This year’s convention, the event held yearly by the cultural association Avantcomic, aimed at promoting glide gear activities associated with comic art, creating different points between authors, publishers, other professionals in the industry, and not the least, the fans of the comic world. Now on its fourth run, Avancomic 2010 will feature Miguel Gallardo and Richard McGuire; both are regular track slider contributors to publications like The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, and The New York Times. Previous Avantcomic events were held at The Lit House in Madrid. The two-day international hand held camera stabilizer meetings have featured publishers, authors, and illustrators such as Tommi Musturi (Finland), Edmond Baudoin (France), Ulysses Culebro, Liliana Cupid, Andrea Bruno Chieregato Edo of the Canicola group (Italy), José Muñoz, Dan Nadel, Lorenzo Mattotti, Dae-Joong, Eun Sung, Kiko da Silva, Angel Street, Jean-Christophe Menu. The first ever Avantcomic, held in 2007, was actually a four-day steadicam stabilizer event with a theme centered around “The Future of Desktop Publishing” and how it affects everyone in the video camera dolly tracks industry, from writers, illustrators, editors, graphic designers, publishers, etc. It featured presentations, workshops, roundtable discussions, and exhibitions. This year’s Avantcomic will be the first to be held at the Matadero Madrid. On the 8th of October, Miguel Gallardo, who is known as a regular contributor for the La Vanguardia newspaper and other publications both in Spain and abroad, such as the Herald Tribune and the New York Times. He also designs covers for leading Spanish publishers. Miguel Gallardo is an award winning artist, he has two from SND (Society of Newspaper Design), one Serra D’Or for “What’s Wrong with this Child?” and a press award for his illustrations APIC in La Vanguardia. On the 9th, Richard McGuire will take on the spotlight. He is a regular contributor for The New Yorker and has written and illustrated children’s books. He first garnered attention for his work when it was picked up by Art Spiegelman for the radical magazine Raw. McGuire’s work has since appeared in The New York Times, Le Monde, Libération, and McSweeney’s. His imaginative take on time and space has also made its way into animation by way of his work on Peur(s) du Noir film.