Updated Mar 03 2023
Barcelona’s International Comic Fair, officially known as Còmic Barcelona, is one of the events that attracts the most people each year. The vast majority of its loyal visitors come from the city or province of Barcelona.
Even so, there are many comic and graphic novel fans who every year travel from other parts of Catalonia, as well as from other parts of Spain, to attend what is surely one of the most important events organised in the city.
2023 edition of the Barcelona International Comic Fair
Fair’s details and figures
Dates: from March 31 to April 2, 2023.
Opening hours: from 10am to 8pm.
Where: Fira Barcelona Montjuïc (Pavilions 1, 2, 5 and Plaça Univers).
€ Entry price: €10.
€ Reduced price: €8 online and with €10 with the Carnet Jove, for over 65 years old or holders of the Targeta Rosa (Rosa Card). €7 for children under 12 years.
€ Free: under 4 years old.
Barcelona has always been a very literary and creative city, so it is not surprising that its relationship with the world, or rather, Comic Universe, comes from afar. This has contributed greatly to the great work of promoting and spreading the culture of the comic and graphic novel that makes Barcelona International Comic Fair.
The Fair first took place in 1981, when it received a huge number of 12,000 visitors. The number of attendees at the Còmic Barcelona, which has been held at different venues throughout the city’s history (França Train Station, Les Drassanes, El Born, Fira Barcelona Montjuïc…) has not stopped increasing since its first year, reaching almost 120,000 the previous year.
Ficomic, created by the association of comic book publishers in Spain, is the entity that, from 1989 to date, organises the Barcelona Comic Fair. In addition, since 1995, the association has also been in charge of another great festival related to the sector, the Manga Fair in Barcelona.
Where can I buy tickets for the Comic Fair?
Tickets to attend the Barcelona Comic Fair can be purchased online in advance or at the ticket offices on the day of the visit. Due to the long queues that usually form at the ticket offices, and that join those that sometimes have to access the venue later, from irBarcelona we recommend buying tickets online on the official website.
To do so, you have to choose between a general ticket or one of the discounted tickets, and then select the day of the visit and proceed to payment. After purchasing, tickets are sent directly to the email address provided. These must be shown, either on paper or on the mobile phone or tablet screen, to the staff located at the entrances of the venue (not at the ticket office).
Without a doubt, one of the attractions of Barcelona Comic Fair is the great atmosphere enjoyed during the days of the fair. The most diehard and enthusiastic fans, who we could even affectionately call “freaks”, are the ones in charge of filling the Comic Fair with colourful costumes and various outfits.
For the rest, the fair is full of groups of young and not so young people, couples, parents with their children and grandparents with their grandchildren, people who go alone… and all wanting to spend a good time at any of the stands to, of course, buy a lot of comics and merchandise of their favourite characters.
And as a piece of advice…although you may not be fans of the comic genre, if you have a friend who is and they ask you to go with them…don’t hesitate to accept, we are sure that you will love it and that you will end up repeating in future years.
Activities, exhibitions and invited artists
As happens every year, different exhibitions and themed exhibitions are organised, as well as talks and comic book and graphic novel signings by many representatives from all areas of the genre.
So, the best national and international artists (both writers and cartoonists), producers, scriptwriters and publishers of the sector meet at the Comic Fair in Barcelona to the delight of all their fans.
Barcelona Comic Fair 2023 exhibitions and shows
To find out more about the full programme of activities, talks and signings of the different authors present this year 2023, take a look at the official website of Barcelona Comic Fair (link in the highlighted block a few lines below).
Artists invited to 41 Barcelona Comic Fair 2023
Comic Kids is an area for children aged 5 to 12. In this space at Barcelona’s Comic Fair, the little ones will be able to entertain themselves and have fun with many different options and educational activities related to the world of comics. Without a doubt, it is one of the most popular places at the comic fair for children and families.
Official information of the Barcelona Comic Fair 2023
Map and how to get there
Espanya (Lines 1 and 3).
Lines 13, 23, 27, 37, 46, 50, 55, 65, 79, 91, 109, 150, 165, D20, H12, H16 and V7.
By car or motorcycle
Because of the large crowds and the difficulty in getting around, it is not advisable to travel by car. And if in the end you decided to travel by car, it can be very useful to reserve a parking space online.
Motorcycles can be parked in the street, although it is advisable to do so at a considerable distance from the two Barcelona Venetian Towers, located next to Plaza España (square). It is also a good option to park your motorcycle in a monitored car park.