Romics, the International Festival of Comics, Animation , Cinema and Games which was held from September 29 to October 02, 2016 at the New Fair Trade of Rome, has celebrated its twentieth edition, strengthening and increasing the great success of previous editions. Romics has celebrated its twentieth edition with the presence of great authors, exhibitions, official launches: an unmissable festival that year after year renews itself with simultaneous events and meetings in 5 different locations. International and italian masters have alternated on different stages, receiving a huge success: the graphic poetry of Laura Peréz Vernetti, the biographies of Amazing Ameziane, Matteo Buffagni and Mario Gomboli with their Diabolik, the ironic Chickens of Andrea Domestici, fantasy stories and children’s books, the encounter with Cecilia Randall, author of Hyper Versum, to close with the Golden Romics awarding to Gabriele Dell’Otto, David Lopez and Moreno Burattini. The Art of Comics and Illustration has been celebrated with superb exhibitions: Tanti Auguri Romics! – The exhibition dedicated to the 20 editions of Romics; The Originals of Gabriele dell’Otto; All the Superheroes of David Lopez; Diabolik: past, present and future; About Us 1962 – 1980. Comics of the Devil. Visitors were able to admire in an absolute preview a unique exposition of some very significant articles concerning the most ‘’revolutionary’’ season of Italian Comics, the one that starting from 1962 with Diabolik and from 1964 with Isabella, has scattered the moral code in comics art at that time. Great success for the mural Tanti Auguri Romics – XX Edition for the Kamui’s performance and the Kill Bill’s choreographer ! Many others events have characterized this edition of Romics: the traditional Cosplay competition which have selected the participants for the next International contests, the Movie Village, the encounter with the film director Pif, meetings with top italian Youtubers, great success from the game world with official launches of new titles, tournaments and many gaming stations and the two first days of Lega Prima Romics, the national championship of e-Sport, which was attended by the best Italian teams. The National Contest "I linguaggi dell'immaginario", addressed to schools of every level and grade was presented at Romics to reward in the April’s edition the best creative works concerning comics, illustration, anime, games and visual arts in collaboration with Ministero dell'Istruzione, Università e Ricerca. Romics has also promoted in collaboration with Centro per il Libro e la Lettura del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività culturali e del Turismo, editing and reading workshops on fantasy short stories. Great interest and curiosity has also raised the Regione Lazio space dedicated to innovation and creativity: a special agorà which has joined artists, operators and young emergent talents into a dialogical relation aimed to trigger new innovative processes.
But this edition has also offered a solidarity initiative, an auction to benefit the territories affected by the earthquake on 24 August. The initiative was introduced by the President of Regione Lazio Nicola Zingaretti. Fourteen original plates created by great authors such as Bozzetto, Brindisi, Buffagni, Barbieri were auctioned and the proceeds (3060 euro) will be used to support the construction of an elevator inside the public school of Accumuli.
The date for the next edition of Romics has already been set from 6 to 9 April 2017.