Arrived in Lucca, Italy (by way of Rome and Pisa) earlier this morning after spending almost 7,100 KMs in the air. Its my second consecutive year attending this massive festival of comic book love. I really did mean to write a recap of my exeriences from 2009 but never got around to it.
So I will have to rectify that massive oversight this year.
Day 1 was fairly uneventful. Everyone arrived from different parts of North America at the Pisa airport. A short taxi ride later and we were inside the walls of Lucca. A quick wash of the face and brush of the teeth and we were off to grab some lunch. Before long we were back in the apartment.
Walked over with Tiziano a little later in the afternoon to visit with Gary Frank, DC artist extraordinnaire. Gary has an exhibit of his artwork in a local museum. Among the other exhibits were a tribute to the early underground comix (R.Crumb etc.), Max Frezzato and Gianni De Como. Being exposed to some of the European artists, most of whom I had never seen before, was like a visual orgasm. EDIT: Pictures were taken with my iPhone camera. I’ll revisit the exhibits and get better pics.
Day one ends with me falling asleep at the table in a nice little Italian restaurant for about 20 seconds. So nearly 40 hours since Imy last bit of good sleep, I’m signing off. Day 2 will probably be non-comic book-y stuff so there may not be an update. I’ll to keep daily blog updates during the festival’s dates.