Fans of comic books have had quite an eventful summer this year. First, they were treated to The Avengers, then came Spiderman, hot on the heels of which came Christopher Nolan’s epic, The Dark Knight Rises. Fanboys and girls are in for a further treat with Comic Con India.
After the success of the last year’s event, Jatin Varma, founder, Comic Con India, plans to continue with an annual version of the event. “Looking at the London Film and Comic Con and the San Diego Comic Con held every year, it was time to start such a convention in Mumbai, and tap into the niche market of comic fans here,” says Varma.
Like all good superheroes, Comic Con too has gone ahead and got itself a surprise sidekick — films. Movies based on comics rule the boxoffice and Bollywood seems to be cashing in on the trend — but the other way around. “Films like Don 2 (2011) and Ra.One (2011) have seen the story of the movie being continued in comic books,” says Jatin. Uday Chopra has also recently launched a new label of graphic novels called Yomics, based on Yash Raj films like Dhoom (2004) and Ek Tha Tiger (2012). “Since Mumbai is the hub of the film industry, we wish to involve them (the fans) in as many ways as possible,” he adds.
This year’s Comic Con will feature sneakpeeks and previews of upcoming films, both Indian and international, of all genres. The convention will also include workshops with artists of comics and graphic novels, costume plays, book launches, and will offer sale of merchandise and comic books. There are also prizes to be won. “Since Mumbai is full of creative people and businesses, we will be focusing on promoting the graphic novel work of local comic creators and artists, and film companies trying to produce such works,” says Jatin.
The Film and Comic Convention will be held on October 20-21, 2012 at World Trade Center, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai.