Concludes with 270 003 tickets sold on 53 year of the event , in constant growth, which in its traditional five days brought Lucca fans of comics, board games, video games, fiction and fantasy art, animation, cinema and TV series. An edition that, overcoming the triumph of 2018, confirms the great success of Lucca Comics & Games nationally and internationally.
Beyond 1 600 activities including meetings, tournaments, workshops, and live performances; more than 4. 000 autograph sessions; 1. 500 game stations with tens of thousands of sessions played; 16 concerts and musical performances; 2 theater works produced by the festival; over 1 000 speakers including 180 foreigners
THE GUESTS OF THE EVENT
The beating heart of the event are guests from all over the world, who year after year enrich the festival program. For the first time the master Hirohiko Araki told the Italian public the genesis of his most famous work, The bizarre adventures of JoJo . From Japan also the father of Gigi the spinning top , manga and later cult souls of the years 80, the master Rokuda Noboru, and for the first time in Italy the author Emil Ferris, who just last year in Lucca with My favorite thing is the monsters had won the Gran Guinigi award for Best Graphic Novel. And then again Don Rosa, famous throughout the world for his stories about Scrooge McDuck and the whole family of Paperi, and Chris Claremont, author who during his 50 years of career revolutionized the superhero comic strip, awarded in Lucca with the prestigious Yellow Kid career award. The cartoonists of our house include Sara Pichelli, Zerocalcare, Leo Ortolani, Gipi, Fumettibrutti, Sio and many others
THEATER, ROLE GAMES AND TV SERIES
In his continuous search for language mixes, after the success of Kobane Calling On Stage, ready to go on a tour, Lucca Comics & Games is back at the theater with a new production: Io sono Cinzia (meaning love is not measured in centimeters), based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Leo Ortolani on the subject of transsexuality. Always the best welcome also for the now traditional Lucca format Voices of the Middle .
The main actor board game of the Festival, home to the Carducci pavilion, thanks to the presence of the best editorial offer. In addition, until November 8, the students of GameS WiS, the first residential workshop dedicated to science and game practice, will continue the journey begun during Lucca Comics & Games with great teachers and special guests such as Erik Lang and Andrea Chiarvesio . Imposing presence of the role-playing game, which this year saw enthusiasts of all ages juggle in a real dungeon to challenge each other to Dungeons & Dragons . Among the initiatives: D&D Epic, the largest themed event ever held in Europe with 180 players and 30 Dungeon Master who they played the largest simultaneous D&D session on our continent. Among the most passionate players of Dungeons & Dragons who gave a show in Lucca, the Hollywood actor Joe Manganiello. For Magic: The Gathering the two famous illustrators John Avon and Melissa Benson were present in Lucca. Also in the games field, cross-media has been a key element, as shown by the Cthulhu table games project: Death May Die, Zombicide and Zombicide: Invader involving large-caliber scriptwriters such as Luca Enoch and Stefano Vietti.
