The convention moves to a new venue this year, with plenty of comic book launches, merch, talks by pros and more.
Mumbai’s annual Film and Comic Convention is back next weekend (December 21 and 22). This year, the event’s moving to the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Goregaon. It’s the third comic convention in the city, and by now, Con enthusiasts know the drill. If you’re a Comic Con virgin and planning to make your way to the Film and Comic Convention next weekend, you should check out our Ultimate Guide to Comic Con.
Like other Comic Cons we’ve seen in the city, this one too features its fair share of launches, talks and exhibitors and there’s something for everyone. Stalls by Abhijeet Kini, DC and Vertigo Comics, Marvel, Vimanika and The Pulp Quarterly, among others, should keep the comics fans satisfied. If you’re into cool tees, you can step into stalls by Bangalore’s Hysteria Merch, Contrabrand Merch, Captain Kyso tees and more.
Among the comics being launched at the Mumbai edition of the event are Abhijeet Kini‘s Angry Maushi: Second Bloodi, Manta Ray Comics‘ Mixtape #2 (originally launched at Bangalore Comic Con earlier this year) and more issues of their series Twelve. Among the more offbeat launches this year is The Pulpocracy‘s Pulp Quarterly, a journal dedicated to the Indian comic scene. There’s also Cyrus Daruwala’s I Take This Train Too, a rather sweet book that profiles various types of commuters one finds in the Mumbai’s local trains. Check out some excerpts here.
There’s plenty happening at the Comic Con stage other than the launches, and if you time your visit right, you could sit in on talks by Motion Makers Animation Studio, Japanese anime portal Daisuki and illustrator/filmmaker Shilpa Ranade, who will talk about converting a book into an animated movie. On December 22, Harper Collins will showcase the graphic novel adaptation of Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur saga, and you can also catch a screening of Pakistan’s first animated superhero series Burka Avenger, that’s been making headlines recently.
There are plenty of things to keep you occupied at the Mumbai Film and Comic Convention next weekend, whether you’re a hardcore comic fan or a Con virgin. Check out a full list of stalls here, and a schedule here. As always, there’s also a cosplay contest, and as long as you’re above ten years old and in costume, you could stand to win a ticket to the Singapore Toy and Game Convention. So drop in anytime through the day. Entry is free. Missed out on last year? Get a recap of Mumbai Film and Comic Con 2012 from Aakra-Man, here.