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What’s fair Lucca Comics & Games?
“Lucca Comics & Games is a fair dedicated to comics, animation, games (role-table, card games), video games and fantasy and science fiction, which takes place in Lucca in Tuscany, in the days between October and November. it is considered the most important Italian exhibition industry, second in Europe and third in the world, after Tokyo Comiket and the Angoulême International Comics Festival in France. it has been calculated that the ‘edition of 2011 has attracted 155,000 visitors, with a peak of 50,000 visitors in one day Sunday, October 30, and generated revenue for the city for about 24 million euro.L’edizione of 2012 broke the record reached the previous year, recording an attendance of 180,000 visitors, with a peak of 56,000 visitors per day on Saturday, November 3rd. “
The manifestation of Lucca Comics & Games is different from other fairs of comics, thanks to its unique organization of space and activities: in fact many tents are distributed within the city itself, scattered throughout the territory and not all together in a single space. So each tent can be dedicated to specific topics and the viability of the various areas of the fair is much more spacious. This idea resulted in visitors a sense of continuation of the fair along the streets of the city, causing a spontaneous expansion of the event throughout the city.
In a few years there has been a radical increase of visits (and therefore money to improve and expand the fair): Today, the Lucca Comics & Games is an extraordinary event, considered in 2013 as the third world fair on comic books, games and movies .
What does this type of show?
who never went to an exhibition of comics or games, it might be difficult to understand what offers this type of event. A normal fair of comics as Lucca C & G was the dawn is defined fair market, that there is something on display for the pleasure of seeing her (as a museum), but are exposed objects to be sold. Obviously over time the event was intentional, combining art and sales in a number of activities and events are interconnected.
And ‘now come to realize a quantity of events and sections of sale and exhibition so big, so wide, that no one can see (or at least appreciate with taste) all the fair and its events. Just think that in addition to the stands exhibiting more than 600 throughout the day, we have a full program of music and fashion show stage in cosplay events, a 20in exhibitions illustrating the works of various kinds cartoony and not, then there are all new editions of games that show themselves and make themselves known. Some theatrical events, many informative seminars, reproductions of previews of upcoming movie or just a theme.
These are just the main activities taking place at the fair officially, while less known are all amateur activities that are activated by the same stand. Maybe, while your friend is listening stà a seminar on creating video games, you’re sitting in front of a display of historical reproduction. Too much stuff to be seen throughout, and perhaps that is the fair manages to attract so many people, because the passions are so many and so visitors are distributed evenly on all offers event.
The official website?
This website represents the community of participants at the fair, but the official website of the event is always: http://www.luccacomicsandgames.com . Every year, around May begins with a new version of the site that points to new yearly, while the old sites with data of the previous editions are stored and viewable in the “previous editions”.
Then there are all associated Contest at the fair in Lucca C&G: they are dedicated to different topics such as comics unpublished, unreleased games, etc. and often are useful competitions for young talent in the industry. Anyone can try to participate and with a little ‘luck, open the doors for the work he has always desiderato.Non alone, there are contests dedicated instead to retailers already well-displaced on the market, competing with their projects for the prize the “best”.
The passion for Cosplay
At the fair in Lucca Comics & Games can not miss the Cosplay. You should know that when it comes to cosplay, you talk about people trying to get in the shoes of a character, trying to interpret it in the best way (or just want to show up with their beautiful dress). We could almost say it’s a cross between a costume party and a historical reproduction. I know that fans lynch me for these words, but the spirit of cosplay is just to change for one day, becoming a character that you love (like the carnival where you could swap roles and be who had never been ). This event not only attracts people who want to transform their favorite costume, but also photographers and fans who can not wait to see their heroes in the flesh (literally).
A Lucca Cosplay is a must; or better, if you are not dressed in a different way, you’re out of the normal! For the first visitors of an exhibition of comic obviously not suggest you put on a dress up like Dracula or the fairy turchina; but for those with some knowledge of the “cosplay”, I highly recommend potarsi some clothing or accessory during the fair; even the dress of your IBC may be fine!
Besides the official activities of the fair, there are spontaneous events of visitors or specialty associations: first of all the streets are so full of people that takes a real exhibition of cosplay around the streets, where avid photographers stop for some snap their heroes; then we have demonstrations of role play live (GRV), where you can even visit the locations and screenplays, or participate in a mini-adventure full of background and weapons latex (not recommended for old ladies of course). There is also the stand for the kids (we are talking about children under 14 who are not aware of what a fair like Lucca Comics & Games), a small corner for workshops and performances for an audience little.
The arrangement of the fair
This fair has a provision truly unique: it is located throughout the city that dipersé is already a show. From the 2006, on the occasion of the 40 years since the birth of the festival and for the first time since 1982, the location of all the fair has been moved to the center of the city, within the walls of Lucca, rather than at the ‘Trade fair via the Cut. Since 2014, the area of the city affected by the fair was expanded by creating the Japan Town. The fair is not only arranged throughout the city and divided into major topics of the field, but has a number of initiatives including exhibitions and seminars in the churches and beautiful historic villas.
Where to stay or sleep during the fair?
You should know that Lucca is full of hotels and excellent parking fee, and even the suburbs and neighboring cities are full of places to sleep; but despite being filled with hotels, you must book the year before to be sure to have a bed! Yes, you have to book around from January; while if you’ve already once, you should re-book at the hotel for the next year (provided you are sure to come back). Sure, I do not believe it because I am a perfect stranger who writes on the internet and then have a conspiracy of bookings exhausted; But 90% of people who have a booking experience started from nothing, they will tell you that it was a disaster. The stay 10% are those fucking lucky that in September call and immediately found a room!
If the hotel is too expensive, you can always opt for a comfortable subcompact car, with the seats ergonomically unclean to sleep lying down; or perhaps a more beneficial campers divided into 4 people.
Where to eat during the fair?
Surely all the shops in the area are open (all!), And then find a range that goes from Ramen from 2.50 euro, to the soup for 15 euro … I mean, you just have to look at the costs suited to you and wait for the your turn; because obviously everyone wants to eat in Lucca and then restaurants and bars are crowded becomes saturated extreme. But also the time it is important to find the right hold.
How to arrive to the fair?
This question seems obvious because we all know the various types of transport and the fact that Lucca is viable throughout a 20-minute walk; but maybe it will be helpful to know that trains (obviously getting worse every year) have become increasingly crowded and with less cars, highways are absolutely locked if the fair takes place right in a long bridge of the Saints and that parking, free is a mirage for the lucky few.
When the fair in Lucca was still a ‘teenager locked in a giant parking lot, undertaken my first journey by train. Traveling from northern Italy had already several problems, having to necessarily remain standing four hours next to my suitcase in the hallway along with 50 other people; but the real hardships they had to return when the train was now half journey from southern Italy. I still remember that we were about a dozen people in the space between cars (the one where you go up and there is the toilet); we were so embraced each other that I had to lean back to the bottom of my suitcase as high a stool; was so limited space that I could not stay standing exactly, but we had to somehow support us and make us old children. Without neglecting some people who smoked without reservation under our noses!
I wish you never ever experience this, but consider that the national service of trains has not improved over the years, and instead visitors to Lucca quintupled since then, the hopes of a pleasant trip are very basic. You can always do like me, that by the time I go only by car with two other people.
But do not believe that the possible inconveniences are only these: Have you ever considered the size of your luggage in the first leg and then return? The times you do with friends until late in the evening (when type has already passed the last night train)?
If you do not want to stay “on foot”, read the section.