Boy do those Italians know how to put on a show! Lucca (Italy) is a beautiful walled city on a normal day but throw a thousand comic dealers,tonnes of publishers and 80 thousand comic fans behind the walls and you have one Hell of a great convention! The vino helps also!
I have to thank my good friend Antonio Solinas for telling me about the event and my soon to be writing partner Giovanni Gualdoni (seen here with my stunt double) for helping set up the trip. Much thanks also to Lucy...I mean Lisiana for all her help,translation and fun...the same thanks also to Emanuele Tenderini (who won the "girl contest"!),the Dude and the Killer for just being "crazy" and all the other fine folk who made the trip so much fun.
I was invited to do a TV interview on the second day for an Italian cable show hosted by this chap who I think was called Andrea (sorry sir,I met so many people and I think the vino is still affecting me!)...he held up what looked like a mobile phone,put in his headphone and started talking Italian to his co-host in Rome...then we "went live"! I had bugger all idea what was really going on and am pretty sure it was the oddest two minutes I`ve ever spent! The other guy in the photo is Mario who I`m sure stared in Dark Star!!!
The "game" tents. Filled to the rafters (if tents have rafters) with card wielding kids of all ages shouting "you killed my orc!!!" Hmm....
Yes...that`s what I thought too!!!
Ok. I confess...I was so wanting to sign up for the Empire but they told me I`d have to get my hair cut so I just stood there dreaming and taking photos! Even rural Italy isn`t safe from the boys in white!
An all-round great time was had in Lucca. Thanks again for all those that made it possible...bring on Naples!!!