Comic lovers rejoice! Here's a chance to get your hands on some of your favourite Indian comics for free from the likes of Amar Chitra Katha Campfire Graphic Novels, Pop Culture Publishing, Vimanika Comics, Diamond Comics, Chariot Comics, Orange Radius and Astute Media Vision. The second edition of the Free Comic Book Weekend is presented by Comic Con India in association with Readwhere.com in lieu of spreading awareness of digital comics in India. Readwhere.com will offering a total of (approximately) 15 titles from various publishers. Users will have the option of choosing any five for free. The rest will be available at a very nominal price as a bundle.
Promoting Indian comics
"Just like in the US, where usually on the first Saturday of May, comic shops offer free comics in the form of free sample editions, the aim of this event is to make Indian digital comics accessible to everyone. In fact, Amar Chitra Katha and Campfire Graphic Novels have developed their own apps for downloading digital comics. Anyone accross the globe can download them over the weekend," informs Jatin Varma, Founder, Comic Con India. But why only Indian comics, what about the foreign ones? "Foreign comic publishers aren't present here locally, and since they don't have a presence in India, we can't co-ordinate with them. Moreover, this is an Indian Comic Con event to promote Indian comics," explains Varma.
Comics for everyone
Manish Dhingra, Director and co-founder, Readwhere.com says that the Free Comic Book Weekend is a great opportunity for comic fans of all ages. "Indian comics are not niche anymore and are quite popular. Even if you're an elderly, you can read comics like Amar Chitra Katha, Tinkle, Suppandi, Chacha Chaudary, Pinki, etc. and reminiscence about your younger days. Also, you can get even some of those comics which have gone out of print. Our target audience is not just teenagers but also professionals and senior citizens too," he says.
Entertainment and educational too
If you thought reading comics is all about entertainment, then you're mistaken. Here's another reason why parents can let their kids indulge in comics guilt-free. "Take the case of Campfire Graphic Novels who have come up with very innovative comics with themes of Indian mythology, historical figures and world events. For example, they have the World War One: 1914-1918, where kids can learn about it in a fun way," says Dhingra.
WHEN: May 3, 12 am to May 4, 11.59 pm
WHERE: http://www.readwhere.com/fcbw or download Readwhere App on iOs or Android Phones/Tablets