Comic Con India, in association with Mocha, organised a Comic Workshop at Defence Colony in New Delhi. The workshop was conducted by Harvinder Mankkar, Creative Head, Lotpot and the artist responsible for creating inimitable Lotpot characters. A lyricist, a script writer, ad film maker and a cartoonist, Mankkar has set a benchmark in the field cartoon artists. He took the audiences through the story behind Lotpot's iconic characters, Motu, Patlu and Jhatka Ghaseeta. Talking about the objective of the exercise, the multifaceted cartoonis remarked, “The workshop was conducted specifically for the children and parents along with many comic enthusiasts. Our agenda was to instil in children the habit of reading.
The new generation is so much into gadgets and technology that they have lost touch with the habit of reading. Lotpot stories have elements of comedy and strong messages, which are very important for the kids of today.” By far Motu, Patlu and Jhatka Ghaseeta are the only comic characters to have inspired puppet characters, muppet shows, 2D and 3D films. The main characters in the recent film Toonpur Ka Superhero were also based on Lotpot characters. The workshop encouraged the tradition of comics and comic reading. It was a build up to the Comic Con Express Mumbai, which is scheduled to happen in Mumbai on October 22 and 23.
Comic Con India will be conducting similar workshops nearly every weekend, in different cities. And the second Annual Indian Comic Con is to be held in Delhi in February next year.
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