Lake Como – the Most Beautiful Comic Con in the World

Some comic conventions are about comics. Some about wrestlers. Many are somewhere in between. But Lake Como Comic Con is about artwork. The guests are all comic book artists – some write as well, but it's all about the art. It's a place to buy original art from the artists, get commissions, buy sketchbooks (sketched and signed), prints with dealers there selling original comic book art, and one stall actually selling comics featuring the guests at the show.

Lake Como - the Most Beautiful Comic Art Convention in the World

So naturally, it's set somewhere just as beautiful. No square box near an airport, for Lake Como, it takes place in and around Villa Erba, right on the famous Italian lake.

Lake Como - the Most Beautiful Comic Art Convention in the World

Here are the creators announced for 2020's show in May so far. There will be more, but the names are big, bold and brash.

Lake Como - the Most Beautiful Comic Art Convention in the World

  • Dan Brereton 
  • Frank Cho 
  • Daniel Clowes 
  • Geoff Darrow 
  • Alan Davis
  • Juanjo Guarnido 
  • Klaus Janson 
  • Toshio Maeda 
  • Peach Momoko 
  • Sara Pichelli 
  • Tim Sale 
  • Bill Sienkiewicz

More to be added but here's how the list looked in previous years:

Lake Como - the Most Beautiful Comic Art Convention in the World

 

Rather than huge crowds, they limit the attendees and charge a large whack on the tickets instead, creating a very exclusive event, so everyone who can afford to gets to meet and talk with the creators whose work they admire so. One day tickets are €125, two days are €200, and that's for the lowest tier.

Lake Como - the Most Beautiful Comic Art Convention in the World

For Friday night reception and a copy of the portfolio created for the event, you'll pay €450 for the weekend. They do however include free entry for fourteen-year-olds and under.

Lake Como - the Most Beautiful Comic Art Convention in the World

If you are the kind of person who can afford to buy original comic book art, it's not a question if you can afford to go, but if you can afford not to go… May 2020. Yeah, I'm thinking about it. Tickets are available here. How's your Italian?

Lake Como - the Most Beautiful Comic Art Convention in the World

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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