Mumbai to host its first convention on comic books
The city will host its first comic convention this October. The two-day comic-intensive affair, featuring publishers, authors, and artists, will be open to the public for free. Bhavya Dore reports.mumbai Updated: Sep 26, 2011 01:06 IST
The city will host its first comic convention this October. The two-day comic-intensive affair, featuring publishers, authors, and artists, will be open to the public for free.
Comic Con Express, a travelling version of the first Comic Con or comic convention held in Delhi earlier this year, will be organised in Mumbai on October 22 and 23.
Ten new books will be launched at the event including 1951 - a series of autobiographical sketches by Mario Miranda, 40 Sufi Comics and an adapted graphic novel version of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book.
"There has been no common platform for comic book lovers so far," said Jatin Vora, 27, founder of Comic Con. "As a business, comics still have some way to go. But a lot more variety is available now and many more people are liking it."
The convention will feature stalls exhibiting, promoting and selling comics, workshops and interactive sessions with authors and artists and film previews.
The comic book culture in India, still in its nascent stage, is taking off. "It has definitely progressed," said Akshay Dhar, who will release his book, Retrograde Novel, at the convention. "People are setting up publishing houses and the number of people reading comics other than Amar Chitra Katha is growing."