When Sheldon Cooper broke down after failing to ensnare a ticket to the Comic Con on the nerd fest The Big Bang Theory, we completely understood. And we don't even consider ourselves to be nerds (the IQ, for one thing).
But like all vampires will tell you, we have got a taste for blood. In our case, we tested the waters at the first Comic Con held in Delhi all these years ago, we went to the second one as well and we were hooked by the third edition.
The fourth one begins on February 7 and we can't wait to dress up in our frightening best and scare the living lights out of some unsuspecting person around the venue, Thyagraj Stadium.
Here are the 10 things that make Comic Con a must-attend event.
You can be what you want to be. This line may seem to be right out of a self-help book but it is an apt description of Comic Con. Superheros, vampires, zombies, Disney princesses (if you must), the gaming world stars or whatever rocks your fancy. And even as yourself, if you want to. Now where else can you get to be an adult and dress up? And win prizes for it as well as part of Cosplay (costume contest). Psst, the person winning the first prize gets to attend NY Comic Con on a VIP ticket, no less.
If the world as ensvisioned by Charles M Schulz has been part of your childhood and you have been revisiting it regularly, this Comic Con is for you. An exhibit Inside Peanuts: The Life and Art of Charles M Schulz has especially been brought to India. It deals with Schulz's life and the amazing journey of the characters of the strip. We love you Charlie Brown.
Before we tell you about the international comic book writers who will be coming to India, let's focus on our own Indian genius Pran. That's because before we knew Batmans and Supermans, we shared our summer holidays with Chacha Choudhary, Sabu, Billu and Pinki. Pran will be getting a lifetime achievement award at the event. He will be there and we will be there to applaud. What about you?
The international stars
There is a star-studded list of comic world celebs at
this year. Mark Waid who has worked with both Marvel Comics and DC Comics on titles like Batman,Superman and Captain America. David Lloyd, the British comic artist best known as the illustrator of the story V for Vendetta. Brazil's Gabriel Bá, best known for his work on The Umbrella Academy and Casanova, as will be his twin brother Fábio Moon who also worked on Casanova.
The Comic Con awards
The awards are meant to honour the best talent in India's comics industry. Other than Pran, the iconic Tinkle will be awarded for its contribution to Indian comics and graphic art. There are 10 categories in total and tons of nominations. And we term them as great opportunities to meet the greats and send a whoop.
Want to write a comic or design art for one? Meet the artists behind some of the insanely famous comics? Head to this event as they have a list of sessions and launches planned with the leading artists and writers in India as well as from abroad. These events will be happening throughout the two-day event.
Chakra, from Stan Lee
Bangalore's Liquid Comics partnered with the legendary Stan Lee to create a character Chakra, known as Raju Rai when he is not being a superhero. Chakra-The Invincible is a desi comic series with only the character design from Lee. Liquid Comics will be there.
Shows and merchandise
You will find all the fixtures that you expect at an event like this. From superhero films and nerdy shows to tees and posters, you can do it all. Sherlock, Supernatural, House of Cards and Top Gear are some of the shows you can catch here. The merchandise includes tees, posters, mugs and coasters. Don't miss the Anime and Manga merch too.
The new venue
This time you will be able to breathe when you visit the Comic Con because gone are the cramped quarters of Dilli Haat and 50,000 sq ft Thyagraj Stadium is the new venue. So no longer the feeling of being stuck inside Delhi Metro when it is facing one of its infamous breakdowns, instead just breathe!
There are plans to launch 10 new books which will have something for all age groups.