Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (PG), Pune hosted a workshop recently at its campus, in association with Comic Con India.
Comic Con is not only gaining popularity across the country, but is also providing Indian publishers and illustrators a thriving platform and fans access to some exclusive content and merchandise.
Recently, the Comic Con held in Delhi showed us that Comic Con has finally arrived in India, but is it only Delhi?
Nah uh, sure Comic Con India started in Delhi but the express has expanded to cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Pune this year.
Finally here comes a platform for Indian fans to understand how comic books are made, discover the creativity of indigenous artists, and find out that there’s more to comics than Marvel and DC.
Yep, Jatin Varma, the founder of Comic Con India said that Indie comic developers will have to release three (yes three!) new titles every year and they’ll get free stalls, promotion and branding at all Indian Comic Cons and it starts this year in Hyderabad!
The Alto Comic Book Celebration week, according to Jatin Varma aimed to clear the misconception that comics are only for children. He says that that isn’t true—a lot of the themes dealt with are for young adults and older readers.
It included workshops that gave artists a chance to win a free artist table through the fan art contest.
A workshop was also conducted at Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication, Pune which happened to be the first Indian college to host a Comic Con event.
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“We started a free comic book weekend in 2013 to reach out to more people,” said Jatin Varma.
It has been already a three-year partnership between the two entities and they aim at the democratization of the publishing process.
Comic con acted as a platform to connect Indian fans with their favorite comics and their respective merchandise well before Amazon launched in India.
Fans used to and still do eagerly look forward to Comic Con every year to buy cheap merchandise and meet various prominent figures involved in the comic book world.
Saving the best for last, before Comic Con, it was not normal for the Indian youth to dress up as their favorite characters unless it was for a “fancy-dress competition” or Halloween.
Cosplay in itself acts as an art form that combines a person’s individual characteristics along with the costume or avatar of their fictional alter egos.
Comic Con provides us with that opportunity to identify with our favorite characters once every year.
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