An imaginative world will soon open up before your eyes at Lucca Comics & Games 2022. Comics, gaming, video games, fantasy, manga, anime, animated cinema, TV series, and cosplay all await you at the largest event of its kind in Europe and the second largest in the world. It takes place in the beautiful Tuscan city of Lucca’s historic center from October 28th to November 1st, 2022. The theme of this edition is simply, “Hope”.
Let’s start with the inspiration for this edition with the poster designed by the master of imaginative realism, Ted Nasmith. In A New Hope, the first film in the Star Wars saga we remember Obi-Wan Kenobi when he quotes, “Hope – there’s something I haven’t heard of in a long time.” Nasmith depicts a deity inspired by Yavanna from the Tolkien pantheon. The Lady of the Dawn is full of symbolism especially in reference to Italy: the olive tree, and the colors of the Italian flag. The historic center of Lucca is also present with his depiction of the Cathedral of San Martino.
Special Guests and New in 2022
Surely the most awaited guest of this edition is Tim Burton who will be present for the European launch of his new series Wednesday. Also, Nitro and Manuelito for a League of Legend Night and then the League of Legend semi-finals will follow. On October 31st, Cristina D’Avena will perform in a special event with the Oliver Onions. Other musical special guests include the Italian band Rhapsody of Fire which requires an additional ticket.
Also from the world of comics, there will be mangaka: Norihiro Yagi, Nagabe, and Atsushi Ohkubo. From the world of video games, some of those present will be: Yoshitaka Amano, Nolan Bushnell, and Davide Soliani.
Don’t miss the mega gathering of Spiderman which will take place on October 29th at noon in the Giardino degli Osservanti. The legendary John Romita Jr. will also be present to take a picture together.
Starting October 15th, this year’s exhibits will be open to the public free of charge through October 27th. Many will be located in the beautiful Palazzo Ducale in Lucca. Some of the most anticipated include: Pop Salani, 160 years of books, culture and fantasy; Mirka Andolfo, paper heroines; Chris Riddell – Sketches, Doodles and Wonders; Alex Randolph, Alex 100; John Blanche- Within the Woods; and Livio Sossi Editorial Illustration Award 2022.
Initially, 55,000 tickets were available and they sold out quickly! Fortunately, the organizers raised the daily ticket cap from 55,000 to 75,000. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, don’t wait because Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th are quickly approaching 70,000 sold.
All types of tickets can be purchased directly online on the official website via VivaTicket along with various additional amenities such as “skip the welcome desk” and “hop on the bus”. Children born after 01/01/2013 and disabled enter free every day.
Visit the official website Lucca Comics & Games 2022 for detailed program information and to buy tickets.
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