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The Dark Knight and other heroes descend on Athens

The Comicdom Con Athens festival represents the worthy efforts of a group of loyal comics lovers who gradually turned their passion into an institution. The latest edition will be running at the Hellenic American Union in Kolonaki (22 Massalias) from April 8 to 10.

Inaugurated in 2006, the festival has turned into an annual meeting of comics aficionados and offers a great opportunity to get acquainted with the vast universe of superheroes, manga cartoons and graphic novels. As in previous years, the event will feature exhibitions of original works, sketch events, screenings, workshops, presentations of new book titles by local publishing houses, bazaars organized by comics stores and publishers, not to mention the much-coveted Comicdom Awards for Greek artists.

The guest lineup brings to Athens a select group of artists, among them David Prudhomme, creator of ?Rebetiko: La mauvaise herbe,? as well as Chris Ware, the man behind the widely acclaimed ?Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth.? In the festival?s screenings section, look out for ?Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods,? a film dedicated to the leading writer that is making its debut in Greece.

For more than 70 years, the Dark Knight has been one of the world?s most popular heroes. Charming and controversial, the character created by Bob Kane back in 1939 still captivates readers and artists alike through different styles and aesthetic approaches.

?Batman: Yesterday and Tomorrow,? the exhibition going on display at the Comicdom Con Athens is part of a large-scale show which went on display at San Francisco?s Cartoon Art Museum last year. As part of the tribute, original drawings by Bob Kane, Neal Adams, Bob Brown and Joe Giella, along with rare ?Bat-Manga!? pages by Japan?s Jiro Kuwata, originally released in the 1960s, will go on display at the Hellenic American Union?s Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery.

For more information on events, visit www.hau.gr or call 210.368.0052.