Even as we try to figure out just how many people attended New York Comic Con and whether that number is really more than Comic-Con International’s 130,000, more than 400,000 people descended on Lucca, Italy, over the weekend for Lucca Comics & Games.
Paid attendance to the annual comic book and gaming convention was 240,000, but local reports indicate an additional 200,000 people flocked to the Tuscan city. As you can see from the photos provided to ROBOT 6 by art dealer Sal Abbinanti, the streets were jam-packed with people
— so packed, that the city of 87,000 closed the gates. Some attendees even climbed the city walls.
Founded in 1966, Lucca Comics & Games is the second-largest comics festival in the world, behind Comiket, the twice-yearly event in Tokyo that draws more than half a million people.