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Leiji Matsumoto has embodied the deeply felt values of the 70s Japan, and turned them into stories and characters that have become part of the collective imagination, not only the Japanese one. Not even Go Nagai has managed to do the same, even if his "Mazinga" and his other "mecha" were invading the TV programs in the same period.

Matsumoto's long space sagas are above all moral stories: the ideal community boarding the “Space Battleship Yamato” (1975) redeems Japan from WWII thanks to its spirit of self-sacrifice. The apparently anarchist “Space Pirate Capitan Harlock” (1977) offers, on his spaceship Arcadia, a model for an ideal community in deep contrast with the hedonism and consumerism caused by the economic boom on Earth. Finally, the coming-of-age novel “Galaxy Express 999” (still 1977) tells the story of a young boy who, led by a woman that represents his mother and his first, unattainable lover, becomes a man and finds his place in the world. All this stories are bonded by an uncontainable fascination for the open space, which has no equal in western "space operas" such as "Star Wars" or "Star Trek".

The Lucca Comics & Games exhibition will have on display 40 originals that Leiji Mastumoto chose for his Italian fans (some of them have been made recently specifically on this occasion). This exhibition isn't only the right and proper homage to a great author, but also a way to reconnect to a pillar of our imagery and to comprehend a part of ourselves.

Where: Palazzo Ducale - Lucca
When: from 13 October to 4 November 2018
Vernissage: Saturday 13 October
Hours: from 13 to 29 October, Monday to Friday 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-7 p.m. / from 30 October to 3 November, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. / 4 November, ore 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Free entrance

  • You will never be just a convention to me, you will always be my world. Lucca, apotheosis of my passions. Angelo Agostini
  • Swirl of emotions, new friends in the warm embrace of a joyful crowd, Carnival of the soul. Carlo Stuto
  • Lucca, you're the comic book I love. Giuseppe Bennardo
  • Every year in Lucca words are clouds on our lips, here anything you can imagine cometo life. Alessandro Cecchinelli
  • Lucca, I come back to you every year: you grow without aging, while I feel like a child being with you. Giovanni Battista Novaro
  • What are love and brain, if not what lead humans to follow their passions? Lucca Comics & Games is the perfect link between two eternally fighting questions. Juri Tirabassi
  • Lucca Comics & Games is the place to beTo let your dreams run free. David Gusso
  • The ink flowing on the streets of Lucca makes our dreams come true. Francesco Tamburini
  • Lucca, you're joy and pain, races, waits, delays, hot and cold, smiles and tears, meetings and goodbyes, colours and unforgettable memories. Roberta Giancotti
  • When you feel in the right place at the right time, when anyone can shine without fear, then you know you're at Lucca Comics & Games. Giordano Cruciani