‘Mercy’ Creator Mirka Andolfo Heads For Animation With ‘Sweet Paprika’

by Erik Amaya

Mercy writer and artist Mirka Andolfo is bringing her distinctive style to the world of animation.

Andolfo announced Monday that she has teamed up with Italian media company Arancia Studio and  Grey Ladder Productions to develop Sweet Paprika, an “erotic romantic comedy” based on the sketches she posts on social media sites like Instagram. Executive producer Gabriele Pennacchioli and writer Tommaso Triolo are also along for the ride.

The series focuses on Paprika, the Chief Creative Officer at a publisher who works long hours and often neglects friends and family. And though her devilish appearance might suggest otherwise, she is practical to a fault.

Oh, about the horns and tail? The world she inhabits features people who happen to look like devils and angels. One such angelic person is Dill, delivery boy whose attitude “grates against Paprika’s no-nonsense practicality.” And, according to the series description, their courtship will test “their temperaments, as well as embraces the themes of female empowerment and sexual identity.”

“I’m feverishly excited to both tell the hilarious, amorous story of Sweet Paprika, as well as see Paprika and Dill come to life (and flirt) through animation,” she said in a statement. “The production team has helped ignite what was once a dream into a vibrant and massive project. I’m still devoted to creating monthly comics, but the idea of starting a new adventure in another medium is exciting, and working alongside professionals like Gabriele and Tommaso is more than I could ever hope for!”

Pennacchioli added, “It’s a lively and inspiring project, with a dynamism suited to the magic of animation. Mirka’s imagination offers a wide and multifaceted world, with a breath of global creativity and Italian romanticism.”

Of course, it is unclear how quickly the series may appear in the states and in what form, but the designs of Paprika and Dill are already a sensation among Andolfo’s fans — apparently some already come to conventions dressed as the characters. Hopefully, the animation will replicate the charming and engaging aspects of her art when the series debuts.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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