From 3 to 6 May 2012, the 30th edition of the Barcelona International Comic Fair will be turning the spotlight on robots (dedicating its main exhibition): Mazinger Z, the Transformers, Arale from Dr Slump, Astroboy… The list of comic robot heroes goes on and on.
And featuring one of the big names in the world of comics & robots: Gô Nagai, the creator of Mazinger Z, the legendary robot with rocket fists is also celebrating his birthday: his 40th.
Also coming are Milo Manara, one of the great masters of European comics; Paul Cornell, the scriptwriter for the Doctor Who series; Scott Snyder, the scriptwriter for the new Batman series and The Swamp Thing; Guy Delisle, the author of Pyongyang and Burma Chronicles; Rags Morales, an illustrator for the re-launched Action Comics, and Sergio Aragonés, an illustrator for MAD magazine.
Robots in their ink (Robots en la seva tinta) is the title of the Fair’s robotics exhibition. The exhibition, which aims both to entertain and to inform, will explore the relationship between robots and comics, cinema and literature.
The exhibition will have a section devoted to the robots from the Star Wars universe, entitled, Droids from the Galaxies (Droides de les galàxies) as well as educational areas and an activities programme that include robotics workshops and classes on how to draw robots.
Ah, and for those of you who will turn 30 this year (born in 1982) you’ll have free entry. Many happy returns!