With a gradual easing of restrictions given the numbers of the pandemic, even the Italian comics fairs are beginning to breathe a sigh of relief and set their own dates for the edition of this, still uncertain, year 2021. One of the most “local fairs” “But that has been taking on great significance for some years now ALEcomics, Piedmontese fair which takes place, as the name suggests, ad Alexandria; traditionally in September, and again this year the dates are confirmed again: on 11 and 12 September, while the theme of this year’s edition will be i mythical 80s, a period in which we seriously began to import a considerable amount of comics, shows and video games from the land of the Rising Sun.
AleComics was born in 2014, and has always taken place in a very particular setting: the Citadel of Alexandria, a pre-Napoleonic fortification that comes alive in the two days of the fair thanks to fans of comics, animation, entertainment and video games. In addition to the usual stalls for purchases, it is present a large self area for emerging artists, self-publications and the like; as well as a huge internal courtyard with an adjoining stage for “classic” events at fairs of this kind, such as cosplay contest (which will be repeated this year too), singing and dance performances. Not only that: from this year the fair is also affiliated with REF, the Italian Network of Comics Festivals, a trade association that deals with giving greater legitimacy to these fairs by communicating directly with the institutions, organizing competitions for emerging artists and more.
As frequent visitors to the fair for some years, it is important to note that even last year, in the midst of all the restrictions, the fair was still held practically according to the standards, and bystanders always maintained an excellent behavior, respecting all the expected norms, something that the writer of this article was able to experience in person. It is therefore reasonable to expect that, unless there are last-minute changes, this time too the fair will be able to take place in total safety.
There presale of tickets is already open on LiveTicket, while we leave you to the description of the theme of this year’s edition, and to the overview of the artist who created this year’s poster. ALEcomics will take place at the Cittadella di Alessandria, in Via Pavia, 2, 15121 Alessandria (AL), on 11 and 12 September, from 10 to 19. The season ticket for both days of the event costs € 14.30, reduced to € 11 for children aged 7 to 12. The daily has a cost of € 8.80 and reduced to € 5.50, again for children aged 7 to 12 years. Tickets can also be purchased with 18app and teacher’s card.
THE THEME AND THE POSTER
ALEcomics 2021 will be a blast from the past that will celebrate the ’80s: the “Golden Age” of Japanese comics and films and TV series that have become cult. Patlabor, Ken the Warrior, the DeLorean from Back to the Future, Goku, Akira and Optimus Prime: these are the characters that surround the black man, mascot of the festival, this year dressed up as a theme to transport festival visitors on a journey made of memories and nostalgia.
In the background, as per tradition, there are references to the city of Alexandria. In a grid that recalls the world of Tron, in front of an artificial sunset, Palazzo Rosso and the late Borsalino chimney stand out, symbol of the city demolished at the end of the 1980s.
The artist: Nicolò Santoro, aka Uomopasta
Turin, born in 1995. He has been drawing for as long as he can remember. He attended the Cottini Art School, the International School of Comics (comics) and the iMasterart (digital illustration). He works in Turin at the ” Black Flamingo ” graphic studio, where designs and concepts are created for toys sold around the world. Despite the love for ” Berserk ” which prompted him to want to draw and create comics, he reads any kind of story.