For the second edition of the Mumbai Film and Comics Convention (MFCC), organisers Comic Con India decided to give the much-loved event a filmy twist. Filmmakers, graphic novelists, illustrators and over 20,000 comic lovers thronged to the World Trade Centre in Cuffe Parade for the two-day festival.
On the first day, author and artist Abid Surti launched the latest issue of his Indian Comic Journal. Draupadi, the latest in the mythological series by Campfire, was also launched, alongside 10 other books from the silver jubilee special edition of Nagraj and Dhruva by Raj Comics. “We wanted to do something special for this year’s Comic Con. It is the perfect platform for us to meet comic lovers,” said Manish Gupta, Raj Comics.
Apart from comics, films were an integral part of this year’s Comic Con. Veteran director Kundan Shah spoke about his hit comedy Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron on its 30th anniversary. Actors Shazahn Padamsee, Jiah Khan, Rajat Barmecha and Ayushmann Khurrana also made their presence felt.
Several graphic novelists also launched their books at the event.
“Comics are no longer just illustrated versions of Hindu mythology. There are newer characters, interesting stories and great illustrations. They are no longer meant only for children,” said Abhijeet Kini, who launched his self-published comic Angry Maushi at the MFCC.
Marvel and DC Comics, among others, had set up their own stalls. “Everybody had a wonderful time. The merchandise as well as the interactive sessions were a great hit,” said Jatin Varma, founder, Comic Con India.