What is Comic Con?
It’s a convention about Comics! But its not just limited about Comics! Yes, primarily its about Comics, but as we all know, that Batman, Superman, X-men, Spiderman and all these have already taken over our entertainment in a big way. They are not limited to just Comics, but are in Movies, TV series, Books, Merchandise, games and what not! Comic Con, or Comics Convention, started in San Diego way back in 1970, and still goes one as one of the biggest event every year! But hey, Comics fans are everywhere and no one can stop them to organise their own Comic Con in their cities! So, we have Comic Con happening in New York, Baltimore, London, Emerald City and more.
Why a Comic Con India?
Yes, there are many Comics fans in India. We started with foreign comics when Indrajal Comics started publishing Phantom, and then generations grow on staple diet of Comics! There was a gap in between with new medium of entertainment like TV and Video Games make their way to India. But the recent scene is different. We have existing publications like Diamond Comics and Raj Comics still getting strong, with Raj Comics recently changed their style, art and storylines! Their Nagayan series was another example of this change! Amar Chitra Katha is back in business, with not only Comics, but DVDs, TV series and a motion picture as well. Then we got Vimanika Comics, another success story of bringing out more and more titles based on mix of Mythology and Fiction! They got Moksha and The Sixth published and liked by a lot of fans, and followed by some great line up including Kalki, Shiva, Dashavataar and so on! Then we have got another player, Comic Jump, whose co-founder Shreyas wins UTV’s business reality show The Pitch with the idea of Comics publication! There are various others, like Comix-India, who is yet to find a publisher, but still published 4 issues of independent Comics in India, using direct order to print service. So, the situation is different, and its not just a reboot of 70s comics era in India, but a fresh beginning of Indian Comics Age! We have so many Indian publications, artists, writers contributing to original stories for so much Indian Comics, and not just rip-off from western superheroes. The art is fresh, stores are fresh and original, this is keep getting better and better.
I remember when MTV started in India, I told my friends, that India will need its own MTV, and not just one channel playing English songs all day long! Those were the days when we were just beginning to see MTV, Prime Sports, Star TV and CNN. We just had two 30 min song diet from our very own DD, called Chitrahaar and Rangoli. Most of the Cable operators were just using one or two channels to show all the 4-5 channels, by switching it from their side 3-4 times a day. So, you may get MTV in the morning, then Star TV in afternoon and CNN in the evening… something like that. My friends laughed at me, and mentioned that I need to fix my brain, and stop dreaming! Well, now we have our very own MTV, and a lot of other music channels! But this is history. So, why am I mentioning this here? The logic is quite clear, with the similar boom happening in Comics space, we need our very own Comic Con in India! And my dream, like the MTV one, has come true again! We are having own very own, first ever, Annual Comic Con India! Its happening in Delhi! Its happening now! The two days event is on 19th and 20th Feb 2011, that’s the coming weekend! It’s a must attend event for comics fans in India. Even if you are not a Comics fan, if you are in or around Delhi, and got some time in hand, you should visit the event!
What’s in store @ Comic Con India?
And below is the list of Events for 19th February 2011, the first day, please note that the below image is taken from Comic Con India official website, so the "Read More" links on image will not work. You can always visit the official 19th Feb Even webpage for more information. I have given the details of these events below this image:
Highlights of some of the events on 19th February 2011, Saturday:
Now the second and concluding day on 20th February 2011, Sunday. Again, the links on image will not work, but I have given the highlights of events below the image:
Highlight of Events on 20th February 2011, Sunday:
Then, there is Contest for Best Dressed Comics Character, where every participants will get a surprise gift, with great prizes for winners! And the best news is, this contest is on both days, so double the chances of winning!
You can get more detailed and latest information on Comic Con India official website!
I am going to be there, all day long, for both days! With so many events, I am still thinking how am I going to visit the stalls? I am not able to decide which event to miss, so that I can visit stalls, meet artists, writers, and buy some comics! Let’s see what I can do! But if you are coming, chances are you will meet me at the centre, where the workshops are being held!
Make your plan to attend it, be a part of history! Remember, this is First Annual Comic Con India! You can always attend next year, but that won’t be the first one!
Be there on 19th and 20th Feb, at Dilli Haat, New Delhi (Opposite INA Market).
[I am not associated with the event organisers, or any other comics publisher. I am just a comics fan, and wants to show my support to the event! I have used information and images from Comic Con India website, including the event list and participants. If anyone think I am violating any copyright, please do let me know and I will remove the objectionable portion/links from my Blog.]