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Published: November 29, 2015 12:02:02 AM

Since its launch in Delhi in 2011, more than 1.5 lakh enthusiasts have been part of Delhi Comic Con, a celebration of popular culture from around the world.

Since its launch in Delhi in 2011, more than 1.5 lakh enthusiasts have been part of Delhi Comic Con, a celebration of popular culture from around the world. This year’s edition—to be held in the capital from December 4-6—too will be dedicated to producing world-class celebrations of pop culture. There is a spectacular line-up of events, including book launches, experiential activities/zones, fan sessions, special panels, art installations, cosplay contests and gaming tournaments, along with comic book and pop culture merchandise that will be available for sale. “I am extremely excited to unveil the fifth edition of Delhi Comic Con, especially after a gap of 22 months. Each year, we build the biggest show with hundreds of participants, guests and celebrities from India and around the world. This year, too, we have tons of surprises and hope to make it the best weekend of the year for all visitors,” says Jatin Varma, founder, Comic Con India.

‘Pop’ular names

One of the most prominent names set to appear this year is that of Kristian Nairn, a northern Irish actor and DJ, who is best known for his portrayal of Hodor in the Game of Thrones series. Having performed alongside pop groups such as Scissor Sisters, he was initially supposed to only be a guest star in season 1 of Game of Thrones, but became so popular that he appeared in the second, third and fourth installments as well.

Other guests expected this year include Rob Denbleyker, co-author, Cyanide & Happiness, a popular series of Webcomics, and Ty Templeton, a Canadian comic book artist and writer, who has drawn a number of mainstream and TV-associated titles. Templeton first received attention for Stig’s Inferno, now a cult favourite, which is a parody of Dante’s The Divine Comedy.

Cosplay contest

Like last year, a major attraction will be cosplay, a costume contest, for which children and adults can come dressed as their favourite comic characters. One winner will be chosen from each of the five categories: comic book/graphic novel, animated series/movie, manga/anime, sci-fi/fantasy and gaming.

New launches

There will be quite a few exclusive book launches, including World War Two by Campfire Graphic Novel, Biography of APJ Abdul Kalam by Nalini Ramachandran, Haunted by Aayumi Production, Holy Hell Issue No 2 by ICBM, VRICA: Ascension Protocol by ICBM, SikhPark by Dalbir, Priya Shakti by Ram Devineni, etc.

Experience zone

There will be a special experience zone at the venue for fans as well, which will have art installations and many gaming areas.

Artiste alley

Featuring talent from all over India, Comic Con will provide an opportunity for fans to interact with artistes, illustrators and designers, including Saumin Suresh Patel, Reshmi Chandrashekhar, Nikhil Das Gupta, Abhijeet Kini, Raviraj Naik, Parth Kothekar, Marcus Santiago and many more. There will be several workshops, interactive sessions and talks by these artistes as well.

Exclusive merchandise

Fans can browse and buy exclusive merchandise of the best and most exclusive international and Indian names, including Comic Con India Store, Funk For Hire, Graphicurry, The Souled Store, etc.

Buddy Pass

This year, Comic Con India has launched a new ticketing category called ‘Buddy Pass’. Priced at R1,750, it’s designed for big groups of people.

Delhi Comic Con 2015 will take place from December 4-6 (11 am-8 pm) at NSIC Exhibition Complex, Okhla, New Delhi. A single-day ticket will cost Rs 350 and will be available at the venue and online.

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