The Comic Fair is back in Barcelona with its 40th edition, which takes place from Friday to Sunday at the Fira de Barcelona site on Montjuïc, thus regaining the attendance lost due to the pandemic. The CEO of the Federació d’Institucions Professionals del Còmic (Ficomic), Meritxell Puig, in a presentation at the Fair, highlighted the “efforts to keep comics alive” during the years when the appointment had to be made electronically. Thus, this year the organization hopes to reach 118,000 visitors who were registered during the last face-to-face meeting in 2019.
This year’s Comic Fair (with about 200 exhibitors) will be dedicated to Spanish authors, of which there will be about eighty guests, and in this regard, the decision has been made to honor Ibáñez. Publishing house Bruguera, Ecovidrio and Cómic Barcelona dedicated a recycled glass statue to the father of the characters “Mortadelo” and “Flimon”, which was installed in Plaza Univers, one of the exhibition’s central spaces. The statue, two meters high, is made from 120 kg of recycled glass containers in Ecovidrio green containers.
Planned as “a celebration that serves as a turning point”, this edition will feature two main exhibitions, one dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the salon and the Spanish comic, and the other dedicated to the recently deceased cartoonist Miguel. Gallardo, who has been closely associated with the competition since its inception, as it shows that the first poster for the Barcelona event was his.
Another Spanish author featured in this issue is Valencian cartoonist Daniel Torres, creator of characters such as Roco Vargas, who won the Grand Prix at Comic Barcelona 2022.
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