Did You Know? Lucca Comics & Games

Did you know…..that Lucca Comics and Games has quite a history in the relatively tiny enclave of Lucca? Lucca Comics & Games is an international expo dedicated to comics, animation, games, video games, fantasy and science fiction. It is considered the most important Italian exhibition of the sector, as well as the first in Europe and the second in the world, after Comiket in Tokyo.

The comics tradition of Lucca started with the decision to host, in 1966, the second edition of the Salone Internazionale dei Comics (International Comic Convention). In 1993 the event was inaugurated as Lucca Comics and only two years later, in 1995, it was renamed Lucca Comics & Games.

Every year, special exhibitions dedicated to world-famous artists are organized, housed in the palazzos and museums of the city. The Comics area is dedicated to comics and animation, while the Games area hosts roleplaying, card and board games, with exhibitors in the recreational industry: authors and publishers of games, specialized stores and associations.  The programme also includes tournaments, prizes and seminars, where special awards are given out to the best games of the year, to the best previously unpublished work and to the best handmade miniatures. Tournaments for roleplayers take place, as well as cosplay competitions and there’s even a special area dedicated to children and schools, Lucca Junior.

The 2023 edition of the Festival will take place from November 1 to 5.

Click here for Zadia Lenders article about last years experience: Reflections of a first-timer at Lucca Comes and Games.

Click here for photos from 2022.

Click here for Comics & Games website.

Submitted by Christine Stava

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