The Comic Fair has returned to Barcelona with its 40th edition, which is held from Friday to Sunday at the Fira de Barcelona’s Montjuïc venue, thus recovering the attendance that was lost with the pandemic. The general director of the Federació d’Institucions Professionals del Còmic (Ficomic), Meritxell Puig, highlighted in the presentation of the Fair the “effort to keep comics alive” during the years in which the appointment had to be given electronically. Thus, this year, the organization hopes to reach the 118,000 visitors that were registered during the last face-to-face edition, in 2019.
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This year, the Comic Fair (with around 200 exhibitors) will focus on Spanish authors, of which there will be around eighty guests and, along these lines, it has decided to honor Ibáñez. The Bruguera publishing house, Ecovidrio and Cómic Barcelona have dedicated a recycled glass statue to the father of the characters from Mortadelo and Fliemón, which has been placed in Plaza Univers, one of the central spaces of the Exhibition. The statue, two meters high, is made with 120 kilos of recycled glass containers in the green containers of Ecovidrio.
In this edition, which is planned as a “celebration, which serves as a turning point”, there will be two main exhibitions, one focused on the 40 years of the salon and the Spanish comic, and another dedicated to the recently deceased cartoonist Miguel Gallardo, closely linked to the contest since its inception, as it shows that the first poster of the Barcelona event was his.
Another of the Spanish authors recognized in this edition is the Valencian cartoonist Daniel Torres, creator of characters such as Roco Vargas, who has won the Grand Prize at the Comic Barcelona 2022 fair.