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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

31 News 16: The Hindu (Disney’s Back), Deccan Chronicle (Gen X) & TOI (Graphic Pick)

Dear ComiRades,

In the Last Blog Post, TCU has forgotten to Give due credits for Muthu Fan for providing the Physical Scans of the Fleetway Group Publications. It was a Mere Oversight and As usual, TCU acknowledges the Help from the Pioneer of Comics Blogging in Tamil Comics Ulagam and also takes this opportunity for acquiring the Official Site.

TCU is Back with yet another Comics News Post. Of Late, TCU has not compiled one such and hence is the need for this post. Starting with The Times Of India Article on the Graphic Pick section which they Update once in a Month. This time it featured Our Beloved Steve Holland. Now, As mentioned in his latest mail to TCU, Steve is quite busy in his Latest Work (Which will be Updated in TCU) and hence was Spared for Comments on this Post.

Times Of India – Chennai Times – Dated 17th April 2009 – Page No 6 : Graphic Pick – Rick Random – Edited By Steve Holland – Prion Books

Times Of India Chennai Times Page 6 17th April 2009 Rick Random Book Pic

Instead of TCU Commenting on this,Let us get someone from the UK Comics Domain itself.  This is What Renowned Comics Creator Lew Stringer has to say on this wonderful collection:

Lew Stringer: “With all the many books on classic UK comics appearing these days (from Commando to Modesty Blaise) people can't afford to buy everything. However, if you're trying to choose between Rick Random and the other Fleetway library reprints I'd suggest this is the best one to get.


Over 600 pages of artwork by Ron Turner makes it well worth the price. He proves here to be a master of black and white composition and his retro-future designs are fantastic. The stories are solidly crafted well-told tales and are more sophisticated than those of the Fleetway weeklies of the period.


The only faults are that, because the pages are scanned from the old comics and not the long-lost original art, some of the finer lines in some pages have "dropped out". (Everything is still legible though.) On the whole reproduction is very good and the best one can expect. Try this book, - it's a British classic”.

This Digest Consists of 10 Wonderful Stories from the 1950’s. Here is the List:

No Story Title 1st Appeared Author Artist
1 Kidnappers from Mars Super Detective Library 44, Dec 1954 Edward Homes Bill Lacey
2 Emperor of the Moon Super Detective Library 49, Mar 1955 Unknown Ron Turner
3 Planet of Terror Super Detective Library 123, Mar 1958 Bob Kesten Ron Turner
4 Space Pirates Super Detective Library 127, May 1958 Harry Harrison Ron Turner
5 Perilous Mission Super Detective Library 129, Jun 1958 Harry Harrison Ron Turner
6 Mystery of the Frozen World Super Detective Library 133, Aug 1958 Bob Kesten Ron Turner
7 Mystery of the Robot World Super Detective Library 137, Oct 1958 Barry Coker Ron Turner
8 Killer in Space Super Detective Library 37, Sep 1954 Edward Homes Ron Turner
9 Threat from Space Super Detective Library 153, Jun 1959 Bob Kesten Ron Turner
10 Kidnapped Planet Super Detective Library 163, Dec 1959 Bob Kesten Ron Turner

Now, When Lew Comments like that, it has to be Bought and it is Available in Chennai Landmark for the Last 3 Months. Apart from the Fact that the General Editor is Steve Holland, what forced Yours Truly to buy this wonderful edition was the Artists Involved in the Stories. 1st Story Features Bill Lacey about whom Tamil ComiRades need no introduction as they have tasted his Trademark Artwork in series such as John Steel (Muthu Comics) ஜான் ஸ்டீல் (முத்து காமிக்ஸ்), No 13 Marvel Street (Lion / Mini Lion) துப்பறியும் கம்ப்யுட்டர் (லயன் காமிக்ஸ், மினி லயன்), Rat Pack (Lion Comics) பெருச்சாளிப் பட்டாளம் லயன் காமிக்ஸ், Man Who Searched for Fear (Thigil Comics) ஆபத்தை தேடி (திகில் காமிக்ஸ்) etc. Another Wonderful News is TCU is on the Verge of Completing the full collection of all the above mentioned series of UK Golden Oldies.

