Yep. It is that time of the year again. The 21st International BD Festival in Contern is over and once again it was a blast. It has become a routine, a tradition. During the festival, Contern is the place to be for every geek living in Luxembourg and nearby. It is a charming, family friendly festival that has been going strong for 21 years already. And you know what? I feel like it is getting bigger and better (that’s what she said…) with every freaking year. Plus what else are you gonna do? It’s not like there is tons of shit to do in Luxembourg anyways…
This year we were once again spoiled with great artists attending the festival. With ”we” I obviously mean comic book fans. Tanya Roberts (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Roger Langridge (Thor: The Mighty Avenger, The Muppet Show Comic Book) and one of Marvel Comics’ own all-new young guns Sara Pichelli (Guardians of the Galaxy) were for me the absolute highlights of this year’s edition. Never have there been so many artist working on American comic books at any of the previous editions of the BD Festival in Contern. The organizers haven been diversifying their choices when inviting artists which has proven succesful as the line for Sara Pichelli was by far the longest in the entire festival. The organizers probably don’t have the means (speak: money) to invite American artists and therefore should focus on European artists. There are tons of fantastic artists living in Europe and working in the American comic book market. So far the organizers of the BD Festival in Contern have been doing great in choosing which artists they should invite. Finger’s crossed there’ll be as many artists as this year in the next edition of Luxembourg’s biggest geek meeting.
No matter how much fun I had I still have some complaints. Of course I do. After all I am a geek. I have it in my blood to bitch and argue about pretty much anything. Complaint numero uno: David Messina one of the artists I was most looking forward to was missing. Of course this kind of thing happens all the time at every convention and/or festival. The problem I have is that all the organizers of the BD Festival in Contern managed to do was to put a note next to David Messina’s seat claiming he was missing the festival. They could at the very least have posted a message on their Facebook page so that people would have been informed beforehand. At least give us a reason to like you guys on Facebook. There is equal to non information on the page whatsoever. Complaint numero due: Ok I am being kind of picky right now. But it was sooo freaking hot the day I visited the festival that it was becoming really annoying to stay in line. Like every year the artists were placed in the city’s gym hall. Poor souls. I stayed in there for approximately one hour and was already sweating like a pig. It must have been extremely tiring for the artists to stay in there all day sketching and talking to their fans. Surely a few electric fans could have been organized?
Yep. That’s it. There really is not much negative one can say about the International BD Festival in Contern. Everybody is always in a very good mood and helpful. It is a rural celebration of the bande dessinée. A feast. Children will have as much fun as their grown up geeky parents. I dare you to go, no matter if you are into bande dessinée or not, and not have fun. It is fucking impossible. I can already picture myself visiting the festival in a couple of years with my future kids. It is the kind of thing you want to do. Go to the festival with your friends or family and have a good time. It is a festival like none other I visited before. A festival the beautiful city of Contern and Luxembourg can be proud of.
See ya next year Contern!