Weekend crowd rubs shoulders with comic heroes

Weekend crowd rubs shoulders with comic heroes

Wonder Woman,  Deadpool, and other comic book characters from across the city came alive at the sixth edition of Bengaluru Comic-Con, a festival dedicated to comics, movies and Anime, at the KTPO convention centre in Whitefield on Saturday.

Fans dressed as popular characters queued up to get autographs from their favourite comic artists.

Among the international guests at this year's festival was Scott Hampton, American comic book artist known for his illustrations of Batman, Sandman, Black Widow, Hellraiser and Star Trek.

Speaking at an interaction, Hampton described how his brother Bo, also a comic artist, inspired him to draw.

"Bo is five years older than me. He was my access to comics, drawing and the guitar. I first started drawing when I was three or four because Bo was drawing," he said.

Hampton said that when he was drawing Batman, the first thing he paid attention to was the length of the superhero's ears. "I opted for longer ears because I liked it that way. I also wanted the city in the comic to be dark and dimly lit. Nobody in my city had a light bulb over 40 Watts," he joked.

Hampton has an interest in ghost stories and he revealed that his book Upturned Stone, about four boys who encounter a ghost on Halloween, may soon be experienced in the movie form. He said that he was in talks with production houses and was hoping to see his book on the silver screen soon.

"This is the best of times and the worst of times to be a comic artist. On the one hand, it is so much easier to put your work out there because of social media and other digital platforms. At the same time, there is a great deal of competition because of this. You should let that push you and let that be an inspiration," he said.

The second day of the fest will have a session with the editor-in-chief of Tinkle Rajani Thindiath and writer Sean D'mello who will talk about the comic magazine's new 13-year-old superhero Wingstar. Comedian Naveen Richards will also give a special performance.

 

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