Why is a specific focus on Italian graphic narratives on gender violence necessary?

As a researcher working in the Belgian and Irish academia, where the influence of Anglophone cultural models is paramount, I am often asked why I have decided to dedicate a specific section of my project on gender violence in graphic narratives to Italian graphic novels and comics. My background in the field of Italian Studies and the consequent tendency to consider this an obvious choice always prevented me from articulating a satisfying answer. So, please, let me try again