Cosplayers shine as Comic Con draws to a close in Delhi
The event drew large crowds as expected on its concluding day, so much so that the parking enclosure was full by 3pm and had to be closed.delhi Updated: Dec 11, 2016 21:18 IST
Free hugs near the entry gate, high-fives by volunteers on the ground and a chance to shake a leg with your favourite cosplay stars — these were some of the things visitors were treated to on Sunday as the Sixth Delhi Comic Con drew to a close. The three-day fest was organised at NSIC Grounds in Okhla.
The event drew large crowds as expected on its concluding day, so much so that the parking enclosure was full by 3pm and had to be closed.
The ongoing demonetisation drive also seemed to have had little impact on the enthusiasm of the hundreds, who streamed in. There were long queues at the cash counters and most visitors happily paid Rs 375 in precious Rs100 bills.
Vendors accepted plastic money and e-wallets for posters, masks, watches, T-shirts and other merchandise as well as food.
“We at CCI have been preparing to tackle issues related to demonetisation for the last one month along with our partners and exhibitors. There is a centralised credit/debit card payment centre and many exhibitors are accepting payments via various e-wallets,” said Jatin Varma, founder, Comic Con India.
On Sunday, the guest list boasted names such as Tom Richmond, caricaturist and cartoonist for Cartoon Network and National Geographic, DJ Elliot, the official World Disney World DJ and actor Rana Daggubati, who unarguably stole the show with dialogue renditions from his superhit movie Baahubali: The Beginning.
One of the other main attractions of the event was the first of its kind WWE zone. At the WWE zone, fans were given a chance to walk the grand stage with the music of their favourite WWE superstar playing in the background.
The last day of the event also saw crowds thronging stall 114, allotted to famed Garbage Bin studios creator Faisal Mohammad, who is known for his humorous comic strips featuring Shaan, Guddu and Luncher Paaji.
“I have been taking part in the Comic Con Delhi’s Cosplay event for the last two years. Though the event has been wonderfully organised this year, the crowd count seems to have thinned a little. It might be due to the ongoing cash crunch,” said Jyoti, who had dressed up as Greek Goddess Athena from Japanese manga series Saint Seiya, which she said took five days to design.
Gaurav, or V from V for Vendetta as he likes to be called, however, disagreed. “This is my second time participating at this event and the crowd has increased this year,” he said. V later coyly added that though he liked his costume, he would vote his friend Akanksha — who had dressed up as DC comics supervillain Harley Quinn — as the best cosplayer at the event this year.