HYDERABAD: Comic Con is the ultimate destination for comic lovers – where they dress up as their favourite villains and superheroes. As much effort goes into getting the wackiest and most inventive costumes, cosplayers will vouch that it is no simple feat. Taking cue from such comic literati and complementing it with his his love for cartoons and superheroes, Havish Channavajhala is putting up a fan-made costumes and models booth called Station Cafe at the comic fete.
Though Havish’s childhood love for comic books, He-Man and Superman got stirred when Comic Con launched itself in 2010, he couldn’t realise his dream until this year. “We have been working relentlessly for the past six months. And though it is our first time at the mega event we are confident that cosplayers and comic enthusiasts will like what we have lined up for them,” says Havish.
Station Cafe has customised suits and props of Batman and Superman, Captain America’s Lemurian Star/shield, He-Man power sword and Thor’s hammer for sale. Havish and his 20-member team have created the coveted Ironman suit too, but it will only be on display at the stall.
In addition, to these props, visitors can also buy souvenirs, comic-themed door signages, miniature superheroes as paperweights, or Captain America’s shield that can double up as a bike riding dome. The stall will have 30 items, all vying for your attention. And this is not all. Besides being comic crazy Havish is also a sports enthusiast and plans to club both his interests at Comic Con.
“Whoever buys anything from our stall, will also be registered and then placed in teams and there will be cricket, baseball and athletic competitions at local sport clubs,” he gushes. So, if you see a group of Bat ‘men’ running after a ball in a playground, instead of beating up the Joker, don’t be surprised – they are just playing cricket.
In addition to all the fun, Station Cafe also promises to give comic books for all those who make purchases at their stall. “It has been a lot of hard work– coming up with designs and blending reality with the comic essence. Though strenuous, My team and I have enjoyed the process thoroughly,” says the comic exhibitor and a former coffee shop owner.
What is Havish expecting from his Comic Con debut? “Lots of orders and enthusiasm. We are expecting a lot of cosplayers to approach us for blue prints of costumes.”