The recently held Comic Con Express in Bangalore was a big hit with fans who thronged the stalls to learn more about comics and graphic novels.
It was two days of comics, toys and more for the young and not-so-young Bangaloreans at the first ever Comic Con Express held at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium. It saw a grand response from fans of all ages as they thronged the venue, some in their favourite comic and super hero costumes.
It was not just the activities that attracted children and their parents, but also merchandise stalls, special sessions, workshops and many other activities that were held to celebrate a love of comics.
It also gave a big boost to the comic industry by increasing local interaction and participation.
Fans had a wonderful time taking part in the interactive sessions. They eagerly flocked the different comics, graphic novels’ stalls stocked with merchandise including apparel, toys, mugs, posters and Superhero USB drives. Kids were super excited and also enjoyed the delectable Superhero cupcakes at the food corner. The Cosplay (costume) contest ensured that excitement levels remained at an all-time high.
The two-day fest saw interactive sessions by Nickelodeon, MAAC and UBISOFT India. While Campfire Graphic Novels held their Young Writer of the Year 2012 Awards ceremony.
“There were people dressed as comic heroes like Batman, Captain Haddock, Zorro and all kinds of monsters. In addition, there were many stalls full of comics. The ambience and the number of books made it a very enjoyable affair. It was as if the whole world had been taken over by characters from comics,” said Raghunandan Sriram, a Std. VII student of Sri Aurobindo Memorial School and winner of special mention in Campfire Young Writers Competition 2012.
“I think Comic Con is a great forum for Indian comic writers, creators, and artists to express their talents and also a great place for the comic enthusiasts to meet and interact with one another,” said Tanuj Lalwani, a Std. IX student of Inventure Academy and national level winner at the Campfire competition.