single objects while submitting your donation. It’s easier than taming a giant scorpion.

Let us take the occasion to tell you more about all the features of this campaign’s prizes.


6000 €

Smartphone/Desktop screensaver

All those who supported the project will receive an exclusive digital artwork to personalize their desktop and smartphone!

7000 €


All those who supported the project will see their name printed in the book’s dust jacket as a heartfelt thanks for their support!

8500 €

Gallery extra

More pages for this book! The final volume will include an extra gallery filled with sketches and studies by Zeno Colangelo.

10000 €

One-way ticket

All those who bought the printed edition of the book will receive a wonderful bookmark shaped as a plane ticket to Australia. The best way to start traveling again.

12500 €


All those who bought the printed edition of the book will receive a lithography by Zeno Colangelo.


Creating Tamed Scorpio required a lot of work to organize ideas and to find a drawing style that could perfectly fit the events told in the story.

But do not worry… now the book is almost finished! We just need the time to complete the English translation and lettering.

We will need a few months to physically produce all the gadgets and personalized illustrations, but we promise that by the beginning of winter (November) we will proceed to shipping the prizes worldwide, keeping our fingers crossed for not having  to face any pandemic-related setbacks.

Tunué’s experience will be our warranty for making sure that everything proceeds quickly up to the moment of shipping the prizes to you readers.


The cost of the shipping will be calculated after your pledges. To manage the prizes’ shipping we will use the Backerkit platform, a quality assurance for all backers.

Below you’ll find a tab including the shipping costs associated to your area.


The book is ready. Tunué is a solid publishing house with great experience in comics production. The Fab5 are a serious and successful group of professionals. The authors can’t wait to see their story published and being able to share it with the widest possible public… there really are no risks. Except for possible unexpected nuclear disasters.

The campaign’s Main Goal aims at covering the basic production costs for the book (layout, design, translation, printing).

Everything else will be partly invested in purchasing better materials for the creation of the campaign’s prizes, and partly distributed to the creative and editorial teams for the wonderful job they did on this book.

We want things to be simple and crystal-clear. Most of all, we want to give you the chance to read a wonderful story. We believe in this story and we want to share it with as many people as possible, worldwide, thanks to the opportunity given to us by Kickstarter.