Recently I attended the 31st Salon International Del Comic De Barcelona. The show is located in beautiful Barcelona Spain near several art museums, parks and gardens. For anyone curious here is some of what I experienced.
Just inside the convention entry hall there was a neat display of several giant suitcases. Hanging on the giant suitcases were travel journals, and original art hanging inside miniature suitcase frames. There was a gallery space celebrating 75 years of Superman Comics, a large Western Town themed area with gallery spaces and a stage for events, as well as many other gallery areas.
The convention had publishers big and small, independent and larger bookstores, toys, collectables, video gaming and a little indie comics section too. It was well attended, The final day being the most crowded.
In contrast to comic book shows I’ve attended in the U.S. there are several large areas of the convention hall dedicated only to viewing the Art. I found this refreshing, more of a gallery less of a marketing experience. All books on display however, I am sure were available to buy at the show.
Unlike anything I have ever seen the candy counters and chocolate fondue concessions were amazing. White, Milk, and Dark chocolate fondue fountains in not one but two locations inside the venue! I know this sounds like I made it up, so I am including pictures.
I met some amazing artists, creators, and comics lovers and overall had an awesome experience!