Comic Con is one event that celebrates all that is geeky about life, be it comics,anime, movies or TV shows. Begun in San Diego way back in 70’s, it is now an annual phenomenon here, in India. It was conducted as a trial in Delhi a few years ago and needless to say it was a smashing success because of which it was then transposed to Hyderabad, Mumbai and Bangalore. Now when the time for Comic-con comes around, thousands of fanboys and girls flock towards these cities to be a part of community that grows with each passing day.
5 Years of Bangalore Comic Con
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Bangalore gets the Comic Con Fever!
Bangalore joined the hosting roster in 2012 with overwhelming attendance. Advertising local talent, stalls with merchandise any fan would kill to have and amazing cosplays it was safe for the organizers to say that Comic-con would be returning to Bangalore in 2013.
2013: Bangalore Comic Con’s Reign begins
Marked the beginning of Bangalore’s official Comic-con with participation of international artists and publishers, workshops, book signings and comic book launches. The organizers planned to make it better than the previous year by supplementing their crowning event- Cosplay contest, with different categories. And they succeeded in terms of turnout,sealing the deal of an annual Bangalore Comic Con or BCC.
2014: BCC crosses a Milestone
In addition to the usual workshops and competitions this time they had international speakers to conduct the workshops. They had got Dan Parent, an American comic book artist and writer best known for his work for Archies Comics; David Lloyd, a British comics artist best known as the illustrator of the story V for Vendetta; Rob-Denbleykar, Co-Creator of Cyanide and Happiness and even got celebrated author Neil Gaiman on a live web-link. Needless to say the 2014 BCC was the most successful yet.
2015: BCC gets the “IT” factor:
Celebrating its grandest hosting with double the floor space and double the entertainment, the 2015 BCC kicked it off with a bang! They got international celebrities like Daniel Portman, best known for his role as Podrick Payne in the award-winning HBO fantasy drama series ‘Game of Thrones’ and Natalia Tena, known for her role of Tonks in the Harry Potter films and Osha in Game of Thrones for talks and photo-ops, as well as actors like Rana Daggubati and Tamannaah Bhatia who participated in a special session on their (then) upcoming film ‘Baahubali’. With live chats with prominent figures of the Comic book world and photo opportunity with the “Iron Throne” from “Game of Throne”, cosplay competition and the biggest addition of 2015- an exclusive IESL Gaming Arena with Xtreme Gaming,spread across 200 sq meter- 2015 was a golden year for the Bangalore Comic Con.
2016: An Ode to Comics
2016 saw the BCC sticking to its roots by commemorating comic books. The Cosplay element was given more importance and that was quite clear with amazing, innovative and surreal costumes fans came up with. Making Cosplay more of a norm in Bangalore seemed to be the focus of the event and it did so with flair. Interactions with comic book celebrity speakers Joe Harris, Jim Demonakos and Todd Nauck, photo ops with storm troopers and in “Doctor Strange’s Cloak of Levitation”, kept it strictly old school.
2017: What next?
This year’s ‘Con’ is still to announce its intentions although the guest speakers are a class act,with celebrities like Scott Hampton (artist of Batman,Sandman),John Layman (writer of Batman, Fantastic Four), Gavin Aung Than (creator of Zen Pencils), Sailesh Gopalan (Creator of Brown Paper Bag comics) and many more, it promises to be quite extraordinary. So you’d better grab those tickets (with guaranteed goodies) fast….I’ve already got mine!
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