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The 9th art for the French returns to Mumbai once again in the form of Mumbai Film and Comic Convention, which is to be held on 21st and 22nd of December in Mumbai. The rage for graphic and comic characters has grown, and how! 

It is a time-honored verity that animation and comics offer children a repose, a well formulated escape that tickles at their inchoate imagination. But it is also a fascinating reality that it is not just the world of children that is implicated by comics and its heroes. The adult world is equally awestruck and engaged by the magic of comic books, films, anime and sci-fi. Comics, known as “la bande-dessinée”, form an integral ingredient of the French culture and life and, are in effect, recognized as the ninth art for the French. Many believe that they appeared in Switzerland in the former part of the 19th century with the publication of the first album of the Francophone Rodolphe Töpffer. France then offered an array of comics and characters like Zig et Puce, the Adventures of Tintin, Le Journal de Mickey and many more that have etched into the collective memory of the global world.

film and comic con

film and comic con

Comics can be hence seen as popularized as a global medium of entertainment, thanks to the contributions of the French and it has now become a world-wide rage. Comic Con is a comic convention that has been organized in numerous cities around the world and Comic Con India, has been the pioneer of setting up conventions for comic book fans in India since 2011. The first convention was held in New Delhi and subsequently express editions have been annually organized in Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Mumbai the city of dreams, the home of Indian movies and a bustling spot of comics. Mumbai in many ways becomes a hub for comic book lovers. The Mumbai Film and comics Convention celebrates this ardor graphic art medium and popular culture.  It, in essence, proffers a platform for all comic fans and enthusiasts. There are workshops, panel discussions, speeches, competitions that engage the participants and give them a chance to interact and showcase their passion.This year, the convention features an extraordinary gathering of artists, writers and professionals working in comics and related fields. The likes of Cyrus Daruwala, Abhijeet Kini, Aniruddho Chakraborty will be present. Partakers can attend interesting panel discussions and debates, catch previews of upcoming films and meet other graphic book aficionados. There has also been a curious rise in the creation of comic books and characters in India. The Indian scenario is conducive to fostering creativity, which is seen in graphic Indian characters that can give their western counterparts a run for their money. The Comic Con incorporates all these recent developments. The future and global standing of Indian comic characters will also be a point of discussion in this highly globalized world.

Indian graphic characters
Indian graphic characters

Apart from all of this, there is also the popular contest called the Cosplay Contest and as the name suggests, it is a competition to judge the best comic costume. It is known as Mumbai’s biggest costume contest and interested individuals can choose their costumes from an array of categories such as graphic novel, gaming, and sci-fi fantasy, Manga or anime and many more.
The Mumbai Film and Comic Con will be held on 21st and 22nd of December in Mumbai’s Bombay Exhibition Centre in Goregaon. It is open to all and entry to all events is absolutely free.


– Manas Paradkar

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