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The international festival of comics and illustration

The Lucca Comics Festival is a unique Italian event – dedicated to comics and illustration – is now in its 50th year. For five days, from 28 October to 1 November, the Gold edition of the event will be marking the golden wedding anniversary between the city of Lucca and the world of comics. The edition is expected to surprise us all and will include events, exhibitions, comics and virtual reality.

The festival started in Lucca in 1966, fifty years ago exactly, and would go on to become the main Italian event dedicated to comics, animated films and illustration. It was then known as International Comics and since those days has inspired a host of similar events such as Comicon in San Diego and Angoulem in France. At the Lucca Comics Festival every year you can meet the masters of the comic world, admire exhibitions dedicated to the ninth art and visit the stands of the publishing heroes of Italian and international strips.

The poster of this edition of Lucca Comics Festival is by celebrated illustrator Zerocalcare. The young artist has created an emotional picture, a new unconventional superhero accompanied by golden paraphernalia and donning a number 50. The artist will be a guest at the event and is also presenting an exhibition at the Palazzo Ducale, where you can admire the original drawings of his most popular stories, taken from his blog and graphic novels, back to his first underground work.

Dozens of guests arriving from all over the world, hundreds of accredited authors, exhibitors, publishers and comics: for half a century Lucca has been celebrating comics like no other event in Europe. The Lucca Comics Festival central piece will be the Golden Globe, a gilded geodesic dome that will give you a full Lucca Experience, letting you admire the Walk of Fame and the casts of the hands left by great cartoonists. American Frank Miller – the creator of superhero comics Sin City and The Return of the Dark Knight – will be a guest at the Games section of Lucca Comics. What’s not to like?