Highlights of Hyderabad Comic Con 2015

Ghost Rider at HCC 2015
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Comic Con India is getting bigger and better every year and this year too it has managed to live up to the expectations of its fans. The Hyderabad Comic Con which was held on 12 and 13 September at Hitex Exhibition Centre had a spectacular line up of events including special international guest appearances, exclusive experiential and gaming zones, artist alley, fans sessions, cosplay, book launches  and much more. 

Before the event date, Comic Con had organised many interactive as well as fun sessions, which included:

  • A workshop on ‘How to write your own comic book’ with writer Jai Undurti at Heart Cup Coffee, Hyderabad was organised where Jai covered various aspects of comic creation, story writing, & picture work.
  • The Dota 2 Lan Gaming Tournament at Playmax Interactive where over 40 teams participated and each team was comprised of 5 members. Prize money of Rs 7000 (First Prize) went to Team Roar E Sports,  RS 5000 (Second Prize) to Team Strawt Hatz and Rs 3000 (Third Prize) to Team Secret at the tournament.
  • A Cosplay workshop was held where the best tricks on cosplaying was taught with the help of guidance of several experienced cosplayers who’ve participated in previous Comic Con India events.
  • An EDM night was held at the Playboy Club where those who came dressed up as their favourite character got 2 free drinks.
  • Comic Con fans also got to enjoy a special screening of Gotham Season 1 Episode 1. The event was held at Playboy Club and was presented by Zee Cafe where Batman universe cosplayers enjoyed 2 free drinks at the event.

DOTA 2 Lan Gaming Tournament

On 12 and 13 September, Comic Con Hyderabad witnessed one of its kind, interactive and experiential over 24 Hours of Programming through panels, launches, gaming, video hangouts and more. There were around 100 participants from across the world.

Fans also got the chance to meet and interact with the international personalities Matt Melvin,  Author of Cyanide and Happiness and The Last Nerds; Miya Tomoko & Moe Tsurumi, Professional Japanese Cosplayers and Kevin Hamric, Director, VIZ Media.

A special surprise was awaiting by Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 as they brought in Baba Sehgal at the show. He was seen at the event both days hitting it up with the audience on the stage.

Matt Melvin at HCC

The major attraction at Comic Con i.e the Cosplay (Costume Contest) continued to give prizes to people in great costumes. Comic Con India had created 5 categories to increase one’s chances of winning gifts. Each day, one winner was chosen from each of the five categories: 1. Comic book/graphic novel 2. Animated Series/Movie 3. Manga/Anime 4. Sci-Fi/Fantasy and 5. Gaming. Also, both days, One lucky winner out of the chosen 5 won a ticket to Thailand.

Comic Con India set-up Exclusive Experiential and Gaming Zones at the event. Smaaash Virtual Reality Zone had set up one of a kind gaming experience for the fans, which was a mix of Virtual reality and other interactive games. The fans got to enjoy all the games free of cost. One of the main attractions of the event was the Roboland Zone which had some awesome line up of Robots developed and created in India and they performed stunts for the fans.

Along with this there was a YouTube created a fan experience zone at the show called YouTube India zone which featured popular YouTube stars like  Kanan Gill, Abish Mathew, SnG Comedy, Enna Da Rascalas, Put Chutney, Prajakta Koli. Their funniest acts won them thundering applause and fans got an opportunity to interact with them.

An Artist Alley exclusively featuring artists from all over India and Hyderabad was set up at HCC 2015. Here fans got an opportunity to interact with awesome artists, illustrators, designers working for comics and related fields. The alley featured artists like Nikhil Gulati, Saumin Suresh Patel, Reshmi Chandrashekhar, Milan Preet, Manasa Madhuri, Garima Shukla and many more. Well known creators like Vivek Goel from Holy Cow Entertainment, Aniruddho Chakraborty from Chariot comics and Prasad Bhatt from Graphicurry were there too.

Moe & Miya at HCC

On the comic front, 7 new Comic Book titles got launched at the convention. These were Shaitaan by Holy Cow Entertainment, Ashes- Adhish Origins by Red Streak Publications,  Item Dhamaka – Godsmack part 2 by Aayumi Productions, Tinkle & Tobi & Chase by Sai Animation, Vrica by ICBM Comics & Legends of Yuck Man by Smarak Swain.

This year, HCC 2015 also had a unique fan-made costumes and models booth called Station Cafe where customised Iron Man Suit, Captain America’s Lemurian Star and Thor’s Mjolnir were on display. Here fans got to buy DC & MARVEL, Masters Of The Universe and other Replicas – Wood & Metal Castings and Lathe Fabricated of Superman, Batman, Thor’s Mjolnir, He-man’s Power Sword etc.

The success of the event had the founder of Comic Con India, Jatin Varma beaming with joy as he said: “Thank You Hyderabad for making this our best weekend of the year! This year’s event featured some of the very best in pop-culture & entertainment, along with tons of local creators & content. We’ll certainly be back next year with a even better and bigger show, with a lot more surprises!”

The main participants at Hyderabad Comic Con 2015 were Amar Chitra Katha, Orange Radius, Pop Culture Publishing, Campfire Graphic Novel, Holy Cow Entertainment, HarperCollins Publishers, Aayumi Productions, Raj Comics, Red Streak Publications, Scholastic India and many more.

The next Comic Con India will be held in Delhi and will be a 3 day event from 4 to 6 December at NSIC and fans will have to wait and watch what’s in store for them by Comic Con India.

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