American authors Skype with fans at Bangalore Comic Con

NEW DELHI: The Bangalore Comic Con 2015 commenced today with two exclusive live chats (via Skype) with celebrated writers Mark Millar and Ron Marz.

Marz, known for his work on titles such as Silver SurferGreen LanternMarvel vs DCBatman/Aliens and Witchblade was joined by Indian artist Abhishek Malsuni as they talked about their ongoing John Carter: Warlord of Mars series.

Actors Rana Daggubati and Tamannaah Bhatia will also be participating in a special session on their upcoming film Baahubali at Comic Con.

Organized by Comic Con India, the Bangalore meet is a three-day fest at White Orchid Convention. Spread across 80,000 sq feet as compared to last year’s 40,000 sq feet, CCI plans to host interactive and experiential 50 hours of programming through panels, launches, gaming, video hangouts and more.

This year's attraction are the two internationally acclaimed actors Daniel Portman, best known for his role as Podrick Payne in the award-winning HBO fantasy drama series Game of Thrones and Natalia Tena, known for her role of Tonks in the Harry Potter films and Osha in Game of Thrones. The duo is taking part in special sessions and signings (photographs & autographs). Both actors will be seen in the upcoming Season 5 of Game of Thrones, which premieres in India. at the same time as its US premiere on 13 April at 6:30 am IST with a repeat telecast on the same day at 10 pm on HBO Defined. For the first time ever, the most iconic HBO original will simulcast across 170 countries.

Comic Con founder Jatin Varma said, “Even though we are coming back much earlier in the year, we are bringing over some of the best in Indian and international pop-culture and look forward to providing fans in the city, the best weekend of the year.”

Fans who come dressed as their favorite comic characters always steal the show. And this year as always, COSPLAYERS will win prizes under five categories. Each day, one winner is chosen from each of five categories: Comic book/graphic novel; Animated Series/Movie; Manga/Anime; Sci-Fi/Fantasy; and Gaming. One of the chose five lucky winners will win a Trip to Thailand.

Comic Con India set up an exclusive IESL Gaming Arena with Xtreme Gaming  at Bangalore this year. Spread across 200 sq m, the gaming area has a total prize pool of Rs 1.5 lakh, the main tournament is around DOTA 2 for teams of gamers. For regular visitors as well as gamers, there is casual gaming competitions on Fifa 14 and Counter strike GO.

Amar Chitra Katha has also kept surprises for fans. They have set up photo-booths, quizzes, storytelling competitions and much more at Bangalore Comic Con.

International exhibitors like Marvel, DC and Dark Horse Comics among others have brought international content from all across the globe, especially for Bangalore. Exclusive book launches will be held over the next two days.

At the convention, there is some Anime & Manga merchandise from Japanese Merchandiser IINE, along with exclusive international merchandisers like Kidrobot, NECA, Hot Toys, Mimobots, Funko and many more from across the globe. Indian merchandisers present at the convention are Band Box, Wacom, Art Beat, Bewakoof Brands, Hysteria, Wear Your Opinion, Kudi Firang, Planet Superheroes, F Gali, Sky Goodies, Bollyscope, Lazy Ninja, Graphicurry, and Below the Belt among others.  

The main participants at Bangalore include Amar Chitra Katha, Orange Radius, Pop Culture Publishing, Random House, Campfire Graphic Novel, Holy Cow Entertainment, HarperCollins Publishers, Aayumi Productions, Raj Comics, and Blossom Book House.

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