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2nd Comic Con India begins this week

books Updated: Feb 14, 2012 20:26 IST
Charu Sharma, Hindustan Times
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If comics were inseparable to your growing up-years and a mention of them makes you nostalgic, the Capital offers you a chance to go down memory lane. With as many as 80 participants, 20 new launches and 35 interesting sessions, the second edition of the Comic Con India is ready to enthrall comic lovers.

Starting from February 17 at Dilli Haat, the event, spread over three days, will feature a bunch of exciting things. Conceptualised by Jatin Verma, the event will provide a platform for aspiring writers and cartoonists to share their work with comic enthusiasts.

“There is a lot of scope in the sphere of comics and graphic novels. The secret agenda of the Comic Con this year is to give independent publishing a platform,” says Verma.

Talking about his plans to garner more readership for comics, Varma says, “You can’t create a superhero all the time, especially when you come from a country where people believe in numerous Gods who have superpowers of their own. So, by making comics more realistic and closer to normal life, we can target a niche area.”

Apart from established Indian and international  publishers, many newbies will also launch their work at the event. Writer Adhiraj Singh, who launched his books Uud Bilaw Manus and Widhwa Ma Andhi Behen, at the previous editions of the Comic Con, says, “It’s an event for aspiring artists to get the right kind of guidance as well as show their work to the best in the industry.”

Another attraction this year will be the Cosplay (costume play), where one can dress up like a superhero or a villain, and win prizes. Apart from titles like The Indian Time Traveller and Suppandi - the TV series, the event will also see international names from the industry such as artist Robert Crumb, Gary Gilbert Groth, an American comic book editor, and, Chris Oliveros, the founder and head of the Drawn & Quarterly.



Many independent animators and authors will conduct interactive sessions including how to make a comic.

Interesting merchandise

Libera Artiste’s DIY paper toys, some really cool T-shirts with an Indian touch from Wear Your Opinion and a lot of personalised merchandise from Bombayarch will be up for grabs

Special tribute

Amar Chitra Katha pays a tribute to its master storyteller - Anant Pai, popularly known as Uncle Pai, with the launch of Anant Pai, Master Storyteller.

Get creative

Dress like a hero (but make sure you give it your own twist, too) if you want to win a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland and more. We list some places from where you can get the super wacky look:

The Costume Shop

The only costume provider at the event, they have a huge variety of superhero costumes such as Superman and Batman, and other dresses like Cindrella and Alice in Wonderland. Head here if you plan to don Victorian and Roman era clothes and accessories.

Price: R699 onwards

Where: They will have a stall at the event venue, but you can also log on to http://www.thecostumeshop.in/

Party Hunterz

Spidergirl, Batwoman, Catwoman — you name it and they have the costume. They also have a wide range of fancy hats, frames and masks that you can get on rent.

Price: Rs. 50 - Rs. 3,500 per day

Where: A-7 Ground Floor, Kailash Colony.

Tel: 9810399239 and 9958055665