One year, we went to visit the comic book Salo Barcelona. As usual, we decided to go the first day a few hours of opening the drawing room that day was party to avoid the crowds that weekend usually occur in this type of event.
On this occasion, the hall of comics featured two spaces: one on the top floor where most exhibitions, table talks and several exhibitors related associations and schools and one on the lower floor where we found the usual met: stands and some other more exposure.
The truth, though I liked the room, in the sense that I liked the exhibits and bought some stuff that had long wanted, I was a bittersweet feeling. Although expanded the space, gave me the feeling that the number of exhibitors has dropped and many of those who were dedicated almost exclusively to merchandising, ie figures, t-shirts and various objects that occasionally had to do more with the manga, movies or video games with the comic.
On the other hand, one of the things I liked comic salon was able to visit the small stands of fanzines, which this year have been conspicuous by their absence, due to the "strike" of fanzineros the vast majority this year decided not to attend the comic book lounge. The reason, so I could read comments of people involved Facebook and some other blog, is given by the high fees that the organizer, Ficomic imposes to hire a space at the event. It is seen that not only space reservation conditions are quite poor but also prices rise every year, making it harder to hire a stand. Besides this type of stands used to be in the worst area of the enclosure, one that is never happened and that you purposely only if you intend to visit.
Having thus gives the impression that the organization ever thinks more money and less on spreading the culture of comics. I understand that after all is an event that is organized for people to buy and spend money, but another problem is the cost of entry, which is 8 € discount if you have some kind. This makes it difficult for many people to think twice before paying the entry for with those 8 € may well buy a pair of comic books in his library forever.
That said, is not the main problem but it all adds up. I remember my first salons of comics in France station Barcelona and even some not so distant that were already on the premises of Fira where going to the salon I was especially excited because I knew it was movement, there were people who cared for you liked them comics, fanzineros wandered around the grounds trying to sell his latest self-published number (I myself have these) and especially because year after year, returned to meet many people who only saw those four days (which times when I could go 4 days at room). The latter is not so easy, we grew older and many of my friends do not go to these shows either by work, family or unable to pay a stand that does not ensure you recover the investment. But first, the salonero spirit ... I notice you're missing. Sure go back next year, I will give it another try. And another one if needed. But for me it is no longer what it was. What was once a single event at Spanish level and a reference even at European level, is becoming "one more" where only the stands of publishers and department stores stand to gain and small The betting and risk their publications whether self-published or unknown authors, do not go so lightly. Hopefully with time things change and lounge back to what it was.
I leave you with a small gallery of random photos I took in the living things that caught my attention. That said, although the feeling of this room has been bittersweet, does not mean that I would pass well :)