My visit of the Comic Con Stuttgart 2016
I visited the 1st edition of the Comic Con Stuttgart last weekend on Saturday. I had a great time and will certainly come back next year, maybe playing a more active role than just that of a regular visitor. I met a couple of other German comic artists, a few Sandra and Woo fans, and saw a lot of cosplayers with great costumes. In this post, you can have a look at all the photos I took and my commentary for each one. You can click on each photo to see a larger version of it.
Since I decided to visit the con just a few days before, I had to buy a ticket at one of the ticket counters. But since I arrived early, I got in in-time despite the long line. (Unfortunately, my brand new camera put the date into almost every picture.)
Here’s a good overview of the main hall of the convention, just a few seconds after the opening. The hall was too small as it often became quite crowded between the booths. But it was still bearable. Next year, the con will expand to a second hall so there’s hope that it won’t be that crowded anymore.
There was a large area with awesome LEGO sets which was organized by the team of Bricking Bavaria.
There also was a massive diorama by the 50,000 orcs project depicting a Middle Earth battle.
Here I am sitting next to Sarah Burrini from the German webcomic Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof (English version: Life Ain’t No Pony Farm). There was a free seat next to her, so I took the chance and sat down next to her. I spent over an hour behind the counter to chat with her and the visitors of her booth. I also met four Sandra and Woo fans at the con. One of them was a clerk at the booth of the publisher Egmont Ehapa. I was probably their best customer that day since I bought an expensive special edition of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, among other comics.
This is Joscha Sauer, one of the most well-known German comic artists. He drew me a little cartoon duck into his new Nichtlustig book I bought. I almost left the booth without paying for it… I also got a nice drawing of the Peter Puck’s comic character Rudi in his new anthology. But I didn’t take a photo of him.
Kaja Reinki drawing an illustration of her character Tess for me. I didn’t know the comic before the convention, but Tess looked a little like Sette from Unsounded so it managed to grab my attention. She really spent a lot of time on my drawing.
Apart from meeting Sarah and the Sandra and Woo fans, the best thing was certainly the huge amount of cosplayers with awesome costumes. It was sometimes hard to take a good photo because the cosplayers were walking away from my position or because too many other people were in the way. But in the end, I managed to take a good amount of cool or funny photos.
This wasn’t the only ghostbuster I met. No wonder I didn’t see any ghosts at the convention. That was quite convenient since Stuttgart’s ghost problem has only gotten worse and worse over the course of the last years.
In the cosplay area, I saw this very nice Aeris. I should have talked to her a bit more (and said that I always preferred Tifa ;)). Unfortunately, the camera really adds ten punds in this photo, or even more.
These gigantic, professional Transformers cosplayers were accompanied by tough and fierce soldiers who made sure that everybody got out of the way. The costumes even made electronic walking noises. It was really a sight.
There were also several Steampunk inspired costumes. I really liked how detailed they were. The man wore some kind of mechanical device on his back which showed beautiful light effects on a cicular display.
In conclusion I can say that I met a lot of very friendly guys and girls at the convention and that I had a great time. I’ll definitely be coming back next year (1st and 2nd of July 2017).