It’s a kind of eerie feeling of déjà vu, to see us back in the blogging ways after more than a year. And like the last time we blogged, it’s the start of another day where a comic event is taking place, this time in the garden city of Bengaluru. Times have indeed changed, on both personal and professional front – which has kept us occupied for a prolonged period on new priorities of life. But, believe us we were only waiting for a reason to be back. You would do well to take note of the recent changes in our blogs layout, with featured posts and color combinations. Including the use of jQuery and DisQus commenting, tools we long wanted to implement for the smooth transition effect noticed on the blogs.
It might have been a lull period for Comicology, as far as Blogging Blogging is concerned, but the atmosphere around Indian Comics have never been better anytime before. The old-timers, Raj, Diamond and Amar Chitra Katha are still lurking around. But, what makes it special is that a host of new players have joined the bandwagon, namely Pop Culture Publishing, Rovolt, Holy Cow Entertainment.
Vimanika Comics, have launched a series of different titles, and have mostly stayed loyal to their vision of Mythology, with titles like Kalki, Siva, Dashavatar to go with their original Sixth and Moksha series.
Pop Culture Publishing, part of the same company which runs the Comic Con India events, have been trying their hands on a variety of publishing including Dark Noir, to Slapstick Humour.
Westland, has moved away from the tag of copyrighted license publisher, by launching a Movie tied comics, with Agent Vinod, graphic novel. But they have more to do on that front.
But, the biggest praise and appreciation should be given for Campfire, who have continuously churned out Graphic Novels at breathtaking pace and regularity. With their titles ranging from Mythology, Classic Novels, to Biographies. They are the ones to look forward to for years to come, and one which needs more attention from the comic brethren.
These Comic Con events have been so popular, that even our regional comics publisher of Lion and Muthu Comics, would be taking part in the event for the first time. They too have a new comic to launch for the occasion.
Our Facebook page, has served as a medium to maintain pace with this constantly growing industry, and to keep in touch with fellow comikers. The advent of Social Networking, might have made the Micro-posts and photo shares a favorite form of content sharing (and one which we love too).
But, the satisfaction of sharing one’s mind-out over a page full of experiences can only be fulfilled with a blog. And we are more than happy to have re-ignited that flair.
So as it turns out, we had to mark our calendar to make it to the Comic Con Express, especially for the fact that it happens so close to our city, in Bengaluru. Thus following the franchise events path from Delhi, Mumbai, to southern garden city.
Despite having a lot of reservations over Comic Con India (one of the reasons for us to stop blogging ever since attending the first Comic Con in Delhi last year), a fact has to be accepted that – these events have given a chance for lovers of a medium, which is so niche, to interact with fellow like minded people, and to also project themselves truly as Comic fans, with no frills attached.
We are hoping to take part in the celebrations and interacts and befriend more of these wonderful folks. Hopefully, we should be back sooner to share the experience to one and all. Adios, until then !