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diamoundheadx



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:21 pm Reply with quote
Barcelona as in spain
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Zoruilo



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:39 pm Reply with quote
I know I'm meant to be all like "Wow, you go Spain, getting a bunch of famous people from the anime community" but I've found myself just looking at the Junji Ito photo and comparing it to how he drew himself in "Yon and Mu."
The resemblance is uncanny 0_0
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cetriya



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:44 pm Reply with quote
wish more cons were like this in US. Great guess, focus on the creatives of the industry and lots of learning to be had. (I know the price of tickets is just not possible here).

Dont get me wrong, I find cosplay cool and great voice actors add a lot to a show, but I like to learn more about creatives and artisans.
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lowlize



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:39 pm Reply with quote
No words on Lucca Comics & Games on this site? It's the second biggest comics convention in the world after the Comiket, first in Europe.
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Herald Of JOJO



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:54 pm Reply with quote
OOHH!!!! Junji Ito, wow! Argh, he's so cool, I wish I could go to Italy right now and meet him! I love Tomie! Speaking of which, are those the first volumes of the Tomie manga in the shelf behind him? Those look new to me. Were they rereleased?
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Turro



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 5:22 am Reply with quote
I was on vacation on Spain a couple years ago a had the chance visit the fair. It was really Good, great organization. Lots of manga and anime people. Barcelona is a Beautiful city, and great to spend some time!
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Cutiebunny



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:00 pm Reply with quote
I'm guessing that part of the reason why there are so many people here is simply the price of the event. You mentioned that you paid approximately 30 euro for the entire weekend. Most large conventions, depending on when you purchase your ticket, charge anywhere from $40-$100, with Anime Expo being at the upper end of that tier (not including the additional fees you'd need to pay for concerts). So yes, while the numbers sound impressive, when you take into account that the event in Barcelona is approximately 1/3 of what you'd pay at AX, it's not impressive at all.

I don't think I'd want to go to Barcelona for a con. I've been there before and it's too much like SF. Definitely my least favorite city in Spain.
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kgw



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 12:03 pm Reply with quote
Nah, event tickets are quite cheap here (the most expensive one in Madrid is 15€)... in any case, any football match (soccer to you) ticket is thrice as expensive. Still, I should say that Saturday's tickets are usually sold-out weeks ago. And when you get the tickets, you got a long, long queue before entering*.

Long, long time ago, it was the only place in Spain that manga fans can get together in a big way. You planned your year according on your Barcelona travel. I remember seeing the Friday's all-night bus from Madrid to Barcelona full of cosplay's props. Now, while there are more places to go, it's still THE Manga event in Spain. Most of the companies keep their releases for this fair; if you're not there, it is as if you didn't exist.

Thus said keep in mind this is Spain we're talking about. Our manga market is quite alive and kicking, but in DVD/Blue Ray... not so much. Most of the commercial stands are devoted to selling merchandising instead of manga or anime. So don't go there hoping to find something unfindable in online stores. Unless you look for local fanzine/artists.

* authorities are now really worried about public events and overcrowded places -due to some tragic incident several years ago, a macro Halloween dance party...- , so once the limit is reached, you cannot entry unless some people get out.
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