And the 2nd Artist who is predominant over the rest of the 9 stories is None other than Ron Turner, Who unfortunately has made limited appearance in Tamil Comics. Old Timers may recall The Formative issues of Thigil Comics in which Jet Ace Logan ஜெட் வீரர் லோகன் (திகில் காமிக்ஸ்) featured in a Single story. However, This is a chance for all those ComiRades to Own a Piece of Collectors Edition from the maestro who is known for his Unique Artwork. Yes, Turner is the one who made the style of Chiaroscuro his own. Not only in Black and White, But also in Colour (See, THIS Example).

Rick Random Space Detective Digest Cover

Ron Turner–Example for Chiaroscuro

Cover & Back Wrapper Of Rick Random

Rick Random (cover) Ron Turner Art Sample Rick Random FINAL

Amazon Link (For those Who Want to Buy Online): Rick Random

Steve Holland’s Blog Post: Rick Random Digest

Artist Ron Turner Details: Home Page Link

Artist Bill Lacey Details: Lambiek Link

Now, What are you waiting for? Go Grab it before it is too late. Remember, Steve Lays his Hands only on Quality Compilation and hence this one is a Masterpiece not to be missed.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

The Second Article to be discussed was about the growing interest of Youngsters on Graphic Novels and this fact is confirmed by the Number of copies sold over the last 6 months across various Book Shops. And, Madhurima Chatterjee (Whom i believe is covering this segment for the 1st time) has done a wonderful Article on Graphic novels. Hopefully we can expect many more such articles from madhurima in future.

Deccan Chronicle – Chennai Chronicle – Dated 24th April 2009 – Page No 25 – Growing Awareness About Graphic Novels Among Youth & Gen X

Deccan Chronicle Chennai Chronicle Page 25 Dated 24th April 2009 Gen N & Comics

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Last week TCU received a Surprise mail which contained links to a Forum in which ComiRade Rathnagiri of Sivakasi ரத்தினகிரி (சிவகாசி) has done a wonderful job of Translating 1941 Comic Series into Tamil in such a Professional manner that Kanavugalin Kathalan has admired this Piece of Work. Hopefully this will be loved by ComiRades such as Hollywood Bala, Sureஷ், Pula Sulaki etc.

Now, Some ComiRades may question the Legality of such Translation. Kindly read what Rathnagiri has to say on this. There are 5 Stories translated by him and the good news is, all of them are available for Download. Have a Look at the Quality work.

Kazhugu Image 3 Kazhugu Image 2 Kazhugu Image 1

Here is the Link: Kazhugu Veeran - கழுகு வீரன்

Enjoy this stuff and write in a Word of appreciation for such dedicated work to satisfy our hunger for Quality Tamil Comics. Strangely, this kind of translation was the Bone of Contention in a Lengthy Conversation TCU Had with MuthuFan couple of weeks ago. Well, Muthu Fan, what do you say?

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Another Piece of Comic News that is Making waves across India is the return of Walt Disney to India Through the Distribution of Diamond Group. When the News Broke about the Launch of Disney in India in the 2nd week of April, TCU had a Lengthy Chat about the Characters and the Copyright with Doctor 7 & Muthu Fan. The Bone of Contention was the 6 Stories that Fleetway has published somewhere in their publications. More on that in a Later post. The same is Updated by ComiRade Rafiq and hence TCU will not get into much into this, as of right now.

The Hindu – Metro Plus – Chennai Edition – Dated 23rd April 2009 – Page 1 – Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck Back

The Hindu Metro Plus Chennai Edition Dated 23rd April 2009 Page 1

Well, After the Conversation TCU Had with the Senior Management official with the Diamond Group, TCU has got updated on many issues and they will be discussed in detail in the remaining posts in future.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

It is to be noted that From now onwards TCU will update on News Articles only once in a Month.TCU, Of Late, has been criticised for posting Comic-Related Posts such as This Post and This Post. Hence, when there was another such thing happened, TCU, As usual was waiting to post this at the end of the month with a Dilemma. Voila, another Blogger (Shiva from Madippakkam, Chennai – Artist By Profession and ComiRade By Nature) has updated about this in his own Blog over here: கே.வி.ஆனந்த் காமிக்ஸ் படித்தார்.

