This weekend, this is what Delhi looked like. Inside #DelhiComicCon2015

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Spotted at Delhi Comic Con 2015. Photo: Vikas Kumar

This weekend, this is what Delhi looked like. Inside #DelhiComicCon2015

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Spotted at Delhi Comic Con 2015. Photo: Vikas Kumar

This weekend, this is what Delhi looked like. Inside #DelhiComicCon2015

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Spotted at Delhi Comic Con 2015. Photo: Vikas Kumar

This weekend, this is what Delhi looked like. Inside #DelhiComicCon2015

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Spotted at Delhi Comic Con 2015. Photo: Vikas Kumar

This weekend, this is what Delhi looked like. Inside #DelhiComicCon2015

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Spotted at Delhi Comic Con 2015. Photo: Vikas Kumar

This weekend, this is what Delhi looked like. Inside #DelhiComicCon2015

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Spotted at Delhi Comic Con 2015. Photo: Vikas Kumar

This weekend, this is what Delhi looked like. Inside #DelhiComicCon2015

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Spotted at Delhi Comic Con 2015. Photo: Vikas Kumar

This weekend, this is what Delhi looked like. Inside #DelhiComicCon2015

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Spotted at Delhi Comic Con 2015. Photo: Vikas Kumar

This weekend, this is what Delhi looked like. Inside #DelhiComicCon2015

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Spotted at Delhi Comic Con 2015. Photo: Vikas Kumar

This weekend, this is what Delhi looked like. Inside #DelhiComicCon2015

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Spotted at Delhi Comic Con 2015. Photo: Vikas Kumar

This weekend, this is what Delhi looked like. Inside #DelhiComicCon2015

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Spotted at Delhi Comic Con 2015. Photo: Vikas Kumar

This weekend, this is what Delhi looked like. Inside #DelhiComicCon2015

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Spotted at Delhi Comic Con 2015. Photo: Vikas Kumar

COMIC CON

This weekend, this is what Delhi looked like. Inside #DelhiComicCon2015's fantastic Cosplay

Priyata Brajabasi @PriyataB

Walking into Delhi Comic Con, I overheard an attendee mutter "woh dekh, koi bhalu banke aaya hai (look there, someone's come dressed like a bear)."

His friend: Bro, woh bhalu nahi hai, woh Chewbacca hai (Bro, that's not a bear, it's Chewbacca).

What it is, in fact, is Cosplay or Costume Play: when fans dress up as a character out of a sci-fi, comic or anime series.

And Delhi Comic Con this weekend showed we're firmly in on the subculture that has legions of fans.

Hundreds of fans roamed the NSIC grounds dressed as characters from comic books, graphic novels, television shows and superhero movies. Some were unique, some common, and all shared one thing: a fanatical love for the fantasy genre.

If there was a favourite, it had to be the Joker - one could have been forgiven for thinking there's a Mask revival, the number of them we spotted.

There was also a Cosplay contest, won eventually by Skyrim (a character from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a video game), Commander Shepard (a character from Mass Effect, a video game) and Wonder Woman (a popular DC comics superhero).

Kristian Nairn, AKA Hodor from Game of Thrones was billed the big draw at the three-day-long festival - and if you could take your eyes off the costumed fans, he sure lived up to it. He was, among other things, bombarded with questions about the upcoming Season 6 but was adept at saying nothing at all.

Other influential names from the world of comics included author and artist Rob Denbleyker who has created the much loved web comic Cyanide & Happiness and Canadian book artiste and writer Ty Templeton, who has drawn several mainstream and TV-associated titles including Batman and Spiderman.

If you thought comic culture has a niche, you'd have been surprised at the turnout: thousands attended the three-day event (4th-6th December), now in its fifth edition. This isn't the country's only one either - more and more cities now host an edition of Comic Con. "Pop culture in India is quite limited and needs to expand to include aspects that have millions of passionate fans across the country," said Jatin Varma, founder of Comic Con India.

"Comic Con India is dedicated to expanding popular culture here by creating world class events and help grow the industries involved, as well as deliver fun experiences to dedicated fans," he said.

Going by these pictures, it's already there.

Text by Priyata Brajabasi

Priyata Brajabasi

Priyata Brajabasi @PriyataB