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Comic con brings pictures to Rumi’s words


Meet some great artists and dress up for Cosplay this weekend.
Meet some great artists and dress up for Cosplay this weekend.

Nearly eight centuries have gone by since Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi created his legacy of poems and stories. But the timelessness and beauty of the verse makes it relevant even today, says Arif Vakil of Sufi Comics, a Bengaluru-based comic book company that offers graphic versions of stories taken from Islamic history and tradition.

“Rumi’s poetry has always impacted us deeply,” says Vakil, who will be releasing Rumi-Volume 2, a collection of twelve of Rumi’s poems in graphic form, at the Alto Bengaluru Comic Con, Bengaluru 2016.

Rumi-Volume 2, a collection of twelve of Rumi’s poems in graphic form, will be released at the Alto Bengaluru Comic Con
Rumi-Volume 2, a collection of twelve of Rumi’s poems in graphic form, will be released at the Alto Bengaluru Comic Con

But poets aren’t the only things you find inhabiting the world of speech bubbles and sequential panels. From aliens, detectives, ghosts and super-heroes to stories culled from both myth and real-life, thirteen new comic books will be launched at the convention, which is being held on 12 and 13 November at the KTPO Convention Centre in Whitefield.

“There is something in the air here,” says Jatin Varma, founder Comic Con, India, “We always get a lot of enthusiasm from publishers and creators here,” adding that there is a lot of support for local creators in the city.

This year’s show will feature, along with the comics, merchandise, toys, contests and gaming zones. Some of the key attractions include a Rogue One-Star Wars zone, a wand training zone from Fantastic Beasts, a Breaking Bad corner by AXN and a massive art & gaming installation by Alto. There is also an artist alley with some of the best creators in the country, along with a line-up of international artists including J. M DeMatteis, Joe Harris, Todd Nauck and Jim Demonakos, holding workshops. There will also be a Cosplay.

A cosplay for Games of Thrones
A cosplay for Games of Thrones

“This is a great place for artists and writers to meet and share our work” says Vakil.

Comic Con Bengaluru will be held in the city on 12 and 13 November between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the KTPO Convention Centre in Whitefield. Entry tickets are priced at Rs 375 for a single day and Rs 575 for both days. Tickets are available on the venue and online. Click here for more details.

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