A four-day, non-stop Festival bursting at the seam with events, ROMICS is the international comics, animation and games fair that will take place at Fiera di Roma (Rome’s main Trade Centre) from September 30 to October 3. The 2009 edition was attended by more than 75.000 visitors in 4 days.
Every year the most important companies of this industry take part in Romics: publishers, distributors, specialized bookshops, collectors, home-video production companies and distributors, video-games companies.
The Festival has an international standing programme with high-profile guests, exhibitions, previews, special events and meetings with representatives of the most important international festivals dedicated to the theme.
The Golden Romics Award-Winners 2010 are Ryoko Ikeda, creator of one of the best-loved characters in the history of Japanese comics and animation: Lady Oscar (Versailles no Bara), who will be at Romics to meet her fans and tell us more about her outstanding artistic career.
Chris Ware, from Chicago, the author of Jimmy Corrigan, the graphic novel that has changed the narrative sense and architectural structure of comics.
And Claudio Villa, extraordinary artist of Tex, who has taken the place of the graphic creator Aurelio Galleppini in the realisation of the covers of Italy’s most popular comics character.
Among the special guests, actress Mary Oyaya, Jedi Master of the new Star Wars Trilogy, who will meet sci-fi enthusiasts and fans of the mythical saga!
The Romics Cosplay Parade, for which fans create and wear the costume of their favourite character, is Italy’s number one event in the sector, attracting thousands of young people from all over the country. Equally interesting is the coveted Romics Cosplay Competition, realised in collaboration with Japanese channel Aichi TV of Nagoya, which organises the World Cosplay Summit.
Furthermore, the centre of Rome will be invaded by Cartoon Characters from Piazza del Popolo to the Spanish Steps to celebrate the creativity and colours which make up the world of comics.
Finally, the World Cyber Games, the most important international event dedicated to videogames involving the best players worldwide. The tournament (defined by the press as the “Videogames Olympics”) has over 1 and a half million players taking part in the national finals in 77 countries. Since 2008 the national WCG finals have been held at Romics.
Fiera di Roma can be easily reached by the city train FR1 going to Fiumicino from the stations of Tiburtina, Ostiense or Trastevere. The stop is “Fiera di Roma”, you need the standard 1€ bus/underground ticket valid for local transport.