Media information from 17.4.18
Basel becomes the geek & nerd capital!
Top-class program at FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con
Basel will once again be the venue for film, game, comic and cosplay fans from all across Europe on the Ascension weekend from 10th to 12th May. In four halls the visitors can expect an extensive supporting program with many stars from the film and TV world, more than 200 artists, numerous cosplayers and a large gaming area.
Batman is a big topic this year because star artist Enrico Marini did not only draw two new Batman volumes for DC, but also this year’s visual of FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con. That is also the reason why actor Sean Pertwee from the globally successful TV series “Gotham” will be attending the Con. Other Actors from series Game of Thrones, Vikings or films like Wonder Woman, Solo: A Star Wars Story or Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will be part of FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con. The Swiss actress Carla Juri, who starred in the blockbuster Blade Runner 2049, will also be present on all three days. World-renowned illustrator John Howe (Lord of the Rings, Hobbit) will lead an exclusive Masterclass. Star Wars fans can look forward to a big exhibition and countless Stormtroopers.
A big hall is dedicated to gaming: The latest games, PCs and consoles can be tested there as well as current virtual reality tools. On an eSports stage a prize money of 30’000.- Francs and, among other things, the Swiss championship title will be played for in FIFA18. Highlights include daily cosplay contests involving cosplayers from all around the world. FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con is the largest convention in Switzerland with an area of more than 50,000 m2 and, alluding to the Star Wars and Sci-Fi exhibitions, is also called “one of the most beautiful con’s in the universe”. Over 50,000 fans are expected to attend this festival, and tickets are available on www.starticket.ch.
Media information from 11.1.18
FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con 2018
COMIC AUTHOR ENRICO MARINI DESIGNS THE POSTER FOR 2018
Comic artist Enrico Marini is one of the most talented and well-known French-speaking comic writers of today’s scene.
Especially with the series “The Scorpion” (2 million albums sold worldwide) and “The Eagles of Rome” (more than 500 000 copies), he has gained fans, not only in Switzerland but also in France, Germany and Italy, his country of origin. This year, he crosses the Atlantic with a superhero: he illustrates two new Batman comics for DC Entertainment, which will also be released in the United States. In Europe, the comic books are published by two major publishing houses, Dargaud for the French version and Panini for the German version. “Batman – The Dark Prince Charming” Volume 1 is already on the market, the sequel will be released in spring 2018.
Being a writer, draftsman and colourist, Enrico Marini is the first artist of the so-called “Franco-Belge” comic strips, to take up on the challenge of drawing the character of Batman as well as realising his own vision. FANTASY BASEL -The Swiss Comic Con had the honour of having this talented artist creating the newest edition of their visual. In fact, he was asked to not only create the poster of the exhibition, but also the visual of the digital advertising campaigns of the event. His works will also be presented as part of the exhibition. On site, Enrico Marini will be signing comic books and presenting his work to the visitors. The organisers are delighted with this cooperation: “We are very happy to have won Enrico Marini, one of the most talented artists in the field of realistic comic strips, for our 2018 visual!”
FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con will take place from 10th to 12th May 2018 in four halls of the Basel Fair. It is considered one of the biggest festivals in Europe for fans of cinema, video games, comics and cosplay. More than 50,000 visitors from all countries are expected; tickets are already on sale on starticket.ch.