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Kristian Nairn, Rob Denbleyker enthrall public at Delhi Comic Con 2015

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New Delhi: The fifth edition of the capital’s most-loved comic and graphic novel extravaganza, the Delhi Comic Con, kicked here on a high note with internationally reputed artist Rob Denbleyker of “Cyanide and Happiness” and “Game of Thrones” actor Kristian Nairn enthralling the audience with their wit and charm.

The three-day fest, which began on Friday at the NSIC Grounds, Okhla, features around 250 participants from across the globe.

The main draw at the event, however, was undoubtedly the presence of the 6 feet 9 inches tall Nairn, who essays Hodor in the hugely popular HBO fantasy TV series “Game of Thrones”. The actor will be in attendance on all three days of the event, taking part in special sessions, signings and fan interactions.

Some of the Indian publishers present at the event were Campfire Graphic Novels, Vimanika Comics, Holycow Entertainment, Scholastic India among others.

Campfire had an exclusive release of their World War II series books “World War Two: Against the Rising Sun” and “World War II: Under the Shadow of the Swastika”.

“We have been wanting to do this series about the World War II. It was an urge to do this book. The first book was the approach was how the soldiers felt during the world war. We all have read the history, but how did it all happen? The condition of the soldiers, their families… the books talk about that,” the book’s illustrator Lalit Kumar Sharma told.

Vimanika Comics, one of the country’s premier graphic novel publishers too, had something new up their sleeve. They have come up with a sub-imprint called Kalapani Comics, which they are showcasing at the ongoing Comic-Con.

Known for their mythology inspired graphic novels, Vimanika has taken a contemporary route with this sub-imprint and are ready to release the “Eldritch Chronicles,” a fantasy series.

“‘Eldritch’ by Virat Nigam, a 15-year-old kid from Kanpur who got inspired by the likes of George R.R. Martin and he started writing these stories. When they saw our comic book store in Lucknow, they approached us and we came into a partnership,” founder Karan Vir Arora told.

Bengaluru-based independent artist and photographer Ari Jayaprakash, who is exhibiting prints from his forthcoming graphic novel “The Kuru Chronicles” at the event, says that the Comic Con has helped artists and publishers to promote their work in a better manner.

One of the reasons why we keep coming here is the support, which motivates us to go on. People have expectations and there are some interesting artists doing good things out there. There would be a change as far as artwork and comics to be found are concerned,

Delhi Comic Con 2015 also features a special “Star Wars Zone” for fans of the legendary series. The Star Wars: Battle Pod made an appearance at the event to provide fans with a high-speed arcade game experience based on the series.

For tech enthusiasts, Cornea Entertainment hosted an interactive session on cinematic e-comics, where the audiences got to experience the comic reading in a completely new way on a tab.

Graphic pen tablets manufacturer Wacom also conducted a fun session with artist Abhijeet Kini on ‘How To Create Your Very Own Characters & Comic Strips’.

Like every year, cos-players depicting famous characters from comic books, animated films and live-action movies mesmerized the attendees and posed for pictures.

The three-day event will conclude on December 6th, Sunday.

(Inputs from IANS)

(Picture Courtesy:www.hindustantimes.com)

  • Karigar Medha

    Maybe Campfire Books’ illustrator Lalit Kumar Sharma might reflect a bit deeper on the meaning of their title ” WWII … under the shadow of the SWASTIKA” … Time for some of the younger gen comic artists to tell the true story of how an India Under The Shadow of Western Imperialism (material & intellectual) lost its revered Swastik symbol to Nazi appropriation …. and a whole civilization lost public access to the holy Swastik for fear of being seen as part of something Nazi … the victim getting blamed ….

  • Karigar Medha

    Maybe Campfire Books’ illustrator Lalit Kumar Sharma might reflect a bit deeper on the meaning of their title ” WWII … under the shadow of the SWASTIKA” … Time for some of the younger gen comic artists to tell the true story of how an India Under The Shadow of Western Imperialism (material & intellectual) lost its revered Swastik symbol to Nazi appropriation …. and a whole civilization lost public access to the holy Swastik for fear of being seen as part of something Nazi … the victim getting blamed ….

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The Brain behind Chacha Chaudhury: Cartoonist Pran Kumar Sharma, the Father of Indian Comics

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Pran Kumar Sharma. Wikimedia
  • Chacha Chaudhury was an Indian comic that once competed against the Western comics
  • The comic characters of Chacha and Sabu once became a very popular household name
  • It is safe to say that Chacha Chaudhury was a childhood memory for most of the adult population now

August 11, 2017: It was Pran Kumar Sharma, a popular cartoonist, who came up with the famous characters Chacha Chaudhury and Sabu.

Born on 15th August 1938 in part of India that is now called Pakistan, Pran began his career as a cartoonist in 1960. His first cartoon was published in a Delhi based Newspaper called Milaap at a time when western comics dominated the Indian reader market.

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But by creating these Indian comic characters, Pran revolutionized Indian comics. Chacha Chaudhury was first sketched for a newspaper called “Lot-Pot”.

Instantly, Chacha Chaudhury and his counterpart Sabu became common household names. Pran, thus, wrote his name as India’s most successful comic artist.

