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Sunday, May 29, 2011

11 TCU Presents . . . 03: New Comics Intro–Indya Comics-Bringing Back the Classics in Comics Form

Dear ComiRades,

Welcome back to TCU in a short from. For the last 2-3 months, it has become a habit to be non-existent for the 1st half of the month and posting in the 2nd half of the month. The same trend is continuing for this month also. Hopefully from the next month onwards, we may see this being reversed. We have been introducing many-a-new comic book for our readers and the response for the same is also encouraging. Hence we are bringing one more comics series for the ComiRades.

About one month ago, When Yours truly was going through the Landmark book shop, this particular comics was spotted. Initially only 3 books were available on the shelf and later on, the next week TCU received a call from the book shop and was informed about the availability of the next 2 books from the series. It helps to have friends across all shops. since the book series presented a refreshing theme, TCU was much interested in them. Later on, when getting to know about the creators and the concept of the books, it was decided that this has to be posted in TCU.

B.S RaghuRam With the 1st Issue of Indya Comics in IPodIndya Comics – The Concept: We would have known about the classic novels of our region and though they are great literary experience, the present generation may not enjoy reading them. The same is the case with all parts of the world where the Gen Y is no longer interested in reading a Lots of pages, continuously. This has been compensated by Classics illustrated in the western countries. Even in India, we had Amar Chitra Katha’s which were more on to Mythological and historical events rather than Classic stories from our own. Mr B.S.Raghu Ram (The Smart looking gentleman in the picture with the very 1st Indya Comics in IPod) is a keen reader of History and the trends in the media. He initiated the concept of bringing back the classics of our own in comics form to the present generation and with huge investment, he has successfully launched the titles. For a man who manages the Bangalore Book Fair successfully, this might seem little bit easy.

Once he envisioned the project, he went on like a juggernaut and came out with, lets say, flying colours. Here are the salient features of Indya Comics:

  • Indya Comics is an innovative literary project which envisages adopting well known novels of 8 Indian Languages in Comics form.
  • The basic theme is to revive, restart and reboot the reading habits among public (student fraternity in particular) through comics.
  • Their story telling format is very simple: 6 panels per page in A-4 size off 32 pages. That’s it – You’ve done with a classic novel.
  • Currently they have adopted 42 best selling novels into comics and they are keen to connect the reader to the literary heritage.
  • So far they have come out with 10 Kannada classic novels & 7 Hindhi Best sellers in Comics format.
  • Very soon, classics from other languages like Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi & Bengali will be published in graphic form.

Indya Comics – Sandhya Raaga – Review: On the day yours truly received the 1st set of 3 books, the 2nd one was something with a X factor. Later on with some data from TCU’s Kannada literary friend (Of the same Namesake), TCU came to know more about the giant from the Kannada literary world who is fondly called as ANAKRU. AND this would not have been made possible if not for Indya comics. Yours truly finished the book in rocket speed and though the story looked little bit anachronistic with the present date, it was a real classic of the good old 60’s & 70’s. Had it been made as a movie in Tamil with the late Murali in the lead, it would have been his best film, instead of Idhayam. For those, who want action and romance in the stories, this is not your cup of tea and can still give it a go just to know how Anakru weaved his magic amongst the readers.

Though the end was a tad predictable, it was a pleasant reading experience of the good old days and the happiness was multiplied in two folds for the medium being in Comics. The artwork by Gujjarappa is OK & the English translation is also commendable (Dr M.V.Rajeshwari). However, the translator’s job was made much easier by R.C.Haralapura who scripted the comics format from such a lengthy novel into 32 pages. Hats off to the creative team and the consultants who are involved in the making of this book. The captain of the ship (Raghuram) must not be forgotten in a hurry for he is the one who envisioned such a wonderful project. On the whole, the book is a good read and the only place of improvement can be placed in the artwork department. That is also on the fact that Yours truly has grown up with some of the best artists works.

