Hard core comic fans might not appreciate this change: the Mumbai edition of Comic Con this year has been converted to Mumbai Film and Comic Con, with films playing a major part of the convention. So, if you’re in the mood to costume play at the venue (it’s common to sport your favourite cartoon/comic character’s costume at comic cons), you can arrive as Joker or Gabbar.
“Internationally, films and television play a big part at a Comic Con, especially in the US, and as compared to other venues in India, it’s easier to incorporate films in the Mumbai edition. This doesn’t mean there are lesser comics. In fact, it’s bigger this year, on the same scale as our Delhi event with more booths, artists and participants,” shares Jatin Varma, founder of Comic Con India.
What to expect?
Warner Brothers, will hold a preview of one of the most awaited movies, The Hobbit (another great option for Cosplay) and Man of Steel. Loved Gangs of Wasseypur? You can now buy merchandise from the movie, and keep the village dons alive in your homes.
You might have hated the movie, but if you want to see Ek Tha Tiger in a comic avatar, head to Yomics, the comics division of Yash Raj, which will be a part of the event. Film critic Mayank Shekhar will conduct a retrospective panel discussionwith director Kundan Shah, whose cult black comedy film Jaane Bhi Do Yaroon completes 30 years.
He will also host a discussion titled Can Comedy be Subtle. Irock films, producers of Ragini MMS will give a preview of their youth-oriented movies apart from releasing a Bollywood centric calendar. Also, you can speak to creators of Agent Vinod graphic novel.
Comic lovers can look forward to several new releases. One of these will be sequel to Tere Bin Laden director Abhishek Sharma’s book Munkeeman. Mumbai gets a middle class woman vigilante with Angry Maushi by Abhijit Kini, who also conducted a workshop for the convention earlier.
Manga lovers can look forward to the second volume of India’s first Manga style web series beast Legion. Mumbai police get to graphic details with the launch of Mumbai Confidential, a graphic novel based on encounter specialist cops of Mumbai police, by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde. Indian mythology fans can book their copy of Draupadi by Campfire comics. Shopping bills are bound to run higher this year with over 75 stalls at the venue.