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2nd Comic Con : October 2012
The 2nd Comic Con was held in Mumbai in October 2012. Amar Chitra Katha sponsored the event and launched it's new title - Kubera.
Sons of Rama, the much-anticipated full-length animated movie by ACK Animation Studio, was the star of the event.
People from different walks of life were invited to interact with the cast and characters of the movie.
Editors from Tinkle also conducted a panel discussion on how comic books are evolving in today's day and age.
Comic Con Bangalore: September 2012
Comic Con was held for the first time in the city of Bangalore. Amar Chitra Katha sponsored the event and launched the new animated short film Shikari Shambhu as well as Sons of Rama, the much-anticipated full-length animated movie by ACK Animation Studio.
Editors from Amar Chitra Katha also conducted a Mythology quiz, which created a buzz at the event.
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Radio Mirchi Pune: May 2012
Radio Mirchi Pune: May 2012
Tinkle associated with Radio Mirchi and NIE to conduct a “Back-to-school” activity in Pune.
Suppandi, one of the most loved Tinkle characters, visited various schools and entertained children with his antics and joke-telling sessions.
Literary Bug Fest
Tinkle editorial team led by Neel Paul conducted an interactive workshop with kids of age 3-13 years at the literary bug fest at Chembur, which included fun story telling session, coloring and story writing. The aim to participate in this festival was to expose the children to a wide range of Indian literature available for young readers and give them the opportunity to meet the artist behind Tinkle. The kids could explore different means of storytelling, giving free rein to their imagination.
Little Explorer Workshop
Tinkle teams conducted a comic-making workshop with the kids of Little Explorer at Tinkle studio. The comic making session was followed by story telling and coloring with the kids. Direct interaction with the kids also helped the editorial team to understand the thought process of a child and their expectations from a magazine like Tinkle.
Out -of –the- Box at DPS
The Tinkle Editorial team conducted a workshop called “Out-of-the-Box” at DPS, Srinagar, in May 2012, to inculcate writing skills and ideation in young children. So effective was the workshop that the Principle of the school requested to include this portion in the school curriculum as well!The team also held a second workshop on how to make comic strips.
ACK Media in World Book Fair
ACK Media took 10 stalls at the World Book Fair – Delhi from February 25, 2012 to March 5, 2012.One of India’s oldest book fair, the event is organized every two years at PragatiMaidan in New Delhi by the National Book Trust India, for the avid book lovers.
The ACK Media stall at the WBF was interestingly done, promoting 4 of its brand. Huge cut outs of ACK Media characters – Suppandi,ShikariShambhuand Mythological heroeswere put up at the entrance.Each ACK Media brand had a dedicated section to itself with a trivia on the brand.The Brainwave section was installed with a Brainwave Lab with do-and-learn experiments with cool tools for students of all talents and capabilities. The Tinkle corner had a speech bubble with Suppandi in a true comic book style where the kids could pen down their thoughts. The kids were also given an opportunity to meet Suppandi and click photographs with him. Karadi Tales section had a cool lounge for every kid to come, sit and read their favorite picture bo0k. Amar Chitra Katha corner boasts of trivia board on the history of ACK!!
Promoters in Suppandi, ShikariShambhu and Tantri the Mantri costume roamed around the fair interacting with customers and driving them to the stall.
Quiz at Comicon
The Tinkle Editors conjured up some really tough questions so that they could bring back all the prizes we had kept aside for this quiz. But they underestimated the power of our brands and characters... Each one of the questions was answered... and ALL the prizes had to be given away! Ha!
Launch of the Uncle Pai title
We paid tribute to our legendary founder, Late Uncle Pai, by launching an Amar Chitra Katha title on his life. ReenaPuri, ACK's Editor and Uncle Pal's close associate, helped create a poignant short film on his life. The most heartwarming part of this event was the unveiling of the cover by Mrs. LalitaPai.
ACK Media showcases Sons of Ram
ACK Media showcased the first cut of their first cutting-edge theatrical animated film in stereoscopic 3D during Comic Con. It will hit theatres in September. We expect it to be a greater hit than Avatar'!!!!