Among the excellences of this year the program of Area Movie , edited by QMI – Stardust, stood out. Amazon Prime Video greeted its first time at Lucca Comics & Games with an exceptional guest, Sir Patrick Stewart, took the stage at the Teatro del Giglio to announce Picard's return to Star Trek fans. Alongside the famous British actor, the other interpreters of the series Star Trek: Picard . Netflix is back in Lucca to present the new original series The Witcher , taken from the novels of Andrzej Sapkowski. The festival audience was able to watch the world premiere of the trailer and meet, in addition to the author of the famous saga, also the showrunner of the series Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and the leading actresses Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan. Piazza Anfiteatro was instead “occupied” by La Casa di Carta . Among the other guests: Joonas Suotamo, the Finnish actor who plays Chewbacca in Star Wars: Skywalker's Rise; Rebecca Sugar, creator of the cult series Cartoon Network Steven Universe; Francesco Montanari protagonist of Il cacciatore; Alessandro Rak and Lorenzo Mattotti. As always, there were plenty of great previews, from Terminator: Dark Destiny to Zombieland: Double hit, to the premiere of the much-awaited TV series Sky His Dark Materials – These dark materials
VIDEO GAMES AND EXPORTS
Edition in the name of the video game that has just closed, in all its multifaceted facets. At the Baluardo San Regolo the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare ( here our review) of Activision. At Casermetta San Donato, instead, it was time for heroic deeds thanks to Square Enix and Marvel's Avengers, where the iconic statue of Captain America was present. Fans were also able to meet Scott Amos, executive producer of Crystal Dynamics and Valerio Schiti, well-known Marvel Comics artist. Also Borderlands 3 ( here l to our review) was the protagonist of unforgettable activities such as the cosplay parade led by Leon Chiro, a world-famous cosplayer. For the first time in the history of the Tuscan event, Ferrari at the “Casa del Boia” also staged a booming program of intense Hotlaps sessions to race on legendary circuits, such as Imola, Spa and Silverstone, thanks to the presence of simulators of cutting edge guide
In the evocative setting of the eSports Cathedral many competed tournaments, including Brawl Stars and League of Legends, in addition to the Quake Pro League, which put some of the best players in the world against each other, including the Italian Marco “Vengeur” Ragusa. At the Esport Palace (ex Cavallerizza) the adrenaline rushes of the Logitech G Challenge, a competition that offered a coveted place for the European finals on November 9th in Cologne, and the exciting Gillette Bomber Cup, tournament with official license of Fortnite which saw the excellent Filoakai triumph. Piazza Bernardini confirms Nintendo's fort, with a double pavilion dedicated to upcoming titles, and Bandai Namco Entertainment which gave the opportunity to try one of the most anticipated titles of the moment: Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.
LITERATURE, FUN AND MORE AGAIN
Even the great fantasy literature was the protagonist. Authors now at home like Licia Troisi and Paolo Barbieri have joined one of the masters of the genre, Bruce Sterling, creator with William Gibson of the cyberpunk current. Also present were the duo of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, known as James S.A. Corey, famous for the saga The Expanse; Dario Tonani, historical author of the Urania series and creator of Naila di Mondo9; Federico Carmosino, considered the new promise of Italian science fiction with his Neon Blue.
The cosplayers have instead confirmed a lively show. Between parades, competitions and rallies, in the 5 days their enthusiasm has colored the streets of the city, to get up to the RedBull Cosplay Garage on the Baluardo Santa Croce. Among the most popular moments, the Zombie Walk parade, the official Marvel Cosplay Italy rally, and the Rat-Man themed parade, dedicated to the character of Leo Ortolani.
For the little ones the fun was concentrated in the Junior area, where thousands of very young people, including game sessions, imaginative Lego constructions (with a space dedicated to the launch of Hidden Side) and dancing moments, were able to meet live the authors of their favorite works, first of all Thomas Astruc, creator and director of the animated TV series Miraculous. The programming of Teatro Junior , a proposal of theatrical contents linked to the titles of the narrative for children to which was added the activity of laboratories and meetings with the authors was highly appreciated. Panini. Also this year, then, the school world was the protagonist with three days of guided visits to the exhibitions, initiatives and staging.
We could not miss the now iconic Japan Town, the neighborhood of the wonderful historical center of Lucca entirely dedicated to Japanese art and culture, as always stormed and protagonist of numerous meetings dedicated to the Rising Sun between exhibitions, events , tastings, and moments dedicated to the discovery of Japanese culture and traditions. Great presence in the Giardino degli Osservanti of Bandai with its newest figures
Finally, on the main stage of the Baluardo San Donato there was unleashed between the notes of the unforgettable TV tunes. The protagonists of three “sold out” concerts are Oliver Onions, who have retraced their career with music; Cristina D’Avena, returned to Lucca to repeat the successes that made her the icon of the TV acronyms; and Giorgio Vanni, who set the stage for Lucca Comics & Games on fire with a memorable show
The article Lucca Comics & Games 2019, the financial statements come from IlVideogioco.com .