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Things to do at Comic Con India New Delhi

If this is your first time attending the Comic-Con and especially if you are not from Delhi , don’t go unprepared and unplanned. Armed with some helpful hints and a heaping dose of common sense, this is your guide for the biggest pop culture fest of the Country from feb 17-19 of this month.

1. A camera is a must: Bring your camera fully charged and take as many pics as you can. Believe me when I say its gonna be an awesome experience.

2. Never take an auto-rikshaw: Always go for metro or buses. Auto drivers charge too much and are never genuine instead go for the nearest metro station (INA Metro Station for Delhi Haat on Yellow line). Also you can take the low floor AC buses. For metro get a card made with a 50 rs refundable deposit which will help you avoid queues for ticket.Also the first compartment of every train is reserved for ladies so take care of that.

3. Rip off all the masks: You’ll find people wearing masks hiding there faces,actually that is not recommended but who knows you may find some comic book enthusiast celeb roaming around with all the freedom and without becoming the center of attention.

3. Keep your luggage minimum: Trust me, you are here for the whole day and a heavy baggage may ruin the feel for you making you tired after a while.

5. Make out time to visit nearby places: Planning to be there for the whole day is not a real good idea. Find out the schedule of the con. Try visiting near by places like Kutub Minar, India Gate and such places especially when you have got the metro its like a chid’s play.

6. Delhi Food: When first time in New Delhi you cannot ignore the super awesome snacks over there.Try chaat and Chole Bhatoore, go for a nice place to have some Aaloo k and other special paranthe and lassi is a must.

7. Take part in activities: Take part in the cosplay contest, check out illustrators in action and and grab the new releases.

8. Avoid The Joker: The Joker is a legend and when you plan to go as him you may end up being lost in the crowd or different types of fellow Jokers and your thunder will be gone. Also its comic-con India so better do some research on Indian comic book characters and get into action. Tinkle is giving away prizes for their character cosplays and becoming Chacha Chowdhry, Shaktiman or Kilvish is not that hard. Remember the original you’ll be the more will be appraisal and attention.

9. Don’t get annoyed: You see a Zombie from the pages of Zombie talkies coming after you or a demon straight from the pages of Karna lurking for you. Don’t get angry instead shoot that zombie in the head because that is going to be the only method for your surival. For ladies its kind of avoid thing after all its Delhi and who knows where you find a eve teaser in disguise

10. Keep the collectibles for yourself: Ask a artist or an illustrator to draw for you or the autograph you get. Keep it up with you and don’t go selling it. I have seen people doing that and that too stupid.

11. Don’t annoy the other attendees: Everyone is entitled for their own likes so don’t go like an idiot judging their choice and giving a stupid remark about it.

13. Don’t leave your kids unattended: Kids love running from here to there and its your responsibility to keep them in check so that they don’t get lost. How hard it could be when there are chances of yourself becoming a kid.Also provide them with a name tag in their pocket just in case they get lost in the crowd.

14. Shopping: Its Delhi and like snacks Shopping is a must. The nearest shoppers destination is Sarojini Nagar Market do visit there and don’t forget to bargain.

15. Lighten up and Enjoy: Everyone is there for fun and you should do the same.

Hope my guide comes in Handy and useful to you and I hope that this year’s comic con gives you a lot of memories to cherish about.


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.