The Event Partners to the show are Amazon Prime Video, Paytm, TVS, Fujifilm, Rockstar Games, Doritos, AXN, Sony Pix, ACT Fibernet, GrabOn & Radio One.
What’s more, fans will also have access to a superb collection of comics and graphic novels, comprising not just popular titles or series, but also works from independent artists and writers. Besides this, fans can also look forward to merchandise and toys from their favourite franchises, in addition to immersive experiential and gaming zones. Key exhibitors at the show this year include Planet Superheroes, Red Wolf, MC Sid Razz, The Entertainment Store, Macmerise, The Souled Store, Graphicurry, Aswhole Ideas, XP Pen, Every Flavour Geeks, Nerd Arena, Funko by Wizplex, Teestory and many more.
Some of the key publishers at the Maruti Suzuki Arena Bengaluru Comic Con 2018 include Viz Media by Simon & Schuster; DC, Darkhorse, IDW, Kodansha comics by Penguin Random House India, Image Comics, Scholastic India, ICBM Comics, Holy Cow Entertainment, Space Junkies and more.
But the Comic Con experience is incomplete without cosplay, wherein fans get the opportunity to dress up as their favourite characters from comic books, films, and TV shows, and also compete to be crowned the next cosplay champion. Cosplay (Costume Contest), one of the major attractions at Comic Con India, will continue to give assured prizes to people in great costumes. Comic Con India under its 5 categories -1. Comic book/graphic novel 2. Animated Series/Movie 3. Manga/Anime 4. Sci-Fi/Fantasy and 5. Gaming will choose one winner in each category each day. Also, One lucky winner out of the chosen 5 will get an awesome chance to win INR 50000 (Cash Prize) Each Day! The winners each automatically enter the running to represent India at the Crown World Championship of Cosplay in Chicago.
The special guests at the Bengaluru Comic Con 2018 include several well-established and highly regarded artists from the Indian as well as international comic book and entertainment industry. Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Witchblade, Silver Surfer, DC vs. Marvel series) Vanesa R. Del Rey (Redlands), Ram V(Paradiso), Ryan O’Sullivan (Void Trip), Dan Watters (Limbo), Abhijeet Kini (founder of Abhijeet Kini Studios, and illustrator for TINKLE), and Saumin Patel (illustrator), are a few of them who will be present at the event. To top it off, popular stand-up comedian and co-founder of East India Comedy, Sahil Shah will bring a dose of hilarity to the event, in addition to a host of other special programs scheduled during the two-day expo.
Jatin Varma, Founder, Comic Con India, commented, “We are back with another action-packed instalment of the Bengaluru Comic Con. Even higher on the geek quotient, the event is going to feature some of the most exciting experiences and activities crafted especially for fans. This year, we have a fabulous lineup of programs including engaging discussions with some of the coolest comic book artists, illustrators, and writers, and so much more!”
In addition to this, with sessions and panels every half hour, the Arena Stage is the most action-packed spot on the show floor. Some of the sessions hosted at the Arena Stage include, workshops and discussions with featured guests as well as exclusive comic book launches.
Lastly, one of the biggest attractions at Comic Con are the fan experience zones. This year there are a slew of them from the likes of Marvel India, Amazon Prime Video, Warner Bros India, AXN, Sony Pix, Maruti Suzuki & more! These zones offer fans a chance to have some unique experiences and participate in engaging activities from their favorite comics, movies, TV shows and more!