On Personal account, TCU has not met him for the last six or seven years. He happens to be a Family associate of TCU’s Ex Colleague and TCU has followed him right from the days of his association with Super Novel of Mr Ramu (Another Publisher friend of TCU). Old ComiRades may remember them as the Father of Mr Ramu Was the man behind many a Comics Book in Tamil and the Elder Brother is the Publisher of James Bond Comics.

Well, enough of this now and TCU Will be Back with a May Day Special Post which will be in Contrast with the Blog Post to be Crafted by Doctor 7.As usual, post your comments in the comments section. For those who want to Pen their thoughts in Tamil, Kindly Use the Option Provided in the Widget in the sidebar or Click Here.

Thanks & Regards,
King Viswa.

31 comments:

  1. நன்றி விஸ்வா.

    கிரி.

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  2. Viswa,
    Another nice set of information. But this time with lots of additional coverage as well.

    thanks for the கழுகு வீரன் links.

    will check out rick random this week end.


    புலா சுலாகி,
    கவலைக்கேது நேரம், குறுகிய வாழ்வில்.

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  3. Dear Pula Sulaki,

    This Book is worth every rupee of it for the art work itself. The stories are also not that bad.

    The worst part is that Rick Random was Stopped to give space to Spy 13/John Steel in the original Publication in the late 50's.

    Steve Wanted to make a collection of Spy 13/John Steel. However, this time John Steel was over taken by Rick Random.

    Let's Hope that Steve somehow convinces the Publisher to bring out a collectors special edition of John Steel / Spy 13 As they are amng the highest bidded / sold Fleetway group comics that appeared in Tamil (Experience speaks).

    Hope is the Magic word here.

    King Viswa,
    Carpe Diem.

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  4. My view remains the same. It is not correct to put the copyrighted material in a public forum for monetary benefit or otherwise. It is gross injustice to the creator/publisher, whether they are active or not.

    I saw the Rick Random issue in a book shop here. However I was not too impressed with the theme(காதுல பூ). I'm eagerly waiting for the Spy 13/John Steel issues. But I hope he will come out with the Fleetway Super Library series soon, featuring Steel Claw, Spider, Barracuda(Lawrence & David in Tamil) and Johnny Nero. That would be a hit.

    Though the younger generation is returning back to graphic novels, I would like to see them reading them in Tamil. Somehow reading a Tamil comic book is considered Child-like compared to reading an English issue. I do not know whether this has got something to do our general mentality of glorifying English. இதை தமிழில் சொன்னால் என்னவாம் என்று கேட்பது காதில் விழுகிறது :-).

    Thanks for highlighting the muthucomics.com site purchase. நாலு மாதத்திற்கு ஒருமுறை பதிவிட்டு எனக்கே என்னுடைய ப்லோக் பெயர் மறந்துவிட்டது. அதனால் சுலபமாக ஞாபகம் வைத்துக்கொள்ள muthucomics.com வாங்கினேன். ஹி ஹி ஹி

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  5. விஸ்வா, பல நாட்களாக இவ்வகையான பதிவுகளை உங்கள் வலைப்பூவில் காணக் கிடைக்கவில்லையே என ஏங்கியவர்களிற்கு பதிலாக வந்து சேர்ந்திருக்கிறது உங்கள் பதிவு.

    காமிக்ஸ்களை விரைவாகப் படித்திடலாம், நாவல் போன்று குந்திக் கொண்டிருக்க வேண்டியதில்லை. இக்கருத்துடன் என்னால் ஒன்ற முடியவில்லை. அதனைக் கூறியவர் ஒர் இளைஞர் என்பதால் அதனை ஒதுக்கி விடலாம். சிறப்பான சித்திர நாவல்களின் சித்திரங்களிற்கிடையில் புதையல்களே புதைந்து கிடக்கின்றன. நாவல்களை ரசித்த படியாலேயே என்னால் காமிக்ஸ்களை முழுமையாக சுவைக்க முடிகிறது என நான் கருதுகிறேன். எது எவ்வாறாயினும் காமிக்ஸ்களிற்கு வரவேற்பு அதிகரிக்கிறது என்பது மகிழ்சி தரும் செய்தியே.

