Be comics! 2023, among the many guests an Oscar winner and a record collector

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The appointment with Be Comics is very close!, the most important traditional festival dedicated to comics, video games, cosplay and pop culture in the Veneto region, which brings together several thousand enthusiasts and spectators each year for a weekend full of emotions, lots of entertainment and numerous special guests. And with a program full of unmissable panels, competitions, shows and meet & greets authors, illustrators, cartoonists, creators, gamers and not alone. The dates to note in your diary are Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March, the meeting point is Pavilion 7 and Gallery 78 of Fiera di Padova, which opens its doors from 09:30 to 19:30. Made out of pure passion for 48 hours!

starting fromComics and Books, where publishers will present their latest news. From Edizioni BD BD and J-POP Manga it is possible to meet Alessandro Starace and Leonardo Berghella, the authors of Dada Adventure. Tora Edizioni, a Roman publishing house specializing in the publication of comics and books by Italian authors, will also involve its artists for a stand full of stories. Poliniani guests include authors Walter “Wallie” Petrone, Rick DuFer, Ary de Rizzo, Mattia Martignago and Claudio Calia, available over the weekend for traditional book signings and busy gatherings dedicated to fans. The official Dungeons & Dragons collections will be present at the Poliniani stand of leather products and limited edition art prints. In addition, Shockdom will premiere the first issue of the Silly Nostalgic Kids’ Donuts from Outer Space series. Prominent guests include screenwriter Tommaso Valsecchi and designer Francesco Castelli, for a signing session scheduled for Sunday.

In the Games section you will find everything related to board games and collecting. From Asmodee to Giochi Uniti, the latest innovations are presented with the opportunity to try them first hand thanks to the demo stations. CardGame-Club celebrates 18 years of activity with a very special guest: Gary “Pokémon King” Haase, the greatest collector of Pokémon cardswith assets of approximately $10 million. Haase will take the stage at 12:20pm on Saturday 18th to show off some cards from his well-known collection, and to meet all his fans for a special encounter between autographs, unboxing and helpful advice from a real collector.

Three major schools will star in the School section: the International School of Comics in Padua, the School of Comics in Milan and the Side Academy in Verona. Their teachers will present the courses and give live drawing demonstrations. In particular, Side Academy will connect live to the Be Comics stage! two Hollywood 3D artists: Sarah Arduini, Oscar winner for Jungle Book VFX, and Riccardo Meneghello of WETA, the historic New Zealand special effects house that has spawned movies like The Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit and Avatar. Staying on the subject of cinema, the preview of the movie HEADSHOT, to note in the diary and not to be missed at all, with the special participation of director Niko Maggi and young actors Alessandro Bedetti and Riccardo De Rinaldis who reveal the background of the movie.

The Gaming & Esportshow area should also not be missed this year, the gaming Mecca! GameStop, Gaming Partner, will make a very special space available to everyone, a real paradise for all players. Even the renowned GameStop TV streaming room is moving to Padua! Kobe, Jafarro, Enagrapher and Arteusa are on hand to give away two unmissable marathon days on Twitch, live from the recording studio installed right on the show floor of the event. Interviews, gameplay, unboxing and many other surprises for a weekend of non-stop streaming on the GameStopIT channel. In addition, GameStop offers users the opportunity to join the GS Pro Club program with numerous online and in-store benefits and the ability to book the following titles at great prices for those who book physically with Be Comics! shows all visitors a preview of the game Demoniaca: Everlasting Night, a title developed by an Italian team. In addition, thanks to the Partener Vxp-Project Asd, there will also be 2 driving simulators in virtual reality, where visitors can try out PSVR2 on Playstation 5!

Comic strip fans can indulge themselves thanks to the Artist Alley, where cartoonists of all stripes will show their work, while aspiring artists will be able to demonstrate all their skills to the public. Among the many artists present, the illustrator Michela Maurizi, also known as MIK¥, the first Italian manga portraitist, stands out: one of her performances “Become Manga” is on the program, in which she transforms anyone she wants into a manga (in one minute !).

The Show and Community area, on the other hand, will be the headquarters of the cosplayers, with photo opportunities from Epicos and Prizmatec Cosplay. And that’s not all: a space will be entirely dedicated to the Star Wars world with the participation of the 501st Legion Italica Garrison, the Rebel Legion Italian Base and the Mando Mercs Costume Club Ori’Cetar Clan, the official cosplay groups recognized by LucasFilm . For the kids there is the Galactic Academy Varykino, a real costume club for little lovers of the far, far away galaxy.

East of West, West of East: that’s the motto of the 2023 edition of Be Comics! and for the occasion there will be numerous appointments for Asian lovers. On the stage of the event – renamed Be Stage for the occasion – two panels will talk about the costumes, customs and unmissable places of Japan and Korea, presented by local experts and language teachers, with K-POP as king with guests eagerly awaiting is looked forward to, including the UnKnownS crew, winner of the Lombard selections of the K-POP Dance Fight Fest. For the selections of Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia an exceptional jury: Chiara Franchina (Tiktoker and dancer), Alice Urban (dance teacher) and Francesca Venera (cosplayer and dancer). On the occasion of DJ Shiru from K-ble Jungle, one of the main promoters of Asian music in Italy.

For the second year in a row, Monster Energy will carry its charge of energy to be comics! with an area open to the public, a relaxation area and the opportunity to test the latest flavor launched in Italy with a refreshing peach flavor and zero sugar, dedicated to Lewis Hamilton and born from the solid collaboration with the multiple F1 champion . To complete the card, the Food Court in Galerij 78, for a few minutes of relaxation and re-energizing!

The weekend dedicated to geek culture can count on notable editorial partners such as Corriere dello Sport – Stadio, Tuttosport and Radio 105, the event’s official radio, who will be chairing the Be Stage with influencer and radio speaker Rebecca Staffelli. The 2023 edition of Be Comics! is organized by Fandango Club Creators in collaboration with Padova Hall, the company that manages the Padua Fair. The countdown has started, the appointment with the geek world is just around the corner, fans just have to mark March 18th and 19th on the calendar.

Info, program and tickets on Tickets are limited and presale has a special price: hurry up!


Source : Corriere Dello Sport

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