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Media information: 5. May 2019

Successful final report of the FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con 2019

Overwhelming success, great enthusiasm among visitors, cosplayers, gamers, stars and exhibitors. The anniversary edition of the FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con was a splendid achievement. More than 54,000 visitors from Switzerland as well as from all over Europe and overseas have spent the last three days exploring the various universes of contemporary pop culture ranging from gaming to cosplay, from comics to fantasy films, from cooking to tattooing. A new record! Guests and exhibitors agree: The FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con is one of the most versatile, beautiful and high-quality conventions in Europe!

The fifth edition of FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con 2019 is now history. For the fifth time, the largest convention for pop culture in Switzerland was held in the halls of the Messe Basel. More than 54,000 visitors enjoyed a unique, extremely varied program on more than 60,000 square meters of action space. A new record! In workshops, discussion panels, autograph sessions with international cinema and TV stars, exciting gaming challenges and spectacular cosplay happenings, fantasy fans have immersed themselves in the dazzlingly colorful world of imagination, creativity and fantasy for three days, presenting themselves, meeting like-minded people, or simply got inspired by magnificent costumes, artful tattoos, imaginary universes, exciting lectures by prestigious scientists, and above all by the uniquely open and happy atmosphere.

 However, organizers and visitors of the FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con 2019 had to digest a mishap: the announced exhibition around the TV series “Game of Thrones” and the related presentation of the “Iron Throne” could not be realized. Shortly before the beginning the convention became known that the delivery from England was blocked because of problems with customs clearance. Despite intensive efforts, it was unfortunately no longer possible to bring the exhibits to Basel. “Of course, we are very sorry about this misfortune,” says Martin Schorno. “However, we are very grateful that we also met with great understanding among our visitors.”

 The number of visitors and the huge media interest was able to increase again compared to previous years. The reason for this success lies on the one hand in the ideal infrastructure of the Messe Basel and the professional work of the organizers of the mega-event, on the other hand, in the fact that at the FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con quality takes priority over quantity. “It’s not our primary concern to set new visitor records, but rather to offer visitors a varied program with innovations and high-quality content,” says Martin Schorno, founder and director of FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con. “That’s why we’re particularly pleased to receive a lot of positive feedback from visitors as well as exhibitors from home and abroad – both in terms of the composition and organization and in terms of the atmosphere of the convention. As of now, Basel occupies a prominent position on the world map of international comic cons. »

 Next year, FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con will take place again. The organizers are happy to welcome all fans of contemporary pop culture to the Basel Exhibition Center from May 21 to 23, 2020.

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Schock beim Aufbau der FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con: Der «Eiserne Thron» ist nicht da!

Media information: 2. Mai 2019

Schock für die Veranstalter der FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con: Beim Aufbau in der Messe Basel am Donnerstagmorgen stellte sich heraus, dass eines der Hauptexponate des Mega-Events fehlt: der Eiserne Thron aus der Kultserie «Game of Thrones»! Recherchen ergaben, dass er in England beim Zoll hängengeblieben ist.

Alle Fans freuen sich auf ihn. Und die Veranstalter der FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con erfüllte es mit Stolz, eines der schönsten Requisiten aus der Serie «Game of Thrones» für die grösste Convention für Popkultur der Schweiz nach Basel bringen zu können: den «Eisernen Thron». Nachdem vor mehreren Tagen der Versand des Objekts ordnungsgemäss bestätigt wurde, folgte heute Morgen die böse Überraschung: In einem Mail wurde den Veranstaltern der FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con mitgeteilt, dass der Truck in England hängen geblieben ist!
Sofort eingeleitete Recherchen haben ergeben, dass sich das begehrte Requisit aufgrund eines Problems mit der Verzollung noch in England befindet. Unverzüglich haben die Veranstalter der FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con mit ihrem grossen und erfahrenen internationalen Netzwerk alles daran gesetzt, dem Lieferanten in England unter die Arme zu greifen, die Fehler zu eruieren und das Problem schnellstmöglich zu lösen. Den ganzen Tag wurde ohne Rücksicht auf Kosten oder Mühen versucht, den «Eisernen Thron» in die Schweiz zu bekommen. Leider hat sich bis zum Zeitpunkt des Versands dieser Mitteilung noch keine Lösung ergeben. Die Veranstalter geben aber nicht auf und setzen alles daran, dass der Lieferant seine Ausstellung doch noch nach Basel bringt. Die FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con informiert laufend über den Stand der Dinge.

