Day 2 of Comic Con Bangalore 2014 was much better than what I’d anticipated.
While the first day of the event was a relaxed and effortless ride, day 2 was a mad rush. The day being Saturday (a weekend), there was at least 5x the crowd than what I’d seen the previous day.
The crowd was crazy indeed. There were also a lot of cosplayers today.
It was also harder to get a close look of cosplayers. There was virtually no place to stand around and relax; even the food court was jam-packed.
Business was great today for all the stalls I presume. It was more like a sales exhibition than a comic-related event (in Kannada we call it Jatre).
Also, Comic Con tweeted that AIB (a popular stand-up comedy group) would be visiting the fest today. I guess that contributed a bit too for the ensuing mad rush.
I snagged up three posters here yesterday, and it hardly took me 5 minutes to do that. Today, guests had to stand in a queue for half an hour or so just to get their hands on one.
I’m almost sure that one can plan their cosplay right at the event itself.
I’d settled down at the stage with my friends by now. I knew in advance that it would be difficult to find a place later on.
This interview was a bit boring. The crowd was settling in around the stage now.
A few quiz competitions were conducted afterwards. Most of the questions asked were from mythology (Amar Chitra Katha). This is something I dislike about Indian comics/fantasy culture. We are so hung up on our ancient mythologies that there is no scope to explore other genres.
It was just like any typical Indian function. Instead of a devotional opening song, we were subjected to a Japanese one 😀
AIB. Tanmay looks excited.
These guys produce amazingly hilarious videos. Check out their YouTube channel if you haven’t already.
A few crude jokes, a few PJs, some sarcasm, and good laughs. They had it all covered.
The one on the extreme left stood like that during her entire stay on the stage. As obedient as her character.
This was the most appreciable cosplay of the day. Never give up trying.
The War Machine was the best cosplay of the day. He won the prize in Sci-fi/Fantasy category, and also the grand prize for Day 2. Well deserved.
Johnny Bravo’s moves were hilarious.
The center guy claimed to be Luke Skywalker. Well, if you have a green lightsaber, I guess you can claim to be anyone from the Star Wars universe.
Wookie never ceases to amaze the crowd. It’s a guaranteed hit.
AIB left after this. It was getting too late for them (aka paid only to do so much).
It was fortunate that they left; were getting a bit annoying to be honest. There’s only so much crude humour you can consume in a day. Good show from them though.
Heavy duty stuff. Lots of props.
The guy on the extreme right won the prize in Gaming category (he’s a character from some online shooter I presume).
And then we were done with the cosplay contest. I’ve definitely missed many; some of them due to unavailability of pics, and some because they’re not really worth a mention.
There were more than 250 cosplayers who participated today; that’s at least 4 times the amount that did yesterday.
Comic Con Bangalore 2014 has really outgrown itself pretty quick. I think they need a venue change again next year, or at least an expansion.
Day 3 is slated to be even better from what I’ve heard. Stay tuned for more.