Event Review: Comic Con Bangalore 2014

The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk

A very fit Captain Haddock.

A very fit Captain Haddock.

Most of us grew up reading and re-reading The Adventures of Tintin, saving Gotham with Batman, having a glass of milk with Phantom or simply chuckling at Suppandi’s mishaps. Bangaloreans had the honour to relive these wonderful memories and create new ones at the annual Comic Con Bangalore hosted at the White Orchid Convention Centre, Manyata Tech Park, Bangalore. Being a patron of the Comic Con since its inception in Bangalore, I can safely say that this year, it was indeed “Bigger & Better”.

The registration and security check area had zealous crew members giving us a hearty welcome with hi-fives and fist-bumps screaming, “Welcome to Comic Con. We hope you have an awesome time!” With numerous stalls promoting comics, graphic novels and selling cool merchandise, Comic Con 2014 had a plethora of national and international content.

The auditorium was filled with comic-enthusiasts, most lined up to register for the Cosplay Contest which showcased numerous astounding cosplayers who had truly worked hard to emulate their favourite comic characters. There were quite a few cosplayers who had created their costumes from scratch; some took a whole year to finish.

There were about 300 stalls in the convention centre, selling exclusive superhero, football and gaming merchandise including Kook N Keech by Myntra, Wacom, Bombay Merch, Collectors Heritage, Chimp, Planet Superheroes, Lazy Ninja, Graphicurry and Carmocrat. There was even an Amar Chitra Katha castle which housed all the books of the ACK series and also hosted a wonderful ACK open quiz. The Star Wars zone did steal the show, what with actual light sabres and cosplayers as Obi Wan, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.

This year marked the release of more than fifteen Indian titles such as Ravanayan Finale – Part 2,  Aghori – Issue 11, Odayan II – Yuddham, The Kaurava Empire, Rumi by Sufi Comics and The Caravan Prequel.

The best aspect of the convention was meeting some famous artists. David Lloyd, the British comic illustrator and writer of the popular V for Vendetta was thrilled to be in India and was pleasantly surprised to see a good number of comic lovers. Dan Parent, the man responsible for the incredible Archie Comics we all love, and Peter Kuper, the guy who made the amazing Spy vs. Spy novels, were more than happy to interact with their fans. They said that the people of Bangalore were very warm and they thoroughly enjoyed the food!

The man of the hour was Rob DenBleyker, one of the artists of the morbidly funny comic strip, which have, undoubtedly, taken over the internet – Cyanide & Happiness. He not only autographed our posters, but drew us a personal character each. In his interactive session with the audience, he spoke about the history of Cyanide & Happiness, revealed snapshots of the new CnH shorts to be released in November and was truly ecstatic to find an enormous fan base in Bangalore.

With CnH creator Rob DenBleyker.

With CnH artist Rob DenBleyker.

The last show of the day was a superb performance by Japanese cosplayers Miya Tomoko and Akiha Ura from Cure & World Cosplay. New releases, scrumptious food and meeting wonderful people; what’s not to like?

Princess Fiona, away from her swamp.

Princess Fiona, away from her swamp.

A Voice of the Unheard – Chinmayi K. M. (2nd Year, ISE)

India , the world’s largest democracy, tormented by inflation, scams worth thousands of crores, bad economy and tainted by corruption. The current scenario of our country reminds me of Sir Winston Churchill’s vituperative statements “Power will go to the hands of rascals, rogues and freebooters. All Indian leaders will be of low calibre and men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts. They will fight amongst themselves for power and India will be lost in political squabbles. A day would come when even air and water would be taxed.” Incredibly we’ve worked very hard to prove him right.

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Nayaka- the true Indian leader – By Akash S Vakil (2nd Year, TE)

My country sees the best and worst of situations almost every day. The country which worships the female gods also abuses its female population. Although there seems to be significant success in technology and research on one side, but there are slum dwellers trying to make a living on the other side. We as a nation not only win the gold medals, but also bump into terror attacks every now and then.

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Indian leader – One in and for a billion people – By Apoorav Gupta (2nd Year, CSE)

 “When leaders fail to lead, people take charge and leaders then have to follow” – Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General.

This is becoming prevalent with the common man protesting on the streets, holding rallies and joining politics, which was not a common sight just after independence.

Leaders in the pre-independence era sacrificed their comfortable life to fight and die for the country, as they were truly patriotic and honest. Today, we can hardly think of any leader like them. Politics is now considered to be a dirty game. Today, politicians are there in politics only for personal agenda, grabbing money, power and fame, or just because they feel that they have inherited leadership skills from their famous ancestors. Corruption, scams,criminalisation, making ridiculous statements and passing on the blame to others have become so common that they no longer fit under ‘Breaking News’ category.

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India 2014! – By Anusha Hegde (2nd Year,ISE)

Nearly 179 years back, on 2nd Feb 1835 Lord Macaulay while addressing the British parliament said that during his travels across the length and breadth of the country he did not find a single beggar in this country and that the people were of high moral values. From that day, we have indeed come a long way. The moral fabric of ancient India was torpedoed with the materialistic onslaught of the western civilisation and as a result, a corrupt, impoverished, malnourished and illiterate nation beckoned at us and has been left crying for change and salvation.
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Leaders We Deserve to Choose – By Pulkit Chandra (1st Year, EEE)

 “The Great Indian Voting Festival” is just a few months away. And we are braced up for the inevitable slip of topics into the “Indian Politics”. It is a fact that we have stopped caring for the leaders who represent us or our law makers. We are fed up of their scandals and their whole affair of allegations and branding and vote banking. But that is just a thing better said than realized for we are the ones who get to choose yet we consider ignorance as the best option. Continue reading

Review of ‘The Bartimaeus Trilogy’

– By Meghana Mavathur (2nd Year, Civil)

The Bartimaeus trilogy is a fantasy series written by Jonathan Stroud, comprising of 3 books published in series from 2003 to 2005. A prequel was written for the series in 2010.

The series follows the journey of 3 major characters and narrates the story through their perspective. The first of these characters is the namesake of the series, Bartimaeus himself. Bartimaeus is a djinni of middle-ranking power, whose scalding sarcasm and rapier wit make this series a must read. One of the most exquisitely created characters in recent times, he blurs the lines between humour and pathos and keeps the reader enthralled right through the series. It helps that he’s over 5,000 years old and all those years of experience contribute to his sheer sense of snobbishness and self-appreciation. These lines aptly give us an idea of his character, his vice, virtue, hamartia, hubris and starkly scanty humility. 
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