The Ultimate pop culture celebration is back here. Comic Con India (CCI) was started with an inaugural show in February of 2011 in Delhi. The first ever Indian Comic Con, as it was called then, was hosted at the open-air craft bazaar, Dilli Haat, in the capital. Held over 2 days, it featured 25 exhibitors and attracted close to 5000 visitors. Over the years since - Comic Con India has expanded to 5 cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad & Pune. It has also successfully attracted over 1,50,000 visitors cumulatively with over 1000 exhibitors at their shows.
Comic con Hyderabad 2016 is just a few days away and is going to be a 2 day event being held from 24th September to the 25th September 2016 at the HITEX International Exhibition Centre in Hyderabad, India. This event showcases products like wide range of comics, chitra katha, novels, graphics, Merchandise, Toys, Games, Films and Animation etc. in the Toys & Games industry.
The first ever convention organized in Delhi was hosted by Twenty Onwards Media. There were stalls that were showcased by several Indian publishing houses, Amar Chitra Katha, Diamond Comics, Level 10, and many other new and upcoming publishers. Several fans, both young and adult participated in the traditionally associated Cosplay, which was India’s first event of this type. Uncle Pai, a renowned educationalist and creator of Indian Comics, particularly, Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Cartoonist Pran, the creator of Chacha Chaudhary and one the most successful Indian cartoonists. There have been Comic Con expresses held in other cities than New Delhi and its popularity in India is growing year by year.
In the Hyderabad Comic Con, they are going to have seven fun zones for the fans, exhibitors and other people attending it. They are Nodwin Gaming Zone, Table Top Gaming Zone, Paintball Zone, AXN Experience Zone, Alto Gaming & Art Zone, WWE Zone, and Wand Training Zone. The special guests list include-
Afshan Azad, an English actress and model, primarily known for her performances as Padma Patil in five of the Harry Potter films.
Nicole Marie Jean, a famous cosplayer, artist, sculptor, and designer from San Diego, California. During the past four years she has traveled around the country for numerous events and conventions as both an attendee and a guest. She has judged a number of contests and been a part of many panels. Nicole has won numerous awards for her costumes both at conventions and online.
David Lloyd, a British comics artist best known as the illustrator of the story V for Vendetta. He started working in comics in the late 1970s, drawing for Halls of Horror, TV Comic and a number of Marvel UK titles With writer Steve Parkhouse, he created the pulp adventure character Night Raven.
Dan Parent, an American comic book artist and writer best known for his work for Archie Comics. A graduate of The Kubert School, Parent began working for Archie immediately after graduation. His writing of the Love Showdown series from 1994 received widespread attention. He has also illustrated Felix the Cat, Barbie, Disney Adventures, and a wide variety of other titles.
Love for comics in India was very strong at one point of time. It had seemed the interest level had dropped down, but it was proved wrong when the Comic Con Express paved its way into India. The glorious days of Tinkle and Chacha Chaudhary would never grow old. As the comic industry abroad made its way in Hollywood, it also led to a way for Bollywood to realize the potential in turning their films into comic book formats. After the release of Ra One starring, Shah Rukh Khan, he released its graphic novel version, G.One- The Journey Begins, and, another film, Shaadi of the Dead, starring Abhay Deol, released its book, Zombie Talkies: Blood Fest In Bollywood. We’ve had some popular on-screen superheroes ourselves, such as Shaktiman, Krrish, Flying Jatt, who have been very popular among the audience of India. Young Indian illustrators like, Abhijeet Kini admit that the growing interest in comic books is mainly because we are exposed to many more superheroes from the West. Earlier we had only heard of Spiderman and Superman. Today, Hollywood films have introduced us to X-Men, Thor, Hulk and Green Lantern. Doga and Super Commando Dhruva, both superheroes, are among popular characters in India, although Kini believes Chacha Chaudhary has been among the more innovative characters to have struck a chord with readers.
Since their inception in 2011, they have steadily expanded the scope of their events by involving the various industries that can help expand popular culture. They plan to continue reaching many more communities of dedicated fans as well as bringing their unique events to many more cities in India. They are dedicated to creating unique events and giving their fans, exhibitors and partners a platform to celebrate their undying love and passion for comics & pop culture.