Più libri più liberi 2017

The main Italian fair for small publishers that is held here in Rome has changed its location. The shift is only of 100-200 meters, from a congress building built in ’50 but designed for the world exhibition of 1942 that never happened due to war, to a new congress building built with extremely slowness. At least the first was interrupted as construction by war, the latter was protracted in time only due to speculations. From a neoclassic fascist building to a glass and steel building. 60 years in the passage of style, fashion and technique, but the spirit is the same: a large building with empty and useless spaces to add solemnity. And none needs it, because the first one could absorb congresses needs. Moreover its lend could be too expensive to attire people to organise events. However, I paid it with my taxes so I visit it paying the ticket for the annual book fair. What to say? It is so beautiful and original, a white cloud with rooms and floors, all inside a glass box. In the last decades the best thing as architecture in Rome. But it is surely costly as maintenance. This building isn’t going to end well, I suppose.
As books, I bought only a few, I just have got too many of them.










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Lucca C&G 2017: Cosplay [part09]

A shorter series of posts than before. After all these years I can’t repeat myself. I can only say that it is one of the best moments of the year according to me. There are a lot of things to view in Lucca Comics & Games, I published here only 134 photos. I cannot put all here inside. And now, as usual, the best phase of these reports: cosplayers, with a obvious preference for female ones.

















See you around the first of November for another edition of this appointment.

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Nagai and Tomino creations in Lucca Comics & Games were present as idols of the Japanese giant robots religion spread by anime on TV. I feel that I need some votive statues with them. I have some Tomino pieces of his pantheon in my house but none of Nagai ones. This could be heresy.








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A short review of some of the millions of statuettes, gadgets, models, action figures and similars that were around. You can find sexy things, perfect painted figures, auto-built models for modelling contests, rainbow Star Wars AT-AT made with Lego, giant Giger’s alien made with mechanical parts, Doraemon mesh-ups with animals, Marvel superheroes mesh-upped as samurai, giant dioramas with Marvel superheroes that you cannot put inside a normal house. Huge quantities of money is not always the problem, it is the available space the only limit to buy them.

















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Lucca C&G 2017: Computers [part06]

Videogames are a business so big that move more money than cinema. Before this was only a section of the Games pavilion, after they are exploded in various pavilions among the city. I’m not so interested in videogames but I’m a computer freak so these customised and powered machines are as porno for me. This remind me that my computer needs more neon lights inside…




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Sometimes you can forget that this is fundamentally a comic fair. It is not so iconic to take photos of book spines. Moreover cosplayers are better descriptive. However this time some signing and sketch session photos for you.

Paolo Bacilieri is one of my favourites. He is a modern and experimental artist but with solid education by Milo Manara studio.

And an help for younger Bacilieri was Palumbo. He is another favourites of mine. His style is a black & white with touches of classic art mediate by experience as an experimental comics militant.

And many more for my friend Paolo.




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Some close-ups on miniatures in Lucca Comics & Games.

Up there is Nano Nefasto with his bust before his 5 days live painting session during the convention.
Below there is the glass showcase for the painting contest.

Torriani’s WWII game and its delicious setting.



Miniature displays.


Andrea’s things.


Miniatures from an Andrea sketch that were realised with the Fungi kickstarter. The character, but not the pig, resembles Andrea when he was young. Other people that run a miniatures demonstration space in Miniature Island liked the miniatures and created a game with some of them: a fantasy medieval race. They didn’t know that we were the maker of them.

A close-up on Star Eagles.


Two playable mascots of Miniature Island and a cake in Orti di Elisa restaurant. This year restaurant theme for the convention was Mario Bros.

In Lucca Comics & Games all is so big that some miniatures that you can view on wargame tables were a little bigger than usual.



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Lucca C&G 2017: Ganesha Games [part03]

This year as Ganesha Games in Lucca Comics & Games we were three: I came from Rome, Andrea came from Terni, Damon came from Malaysia.

Damon presented his Star Eagles at Italians and this was a good chance to test some things.




I presented Palaeo Diet. After I thought to write a supplement for it because I think that it is a great game.



Andrea write too many books so he presented a lot of things: Four Against Darkness, Sellswords, Song of Armies and Hordes. And maybe something more.






And these chaps are our super fans. They always buy all our books and they enjoy the games very much. Thanks!

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