New Delhi: Stories of homegrown comics like the Angry Maushi, a rotund, expletive-spewing, saree clad woman, the village simpleton Suppandi, and of VRICA, a new generation of heroes besides international comics are part of the first ever comic book week in the country.
Beginning July 4, fans can download for free a host of comic book samplers on their desktops, tablets or phones from anywhere in the country for a full one week as part of 'Alto Comic Book Celebration Week'. They can also participate in a fun competitions that could fetch them amazing prizes.
The initiative is an expansion of the 'Free Comic Book Weekend' that has been in vogue from the year 2013 where Comic Con India in association with a host of comic book publishers and online digital content marketplace Readwhere.com provides comic samplers for free downloads.
Jatin Varma, Founder, Comic Con India says, "I am extremely excited to flag off our latest initiative to promote Indian comics and creators and this year we have a week long celebration lined up!."
"We are bringing the latest and the best in Indian comics to fans across the country, in return we hope they will support their local creators and not only download the free comics but also purchase them! Additionally, we have tons of awesome contests and giveaways each from July 4 to July 10!,"
The main publishers participating in the Comic Book Week are Amar Chitra Katha, Chariot Comics, Graphic India, Abhijeet Kini, Campfire Graphic Novels, Holy Cow Entertainment, Meta Desi Comics, Saumin Patel, Shamik Dasgupta among others.
During the week, fans can also also participate in digital activities like Fan Art Contest where they can upload their art and the winner will get a chance to showcase art at the Alto Hyderabad Comic Con on September 24-25 and a Fan Meme Contest where fans can upload memes and the winner set to
receive a brand new tablet.
Fun Trivia Contests, with a new theme everyday is set to reward winners with prizes like merchandise, graphic novels, Comic Books etc from Random house India, Planet Superheroes, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins and Hachette India.
A dedicated micro site set up for the Alto Comic Book Celebration Week also hosts a section titled 'Know your Creators', a dedicated section where people can know more about popular Indian creators and publishers, organisers said.