Comics Corner

Comics and graphic novels are one of publishing’s fastest growing markets, and BCBF has dedicated a special Comics Corner to this thriving sector: a dedicated exhibition area with showcases and meeting tables available to publishers.

The Corner is designed to offer both BCBF Exhibitors – who will be offered special prices – and publishers not exhibiting at the trade show, their own space in this area exclusively dedicated to comic books. BCBF’s spotlight on comics will also include a broad raft of events, one of which is the BolognaRagazzi Comics Award, and there will be  meetings looking at the comic-book publishing internationally. Among the partners Lucca Comics & Games.

Comic books also have a special section on the Global Rights Exchange, BCBF’s digital copyright trading platform.

BolognaRagazzi Awards - Comics:

To support the important role that comics and graphic novels play in today’s children’s publishing industry, BCBF introduced COMICS as a brand-new permanent category of the BolognaRagazzi Award. The COMICS category includes three different sections: Early Reader, Middle Grade and Young Adult. 

… and many video about the Comics Corner, in the BCBF TV


From the success of Webtoons, which are expanding well beyond the borders of the Asian continent alone, with numbers unthinkable for traditional publishing to the extent that they are now the new frontier of comics, to manga as a recent global publishing phenomenon also on a commercial level, passing through the opportunities offered by comics for the YA segment and comic magazines for children, useful tools for helping children approach reading and learning. Publishers from all over the world will discuss their respective experiences, while meetings continue at BCBF to explore the particularities and potential of one of the segments of the publishing market that has grown the most in recent years. Participants will include: Lara Allen (Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, USA); Kuo-Yu Liang (Ku Worldwide, USA); Serge Ewenczyk (Éditions ça et là, France); Marie-France Lombardo (Edition Moderne, Germany); Kevin R. Harmic (VIZ Media, USA); Julie Staebler, (Biscoto Éditions, France); Ferdinand Lutz (POLLE-Péridot, Germany). There will also be two events in collaboration with Lucca Comics & Games: the presentation of the 2023 announcement of the Lucca Junior Competition - Livio Sossi Award for Editorial Illustration, with the aim of creating of an illustrated book based on an as yet unpublished text by Angelo Mozzillo, and the panel “Comics-related professions: how to present a portfolio”, organised by Lucca Comics & Games and the Comics & Graphic Novels Commission of the AIE, as part of Aldus Up network.


A selection of comics published in recent years by twenty-five Italian publishers (from independent micro-publishers to the leading publishers of comics in Italy, from long-established players to others who have entered the sector more recently). The selection, which ranges from single volumes and miniseries to magazines and serial productions, highlights the great variety of the titles as well as their artistic and narrative quality. The initiative also presents a selection of the best current production, including works by authors with consolidated experience and, for the most part, writers and illustrators aged under forty, who have innovated and reinvigorated the graphic and thematic panorama of Italian comics. These include “pure” cartoonists, but also multifaceted authors, whose work spans various graphic languages. An opportunity for the international public to discover, or rediscover, the excellence of Italian comics. The exhibition is organised by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in collaboration with the Comics & Graphic Novels Commission of AIE – the Italian Publishers Association and with the support of ITA – the Italian Trade Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The exhibition is curated by Marco Pellitteri, associate professor of media and communication at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.

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