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Comic Con India concludes the Inaugural edition of the ‘POP CULTURE FORUM’

Presented by Maruti Suzuki on a high note!

*The Forum Celebrated the Business of Pop Culture!!

*Comic Con India Awards honored the best of 2017 in Indian Comics Industry

India, March 24, 2018 – Comic Con India concludes the inaugural edition of the ‘Pop Culture Forum’ presented by Maruti Suzuki on a high note! Comic Con India – ‘Pop Culture Forum’ took place on March 23’ 2018 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

First of it’s kind in India, Pop Culture Forum, was dedicated to burgeoning pop culture industry in the country, featuring panels & talks from key industry players along with the Comic Con India Industry Awards, recognizing the best in Comics & Pop Culture in the country. The forum witnessed interesting Panels on Comics & Brands; Pop Culture Retail in India; Rise of ESports in India & Taking Indian Comics Global.

Jatin Varma, Founder, Comic Con India, shared, “With the Inaugural edition of the Forum, we were finally able to bring together all the key stakeholders of the various industries that come under the umbrella of Pop Culture. With the forum our aim was to shine a spotlight on this fast growing sector and highlight the achievements so far. We hope to build up on the success of this first edition and come back next year bigger & better.”

The forum also featured the COMIC CON INDIA INDUSTRY AWARDS. Instituted in the first year of Comic Con India (CCI)  as an organization, to honor & provide recognition to the burgeoning comics & graphic arts community in the country. Over the past 7 years, CCI has had the privilege to highlight & support the tremendous work being done by the industry.

And with this edition of the Awards, CCI wishes to continue their commitment to not only, the cause of Indian comics & graphic arts, but also to the larger pop culture community in the country, with an expansion of the award categories to cover the business side of pop culture.

This year’s awards featured a total of 15 Categories along with 1 Special Award. The Comic Book Categories were open to nomination and with over 35 nominees from various publishers and creators across the country, the winners were selected by the Comic Con India Core team.

For the Business categories, the nominees and winners were selected basis Independent consumer research conducted with thousands of fans across India, at various CCI shows & events.

“With the Comic Con India Industry Awards, our aim is to highlight the quality of work being in the Comics & Graphic Arts in India and with the expanded business categories this year, we were able to showcase the achievement of various business in this sector. I wish to congratulate all the nominees & winners this year!”, said Jatin Varma.

Here is the list of Winners of Comic Con India Awards 2018:

SNo.

NAME

GOLD WINNER

SILVER WINNER

BRONZE WINNER

*

COMIC BOOK CATEGORIES

     
         

1

Best Graphic Novel/Comic Book Of The Year

Buddha: An Enlightened Life by Campfire Graphic Novels

The Age of Immortals by Holy Cow Entertainment

Holy Hell (Vol.4) by Meta Desi Comics

2

Best Cover Of The Year

The Village by Yali Dream Creations

The Age of Immortals by Holy Cow Entertainment

Space Junkies (Vol.2) by SK Comics

3

Best Writer Of The Year

Holy Hell (Vol. 4) by Akshay Dhar & Zafar Khurshid for Meta Desi Comics

The Village by Shamik Dasgupta for Yali Dream Creations

Ram V for Age of Immortals (Vol.1) by Holy Cow Entertainment

4

Best Children’s Illustrated Book Of The Year

The Best Baker in the World by Penguin Random House

TIE: Potli Baba ki Kahani: Pinocchio by Scholastic India + Shah Jahan & The Ruby Robber by Duckbill Books

Wingstar No.1 by Tinkle Comics

5

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team Of The Year

Saumin Patel for The Age of Immortals by Holy Cow Entertainment

Rajesh Nagulakonda for Buddha: An Enlightened Life by Campfire Graphic Novels

Abhijeet Kini for Rhyme Fighters: Odes to our Unsung Heroes & Holy Hell (Vol.4)

6

Best New Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team Of The Year

Tadam Gyadu for Damned by Chariot Comics

Abhilash Panda for Rakshak by Yali Dream Creations

 

7

Best Colorist Of The Year

Rajesh Nagulakonda & Pradeep Sherawat for Buddha: An Enlightened Life by Campfire Graphic Novels

Saumin Patel for The Age of Immortals by Holy Cow Entertainment

Prasad Patnaik for The Village by Yali Dream Creations

8

Best Web Comic Of The Year

Brown Paperbag by Sailesh Gopalan

Bakarmax by Sumit Kumar

Beast Legion #13 by Jazyl Homavazir

9

Best Continuing Graphic Series Of The Year

Holy Hell by Meta Desi Comics

Wingstar for Tinkle Magazine

NOIS Series by Aparna Sundaresan for Tinkle Magazine

         

*

POP CULTURE BUSINESS CATEGORIES

     
         

10

Most Impressive Fan Experience Zone Of The Year

Disney India

Hasbro India

Amazon Prime Video

11

Fan Favourite Exhibitor Of The Year

Planet Superheroes

MC Sid Razz

Every Flavour Geeks

12

Fan Favourite Publisher Of The Year

Penguin Random House

Simon & Schuster

Amar Chitra Katha

13

Best Film & TV Promotion Of The Year

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Warner Bros. Pictures India.

AXN India

14

Fan Favourite Engagement Of The Year

WWE India

Doritos/Fulldome Pro

AXN India

15

Best Brand Integration Of The Year

One Plus

Mountain Dew

Vodafone

* SPECIAL AWARD

SPECIAL AWARD TO NODWIN GAMING FOR Exceptional Contribution to the Gaming Community in India

Nodwin Gaming has been at the forefront of E-sports in India, From essentially organizing & building the gaming community, to providing a platform to gamers across India to showcase their talent.

Comic Con India is dedicated to creating unique events and giving the fans, exhibitors and partners a platform to celebrate their undying love and passion for comics & pop culture. Comic Con India is dedicated to expanding India’s popular culture by creating high profile events that cater to fans of not only comics, but also, gaming, movies, television, merchandise, toys & more.

Comic Con India is part of the Reedpop family of events, which is dedicated to producing world-class celebrations of popular culture around the world with events like New York Comic Con, Oz Comic Con, Shanghai Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration among many others.

 

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