Wichtig gilt festzuhalten: Der Fehler bei der Lieferung des «Eisernen Thrones» liegt eindeutig in der Verantwortung des Lieferanten. Die Organisatoren der FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con haben sich an alle Vereinbarungen gehalten und sogar eine hohe Vorauszahlung geleistet

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Stars and Anniversary Program at FANTASY BASEL - The Swiss Comic Con

Media information: 5. March 2019

Cinema and TV star Natalia Tena (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Origin) comes to Basel

Switzerland’s biggest festival for pop culture and gaming is celebrating its 5th anniversary with an extensive program.
From 3 to 5 May, a huge adventure world for fans of film, TV series, games, comics and cosplay will be set up in the halls of the Messe Basel on more than 60,000 m2. The organizers have already announced Natalia Tena, Julian Glover, Mark Hadlow, Angus MacInnes, Josh Herdman and Jon Campling some of the stars who are coming to the anniversary. Other stars and filmmakers will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans of Harry Potter can look forward to three actors from their favorite films.

TV and movie star Natalia Tena is known worldwide as a clumsy but loveable “Nymphadora Tonks” in Harry Potter and as a fearless “Osha” from the HBO series Game of Thrones. The versatile actress and musician from England has already played some major roles and is also part of the Maincast in the TV series Origin.
The “Death Eater” Jon Campling and Josh Herdman, who played Gregory Goyle, are two other actors from the Harry Potter films in Basel.

The world-famous actors Julian Glover (Game Of Thrones, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Indiana Jones), Mark Hadlow (The Hobbit, Mortal Engines, King Kong) and Angus MacInnes (Star Wars, Vikings, Rouge One, Hellboy ) will be on stage in talks. All actors will also be available for autographs and photo sessions.

Star Wars fans can look forward to the Saturday: “May the 4th”, where some specials are on the program. The Swiss Garrison, the Swiss representation of The 501st Legion with many stormtroopers and huge Star Wars fan props are also waiting for the fans. It is not for nothing that the FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con is regarded by visitors from distant galaxies as one of the most beautiful conventions in the universe. Tickets for the mega event are already available in advance, presale is recommended.

Messe Basel, May 3 – 5, 2019, advance booking: starticket.ch

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Switzerland's biggest pop culture event celebrates the 5th edition with a strong anniversary program.

Media information: February 2019

The FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con 2019 is considered by over 50,000 visitors as one of the most beautiful festivals in Europe for fans of film, games, comics and cosplay. In 4 halls and 60’000 m2, everything that excites the multimedia generation will be shown. International movie and TV stars, shows and action zones, film, science-fiction and space exhibitions, eSports tournaments, gaming zones, over 200 draftsmen and artists and much more awaits the visitors. In addition, stands with merchandising and exclusive jubilee editions of comic books will be present. The cosplay shows on the big stage will be accompanied by a high-caliber international cosplay jury and will each be gleaming highlights of the festival. Some of the movie stars are already announced. With Julian Glover, Mark Hadlow and Angus MacInnes, three seasoned actors enrich the program *; further actors will be announced soon. Fans of Harry Potter, but also lovers of current TV series, may look forward to further announcements. And yes, Star Wars fans can be pleased about  Saturday: “May the 4th”! That’s why the FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con is also regarded among the visitors from distant galaxies as one of the most beautiful conventions of the universe.

Three days of smashing program: Secure tickets now!

Messe Basel, May 3 – 5, 2019, advance booking: starticket.ch, fantasybasel.ch

* Julian Glover is known for his roles in Game of Thrones (Grand Master Pycelle), Doctor Who, Star Wars and Indiana Jones. For The Hobbit, King Kong, and Mortal Engines, the actor and comedian Mark Hadlow from New Zealand has established worldwide reputation. Also Angus MacInnes is known from Star Wars, but for roles in Vikings, Rouge One or Hellboy.

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FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con 2018 begeister 52’000 Besucher

Media information from 13.5.18

Die FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con lockte während den vergangenen drei Tagen über 50‘000 Besucher in die Hallen der Messe Basel. An über 300 Ständen fanden die Besucher Attraktionen und Neuheiten rund um Games, Cosplay, Comic, Film, Urban Art und Unterhaltungselektronik. Die Messe für die „Generation Multimedia“ konnte auch dieses Jahr mit grossen Ausstellernamen, Stars aus der Film- & TV-Welt, Gamepremieren und hochwertigen Cosplay Contests aufwarten. An der „Swiss Gaming Challenge“ und der Schweizer Meisterschaft im Spiel FIFA18 duellierten sich besten eSportler der Schweiz. Für ein Autogramm mit Gotham-Star Sean Pertwee und der Schweizer Schauspielerin Carla Juri standen die Fans ebenso Schlange wie beim Stand des Comic Zeichners und diesjährigen Plakat-Gestalters Enrico Marini. Grossen Andrang fanden die Game of Thrones – Panels sowie die über 200 Künstler aus aller Welt. Der hohe Anteil an Cosplayern bescherte dem Event eine fröhliche und farbenfrohe Note. Das Feedback von nationalen wie auch internationalen Besuchern war äusserst positiv; die Convention zählt international bereits zu den Top Events dieses Genres. Die Erfolgsstory geht weiter: die Veranstalter freuen sich bereits auf das fünfjährige Jubiläum der FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con, vom 03. – 05. Mai 2019.

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