The 4th Annual Indian Comic Con kick started on Friday, 7th of February 2014 at Thyagaraj Stadium, Delhi. Four years ago the Comic Con began as an attempt to promote the culture of comic books in India and bring together creators as well as comic book fans all over India. The convention saw a large number of people be it infants, adolescents, adults or the elderly as everyone came together to celebrate this festival of comics.
The stadium was packed with delhiites as they explored the convention and the new comics being released by various publishers and artists. Campfire Graphic Novels launched a World War One graphic novel, Holy Cow Entertainment launched two issues of their Aghori series and Orange Radius Entertainment launched a collector’s edition of their Parshu series. Comic Con gave all comic fans a worthwhile shopping weekend as well with merchandise varying from t-shirts to collectibles to glow in the dark boxers! Harry Potter fans could find their favourite wands or Harry’s Gryffindor sweatshirt, The LOTR fandom had a replica of the ring engraved with the inscription from the book driving them crazy while the Hunger Games fans could also find lockets and other merchandise to keep them happy. The V for Vendetta mask gained a lot of popularity this year as almost everyone could be seen flaunting it.
It was no less than a film festival as fans dressed up as their favourite comic or movie characters and showed off their talents in a contest for the best comic-character costume, you could see Jack Sparrow and his drunken antics, Jadis the White Witch of Narnia, Wolverine showing off his fighting skills, Hiccup and Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon, Spiderman, Batman, a desi version of Supergirl in the form of Super Kudi and many more.
Adding to the convention were talks by famous comic book writers – David Lloyd who has illustrated for V for Vendetta, Mark Waid who has worked with DC comics and worked on Flash, Superman and Captain America for Marvel comics, Gabriel B and Fabio Moon twin brothers known for their work in Casanova and The Umbrella Academy and John Layman who has also written for DC and Marvel comics. Their talks inspired budding artists in India who hung onto every word they said.
Image credits: Satchit Basu
The 12th Auto Expo commenced on 5th February and closed today on the 11th. This year due to traffic problems, the awaited motor show had been shifted to Greater Noida, earlier being held at Pragati Maidan.
Numerous car models were launched and the show became even more upmarket as accomplished celebrities attended the event. Maruti Suzuki launched a new car Celerio catering to the needs of the lower segment; current pricing is Rs. 3.9 to 4.96 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi). Attacking the same segment, Japanese giant Toyota launched Etios Cross. Mahindra has still continued its trademark of producing an Electric Car. This time Mahindra named the concept car Halo, unfortunately it is expected that this car would be launched in three years.
Hyundai’s Venace has seemed to catch a lot of attention with its bold looks, aiming to enter the higher segment. Jaguar’s F-Type Coupe finally made its debut in India. The much-anticipated BMW i8 was also inaugurated and the looks did match up the expectations. Few models by Mercedes, Audi, and Land Rover were also launched. Toyota and Honda made noticeable changes in their most selling model Corolla and City respectively.
Although, the car segment is always the craze of most of the Auto Expo, this year the Bike Segment seemed to have changed the modus operandi. Leaving no doubt Hero Moto Corp has outrageously shown that it’s back in the game. Hero R&D with Eric Buell involvement has developed Hastur, being the most talked bike. Splendor Pro Classic, now features a Café Racer inspired design. To capture the growing scooter segment Hero launched three new scooters. Most of the new launches by Hero are expected to get a green signal by the end of this year. Although, as told by Mr. Pawan Munjal at the Auto Expo, Hastur would require more research before it enters the market. This year there was even more hype for Hero as their brand ambassador Mr. Ranbir Kapoor lauched models. Harley Davidson launched Street 750 at Rs 4.10 lakh, probably aiming a good market in the Indian sector. Bajaj also launched a few concept bikes.
This year many celebrities such as Mr. Ranbir Kapoor, Ms. Priyanka Chopra, Mrs. Kareena Kapoor Khan, Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, Mrs. Samira Reddy, Mr. John Abraham and many more attended and launched models, making the event even more attractive and glamorous. Although the auto market has been experiencing a slump, the Auto Expo has opened doors to hope for a brighter auto year ahead.