Lake Como Comic Art Festival 2019
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Last year I posted on this forum the infos about this wonderful convention that was being held in Como, in a wonderful villa by the lake; this year I forgot to post anything as I was extremely busy with family affairs, but I am pretty sure many of you were there as the attendees were from all over the world.

Together with Mignola, Charest, Sienk, Cho, Kelley Jones, Adams, Hughes, Ramos, Mack, Serpieri, Loisel, Don Rosa, McKean and many many others, who was (and probably still is) there enjoying the art, the food, the views and the () wheater?

Luca

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Hope to make it some day.  Always happy to hear more stories on here.

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Does somebody have pictures to share?

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I would love to know more about this festival as I was thinking of going next year. Is it fun? Is the access as good as it seems?

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You can find quite a few pics (Mignola, Kelly Jones, Frank Cho, Arthur Adams, etc.) in this German thread starting with post #513 (click on the links).

https://www.comicforum.de/showthread.php?143034-Original-Comic-Seiten-wer-sammelt&p=5532709&viewfull=1#post5532709 

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I didn't attend, but it sounds like it was great. They had immediate access to the artists.

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Does that Art Adams cover say $2,000? Seems incredibly discounted to what I’ve seen of his covers.

 

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22 minutes ago, skrilla1212 said:

Does that Art Adams cover say $2,000? Seems incredibly discounted to what I’ve seen of his covers.

Isn't it $8000? :nyah:

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Yes, it looks like $8000, which would be still be reasonable for the size, detail, and quality of the cover.  In Euros, it may look even cheaper.  hm

 

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It is an incredibile experience - full stop.

Despite the "high" price to get inside (around 150USD for a day, 250USD for two days and 500USD if you want to join the gala dinner on Friday), if you are an art lover and don't want to mess around with cosplayers or signature/sketch hunters, this con is the con for you.

Villa Erba on Lake Como is a wonderful place and the situation is really calm and cosy. You have TIME to talk with the artists and to get a commission (if you haven't preordered anything before) and you have TIME to see them draw and have fun with fellow artists. Mignola, Hughes, Charest, KJones, Cho, Sienk, Guarnido etc.etc. all in the same room at the same time.

Took me 3 minutes to talk to Mignola, 5 minutes to pick up my commission from KJones (and we spoke for at least 20 minutes), 30 seconds to see Sienk drawing and 0 to 1 second to talk to Gary Frank. Everybody doodled for free and sketches on books were often given for free as well. Signatures? Free too (I saw some people with 20 books).

Prices for art were high, though.

Not many many dealers from overseas (in 2018 we had Albert Moy), but a lot of collectors to network with.

Reaching Como might not be easy, but it is worth the trip.

Luca

PS: on Sunday a German collector arrived at Sienk's table and opened his bag: he had the last page from Love and War! Sienk was shocked and he started to jump, then Guarnido  ran fast towards his table and he started to jump together with Bill... They were shocked that the page had resurfaced from the middle of the heart. A crazy experience well worth to be seen (and I wasn't there, sigh sob)

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That for the information! You say the prices were high, does that include sketches/commissions? I would use this as an opportunity to get those difficult to acquire Frank Cho and Adam Hughes type art.

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Those AA War of the Realms covers look amazing. This definitely looks like the ultimate art show to attend.

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8 hours ago, ignimbrite said:

That for the information! You say the prices were high, does that include sketches/commissions? I would use this as an opportunity to get those difficult to acquire Frank Cho and Adam Hughes type art.

Nope, the price includes entrance. All the rest depends on the artists.

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I wasn't clear. Are the sketches/commissions reasonable priced? For example I know Adam Hughes brought some commission type pieces with him. Were they of a reasonable price?

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On 6/5/2019 at 11:59 AM, ignimbrite said:

I wasn't clear. Are the sketches/commissions reasonable priced? For example I know Adam Hughes brought some commission type pieces with him. Were they of a reasonable price?

Adam's commissions were prebooked,  his prices were:

5.5 x 8.5 inch (bust)  $1000

9 x 12 inch (3/4 figure) $2000

12 x 18 inch $4000

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This event was much better than last year. Good fans’ attendance, and yet no big crowds.  So there was time to peruse the few dealers’ tables at leisure, without being pressured by the next guy in line.

I am not into chatting with artists, but I could see there was good access.

I don’t have pictures of dealers’ tables, but these two twice-up pieces were the best of the show, IMHO. Both from Bechara.

Great show, I will definitely go again next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13 hours ago, Catwoman_Fan said:

Adam's commissions were prebooked,  his prices were:

5.5 x 8.5 inch (bust)  $1000

9 x 12 inch (3/4 figure) $2000

12 x 18 inch $4000

Did ALL the artists draw at the show?  Some artists (like myself) don't especially like to draw outside of their studio.  Did Adam Hughes just bring the prebooked commissions, or did he and other artists all draw at the show?  

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Hi,

quite a lot of the artists did draw at the como convention. Adam Hughes had the pre made commissions with him but also actively drew. The only artist I think that did not draw, or at least I didn’t see him draw, was Mignola.

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That Dr. Strange page is amazing!  Any idea what Bechara was asking for it?  I'm guessing around 100K.

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On 6/7/2019 at 10:09 PM, Carlo M said:

This event was much better than last year. Good fans’ attendance, and yet no big crowds.  So there was time to peruse the few dealers’ tables at leisure, without being pressured by the next guy in line.

I am not into chatting with artists, but I could see there was good access.

I don’t have pictures of dealers’ tables, but these two twice-up pieces were the best of the show, IMHO. Both from Bechara.

Great show, I will definitely go again next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:whatthe:  How much did he have on this piece?

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5 hours ago, batman_fan said:

:whatthe:  How much did he have on this piece?

That one was priced at 60, you can see it is actually marked in pencil in the top right corner.

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