Monday, March 23, 2015

Comic Con India awards: And the Best Graphic Novel nominees are…

Comic Con India was inaugurated in India in 2011, and has attracted comics fans from all over the country to its events in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. Aside from its regular cosplay competitions, it also gives out awards to the most notable comics work done in India each year. Last year’s nominees have just been announced; here’s your rough guide to the five graphic novels in the running to win the award for the Best Graphic Novel published in 2014.

Nirmala and Normala, Penguin

Written by Sowmya Rajendra and illustrated by Niveditha Subramaniam, this is the only nomination for best graphic novel this year entirely by women, and with a contemporary theme. It is a satirical commentary on the representation of women in Bollywood, using a comparison between twin characters Nirmala and the cheekily named Normala.

The novel uses one of the oldest tropes in popular Indian cinema – twins separated at birth – to comic effect. The absurdity of the film-star Nirmala’s existence is juxtaposed with the realistic life of Normala, a reflection of the reader (or at least somebody the reader is likely to know). For example, Nirmala has an admirer who is obsessed with her, a situation that is unquestioned and even encouraged in  Bollywood. But the man obsessed with Normala is jailed for stalking her.

Simian, HarperCollins

Written and illustrated in black-and-white by Vikram Balagopal, this is a meditation on war. It straddles the two major Hindu epics: it is about the Ramayana, but with the Mahabharata as its setting. Bhim comes across an unwell monkey and then realises it is none other than Hanuman himself. The two then settle down for a night of conversation about war, which is, of course, one of the central concerns that binds the two epics together so strongly.

This fraternity is mirrored in the characters of Bhim and Hanuman, who are both sons of Vayu. Balagopal uses this framing to re-tell the story of Ram from Hanuman’s point of view, and challenges the idea that Hanuman didn’t question Ram or Sugriv’s actions. His cover artwork for this book is much acclaimed, and is outstanding.

Rumi, Sufi Comics

This is the only nominee in this category that combines comics and poetry. The publishers, Bangalore-based Sufi Comics, make comics exclusively in order to help the reader better understand Islam. It is no surprise, then, that they have adapted into the comic form the verse of the beloved 13th century mystic poet, Rumi, and eleven stories based on his life.

The adaptation includes the original Persian text, along with translations by Andrew Harvey. Sufi Comics founders and acclaimed writers Mohammad Ali Vakil and Mohammad Ali Arif where involved in choosing the stories to include and in editing the book. Bangalore-based comics artist Rahil Mohsin has illustrated the book, and Muqtar Ahmed has done the calligraphy.

Sholay, Graphic India

It’s been over thirty years since the iconic film was first released, but its staying power is unabated. This graphic adaptation of the film is the first of its kind, and is a collector’s item for anyone who is crazy about the film. The telling of the actual story of Sholay itself – the hiring of two ne’er-do-well petty criminals in order to combat the menace of a powerful local dacoit – is reprodued faithfully, frame by frame, with no changes of any significance. The publisher’s other Sholay-based graphic novel, Gabbar, can be read as a companion piece to this one. Sholay is also being animated for television by Graphic India in collaboration with POGO.

World War One, Campfire

What was it like in the trenches of the First World War? Alan Coswill and Lalit Kumar Sharma attempt to answer this question with their writing and art, respectively, for this graphic novel. Millions of young men from thirty different countries fought during this war, and it is from the soldier’s point of view that the story is told. It begins with Franz Ferdinand’s assassination in 1914, and goes on to explore in vivid detail the horrors and heartbreak of war.

The script and art have tackled the difficult task of capturing the sheer scale of the First World War in a relatively short space. The novel explores the psychological aftermath of the war, for those soldiers who survived it.

The other nominations:

Best Pencilller/Inker/Penciller-Inker TeamGowra Hari Perla, KAKAA Fableri
Abhijeet Kini, Holy Hell, Meta Desi Vol. 2
Zoheb Momin, Item Dhamaka
Harsho Mohan, Hyderabad: A Graphic Novel
Harsho Mohan, Aghrori 11
Lalit Kumar Sharma and Jagdish Kumar, World War One
Sachin Nagar, Kaurava Empire Vol. 1
Sachin Nagar, Kaurava Empire Vol. 2
Harsho Mohan, Chakrapurer Chakkare
Sabu Sarasan, Ayodhya Kand
Zoheb Akbar and Arijit Dutta Chowdhury, Jatayu and Nandi (Divine Beings)

Best ColouristSanman Mohita, Futile, Blind Spot
Vipul Bhandari, Cross Hair, Blind Spot
R. Kamath and Prabhu, Item Dhamaka
Neeraj Menon, Hyderabad: A Graphic Novel
Prasad Patnaik, Aghori 11
Sachin Nagar, Kaurava Empire Vol. 1
Sachin Nagar, Kaurava Empire Vol. 2
Vijay Sharma and Pradeep Sherawat, World War One
B. Meenakshi and Pragati Agrawal, Space Doughtnut, Tinkle 276

