17 March, first Comic Day

17 March, first Comic Day

The poster is the work of Francesc Capdevila, Max, winner of the first National Comic Prize in 2007.

The initiative that led to the declaration of 17 March as Comic Day was born on 11 July 2022 from a proposal by the Minister of Culture and Sport, Miquel Iceta "to promote the sector, recognising the role of its professionals in social and cultural life".

The choice of date alludes to the birth of the mythical comic magazine TBO, considered the publication that would mark the beginning of the growth of publishing activity around comics, although, if I have no misinformation, the first issue came out on 11 March 1917.

I'm not very fond of these "institutional" moves because they are often corseted, but then, as everyone makes their own stories to celebrate it in their own way, it's a good thing.

In addition to the official celebration events, including a competition for fans that will award prizes today, there are many comic activities in different provinces.

In this list you'll find a lot of them for today, such as book presentations and various other events organised by publishers and other collectives, plus many other spontaneous activities that I'm sure there will be out there.

The Asociación Cultural Tebeosfera (ACyT), coinciding with the celebration of Comic Book Day, as well as presenting itsTebeosfera Report 2022(PDF), has organised the presentation of a new publication, the book Víctor Mora. With a French Accent by Jesús Lacasa Vidal in three cities:

  • Barcelona: Friday 17 March at 17:30, at the Alibri bookshop in Barcelona (Calle Balmes 26). Details.
  • Seville: Saturday 18 March at 12:00, at Espacio Santa Clara in Seville (Calle Becas s/n). Details.
  • Zaragoza: Saturday 1 April at 12:30, at the Cálamo bookshop in Zaragoza (Plaza San Francisco, 4). Details.

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