I’m in an animated frame of mind!
Delhi is fast becoming a hub of quirky cultural activities. The Comic Con held at the NSIC Grounds in Okhla, is a haven for geeks of all manner. Now in its seventh year, this relatively small fest has grown by leaps and bounds.
Comic Con originally began in San Diego in 1970, and grew from simply being a convention where comic book lovers gathered, to a multi-genre entertainment meet-up. Many countries have embraced this concept since then. In India, Comic Con is organized in collaboration with Reed Exhibitions, and takes place in 5 cities- Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune.
People dressed as their favourite characters
The Delhi version is currently on and I had a double motive to attend. Having grown up on a steady stream of Archie comics, and a plethora of superhero movies; I’d call myself a partial geek. I also wanted to visit and support my friends Zafar Khurshid, Anant Sagar, Akshay Dhar and Aniruddho Chakraborty, the proprietors of indie comic brand- ICBM Comics.
Zafar and Akshay own Meta Desi Comics and Anant writes and does art work for them. Aniruddho runs his own brand, Chariot Comics. Meta Desi Comics are known for their titles ‘Holy Hell’ and ‘Super Soldier Squad’; while Chariot Comics are famous for their ‘Vrica’ and ‘Damned’ titles. They have now come together to sell comics under the banner of ICBM Comics.
With the Meta Desi Comics boys. From L-R: Akshay, Anant and Zafar
There wasn’t much of a crowd as it was a Friday evening; which was fantastic for easy parking, quick entry and a hassle-free experience. I booked tickets on their website, but they have also partnered with bookmyshow.com (read more about them here). A Comic Con Superheroes poster and the first edition of Archie Comics India were included in the ticket price. The weekend is expected to draw a larger crowd, so be prepared if you plan to visit today or tomorrow.
As always, there were a few people dressed as their favourite characters, as well as many comic book quizzes and giveaways sponsored by big stalls such as Amazon Prime Video and Doritos. If one were so inclined, one could most certainly walk away with a lot of interesting merchandise for free!
L: First edition of Archie Comics in Delhi; R: A treat for Star Wars fans
There was a stage for performances and a large food court. Many interesting special sessions are lined up over the three days. The food court had a mix of cuisines, with the Persian Nooshe Joon being favoured for its rolls, and Flying Squirrel Coffees for its coffee. Unfortunately, you could only pay for all refreshment with top-up cards, which can be a nuisance. There is plenty of seating on offer.
Dreamcatchers for sale!
The comic book stalls were few and far between. The arena was dominated with bookstores and merchandise sellers, with a couple of stalls dedicated solely to dreamcatchers! I’m aware the money is all in the sale of merchandise, but perhaps the convention could focus more on its original métier- comics.
Overall, it’s a well-organized event with plenty for everyone; whether true lovers of pop culture or just people looking for something fun to do on the weekend.
Click here for the session line-up for today and tomorrow: http://comiccondelhi.com/schedule-2/
Days and Timings: 15, 16, 17 December, Friday Saturday, Sunday
11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Venue: NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla
Ticket price: Single- Day passes: INR 499
Super FAN VIP Pass (Phase 1): INR 1499 (SOLD OUT)
Super FAN VIP Pass (Phase 2): INR 1299
Buy tickets on bookmyshow here
Event rating: 4/5