220.000 tickets sold, over 400.000 attendance in town, 900 reporters, 700 stands, 75.000 square meters of exposition sites. These are some of the numbers of 2015 Lucca Comics&Games fair, an event that now ranks first in Europe and second in the world after Tokyo Comiket.
As it always happens since the last few years, I spent a few days (and a bunch of hard-earned money) at the fair, and here I am, once again, to report what I saw.
The events are, of course, mainly focused on comics but naturally also movies and TV series are a big hit so there where many stands devoted to upcoming blockbusters such as Batman VS Superman and, above all, Star Wars Episode VII.
As usual, the biggest stand of the fair is devoted to games, being them cards, board games or consoles/computers related.
Dozens of other shops where dedicated to comics, action figures, exhibitions, CG workshops and the likes, with authors selling and signing their novel or manga books.
Lucca Comics is an all-around fair that also hosts living “demigods” like Japanese director Mamoru Oshii and a big part of the fair is hosted inside a park which during the event is renamed as “Japan Town”.
An insane number of cosplayers is always present and, after its last day, the fair did leave me very satisfied, albeit nearly broke. The followings are a few pictures of what I bought.
A mention of honour goes, as far as I am concerned, to Maj. Motoko Kusanagi plastic figurine, a masterpiece that dates back to Masamune Shirow’s “Ghost in the Shell: Man-Machine Interface 2.0” manga.
The following videos, take from the fair official YouTube Channel, a report in brief what just happened during those four incredible days.
The First Day
The Second Day
The Third Day
The Last Day
Thank you for reading.