New Delhi | 12th December 2019: The capital is ready to host a marvellous weekend filled with all things geek and pop culture. Comic Con India, India’s greatest pop culture experience, is back with its premier edition of the Delhi Comic Con convention. Biggest among all, 9th edition of Delhi Comic Con will be held from December 20 th to December 22 nd 2019 between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm at NSIC Exhibition Ground, Okhla. Sponsored by Maruti Suzuki Arena, the three-day-long extravaganza is all set to unravel a roller coaster ride for the city’s fandom community – powered by an awesome line-up of Indian & International creators, performances, meet & greet sessions, and gaming and experiential zones from the world’s leading studios.
Tickets for 9 th Maruti Suzuki Delhi Comic Con 2019 are available on the Delhi Comic Con Website (https://comicconindia.com/delhi/) and will be available on-ground at the venue as well. This year, the passes for the event are packed with tons of exclusive collectibles. The Single Day Pass, priced at an online-only price of INR 599 will come with a limited-edition Archie Comic, a Marvel Avengers Bag and an exclusive poster. The SuperFan Two-day Pass, at an online-only price of INR 1999 will enable entry on both days and will have a specially crafted SuperFan Box, loaded with a Thanos Funko-Pop, Iron Man tee, Avengers bag, a Captain America badge, a limited-edition Archie Comic Book, an exclusive poster.
This year, the popular international artists marking their presence are Melbourne-based digital artist Kode Abdo, better known as #Bosslogic; Illustrator Chad Hardin who works for DC Comics and Harley Quinn series; and Asian American artist/designer Bernard Chang, who has illustrated books for Marvel and DC Comics, including X-Men, New Mutants, Cable, Deadpool, Superman, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman. He is currently drawing DC Universe Presents: Deadman, which is part of the new DC 52 relaunch.
Joining them at the show will be the leading Indian comic book publishers, illustrators and writers like Abhijeet Kini (Abhijeet Kini Studios), Gaurav Basu (Acid Toad), Vivek Goel (Holy Cow Entertainment), Rahil Mohsin, Shubham Khurana (Corporat Comics), Ravi Ahuja (Bullseye Press), Saumin Patel – and creators of immensely popular Indian webcomics like Sailesh Gopalan (Brown Paperbag Comics), Bhagya Mathew (Awkwerrrd) and Sumit Kumar (Bakaramax). The main Arena stage, which gets a major revamp this year will witness some exclusive live performances by popular music artist Beatboxer Ish, dance performing crew MISBA, mentalist Karan Singh, comedian Abish Mathew, Rahul Dua and Sumiara Sheikh.
“Organising Comic Con in Delhi will always be close to my heart as we did our inaugural show in the city nine years ago. The city has the most enthusiastic comic book fans and cosplayers, who take this celebration of their beloved fandoms very seriously. This year we have some special guests, new launches, and experiential zones. This year, we wanted to align our Cosplay competitions to international formats, and we have introduced two new formats of cosplaying, which will certainly delight the city’s fans. We hope to put together an amazing experience for the Delhiites attending the show, making it the #bestweekendoftheyear for them indeed,” said Jatin Varma, Founder, Comic Con India.
Cosplay remains a very popular aspect of Comic Con India, and this year keeping in mind the growing, vibrant Cosplay community, Comic Con India has introduced a new Cosplay contest format. The contest which will give out prizes worth INR 2 Lacs each day of the show, will have two categories.
The first category, Indian Championship of Cosplay 2019 Delhi Qualifier, will see participants compete online, thereafter, pre-selected participants will go through a stage display session and compete on 3 parameters – needlework, FX and armor. The registrations for ICC 2019 Delhi Qualifier will be done online only. Each day, the winners of the Delhi qualifier round will not only win awards but also qualify to participate in the Indian Championship of Cosplay 2020. The second contest format, namely the Delhi Comic Con Cosplay Contest 2019 is a celebration of all pop culture. For which the participants can register on-ground at the venue each day, and then compete on the Arena stage to eventually win the grand prize for the contest.
Some of the leading exhibitors and brands from the show’s 1200+ strong network will also be coming to create one of the coolest and quirkiest shopping experiences in the country. The Delhi Comic Con will offer fans a chance to enjoy real-world exhibits of their favourite comics, TV shows, games, anime and movies.
The New Delhi edition will be finally followed by the Ahmedabad city’s debut edition of Comic Con at the Gujarat University Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 1 st and 2 nd 2020.
The entire line up of Fan Experience Zones is Maruti Suzuki Arena, Vodafone, Doritos, Sony Pix, AXN, Hamleys, Comedy Central, WWE and Warner Bros while the exhibitors are DC Comics & Kodansha by Penguin Random House, Marvel Comics by Hachette, Viz Media by Simon & Schuster, Raj Comics, Scholastic, Crossword Bookstores, Bloomsbury Publishing, Campfire Graphic Novels, DK Publishing, The Souled Store, Planet Superheroes, Epic Stuff, Macmerise, Mad Fat Monkey and Funko by Wizplex.