Free comic book downloads to beckon old fans

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Free comic book downloads to beckon old fans

 Faced with stiff competition from widely televised animation films and series, traditional comics are facing extinction. 

In a desperate push, comic book publishers have ganged up to launch the Comic Con shows that have been huge hits in Bangalore. Three months before the next one hits the City, Comic Con has launched the Free Comic Book Weekend, an initiative that allows free downloads of Indian comics.

The Free Comic Book Weekend is a run up to the hugely popular, Comic Con India event scheduled for September. Essentially, the event celebrates the illustrated medium, bringing together major players from the comics industry and related fields such as merchandise, toys, games, films and animation. 

The first edition of the travelling version of Comic Con India had landed in Bangalore in September 2012. That saw a turnout of about 35,000 young comics enthusiasts. The sales crossed over Rs 65 lakh in two days. The “Bangalore Comic Con” that came in June last year had even more people queuing up before the venue, the Koramangala Indoor Stadium. An estimated 62,000 turned up for that event, generating sales of about Rs 1.25 crore.

Last year, over 15,000 comic fans had claimed the free downloads. This is expected to go up even further this year, according to Comic Con India founder Jatin Varma. The free offer will stay alive on May 3 and 4. During this period, free digital comics (select titles) could be downloaded free from a PC, smartphone or a tablet. 

Here’s the download link: (http://www.readwhere.com/fcbw). Alternatively, comic buffs could download the Readwhere App on iOs or Android phones / tablets.  The process will go live on May 3, 12 am and end at 11.50 pm on May 4.

Here’s the list of publishers participating in the Weekend: Amar Chitra Katha, Campfire Graphic Novels, Pop Culture Publishing, Vimanika Comics, Diamond Comics, Chariot Comics, Orange Radius and Astute Media Vision.

Cartoonists, graphic designers and specialists on most things quirky had lined up for the Comic Con events. For young Bangaloreans, grown up on a steady diet of
 Western comics and merchandise, the evolution of Indian artists was an eye-opener.

 Kilometers-long queues outside the show venue was proof enough of that interest. They had seen glimpses of the artists’ versatility in the Sunday fleamarkets. But the Comic-Con offered them all under one roof.

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