    நண்பர் சிவகாசி ரத்னகிரியின் கழுகு வீரன் முயற்சி அற்புதம், பொறாமைப் பட வைத்து விட்டார். சிறப்பான முயற்சி. பாராட்டுக்கள் உரித்தாகுக.

    உற்சாகமாகத் தொடருங்கள் உங்கள் அதிரடியை.

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  6. Dear Muthu Fan,

    //My view remains the same. It is not correct to put the copyrighted material in a public forum for monetary benefit or otherwise. It is gross injustice to the creator/publisher, whether they are active or not// i Agree with you 100%. No more questions on that.

    //However I was not too impressed with the theme(காதுல பூ// same Here. However, this has to be bought only for art work of Turner and nothing else.

    //I'm eagerly waiting for the Spy 13/John Steel issues// i very much doubt if this will happen or not. Let me check with him.

    //But I hope he will come out with the Fleetway Super Library series soon, featuring Steel Claw, Spider, Barracuda(Lawrence & David in Tamil) and Johnny Nero. That would be a hit// No questions on that. The other day also saw couple of Fleetway super library series in Amazon at an exorbitant price. Hope is the Magic word here.

    //I would like to see them reading them in Tamil. Somehow reading a Tamil comic book is considered Child-like compared to reading an English issue.// when people ask silly questions like காமிக்ஸ்'னா எது? இந்த படம் போட்ட கதையா?, I Shoot it back by saying ஆமாங்க, அதாவது திருக்குறள்'னா எது, இந்த ரெண்டு வரியில எழுத்தா இருக்குமே அது என்று நீங்கள் சொன்னால், காமிக்ஸ் கூட படம் போட்ட கதை தான்.

    //Thanks for highlighting the muthucomics.com site purchase. நாலு மாதத்திற்கு ஒருமுறை பதிவிட்டு எனக்கே என்னுடைய ப்லோக் பெயர் மறந்துவிட்டது. அதனால் சுலபமாக ஞாபகம் வைத்துக்கொள்ள muthucomics.com வாங்கினேன். ஹி ஹி ஹி// No ned to say thanks at all. It was you who provided an inspiration to all of us to blog our heart out in relation with comics. You may not remember your blog Name, every one of the ComiRades and search engines do.

    Shankar,

    //விஸ்வா, பல நாட்களாக இவ்வகையான பதிவுகளை உங்கள் வலைப்பூவில் காணக் கிடைக்கவில்லையே என ஏங்கியவர்களிற்கு பதிலாக வந்து சேர்ந்திருக்கிறது உங்கள் பதிவு.// உண்மையாகவா? அப்படியானால் நன்றி.

    //நண்பர் சிவகாசி ரத்னகிரியின் கழுகு வீரன் முயற்சி அற்புதம், பொறாமைப் பட வைத்து விட்டார். சிறப்பான முயற்சி. பாராட்டுக்கள் உரித்தாகுக// கிரியின் விடா முயற்சிக்கு கிடைத்த அங்கீகாரம் இது.

    King Viswa
    Carpe Diem.
    Tamil Comics Ulagam

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  7. viswa,

    this kalugu manidhan can be downloaded in english from this site:http://goldenagecomics.co.uk/

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  8. விஸ்வா,

    கடந்த மூன்று நியுஸ் பதிவிலும் ஏதாவது ஒரு புதுமை செய்து ரசிக்க வைத்து விடுகிறீர்கள்.இந்த நியுஸ் பதிவில் கழுகு வீரன் பற்றிய அறிமுகம்.

    வால்ட் டிஸ்னி வருகை வெற்றி அடைவது சந்தேகமே.

    கே.வி.ஆனந்த் காமிக்ஸ் படிப்பது நல்ல விஷயமே.

