When was the last time you read a comic book? Whether your answer is yesterday, a few years ago or back in the ‘80s, a visit to the Comic Con Express at the World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, promises to be an exciting affair and the first of its kind in the city.
Comic Con Express is the travelling version of Comic Con India, the annual comics convention in Delhi which began last year.
Jatin Verma, founder of Twenty Onwards Media and Comic Con India, said, “We thought the event would be smaller in scale, but it’s actually turned out to be much bigger than the Delhi convention.”
The convention will feature 47 exhibitors, including publishing houses and independent artists, and 15 exclusive titles will be launched during the two-day event.
With the foremost aim of increasing local interaction between artists, publishers and readers, the convention also promises to be a treat for comic book lovers who will finally be able to put face to the names of their favourite Indian artists and writers visiting the convention to hold workshops and interact with fans.
While the Delhi Comic Con was geared towards adult comic book lovers, the Comic Con Express is bringing many more attractions for children, including exciting toys and merchandize. “We’ve realised that children will be future comic book fans who in turn will help bolster the comic book and graphic novel industry. So we have quite a few things lined up for them,” said Verma.
The convention will also see some international presence with Disney and Marvel coming on board as exhibitors. In addition, Indian comics publisher Vimanika Comics will be launching their first-ever international title War of the Independents, featuring over 200 Indie superheroes, at the convention.
But it’s not all big business for big players, insists Verma. “There will be several independent artists setting up their stalls and promoting their work.” In an industry where small-time artists and publishers must often depend on the internet to make a living, the Comic Con Express is the ideal platform to boost one’s visibility and even get ‘discovered’.
And what if you’re not really a comic book fan but still curious to check out the convention? “It’s actually these people that Comic Con Express wants to target. We would love for them to come and reconnect with comics like Amar Chitra Katha and Diamond comics which they read as children and hopefully, rekindle their love for the genre,”said Verma.