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Illustrator David Lloyd and cosplayer Nicole Jean on what to expect at the Hyderabad Comic Con.

The Hyderabad Comic Con this year promises a host of fun activities with well-known names from the world of comics. With the much-awaited event right around the corner, we caught up with special guests, iconic illustrator David Lloyd (of V for Vendetta fame), whose session will focus on his works, and renowned cosplayer Nicole Marie Jean, who will take fans through the world of costume play.

Luminary artist
Each stroke from Lloyd’s pencil has been etched into the pages of sequential art history. In fact, the man whose work has appeared on popular titles including Hellblazer, Kickback and Global Frequency, has been drawing comics for 39 years. Four years ago—inspired by Spanish comic book artist, Pepe Moreno—he shifted his focus to the realm of digital comics and started an anthology series called Aces Weekly. “It’s extremely rewarding to publish comics through cyberspace, in the simplest and easiest manner available. It also offers the finest reproduction values for the art it presents and is of economic benefit to its readers and its creators,” shares Lloyd, who hopes to incite interest in the series at the Hyderabad Comic Con by introducing young readers to it while providing a free sketch with each purchase.
No conversation surrounding this British artist will be complete without referring to the iconic 1988 graphic series (written by the eccentric recluse, Alan Moore) titled V for Vendetta. The socio-political applications of his infamous Guy Fawkes mask illustration (donned by the titular character ‘V’) have been witnessed worldwide, from Occupy Wall Street to the Arab Spring. “I think it’s great that a symbol of resistance to tyranny arising from a serious work of fiction has reached its way into the real world with such great effect. I’m very happy to have been partly responsible for it,” says Lloyd, who recommends other serious graphic novels like Rumble Strip by Woodrow Phoenix, Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa and Maus by Art Spiegelman. Details: acesweekly.co.uk

Cosplay queen
This San Diego-based sculptor-turned-designer is one of fastest rising names in the world of cosplay. After her depiction of Bane from Dark Knight Rises went viral, Jean amassed an immense following online. Now this self-taught cosplayer—with close to 62,000 followers on Twitter, 2,71,000 Instagram fans and over 2 million admirers on Facebook—is headed to the convention. “With cosplay, the most important thing is to have fun. If you want to make your own pieces there are so many resources online to guide you. One of my areas of focus in Hyderabad will be connecting with Indian cosplayers,” shares Jean, adding that the most recycled items in her wardrobe are wigs and shoes. Having completed over 100 different projects—her first being Babydoll from the movie Sucker Punch—she reveals that after India, the next convention she will be attending this year will be held in Canada.
Details: facebook.com/NicoleMarieJeanPage
On September 24-25. Tickets from Rs 350 onwards. At Hitex Exhibition Center, Hyderabad. Details: in.bookmyshow.com

—Anoop Menon

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