Tinkle won the best kid's publication award
The last... and definitely the best 'news' - which is now common knowledge... The Tinkle Holiday Special won the award for the best kid's publication. Congratulations again to the fantastic team at Tinkle, ably lead by the one and only... RAJANI THINDIATH!
ACK-Media participated in the Kala Ghoda Festival
that was held from February 4 to February 12, 2012. During the festival, ACK Media paid a tribute to our beloved (LatelUncleAnant Pai. The Tinkle team conducted a workshop on "How to write a comic" followed by a drawing competition.
New Year with Kids at Mahesh Memorial Trust
Karadi Tales organized a special event at the Children's Ward of the Mahesh Memorial Trust at the Cancer Institute MIA) in Gandhinagar, Chennai. The storytellers readFish Friends Three, The Monkeys and the Capseller and The Lion and the Mouse- and the kids had a ball!
Tenzing Norgay Launched on Apple IPAD
Tenzing Norgay from the Amar Chitra Katha gallery of bravehearts was launched on an iPad app to reach out to its millions of fans.
Release of Amar Chitra Katha Title on Konark
ACK Media released an Amar Chitra Katha title on the temple to the Sun God -Konark.
We advertised in AFAQs, highlighting to media buyers and marketers the power of our mega-characters Suppandi and Shikari Shambhu. And we spoke about the advantage that would accrue to them if they advertised in our magazines: Tinkle, Tinkle Digest and Brainwave.
Tinkle New Features Launched
Three new features were started in the New Year (Jan issue) of Tinkle: Tinkle Spotlight, Mark Your Calendar and Name Place Animal Thing.
Announcement of Collection of Tamil Classics
Marking the occasion of Pongal, ACK Media launched Amar Chitra Katha's Tamil Classics collection, which brings together some of the best Tamil Nadu-based titles.
20-Title Collection of Books on Nation Builders
Marking the occasion of Republic Day, ACK-Media launched 'Nation Builders a collection of 20 carefully chosen Amar Chitra Katha titles dedicated to some of the stalwarts and visionaries who helped shape our country.
Landmark Storytelling Activities
Tinkle participated in Landmark's Kids' fest across 5 cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad. Chennai and Bangalore. There was. storytelling from Tinkle along with a coloring competition. Winners were rewarded with copies of Tinkle Digest. Needless to say, the kids loved it!
Karadi Tales Storytelling Sessions
On World Disability Day, Karadi Tales joined the kids of V-Excel Educational Trust for Special Children for a storytelling session at Indira Nagar Youth Hostel in Chennai. Other storytelling sessions were organized at Eureka Bookstore in New Delhi and at Hippocampus in Chennai.
Opening up Ad Space in Kids Magazine to Media buyers
ACK Media's crack Ad Sales team, headed by Eric D'souza, introduced ACK's innovations to media buyers, inviting them to advertise in Tinkle. Brainwave and Atnar Chitra Katha. Clinic Plus. Uniball Pens, Gamier Fructis kids, Tata Steel, Mc Cain Foods, TI Cycles, BSA Cycles, Reynolds Pens and Parle Mango Bite amongst others are the brands that are ALREADY on board within THREE months of starting the process! Bravo!
Syndication in Publications
ACK Media's first syndicated comic strip was carried in the inaugural issue of My Little HT, a Hindustan Times' children's supplement, which was launched on November 14th in HT's Delhi edition. The issue will go live in March 2012, and ACK Media has been offered free advertising space in it.
Winners of ACK Media Scholarship on l4 November
In July 2011, ACK Media initiated a huge scholarship program for children all over India, in fond memory of Uncle Pai. This was communicated at Big Bazaar outlets across India. We received nearly 20,000 entries!
Launch of Karadi Tales Picture Books
Karadi Tales, for the first time, launched picture books for children, illustrated by international illustrators
Comic Con Mumbai - Unveiled the look of our 1
animated film - Sons of Ram
ACK Media participated in Comic Con, Mumbai and launched the first look of Sons of Ram (our first 3D animated film) at this event. Sons of Ram is inspired by the original ACK comic and is adapted, written and directed by Kushal Ruia. The amazing characters are brought to life with voices-over of stars like Sunidhi Chauhan and Aditya Kapadia. We also generated brisk sales of our published products, DVDs and customized T- Shirts.
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