October 29, 2010
I realized why I did not make any blog posts last year while the Festival was on going: there is just too much going on to be able to sit down and properly write one.
The con starts tomorrow or about 7 hours as I write this. The apartment is full now that C.B. has arrived.
I spent the last 2 days moving around the beautiful city of Lucca, playing tourist. I was able to revisit the art exhibition and will post pics in the next two weeks or so.
Tonight after dinner, we headed of to Simone Biannchi`s book signing/Q&A at Edison Books. What a great bokstoore!
The bookstore is in what was originally a bank. Huge cathedral ceilings with bright lighting. Tons of books. A nice spacious area to sit and relax. And a bar area where you get food and drinks. The bartender made for us the best screwdrivers I’ve ever tasted.
Freshly squeezed OJ makes a Screwdriver a SCREWDRIVER!
Simone’s book signing was a combo presentation/discussion/book signing/portfolio review. It lasted about 2 1/2 hours, ending at midnight, and packed the bookstore. We ended up celebrating at a bar nearby that is owned by Andrea Silvestri’s , Simone’s assistant, brother. Something called a Maxi Hot Dog was ordered by all. Basically it is a cheesy hot dog panini. In retrospect, this was not the best way to end the night!
October 26, 2010
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.
2 glasses of wine and snack crackers. Airline life!
Delicious Tortelli Lucchese
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.
Old School Master and Old Skool Master
10 to 12 foot blow up of a special piece Gary Frank did for this exhibit
Gianni De Como original art
Max Frezzato painting used for the 2010 Lucca Comics Festival poster and program
Max Frezzato door - Side 1
Max Freezzato - Door Side 2
Tiziano, Gary and Fletcher
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.
October 19, 2010
Death Holding A White Rose by Marc Hempel
The Death and Delirium Collection
Artist: Marc Hempel
Date: June 3, 2010
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Note(s): A chance to get on Marc’s commission list in the early spring leads to this amazing piece.
September 19, 2010
Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod
‘Tusi #: 090
Artist: Kagan McLeod
Subject: Infinite Kung Fu
Date: May 9, 2010
Location: Toronto Reference Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Note(s): Also check out Kagan’s INFINITE KUNG FU site.
September 12, 2010
Death (Sandman, The Endless) by Mahmud Asrar
The Death and Delirium Collection
Artist: Mahmud Asrar
Date: April 17, 2010
Location: C2E2, McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Note(s): Absolutely gorgeous!
September 8, 2010
Poison Ivy by Sanya Anwar
‘Tusi #: 087
Artist: Sanya Anwar
Subject: Poison Ivy
Date: March 27, 2010
Location: WW Toronto, Direct Energy Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Note(s): I saw first saw Sanya’s work (checkout her blog and Deviant Art sites as well) last spring at WW Toronto. I commissioned a Batusi sketch but had to leave before it was completed. A friend picked it up for me but we didn’t get a chance to meet again until Fan Expo 2010 to make the exchange. Totally worth the wait.
In the course of getting web links for Sanya, I stumbled across her blog and read that she was at Fan Expo…and I never noticed. D’OH!
September 5, 2010
SCARLET by Alex Maleev
Artist: Alex Maleev
Date: August 29, 2010
Location: Fan Expo Canada, MTCC North Building, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Note(s): Alex is one of my favourite artists. He is is also one of my favouite people in comics. I was blown away by this piece. The scan does not do it justice.
I accidentally scanned it in black & white and WOW!