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A Guide to Comic Con India New Delhi.


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Comic Con India starts this Friday and will run from 8th to 10th feb 2013 at Dilli Haat between 12 noon to 7 PM evening, New Delhi. The event is a mega gathering of all comic book lovers and in case you are wondering what the event is then here are some things that you should know before coming here.

Comic Con has a lot of features and sections when you visit here divide your time for enough to visit the whole event properly without missing anything. Also you don’t need to complete each section in single day only. Event will go on for 3 days so take your time and enjoy as much you can.

This year’s Comic Con is unique in its own sense as some famous publications like Top Cow, Self Made Hero, Fantagraphics and few more are coming exclusively in this event. Other than this there is a lot to check out and enjoy. Let’s check out each in short.

Cosplay: Any comic con is incomplete without cosplayers and this is the place where you can be your favorite comic book character without any hesitation.  Comic Con India gives assured prizes to every cosplayers including a golden ticket to five winners and get them chance to visit Dubai Film and Comic Con 2013. The other awards are being costume in Comic book/Graphic novel, Animated Series/Movie, Manga/Anime, Sci Fi/Fantacy and Gaming. Cosplay is a lot of fun so when visiting do try something.

International presence: The big news is that Top Cow publications is going to be present at this year’s Comic Con. Matt Hawkins CEO Top Cow is going to be here and many international artists will take special sessions at the event. World famous Iranian artists and cartoonist Khalil and Amir will be here as special guests who are also authors of graphic novel Zehra’s paradise.

Merchandize: After cosplay Merchandize is the biggest attraction that can go for at Comic Cons. There will be toys, action figures, posters, t-shirts, magnets and anything you wish for. I am already on pocket money saving mode so that I can loot as much as I can. Comic Con India will also announce the launch of its own online store called pop cracker which will be a platform for Comics, Graphic Novels, Action Figures and other merchandizes.

Artist’s Ally: Artist’s ally is the latest attraction added to the event. It will feature a lot of famous artists and illustrators working in this field. There will special sessions held by artists and publishers so if you are an enthusiasts don’t miss it.

New title launch : A lot of exclusive new titles are going to be launched at Comic Con India including Vimanika comics’ War of the Independents 3rd issue and Holy cow entertainment’s Skull Rosary. Also Satya Police written by Mohit Srivastav and Gagandeep Kocha,r last year’s winner of Comic Con India grant

Fun Activities: There are many other fun activities organized at the spot which includes games, quizzes and much more. This time Amar Chitrakatha will be organizing some fun events for children and adults.

Comic Con 2013 a bring a lot with it. Hope to see you there.

The New Age Desi Graphic Novel Industry


I grew up reading my dad’s awesome collection of comic books which consisted of Diamond Comics, Indrajaal Comics and vintage DC/Marvel comics. Later, I got into Raj and now defunct Tulsi comics — and my collection became the ever growing one. In between many small publications came around and went out of business the only because Raj and Diamond comics had a hold on the market for the respective age groups.

The sole reason behind other comic bookcompanies unable to grow up was lack of marketing skills and advertising options. By mid 90s crappy movies based on Marvel and DC comics had started coming, with no connection to the actual comic book interpretation, with simply having the characters from those comics. And even when these American comic books had their own shows on TV,Indian comic book industry stayed in the print area. By this time, Amar ChitraKatha kept printing issues with constantly improving artwork and stories and the only superheroes we had on TV were Shaktiman and Captain Vyom, which failed to create wonders in print. Also, Gotham Comics started bringing Marvel DC and other publications at genuine price, good enough for people to actually buy them, and read them.


Time passed by and during 2006 Gotham comics took a historic step that was said to change the graphic novel scene entirely. Gotham comics tied up with Marvel, and started publishing the story of Spiderman in Indian context. The story about a middle class teen, Pavitra Prabhakar, facing the usual problems of an Indian Teenager; it had marvellous artwork and story.Also, Gotham tied in with Virgin comics and a new line of comic books started coming in under titles, Ramayana 3392 AD had a new futuristic take on the classic story of Ramayana, coming out from the brilliant minds of Shekhar Kapoor and Deepak Chopra. Shekhar Kapoor also created Snake Woman a modern take on legends of Ichadhari Naags,Shakti, Devi, Sadhu etc. For a while everyone had an idea that this is going to change the graphic novel scene in India forever but sadly they all stopped publishing after a while and we returned to the same rusty phase.

After a gap of 2 or 3 years with new ways to advertise and better use of Internet, with the hype around social media, and blogging, we finally have a new breed of writers and artists who are ready to take chances. This started in 2009 when Shreyas Srinivas formed level10 comics and their first comics “The Rabhas Incident” a zombie story based in Bangalore came out. And after all this, the biggest game changer came out — as the first Comic Con India in 2010, Delhi on the lines of American Comic Book Conventions. Comic Con India proved to be a platform for comic book lovers as well as various Indian publishers, to promote their stuff.

Among the many awesome graphic novels, few of the notables are works published by Pop Culture Publishing, which consists of Ud Bilav Manus, Retrograde and Zombie Talkies. While you are reading this, Flipkart would have delivered me my copy of Ud Bilav Manus who is India’s first Bhojpuri Comic Character.

The Most notable name right now in the field of Graphic novels is Vimanika comics which has got a huge fan base in short time. They create modern interpretations about mythological figure with less violence making it suitable for readers of all ages. Their first graphic novel Mokshawas a huge success and they plan to do the same with Shiva and War of Independents. Jungle Book is coming in a new avatar by Campfire graphic novels and Holy cow Entertainment is on with Ravananyan.

While the creative content for these comic books arepretty original, the creators need to take care of the names of some characters, which don’t really sound original.But, anyway, the point being that we are competing right now with international players and a live action movie is needed soon. Two years back a Doga movie was too much in hype but then it all went off.

Comic Con India is the best way to promote but then there can be other ways too,like I got my first issue of Virgin comics after winning them on a radio contest. I also wish someone to reboot the Shaktiman Comic book franchise in their own style and rest of the stuff should look close to the modern Indian society– a graphic novel on CID or Rajnikant won’t be a bad Idea and a lot of work is to be done in the horror field, too. There are parts of Indian mythology which haven’t been touched.

Fans need to support these creators by not comparing them to western books — we are and will be a standalone genre of our own.