    ரிக் ராண்டம் வாங்கலாம் என்கிறீர்கள். சரி, செய்து விடுவோம்.

    அம்மா ஆசை இரவுகள் விசிறி.

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  9. விஸ்வா,

    இந்த மாதம் என்ன ஒரே அதிரடியாக உள்ளதே?

    இது உங்களின் ஏழாவது பதிவு.

    அதிரடி தொடருமா?

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  10. நன்றி அம்மா ஆசை இரவுகள் விசிறி அவர்களே.

    அதிரடி தொடரும்.

    மே தின சிறப்பு பதிவை நானும், டாக்டர் செவனும், அய்யம்பாளையமும் வெளியிடுவோம் என்று நம்புகிறேன்.


    King Viswa
    Carpe Diem.
    Tamil Comics Ulagam

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  11. viswa,
    nice set of articles.i liked this kind of news articles in which you also add your own inputs relevant to tamil comics field.

    what's up on may day?

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  12. Hi Viswa,
    Thanks for info about tamil translation of Kazhugu Veeran.I downloaded all comics.Fantastic translation and great work. Kudos to Rathnagiri.


    Rick Random Space Detective Available in www.flipkart.com. - Rs. 567
    http://www.flipkart.com/rick-random-space-detective/1853756733-f0x3fzzsic

    Lovingly,
    Lucky Limat

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  13. Dear Viswa,

    Interesting Post. Have u taken any Cuckoo Legium? It's your seventh this months'. Bravo! Due to some tech reasons, i couldn't comment bloggers'. Well, now i'm back again.

    No Comments Post was awesome. I really appreciae your hard work to give us some visual treats.

    Josh
    வாங்கிவிட்டிர்களா குங்குமம்?

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  14. Dear Limat,
    Thanks for the Link. It is Available in Chennai LandMark Book Shop and I've Already Got it.

    Dear Josh,
    Although Small Bird Tonic is the Secret of Your Energy,Neither Am Sachin Nor you are Kapil Dev so That Myself joing you to Say "Our Secret Of Energy". For the time being, Let me not reveal Your Secret of Energy.

    As of right now, It is the comments and Mails/Calls/SMS's from Fellow ComiRades like you, is the Tonic for me to Continue so.

    //வாங்கிவிட்டிர்களா குங்குமம்?// The Other Day, Doctor Was pulling my leg by saying that As the Editorial Team of Kungumam is Close to Yours Truly, Someday i may get news like குஷ்பூ காமிக்ஸ் படிக்கிறார் kind of articles and put that over here. Somehow, Shive helped me to overcome that issue this time. Will see in the near future.

    King Viswa
    Carpe Diem.
    Tamil Comics UlagamPost Script: When is the Review of Captain VijayaKanth's Mariyadhai coming up in ShareHunter's Site?

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  15. From The Desk Of Rebel Ravi:

    Very nice of you to intro about kazhugu veersn. thans a lot. by the way, this comics is now made public free of copyright just like sir arthur conan doyle's works,edgar allan po's works. so, it not wrong to use the comics to translate in tamil.

    Jai Ho.
    Rebel Ravi,
    Change is the Only constant thing in this world.

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  16. Hi viswa,

    Today(30.04.2009) I saw your website. It was very nice and new idea about comics.This website
    will improve to gather lot of comics fans.I have small request. Shall i put comics buying and selling orders in this blog.

    pls reply

    regards

    V.SUNDARAVARADAN

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  17. சுந்தரைப் போல நானும் என்னுடைய புத்தகங்களை இங்கு விற்பனை பற்றிய தகவல் கொடுக்கலாமா?

    ஜானி.

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  18. received today the rick random book and reading them. will post on that.

    pictures are good.

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  19. I got first issues of disney comics(Donald Duck & Micky Mouse).

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  20. கழுகுவீரனையும் இங்கே இணைத்துக் கொண்டதில் மிகுந்த பெருமையடைகின்றேன் நண்பர்களே.

    வாழ்த்துகள்.

    ரத்தினகிரி.

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