Mumbai Comic Con is around the corner and the organisers are leaving no stones unturned to build curiosity among the people. Past several weeks Comic Con India has been organising workshops to make people aware of what cosplay is, how to create their own comics as well as fun events like Halloween party and has one more event lined up before the Mumbai Comic Con.
We went to attend the Cosplay and Comics creation workshop and understood what goes behind the making of it. Two cosplay workshops have been conducted in Mumbai, one on 11 October and the other took place after a month on 22 November. The first workshop which took place in Sante Bar was a huge success as the event witnessed a huge turnout with the place being completely filled. The workshop was for those who wished to cosplay for the first time, as well as to understand on how and where to obtain costumes, props, wigs, and more. It took place under the guidance of professional cosplayers; Niha Novacaine, Rohit Kailashiya and Surya Sreenivasan along with Kanishk Mehta. Each one of them went on to share their difficulties they faced while coming up with their costumes and props and shared their experience at various events. They stressed out on the fact that Cosplay is not ‘Consent.’
After a month back, once again a cosplay session was conducted at Todi Mill Social as a follow up to the previous cosplay workshop where cosplayers could showcase their costumes/props and could take help of several experienced cosplayers. As compared to the previous workshop, the event witnessed a low turnout with hardly 20 people attending. The low turnout was mostly because the workshop was planned in a haste and secondly also because it was Ekadashi due to which it was a dry day. None the less, it was a pretty decent event as many new cosplayers came in to learn this art.
Tanya aka Syrinx talked about how wigs play an important part while cosplaying and how to take care of them. She also emphasised on how a cosplayer’s costume needs to be well ironed and how makeup enhances the look of a cosplayer; be it a guy or a girl. Next, Atharva Lobo spoke about how one can easily have a 3D printout without having a 3D printer using Pepakura software. The software allows you to unfold a 3D file into the 2D form, get it printed on paper and then when one sticks the sheet, it recreates it into the 3D form. The paper serves as a base for fiberglass, bondo, resin, and other hardeners. The project is then sanded smooth, painted, and finished off with creativity. After him, Surya Sreenivasan took the stage and went on explaining how props can be made and what all goes into making of it, which glues can be used and how various materials are used to create one prop. With this, yet another workshop was successfully conducted.
This weekend comic enthusiasts who wanted to learn the art of comics got their share as well. Held at He Said, She Said, the workshop was taken by Angry Maushi’s creator Abhijeet Kini where he went on explaining the various processes that goes into making of a comic. The event started out with a surprise; and it wasn’t a pleasant surprise. The power went out and we ended up creating our own 6 panel comic strip. The theme was Mumbai Local Train and Superhero. About 30 to 40 people made their own simple yet interesting comic within 45 minutes! This was a record in itself and as it was completed, the lights came back and we got to see the the artworks of Kini on the projector where he explained the various aspects of comic creation, story writing, development and insights on his own comics like Angry Maushi and his work for Tinkle and Meta Desi Comics.
Seems like Comic Con India is doing a good job in making people aware of the comic world as with each event, the audiences are inquisitive about what’s next in store for them. For now, Dr. Who fans gear up as on 12 December, Comic Con India is hosting Dr. Who Fan Themed Party at He Said, She Said. Mumbai Film and Comic Con 2015 is all set to entertain the audience at Bombay Exhibition Centre on 19 and and 20 December, 2015.