By Guillermo Bosch
More than 112.000 people visited Comic Barcelona between the 5th and 7th of April at the Fira de Montjuïc, formerly called the International Comic Show of Barcelona, to enjoy one of the most important comic events in Europe.
Among the news of this year were the first professional days of the sector, organized by the collective of authors of Comic and Escola Joso, discussed and debated among other issues of copyright, how to present projects to publishers, the use of social networks to project your work or conciliation work. The authors could as in previous years present their portfolio to international and national publishers, a live and necessary networking space. The new Comic Forum Barcelona space has also been well received with full seats in almost all sessions.
Special mention should be made of the Comic Kids space, a place of entertainment and learning where the children of the house had a great time participating in the workshops, activities and proposals that the organization of the event had prepared for them.
This edition featured guests as renowned as Milo Manara, Daniel Clowes, Ana Galvañ, (author of the poster of 37 Comic Barcelona), Carlos Pacheco, Max, Miguelanxo Prado… All of them participated in meetings, masterclasses, very close talks (vis a vis), round tables, and the very longing signature sessions played a huge role with authors like Paco Roca or David Rubín, who broke their backs on dedicating their works to a dedicated and patient audience. In some cases, the queues even surrounded the stands.
Stan Lee, creator of such mythical characters as Hulk, Fantastic 4 or Thor had a deserved tribute with an exhibition where his entire career was revisited. Divided into four sections, we could see originals by Jack Kirby, John Romita or John Buscema and a selection of national authors who work for the American market, such as Pasqual Ferry, Pere Pérez or David López. Another of the exhibitions that surprised locals and foreigners, was the one dedicated to the relationship between the cartoonists of underground comics and music, a collection of more than 100 covers of records of authors like Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Nazario, Ceesepe, Marshal, Gallardo, Max, Peter Bagge, Daniel Clowes, Charles Burns or Miguel Ángel Martín. More exhibitions that could be seen were those dedicated to the winners of the previous edition, Laura Pérez Vernetti, Ángel de la Calle or Ana Penyas.
The 37 Comic Barcelona has brought together more publishers, exhibitors and authors in three intense days so that an expert audience in the medium and another one that approaches for the first time could enjoy an unforgettable experience. As part of the organizing team, I sincerely believe that we are getting there, or at least we are going in the right direction.