Dhaka Comicon 2017- A grandiose celebration of pop-culture

By Alvee Khan

The country’s biggest pop-culture carnival returns in grand style, with more cosplayers, artists, musicians, merchandise and of course, superheroes. The event, which is considered to be the largest pop culture gathering in Bangladesh, returns this year with the theme ‘Time Spirits’.

Dhaka Comicon 2017 ‘Time spirits’ took place at Jamuna Future Park, Level-5 from December 21 to December 23. This year’s event was sponsored by Iflix, a portal similar to Netflix where one can subscribe to watch movies and TV shows for free up to 6 months, and co-sponsored by Rono, an amazing comic book launched at the event.

Like every year, this year’s event is action-packed with lots of content. The annual Cosplay, Fan Art and Action Figure Photography Contest, will all be taking place in this three-day extravaganza. In addition, a Star Wars Exhibition from Dhaka Museum Of Toys & Saadi’s Collectibles to celebrate Star Wars Episode 8 ‘ The Last Jedi’, 80s Retro Corner, Artist’s Corner – featuring Cartoon People, as well as performances from Conclusion, Naïve, Sharpnel Method and Owned on day 2. DJ Sonica and DJ Razzy performed DJ shows to entertain the audience with their groovy beats on the final day.

Along with Dhaka Comicon, the stalls selling merchandise was running a day-long contest. In other words, not only do cosplayers and photographers got to win stuff, but the audience too, could win prizes. Loads of vendors showcased their products in around 20 stalls.

Charcha brought their unique collection of books with them. Grace, Different Colors, Saadi’s Collectibles brought various collectibles for comic book fans. SRK showcased lockets, badges as well as a comic book titled ‘Coxsbazarer Kakatua’. Sketch, Powerwear, T-shirt house BD, One Stop had t-shirts and dresses. Merlin’s Beard had collectibles, posters and dresses from the world of Harry Potter, as well as wands too!

Geekaroo featured action figures and posters. Kraftz put unique bookmarks, notebooks and cards for sale. Pillow Platoon had unique pillow covers and pillows. Galatea featured clocks, bookmarks, posters, mugs, Hypnotize had toys and mugs. Giftery, Giftorita and Toymoy had some action figures. Badgers had chains, wallets and T-shirts for sale. 3 Otaku Store featured T-shirts and collectibles for anime and manga fans. Postersmith had a stall too, showcasing their collection. Rollout had a collection of masks for sale. RPM Anime Store featured a huge collection of everything related to animes and mangas, such as action figures, dresses, lockets, bags, collectibles, even swords.

Toylet featured the biggest collection of action figures and imported authentic toys. Knock featured everything ranging from toys to cosplay dresses!

Jazeen X Caderno allowed visitors cosplay their favourite characters through their talented make-up artists, as well as selling makeup equipment and notebooks. The event also marked the launching of ‘Rono’- a comic book, which also co-sponsors the event.

Every year Dhaka Comicon serves as an entry to the world of fantasy for thousands of jubilant visitors, to escape from reality. Jamuna Future Park, the venue of Dhaka Comicon 2017 was vibrant with the presence of every comic book, anime, k- pop, movie lovers from Dhaka throughout the days.

The gates for the event were open at 11.00 am daily, and closed at 9.00 pm. Each day, tickets of Tk 200 grant you entry into this massive celebration of pop culture in Dhaka.

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