Be Comics! Comics Trade Show 2018

Three days dedicated to the varied world of comics!

From 23 March 2018 to 25 March 2018

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After last year’s great success, Be Comics is back from 23 to 25 March 2018! The city of Padua is once again hosting the entertaining festival dedicated to video games, animation, comics and manga! Three days of major events covering different sectors of Pop Culture that will take place in the squares, palaces and other locations of the city!

In this second edition of the comics trade show in Padua, the city is getting ready to welcome big names in the world of comics and thousands of fans for an exciting project that has already made significant inroads into the calendar of comics fairs in Italy. The highly anticipated edition of Be Comics! in Padua in 2018 will be staged with extended spaces dedicated to meetings and workshops, with the aim to encourage the participation of authors and publishers offering them the opportunity to make themselves known and propose engaging opportunities for talks and debates.

Confirming the growing success of the Padova comics fair, this year there will be three main locations. The Centro Culturale Altinate San Gaetano is back and remains the hub of the event and the site of the main events, exhibitions and meetings. Another venue will be the Botanical Garden of Padova, where the Junior Area will be hosted with activities dedicated to the young audiences. A first for Be Comics in Padova will be the halls within the Fiera di Padova, which will feature all the events dedicated to entertainment: over 10,000 square meters with a market, Cosplay events, Japan area and Games area, with ample space for collectibles and models.

The poster of Padova Comics Fair 2018

Manuele Fior is the author of the poster of the Be Comics 2018 fair in Padova, featuring an image in which references to the history of comics, visions and glimpses of the city of Padua are intertwined: the two symbols of Padova, the Basilica del Santo and the Gattamelata statue, form the perfect background when reading Dora. Great attention has also been given to the choice of colors, with the typical earth tones of Padova contrasting with Dora’s dress.

Be Comics! - The prizes

The tender published by Progetto Giovani Padova in collaboration with Be Comics INSIDECOMICS#2/COVERS has been confirmed again for 2018. The tender is aimed at illustrators, cartoonists and authors under 35 years ready to take on a double challenge: on the one hand try to reinterpret the cover of an already published comic book, on the other create a new one for a to-be comic book.

But let us give you a brief overview of what awaits you at the first Padova comics fair:


The San Gaetano Culture Centre will be the hub of the event: presentations, workshops, and new exhibitors ... Great excitement is also building up for the drawing and music live shows, during which guests can watch a comics board being created and take part in special singing sessions.


‘We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing - G.B. Shaw

New spaces at the Be Comics 2018 fair in Padova, with hundreds of stations to try out the latest releases, tournaments, simulations and many board games, including strategy, adventure, cooperation, role and, unmistakably,  cards as well.

There will also be areas dedicated to collectibles and models: industry enthusiasts will find the latest products and relish their passions in the company of important players in the industry


Be Comics in Padova has an entire area devoted to Japan! Inside the halls of Padova Fiere, you will enter the magical world of Japan fans, with lots of cherry trees in bloom ... A real plunge in to the ancient Japanese tradition of costumes, ramen, handicrafts, figures, manga, demons and models! Led by a group of experts, you will establish direct contact with Japan by participating in ceremonies such as the kimono dressing or tea drinking, get to know the mysteries of the Japanese language and etiquette and attend thrilling demonstrations of calligraphy and silk painting. There will also be many stalls with crafts of the Rising Sun, traditional food, action figures and gadgets Made in Japan!


In Padua, there will also be a Cosplay area, dedicated to those who like to reproduce the characters of their manga and comics as faithfully as possible. A large stage will host shows, performances and free concerts for all ages! On stage also the Cosplay Competition, scheduled for Sunday afternoon. Masters in the difficult art of interpretation, knights, monsters and superheroes will roam freely throughout the city, with lots of parades and events dedicated to them!


The Padova comics fair could not ignore little ones! Indeed, an entire section will be dedicated to children with workshops, games and events aimed at younger audiences who for the first time will approach the all-encompassing realm of creativity and imagination. Publishing houses and children products will be juxtaposed to a series of activities related to the world of comics and meant to involve the whole family!


At the San Gaetano Culture Centre, Be Comics! also includes a series of exhibitions dedicated to pop culture... You will find original collectible drawings of authors from the past and present, cel animation and action figures on anime, comics and films that continue to thrill entire generations.

Be Comics! Fair Padova 2018 event is organized by the Municipality of Padua in collaboration with Arcadia Arte.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff