Mumbai Film and Comic Convention organized by Comic Con India, a 20 Onwards Media concern
The 2nd Edition of Mumbai Film and Comics Convention, organized by Comic Con India ended on December 22 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai.
Comic Con India is a platform celebrating the medium which brings together the whole comics industry and related fields such as merchandise, toys, games, films and animation, along with fans of this culture from all age groups.
Jatin Varma, Founder, Comic Con India and 20 Onwards Media is the man behind bringing the concept of a comic convention in India. The first Comic Con was held in 2011 by 20 Onwards Media, a media house founded in the year 2007. While the first edition in New Delhi generated a footfall of close to 15000 people, most recently the numbers have touched 25000 at Hyderabad and 35000 at Bangalore as the convention prepares to expand its presence to other cities across India.
Every comic con organized till date has been a ‘free for all’ affair but seeing the rising number of takers the company is now planning to hold its first ticketed event in New Delhi.
The event had stalls exhibiting, promoting and selling Indian and international comics, graphic novels, special merchandise etc. There were Workshops and Interactive Sessions, screenings, previews and panels from Indian Films every hour at the dedicated stage area with Exclusive launches of Comics titles, book signings, competitions and Cosplay (Costume contest).
There was also meet and greet with Dora, Spongebob and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for kids.
All the superheroes, film and comic characters came alive as fans dressed in their favorite costumes!! The winners received interesting prizes from Comic Con India. Winners got chosen from five categories and won prizes. One lucky winner out of the chosen five won a golden ticket to Singapore toy, game and comic convention 2014.
Jatin Varma, Founder, Comic Con India, shared, “We are extremely happy with the kind of response we are getting at the 2nd edition of MFCC. We are seeing everyone having a wonderful time taking part in the variety of interactive sessions. Fans from all age groups eagerly flocked at the different Comics/Graphic Novels’ stalls. Comics and Movie Merchandise including Apparel, Toys-Action Figures, Mugs, Posters are a huge hit amongst fans”.
Increasing the presence of Manga at this convention is a highlight. There are international participants like Viz Media, IINE Toys, and many others featuring anime merchandise. Daisuki & Banpresto have brought in stuff especially from Japan.
A special quiz as a treat was organised by Amar Chitra Katha for the fans at the fest. “Wonder Bai” got re-launched in a brand new avatar at Mumbai, as the city's convention's official mascot. For the tech fans, there was a special launch of Intuos Creative Stylus by Wacom. Also, there were interactive sessions with Nickelodeon too.
A few known personalities spotted at the event included Luke Kenny, Gulshan Grover and the entire cast of Tere Bin Laden.
The main participants of Mumbai Film and Comic Con are Amar Chitra Katha, Vimanika Edutainment, Pop Culture Publishing, Manta Ray Comics, Holy Cow Entertainment, Chariot Comics, Campfire Graphic Novels, Viz Media, Macmillan Publishing, HarperCollins Publishers India, Mario Miranda Gallery, Orange Radius, DC comics by Random House India, Meta Desi Comics Scholastic India, Marvel and Diamond Select Toys.
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