The 2nd Annual Indian Comics Convention – ComicCon held at Dilli Haat in New Delhi from 17th -19th February 2012 proved to be a big visual delight apart from an exhibition of literary knowledge in the world of Comics ( See Pictures )
Inaugurated by Robert Crumb – the Father of Underground Comics & the GrandFather of Alternative Comics; the 3 day event saw stalls of our favorite as well as to-be launched comics ranging from Amar Chitra Katha, Diamond Comics, Marvel Comics, Mario de Miranda, Avenger, Rovolt, Tiggou, CampFire, Captain Kyso, Sufi Comics, Comics to improve memory, Comics to improve vocabulary, Comics to teach magic tricks, Comics to coach for GMAT….and what-not …with over 80 participants & 22 exclusive launches !!
An interesting launch was that of Aakash Anand’s abstract comic titled ‘Untitled’ – a very 1st of its kind in India
The convention also saw the launch of Delhi’s own special mascot – the SuperKudi – a superwoman with a punjabi touch
Proving to be quite an interactive event ‘Inkfruit’ allowed comic enthusiasts to paint on tee-shirts and take them home; the ‘John Carter’ stall organized a competition wherein people had to lift the ‘Avenger’ sword & the person who lifted it for the longest time won a special prize; CampFire Comics organized a Lucky Draw while participants dressed in the most funky outfit of their favourite character would win a trip for 2 from HongKong Disneyland
While the Mario de Miranda stall brought back a lot of fond memories of Mrs Briganza, there were newbies waiting to be launched and step into this fantasy world -showcasing their exclusive collection for the 1st time at the ComicCon
Also a place to explore talent and generate employment, ‘Tinkle’ is looking out for artists, editors, illustrators, designers,writers; Sufi Comics is looking out for comic artists to work with them & also publishing houses for expansion. Specifics about these positions are available on my twitter handle
Chhota Bheem proved to be quite a hit with young ones as the stall was the most crowded and its merchandise especially Mugs sold out fast.