The capes returned back to the closet as Comic Con Express concluded on Sunday. And the end left many Mumbaikars amused. Funnyman Cyrus Broacha revealed that the city, after hosting the first toony convention, will now host the fourth edition of Twenty Onwards Media’s popular Golden Kela Awards (a desi spin-off of Hollywood’s Golden Raspberry Awards) on March 10.
Those that caught most eyeballs at the do included Wonder Bai and the event’s mascot, Wolver-anna (no, not Wolverine with Anna Hazare’s cap, but a south Indian Wolverine). Bollywood became the flavour of the day as three film-inspired graphic and comic books — Don 2, RA.One and Blood Fest in Bollywood — were launched. And though Farhan Akhtar gave the event a miss, opting instead for a book launch via video, filmmaker Abhishek Sharma of Tere Bin Laden fame launched his graphic novel, Munkeeman, with friend Irrfan Khan.
And if SRK’s omni-present promos were not enough, the team behind RA.One also made sure comic fans returned home with a good fill of the Diwali release. Conducting a session on the making of the graphic novel, the last day saw a lot of participation at indie clothes label Inkfruit’s ‘design an avatar’ contest. Says Madhav Reddy, “The workshops were a great idea, but had few takers. People were mostly interested in buying merchandise than graphic novels. It just shows that the comic art form is not taken seriously here.”
Another comic book fan and attendee, Niharika Singh, who was present on both days, says the opening day scored over Day Two. “I went back with my bags full on the opening day. But everything’s sold out today. Also, the books launched on Day Two were already available on the first day. So it was pointless.”