Lucca Comics and Games 2010 – Davide Gianfelice

March 29, 2011

Davide Gianfelice

Artist: Davide Gianfelice
Date: November 01, 2010
Location: Lucca Comics & Games, Lucca, Italy


2010 Lucca Comics And Games – The Italian Job Studios and UDraw

November 14, 2010

On November 1, 2010, I attended the Italian Job Studios (Riccardo Burchielli, Guiseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Caselli, Diego Malara and Francesco Mattina) demonstration of THQ’s UDraw for the Nintendo WII gaming system in advance of the launch date (Nov 14/10 in North America and Jan/11 in Europe).  Basically its like a starter version of a WACOM/Cintiq tablet but for the whole family.   On this day, it was the duo of Caselli and Mattina showing everyone how easy (for them?) it was to draw a simple Flash head sketch. 

It is amazing what a simple red blob can be turned into.


The final version of The Flash.

2010 Lucca Comics and Games – Let The Recovery Begin

November 2, 2010

Recovering today.  As are the 135,000 other festival-goers.  And sadly, as it turns out, a nation.

Attendance figures for the 4 day Festival were announced as 23,000 (Friday),  45,000 (Saturday), 43,000 (Sunday) and 24,000 (Monday).  Monday’s total was about 50% less than what I  was told to expect as it was a national holiday,  All Saints Day.  The 2009 Lucca Comics and Games Festival had almost 140,000 attendees.

Sunday: Wading through the masses

The Sunday figures are amazing.  The Festival is held outdoors and  many venues (tents) are not  within short walking distances of each other. It rained that entire day yet the streets were always jam-packed.  Not to mention the tents bursting to capacity, especially whenever a large downpour occurred and people rushed inside to stay dry(ish).  The fire marshalls must have shut down access to the tents 6-7 times throughout the day due to overcrowding.  Looking back on it, what could have been a bad situation wasn’t primarily because it was handled properly and efficiently.

Sunday: Crowd being temporarily kept out of the tent by fire marshalls

Unfortunately, as I found out near the Festival’s end, the rains of Sunday triggered mudslides and floods in Northern and Central Italy which killed at least 3 people.  Trains and roadways were blocked off and/or closed.  The trains that bring many of the people in had been delayed or cancelled. 

I believe that this news did not reach many of the exhibitors and guests on Monday until the late morning/early afternoon.   Many of whom had been wondering openly at the sparseness of the crowd in the morning were now somber.  Soon some were making plans to pack up early and drive back through the mountains before the situation became worse. 

I will be writing a recap of the Festival and providing numerous photo dumps of my experiences here (as well as my trip to Amsterdam and Belgium) over the next couple  of weeks so please check back regularly.

2010 Lucca Comics and Games Festival – The Days Leading Up To

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.

075: Death-tusi by Gary Frank

February 23, 2010

Death of The Endless by Gary Frank

‘Tusi #: 075
ArtistGary Frank
Subject: Death (Sandman, The Endless)
Date: October 31, 2009
Location: Lucca Comics & Games, Lucca, Italy

Notes: I had gone to Italy with absolutely no intentions of getting any Batusi sketches.  I just figured that with my severe inability to speak the Italian langauge without causing a possible World War I would be better served just getting generic sketches.

I had just finished reading all 4 Absolute volumes of Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN.  I thought that those characters would make for some nice sketch subject requests while in Europe.

Gary was not a guest of the show but my friend Tiziano introduced him to me while he was walking about.  Gary was kind enough to agree to draw a little doodle for me.  I asked for Death but then Tiziano mentioned the Doing the Batusi theme.  Gary kind of smirked and I thought, “no way in hell is he doing that theme.”  He took away my sketchbook and returned it the next day.

Yeah, I was left just a little bit speechless when I opened the sketchbook.

2009 Lucca Comics and Games – Almost Done

November 1, 2009

Day 4 of the con has just started. Having a fabulous time. A ton of pictures have been taken (and a ton of great food has been eaten). Met some great people and made some new friends. This convention experience has been magnificent.

Purchased a gorgeous Eduardo Risso portfolio set of 15 11×17 prints and got a Sandman sketch.

3 more days in Italy before I head back home. And another 358 more days until I come back to Lucca!

Taking A 10 Day Holiday – 2009 Lucca Comic Art Festival

October 26, 2009

Leaving Monday evening for a 10 day vacation to Italy and the 2009 Lucca Comic Art Festival.  I’ll try to post updates whenever I have internet access.