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Comic start to 2012

entertainment Updated: Jan 01, 2012 01:27 IST
Soumya Mukerji
Soumya Mukerji
Hindustan Times
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The capital kicks off the year with a bevy of pop culture events, with the Comic Con and India Art Fair among the most-awaited.

Chacha Chaudhary, Doraemon and Superman don’t party together in Delhi every day. But, of course, it’s the New Year, so they’re packing in a punch for Delhi at the 2nd annual Comic Con India, featuring everything from comic heroes, books and costumes to toys, talks and games. And, this edition will also see the first formal Indian Comic Awards ceremony.

Spread over three days, February 17-19, the convention at Dilli Haat is expected to see close to 75 participants, including authors and publishers of comic books, graphic artists and pop merchandise exhibitors.

Last year saw 15,000 visitors, from school-kids to those who looked as old as Chacha Choudhary himself. Some came dressed as their favourite comic characters, others lapped up the goodies up for grabs. The total sales amounted to Rs 25 lakh.

“Of course, there’s a long way to go before we can reach the level of the Comic Con in San Diego, but now Delhi knows what this is about, and it’ll be bigger and better,” says organiser Jatin Varma, 27. Comic book author Adhiraj Singh, 23, says, “It’s like a good ol’ mela ... there are fashionable youngsters, chatter, people sitting around and eating … it feels good.”

Apart from live sketching, comic writing and an intro to the gaming industry, this time, an award function a day before the main event will honour the most deserving in categories such as Best Graphic Novel/Comic Book, Best Web Comic, Best Artist and Best Writer. There’s also a Rs 50,000 grant for the best unpublished work of 2011.

“Compared to other cities (the event has travelled to Mumbai), the energy in Delhi is much more; there are more readers and the crowd is much more fun,” says Eshita, co-author of the graphic novel, Munkeeman.

Also look out for:

Passage to the next generation
This Indo-Japanese cultural festival that takes off in the city on January 14, will be a cultural extravaganza, showcasing the best of Japanese culture and its diversity. The three-month festival will include events such as performing arts, exhibitions, a symposium, film screenings and much more.

The festival will commence with the drama - The Water Station, written by Japanese playwright Shogo Ohta and directed by Sankar Venkateswaran, with an all-India cast. There would also be an origami workshop. Next month, Kizuna Festival, the biggest annual Japanese festival to be celebrated at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, will also be celebrated as part of this festival.
When: January 14 onwards
Where: Across various venues
For more, log on to www.jfindia.org.in.

India art fair 2012
The India Art Summit is now India Art Fair. The biggest and the annual exposition of artists both Indian and from overseas is back again with its fourth edition.
The fair will include site-specific sculptures, multimedia installations and interactive art projects meant to engage the general visitors and bring about a spontaneous connection between the art, the spaces and the people. At the last edition of the summit, 84 galleries will be exhibited from 20 countries in 8,000 square metre of exhibition space.
When: January 25-29, 2012
Where: NSIC Exhibition Grounds

The battle of bands
If you want to start the year with a big bang, here’s some good news for you. Presented by Avaroha, an event management firm, the Battle of Bands has invited entries from seven cities, including Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Kochi, Chennai, Guwahati and Delhi. With more than 180 bands having registered so far, the winners of the battle will be divided into two categories semi pro, pro and amateur bands. The entries close on January 20.

To register, email at battle.avaraoha@gmail.com. For more, log on to facebook.com/avaroha.
When: January end

Top attractions-
1. Cosplay — the comic character costume contest
2. Fresh launches from Disney, Amar Chitra Katha, Campfire and Pop Culture Publishing
3. Tees, comic figures, posters and accessories up for grabs
4. Interactive sessions, live sketching and comic writing
5. A comic app for phones and the first Indian Comics Journal

Fact file
What:
Comic Con India
When: February 17-19
Timings: 10am - 8pm
Where: Dilli Haat on Sri Aurobindo Marg, opposite INA market
Nearest Metro Station: INA on the Yellow Line