Chacha Chaudhary stories in Hindi:

It is often said that Pran wanted to design something different from common comic characters in western societies, such as Batman and Superman. The legendary cartoonist wanted to draw a character that represented India and looked Indian. With this thought, his hands drew a short and bald old man.

Chacha Chaudhury was born, and the rest is history.

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Filled with comedy and stories of morals, Chacha Chaudhury went on to become India’s best selling comic.

Kids, as well as adults, became fond of Pran’s creation. Other famous characters by the legend include Raman, Billoo, Shrimati Ji and others.

Pran Kumar Sharma died of colon cancer at a hospital in Gurgaon on August 6, 2014. He was 75.

In the year 1995, the cartoonist was named in Limca Book of World Records. He was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. Interestingly, Pran was called the Walt Disney of India in World Encyclopedia of Comics.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Actor Paul Blackthorne from American TV show ‘Arrow’ to attend Delhi Comic Con in December

Actor Paul Blackthorne, who essays the role of detective Quentin Lance in the American TV show "Arrow", will attend the Delhi Comic Con in December

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Paul Blackthorne. Facebook

New Delhi, November 14, 2016: Actor Paul Blackthorne, who essays the role of detective Quentin Lance in the American TV show “Arrow”, will attend the Delhi Comic Con in December.

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Blackthorne will be present on all three days of the event, starting December 3.

“We at Comic Con India are extremely thrilled to host Paul Blackthorne at Alto Delhi Comic Con 2016. Every year, we bring the best to Delhi with tons of surprises. Paul’s presence is one of the many things we have planned this year,” Jatin Varma, founder, Comic Con India, said.

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“I am super excited and can’t wait for him to reach Delhi and meet all his fans,” Varma added in a statement.

Blackthorne also starred in the film “Lagaan” as Captain Russell.

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Other international guests who will be attending the Comic Con include Erik Larsen, co-founder of Image Comics, and Tom Richmond, caricaturist, cartoonist and humorous illustrator for MAD Magazine, Cartoon Network, National Geographic.

The event will take place at NSIC Exhibition Complex. (IANS)

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7 Indian comics based on mythology

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Right from our childhood, we have been hearing stories from Indian mythology. Characters from Mahabharata and Ramayana especially ruled our childhood.

Taking a cue from the love for Indian mythologies, comics have always satiated the hunger for cartoon lovers.

Here is a list of seven cartoons based on mythologies

Ravanayan

ravanayanThis ten part comic series created by Vivek Goel and Vijayendra Mohanty and published by Holy Cow Entertainment is the perfect example of depicting an old story with a contemporary twist. It is the retelling of Ramayana with Ravana as the protagonist and is the best way of engrossing children and young adults in this cult epic.

Shiva- The Legend of the Immortals

shiva-the-legends-of-the-immortal-book-1-400x400-imadk92pazznuzyqThis series by Vimanika Comics depicts the tales of Shiva revealing various aspects of his convoluted personality. Till date, the series comprises of two books. The first book deals with ‘story of the origin of the universe and Lord Shiva’s marriage to Sati.’ The second book ‘dwells extremely on the love story of Lord Shiva and Parvati, their marriage and the battle between Kartikeya and Tarkasur.’

 

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This classic Indian monthly magazine started by B. Nagi Reddy and Chakrapani, and edited by Kodavatiganti Kutumba Rao for 28 years is the longest running comic in the Indianmythology sector. First published in Telugu and Tamil, it was published in Hindi in 1949 and now runs across 12 languages.

Aghori

aghoriWritten by Ram Iyer, published by Holy Cow Entertainment, and illustrated by Vivek Goel and Gaurav Srivastav, this comic introduces us to the intriguing life and culture of Aghoris. They are ascetic Shaiva Sadhus engaging in post-mortem rituals, sometimes involving cannibalism. It comprises large readership due to its marvelous mythological tales of these Shiva devotees.

 

I Am Kalki

The tenth incarnation of Vishnu is Kalki Avatar or holocaust. Kalki’s divine mission is to destroy the demons of corruption and ignorance. Kalki is a dark, slender, handsome and youthful boy who gradually discovers that he has many powers in his control. He begins a new life in the city, and behaves like any average teenager; but in the night, he goes around hunting down enemies of humanity the modern day demons.

This book of three complete volumes with the fourth on its way has engaged readers in the heroic story of this celebrated figure immensely.

Krishna: A Journey Within

krishna-webThis astounding fable of wit and wisdom by Abhishek Singh is ‘a searing, human portrayal of Lord Krishna’ which journeys along the pastimes that have swayed through ages. ‘It is the final confrontation between fire and man’s consuming greed to conquer all and the supreme power of the Divine Spirit.’

 

Pandavas 5

Exclusively produced in broadcast partnership with Disney/BeunaVista International, this anime inspired a story from the house of RME revolves around the adventures of five uniquely Chandamamatalented Pandavas and their journey from rigorous training at Dronacharya’s hermitage to winning at a competition in the city of Panchal. This multi-layered story full of delicious maneuver shows how Pandavas excel at the art of warfare and aesthetics along with the resentful competition from their cousins, the Kauravas.