Gold is the colour at the fiftieth edition of Lucca Comics & Games, the largest annual comic book, gaming, illustration and animation convention in all of Europe and the second largest in the world, after the Comiket in Japan.
This subject isn’t just for children and young readers, as many might think: comics are a means of communication comparable to literature and art. They compile stories combining words and images in an inseparable way, ranging from sci-fi to intimate autobiographies.
This subject isn’t just for children and young readers, as many might think: comics are a means of communication comparable to literature and art. They compile stories combining words and images in an inseparable way, ranging from sci-fi to intimate autobiographies. The charming world of comics has recently expanded its boundaries to games and animation, giving birth to a huge fair that will come to Lucca and its Palazzo Ducale this year from October 28th to November 1st. Visitors are the true “main characters” of this magic adventure, especially the cosplayers (in case you didn’t know, cosplayers are manga and anime lovers who dress up and perform as their chosen heroes).
Some of the planned exhibitions began as early as October 15th and are paving the way to the main dates. One of the principal guests will be the great cartoonist Frank Miller, creator of “Sin City”, “300” and “Batman: the black knight returns”. Another highly anticipated visitor is Frank Cho, author of “Liberty Meadows”, a comic strip telling the weird stories of the staff at a very special animal rehabilitation clinic. Presenting his first independent work “Mox Nox”, Joan Cornellà will talk about how he became popular thanks to his splatter and ironic strips, which were spread through the internet. Additionally, the famous illustrator Milo Manara will represent the Italian side of comics, with its tradition of clear touch.
Don’t forget to attend the film screenings, including “The Red Turtle”, animation movie created by Studio Ghibli. It’s the story of a castaway who learns to survive while struggling against a big red turtle that obstructs his efforts to escape from the island where he landed.
In addition, the setting is still of the main reasons to visit the festival. Walking around the comics and games areas surrounded by centennial trees and embraced by the ancient walls of Lucca is amazing. Among other things, going there you’ll be able to see the Teatro del Giglio, the prestigious heart of the town, and the beautiful Villa Bottini, which once belonged to Napoleon’s family.
Discover more on our blog post dedicated to Lucca and its surroundings.
Lucca Comics and Games official website (in Italian).