The event will be held from the 16th to the 19th of April in the Fira de Barcelona and will focus on science fiction, heroic fantasy and graphic humour
During the month of April Barcelona will once again be transformed into the capital of comics and cartoons the 33rd edition of the Barcelona International Comic Convention, which will place special emphasis on the worlds of science fiction and heroic fantasy, the two elements that will make up the centrepiece of the exhibition, Fantastic Comics, which will include around three hundred original comics from series the likes of Aliens, Star Trek, Conan and Flash Gordon. There will also be a section exclusively dedicated to the Game of Thrones phenomenon and featuring three large format oil paintings by Enrique Corominas, the illustrator of the covers in the Spanish edition of the saga.
This, however, is not the only exhibition in the convention. There will also be monographic exhibitions dedicated to the 75th anniversary of The Joker and Captain America and a section featuring the winners of last year’s competition. In an effort to emphasise the importance of graphic humour there will also be an exhibition dedicated to graphic humourist Jaume Perich and another dedicated to the father and son team of Guillermo and Guillem Cifré entitled Cifré and Cifré.
It goes without saying, however, that one of the major attractions of the convention will be the possibility of meeting in person some of the top comic book and cartoon artists and illustrators working today. Along these lines the convention has invited illustrators Braden Lamb and Shell Paroline and script writer Ryan North from the series Adventure Time. Veteran comic book artist Bryan Talbot, illustrator Tim Sale, American artist David Finch and prize-winning illustrator Jérémie Moreau will also make appearances alongside a long list of other names that includes the likes of Stefano Martino, Elena Casagrande, David Messina and superhero penciler Barry Kitson.
With regard to science fiction, the convention will host a series of activities designed to strengthen the bonds between science and comic books. Highlights among the many discussions and debates on the subject of space will include a conference held by Michael Küppers from the European Space Agency, who will discuss the Rosetta mission. On another note, a series of round table discussions and chats will approach the relationship between science, the comic book and the world of television series and will feature discussions on Star Trek, Star Wars and science in science fiction.
Another highlight will be a round table discussion entitled Sheldon Cooper, the most famous scientist and comic book collector on the television, which will be attended by Toni de la Torre, Álvaro Pons and David Stalzberg, the scientific advisor behind the series The Big Bang Theory.
Barcelona International Comic Convention
When: from the 16th up to the 19th of April
Tickets: 8 €
Where: Fira de Barcelona - Montjuïc
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