Lucca Comics and Games 2019

The biggest comics and game event in Europe transforms Lucca into a fantastic dreamlike world

From 30 October 2019 to 03 November 2019

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Preparations are underway for the new edition of the popular Lucca Comics 2019! From October 30 to November 3 the historic centre of Lucca will turn into a magical realm inhabited by strange characters. You can watch fights between legendary samurai, have your photograph taken with Hallo Kitty, the cute Lupin, the protagonists of the most popular cartoon characters or see elves and fairies chasing each other and playing around. This isn’t a dream... it is the incredible atmosphere offered by the Lucca Comics and Games Festival  2019, which this year celebrates its 53rd anniversary, and the many Lucca events 2019 organized for the occasion.

But what is the Lucca Comics and Games Festival and how did it begin? Since 1995 it has been considered one of the most prestigious festivals of Comics for games, cinema and illustrations, recognised at an international level. The Lucca Comics exhibition attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world every year. Just imagine that last year’s edition reached over 441.000 visitors! Over the years the fair Lucca Comics has become the most important event of its kind in Europe, while globally it occupies the third place, surpassed only by the famous Comitek in Tokyo and from Comic-On in San Diego, California.

The origins of the International Lucca Comics cosplay Festival date back to 1966, when the Tuscan city hosted the International Exhibition of Comics: the experience turned out very positive, and a cultural association of a private nature was created that for years took care of organizing the event which gained an incredible success year after year.

1990 was a momentous year for the show because it was transformed from a free public event into a ticket event which had to be purchased. In the following years an area was introduced for role-playing games, board, card and video games: hence the decision to change the name of the event that, in 1995, became 'Lucca Comics and Games Italy Festival', still in use today.

The Lucca Comics and Games Festival continues to expand its horizons with new initiatives and events: exhibitions, competitions, tournaments, role playing games, such as cosplay - the art of interpreting a known character wearing a costume and imitating its behaviour - workshops, meetings and discussions with authors, that have greatly enriched the program of the Lucca Comics, making the event even more magical and spectacular.

But let's see what is in store at Lucca Comics and Games 2019. Let's start with the underlying theme: Becoming Human. It is a sort of cultural manifesto that through the performances, talks, thoughts and ideas offered by the program aims to investigate what makes us human. Really interesting!

As for the Lucca Comics 2019 tickets, this year the 'Level up' version is again available (it was introduced at Lucca Comics 2018), which will allow a small number of fans (500 people) to have an even more engaging experience: thanks in fact, to the specially created badge it will be possible to reserve seats in the front row, meet the stars, have dedicated areas and quicker access. The Lucca Comics 2019 tickets will be sold in the usual way: both online and at the ticket offices on site during the event.

With regards to the exhibitions, which will take place from October 12th to November 3rd  at Lucca Comics 2019 the programme looks really interesting:

  • Barbara Baldi: she is the creator of the Lucca Comics poster and has built a brilliant career as a colorist and illustrator. Her works will be exhibited in the prestigious setting of the Palazzo Ducale in Piazza Napoleone. The exhibition will allow us to get closer to the author's work in the field of comics narrative and to appreciate her mastery in the use of color and in the composition of images.
  • Alessandro Billotta: since starting out in the 1990s as a screenwriter, he has created several series of comics both in Italy and in France. He is also one of the authors of Dylan Dog for which he writes the saga ‘the Planet of the Dead’. Through this exhibition Bilotta's works will be presented in order to highlight the creative process of comics starting from the script.
  • The origins of manga: from Hokusai to modern manga. The Japan area of this Comics Festival in Italy in 2019 plays host to this exhibition celebrating Japanese culture thanks to Paolo Linetti, director of the Mazocchi Museum of Oriental Art. An exhibition that erases the distance between high culture and the pop character of manga and instead highlights the continuity of the Japanese graphic tradition. The lithograph of the famous Hokusai wave will also be on display.

The above is only an anticipation because the great flurry of events that will lighten up the Comic Lucca 2019 festival will include many more events. The Lucca Comics 2019 program is truly a treasure chest of surprises! Some other anticipations, just to entice you a little more? We can first tell you that among the guests there will be Hirohiko Haraki in Lucca: nothing less than the author of ‘the bizarre adventures of Jojo’. It is a very special occasion to have an exceptional mangaka as one of the Lucca Comics and Games 2019 guests, who is actually coming to Europe for the first time! Many others will also be the names of the guests who will add luster to this edition: Jeff Grubb, John Avon, Melissa Benson and Andra Lanfri, just to name a few! Even from a musical point of view at the Lucca Comics and Games Festival in 2019 there will be exciting surprises: Luca Carboni at Lucca will show his 3 video clips dedicated to Corto Maltese and Giorgio Vanni, the voice of the tunes from Pokemon, Dragonball and One Piece, will also be one of the guests. And don't forget about Japan Town, the district of the historical center of Lucca entirely dedicated to Japanese art!

The festival organizers have not forgotten about the little ones, indeed at Lucca 2019 Comics children will even become protagonists. The Lucca Junior context is in fact dedicated to budding talents, and the same is true for the many events held at the Lucca Comics Family Palace.

What do you think, have we convinced you? What are you waiting for to buy tickets for the Lucca Comics 2019, one of the most awaited Comic Book Fairs? From October 30th to November 3rd 2019 (Lucca Comics 2019 dates), Lucca will be transformed into an entertainment metropolis where, for a few days, everyone can escape from everyday life to dress up as superheroes, knights, fairies, protagonists of cartoons and other original and bizarre characters. Tickets for the Lucca Comics amd Games Festival 2019 can be purchased starting July 29th, while the Lucca Comics on site ticket office will be open from the first days of October.

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Lucca events 2019 presents il LUCCA COMICS AND GAMES EDIZIONE 2019!

LOCATION:  Lucca – historical centre and Palazzo Ducale


Exhibitions dates: from October 12th to November 3rd

Comics and Game Fair dates: from October 30th to November 3rd

By Insidecom Editorial Staff