Best CoverAbhijeet Kini, Ground Zero #2
Sumit Kumar, Parshu Warriors
Sumit Kumar, Devi Chaudhrani
Mukesh Singh, Ravanayan Finale Part 2
Rahil Mohsin, Rumi, Sufi Comics
Priya Kurien, Bookasura
Culpeo S. Fox, The Fox and the Crow 

Best WriterAlan Cowsill, World War One
Rajani Thindiath, Dreams: My World in My Head, Tinkle Holiday Special 41
Lewis Helfland, They Changed the World

Best Continuing Graphic SeriesChiyo, Tinkle Digest
Ravanayan, Holy Cow
Beast Legion
Dental Diaries, Tinkle 

Best Illustrated Children's BookTinkle Digest 276, Tinkle
Pashu, Puffin
The Fox and the Crow, Karadi Tales
Malgudi School Days, Puffin

Best Children's WriterSean D'Mello, Tantri the Mantri: The Dream Team, Tinkle Tall Tales 4
Ruskin Bond, With Love from the Hills
Arundhati Venkatesh, Bookasura
Devdutt Pattnaik, Pashu
Harini Gopalswami Srinivasan, Ayodhya Kand

Best Publication for ChildrenTinkle Holiday Special 41
Tinkle Digest 273
CN Remix, Pepper Script
Bookasura, Scholastic
Ayodhya Kand, ACK

Lifetime Achievement AwardAabid Surti

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cartoonist Roy Doty passes away

Passings | Cartoonist and illustrator Roy Doty, best known for his long-running Wordless Workshop cartoon, has died at age 92. Wordless Workshop, which ran in Family Handyman and other similar publications, featured a pipe-smoking handyman who, when faced with a domestic problem of some sort, would immediately visualize something he could build, including a simple set of plans. Doty also illustrated over 100 children’s books, including several by Judy Blume, and drew a syndicated Laugh-In comic based on the television show Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. He had a short-lived show of his own on the Dumont Network in 1953, in which he told stories and drew cartoons. He won 10 awards from the National Cartoonists Society, including their Gold Key Hall of Fame Award, and continued to be an active cartoonist until last year. [Mike Lynch Cartoons]

Thor #5
Thor #5
Comics | Danielle Henderson compares the sales figures and finds that Marvel’s new, female Thor is selling more comics than her male predecessor, at least in recent years. [Fusion]
Creators | Dean Haspiel, who draws the modern incarnation of Irwin Hasen’s The Fox, shares some memories of the late cartoonist. [Comic Riffs]
Creators | Indian cartoonist Paul Fernandes has created a lovely series of nostalgic cartoons about his hometown of Bangalore in the “good old days,” from the 1950s to the 1970s, including watercolors of local hangouts, outdoor haircuts and bicycle thieves. [BBC News]
Creators | Émilie Gleason, creator of Salz & Pfeffer, and Gina Wynbrandt, creator of the minicomic Big Pussy, talk to each other about music, Sailor Moon, and dreams. [The Comics Journal]
Team S.L.U.G.
Team S.L.U.G.
Creators | Kevin Lintz and Shannon Thomas appear this weekend at the Heart of Texas Comic Con in Waco to show off their kid-friendly comic Team S.L.U.G. The pair, who have known each other since they were teens, came up with the idea while they were working in a Pepsico lab; the comic is an action story featuring slugs battling hedgehogs. [Waco Tribune-Herald]
Creators | George Gene Gustines looks at some online resources for aspiring creators, from actual courses to working artists who share their work and comment on it. [The New York Times]
Comics | Rich Barrett puts together a list of 10 great comics for young readers. [Mental Floss]
Publishing | Gina Gagliano of First Second has some advice for would-be graphic novelists who want to get the attention of publishers. [The Booklist Reader]

Graphic India raises 2.8 mln dollars to build 'pan-Indian digital comic empire'

Graphic India, a Bangalore-based digital media company, has raised funds totaling 2.8 million dollars to continue its quest to create a comics and animation business that represents India and its culture.
The funding round was provided by The Chernin Group via its Asia-focused CA Media arm, Techcrunch reported.
Graphic India, founded in 2013 and owned by U.S. holding company Liquid Comics, aims to make Indian comics and superheroes popular.
Sharad Devarajan, CEO and co-founder of Liquid Comics and Graphic India, said that the money and time would be spent to continue to create content and develop a digital platform to showcase the company's library of comics, cartoons and films.
The Bangalore-based startup has to date spent its resources and time to build a catalog of content and gain distribution via third parties in the industry. This involves a partnership with Rovio, distribution deals with Cartoon Network in India, 10 film licensing deals and not to mention, actual content from acclaimed cartoonist Stan Lee, Batman writer Grant Morrison, and a host of others.
Devarajan added that the quality they have produced has not been seen in India before and its packaging, execution and delivery would be the best in the world.
Graphic India has an active presence on YouTube but has planned "fully immersive" apps with built-in e-books and video components.
The company has also planned to exploit Facebook's popularity in India and develop a dedicated Facebook app for its comics and cartoons, which combined with mobile, will help the firm to build its own audience.
The aim was to find the next JK Rowling or Stan Lee who might be somewhere in a village, to stop coloring in Tinkerbell and get creative, Devarajan added. (ANI)

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