Comic Con India

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Comic Con India
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Status Active
Venue Dilli Haat
Location(s) New Delhi
Country India
Inaugurated 2011
Organized by Twenty Onwards Media
Website
http://www.comicconindia.com
http://www.comicconmumbai.com
http://www.bangalorecomiccon.com

Comic Con India is the comic-based convention held in India, main edition held annually at New Delhi and express editions annually at Mumbai and Bangalore. For the first time, Hyderabad edition was done on 21 and 22 September 2013. [1]

Comic Con 2011[edit]

Delhi Comic Con 2011[edit]

The first ever convention was hosted by Twenty Onwards Media between 19 and 20 February 2011 at Dilli Haat, New Delhi, India.[2][3][4]

It showcased stalls by several Indian publishing houses, including, but not restricted to, Amar Chitra Katha, Vimanika, Diamond Comics, Kshiraj Telang, Manta Ray, Level 10, Campfire and many other new and upcoming publishers.

The Comic Con lasted for 2 days, and included several workshops, interactive sessions, interviews and speeches by various comic book artists and writers. Around 15,000 people attended.[5] A few animation and multi-media productions had set up their stalls as well, and also conducted seminars about animation design and future of animation industry in India.

The convention was inaugurated by chairman of National Book Trust, Dr. Bipin Chandra.[2][6]

As traditionally associated with Comic Cons, several fans, both adults and children, participated in the cosplay which was one of India's first event of this type.[7]

On the last day of the event, Uncle Pai, a renowned educationalist and creator of Indian comics, in particular the Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by Cartoonist Pran, one of the most successful Indian cartoonists, best known as the creator of Chacha Chaudhary.

Mumbai Comic Con 2011[edit]

The first Comic Con Express was held in Mumbai during weekend of 22 and 23 October 2011. The Comic Con Express is the travelling version of the Annual Indian Comics Convention. The two-day event had 60 participants, 45 exhibits and many interactive sessions, contests and fun events for comic lovers.[8]

Comic Con 2012[edit]

Delhi Comic Con 2012[edit]

The second Annual Indian Comic Con was held from 17 to 19 February 2012 at the same location i.e. New Delhi.

Bangalore Comic Con 2012[edit]

Express Edition of Comic Con was held in Bangalore on 8 and 9 September 2012. On 28 July Comic Con India in association with Mocha (Coffees & Conversations) organised a "Special Session With Sufi Comics" was organized as a setting-stage event for Comic Con Express Bengaluru[9][10]

Mumbai film and Comic Convention 2012[edit]

Express Edition of Comic Con was held in Mumbai on 20 and 21 October 2012.[11]

Comic Con 2013[edit]

Delhi Comic Con 2013[edit]

The third Annual Indian Comic Con was held from 8 to 10 February 2013, with the location remaining the same i.e. New Delhi.

Free Comic Book Weekend 2013[edit]

Online digital content marketplace Readwhere partnered with Comic Con India to launch a new initiative called Free Comic Book Weekend, to allow Readwhere users to download Indian comics for free on 4–5 May 2013.[12][13]

Bangalore Comic Con 2013[edit]

After the tremendous response at Comic Con Express in 2012, Comic Con India, the event organisers, held a two-day annual Comic Convention in Bangalore. Bangalore's first annual Comic Con India was held on 1 & 2 June 2013 at Koramangala Indoor Stadium, National Games Village.[14][15][16]

Bangalore Comic Con 2013 had lot of attractions with the presence of celebrities, stalls of Vintage Comics, Madhuvanthi Mohan's sketches, Hysteria Store selling official merchandise and book launches from popular Publishers like Holy Cow, Campfire Graphic Novels and Manta Ray. [17]

Comic Con 2014[edit]

Delhi Comic Con 2014[edit]

The fourth Annual Indian Comic Con was held at Thyagaraj Sports Complex, Delhi from 7th to 9th of February 2014.[18][19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Comic AFFAIR". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Now, a convention for Indian comics Hindustan Times, New Delhi, 5 January 2011
  3. ^ "A convention for comic book geeks". DNA (newspaper). 13 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "India gets its own Comic Con". The Telegraph. 17 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Singh, Isha (2011-03-14). "India's first Comic Con, real but not surreal | CNN Travel". Cnngo.com. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  6. ^ "Getting comical in Delhi". Hindustan Times New Delhi,. 11 February 2011. 
  7. ^ India to host its first ever Comic Con IBN Live, 13 January 2011.
  8. ^ "Life in a comic book". MiD DAY Infomedia Ltd. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Comic-Con-India-Mocha-Present-A-Special-Session-With-Sufi-Comics". the080.com. 2012-07-28. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Comic Con India presents an exclusive workshop-Sufi Comics-July 28,Saturday - See more at: http://animationgalaxy.in/Newsindetail.aspx?Dept=EvAw&PID=28#sthash.NKreyoF7.w1tVcxso.dpuf". Animation Galaxy. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Sufi Comics launch their second book ‘The Wise Fool of Baghdad’ at the Mumbai film and Comic Convention". CG Wires. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Readwhere Partners Comic Con India To Offer Free Digital Comics". MixedBag Media Pvt. Ltd. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  13. ^ "Free for all". 11 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  14. ^ Shashidhar K J (2 June 2013). "Comic Con homes in on Bangalore". The Times of India. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  15. ^ "Full-on herogiri going on here". Diligent Media Corporation Ltd. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  16. ^ "When Suppandi shook hands with SpongeBob". The Hindu. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  17. ^ "Attractions of Bangalore Comic Con 2013". The Hindu. 
  18. ^ "4th annual Delhi Comic Con: The place to be for Indian cosplay fans". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  19. ^ "Indian Comic Con 2014 Begins - India Real Time - WSJ". Blogs.wsj.com. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  20. ^ http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/a-homegrown-comic-con-highlights-growth-in-local-comics-market/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

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