Indya Comics Issue No 2 Sandhya Raaga Cover

Indya Comics No 2 Sandhya Raaga Story Synopsis

Indya Comics Issue No 2 Sandhya Raaga 1st Page

Indya Comics Issue No 2 Apr 2011 Sandhya Raaga Cover Indya Comics Issue No 2 Apr 2011 Sandhya Raaga Story Synopsis Indya Comics Issue No 2 Apr 2011 Sandhya Raaga 1st Page

Indya Comics Issue No 2 Sandhya Raaga Last Page

Indya Comics Issue No 2 Sandhya Raaga Credits

Indya Comics Issue No 2 Sandhya Raaga Author intro

Indya Comics Issue No 2 Apr 2011 Sandhya Raaga Last Page Indya Comics Issue No 2 Apr 2011 Sandhya Raaga Credits Indya Comics Issue No 2 Apr 2011 Sandhya Raaga Back Cover Author Notes

Other Kannada Classics: The other Kannada classics are listed out here with the cover images and the story synopsis and Author introductions. Out of the 10 Kannada classics which were rebooted in Comics format, 5 of them are available for sales in Chennai Landmark showroom and Yours truly grabbed them with glee in the eye. Thanks to Indya comics we have an opportunity to read the much acclaimed Beechi’s works, albeit in translated comics format. As it is said, a rose in any other language would have smelt the same and beechi’s works would have been great in any other translated language.

Indya Comics Issue No 1 April 2011 Madhavi

Indya Comics Issue No 1 Madhavi Synopsis Page

Indya Comics Issue No 1 Madhavi Author intro

Indya Comics Issue No 1 April 2011 Madhavi Indya Comics Issue No 1 April 2011 Madhavi Synopsis Page Indya Comics Issue No 1 April 2011 Madhavi Author Note Back Wrapper

Indya Comics Issue No 3 Aarida Chaha Cover

Indya Comics Issue No 3 Aarida Chaha Synopsis

Indya Comics Issue No 3  Aarida Chaha Author Intro
Indya Comics Issue No 3 April 2010 Aarida Chaha Cover Indya Comics Issue No 3 April 2010 Aarida Chaha Synopsis Indya Comics Issue No 3 April 2010 Aarida Chaha Author Intro

Indya Comics Issue No 4 Dollar Sose Cover

Indya Comics Issue No 4 Dollar Sose Synopsis

Indya Comics Issue No 4 Dollar Sose Author Intro
Indya Comics Issue No 4 Dollar Sose Cover Indya Comics Issue No 4 April 2011 Dollar Sose Synopsis Indya Comics Issue No 4 April 2011 Dollar Sose Author Intro

Indya Comics Issue o 5  Doorada Betta Cover

Indya Comics Issue o 5 Doorada Betta Synopsis

Indya Comics Issue o 5 Doorada Betta Author Intro

Indya Comics Issue o 5 April 2011 Doorada Betta Cover Indya Comics Issue o 5 April 2011 Doorada Betta Synopsis Indya Comics Issue o 5 April 2011 Doorada Betta Author Intro

Other Kannada Classics – Not Available in Chennai: Apart from the above mentioned 5 Indya comics, there are about 5 other books which are advertised in the site but not available for sale in Chennai. These are some of the better known works and TCU is keen to have them in the collection. Have a close look at the titles and the fantastic se of creators behind them. These are definitely worth buying.

Indya Comics Kannada Classic Novel Series Issue No 6 Anathe

Indya Comics Kannada Classic Novel Series Issue No 7 Oddu

Indya Comics Hindhi Novel Series Issue No 6 Anathe Indya Comics Hindhi Novel Series Issue No 7 Oddu
Indya Comics Kannada Classic Novel Series Issue No 8 Subbanna Indya Comics Kannada Classic Novel Series Issue No 9 Chandragiriya Tiradalli
Indya Comics Hindhi Novel Series Issue No 8 Subbanna Indya Comics Hindhi Novel Series Issue No 9 Chandragiriya Tiradalli
Indya Comics Kannada Classic Novel Series Issue No 10 Chandravalliya Thota  
Indya Comics Hindhi Novel Series Issue No 10 April 2011 Chandravalliya Thota Indya Comics Ad

Indya Comics – Hindhi Classics: Though very good with the language, TCU hasn’t read a single novel in Hindhi so far. Indya comics will vie to break that record. The fantastic set of novels in our much loved comics format makes even a non reader to buy one of these and have a go. If this is not the compelling reason (The entire story being told in comics form), then nothing in the world is a reason for the same. Though 7 books are advertised, only 6 of them are available in their site.

Indya Comics Hindhi Novel Series Issue No 1 April 2011 Godhan Cover

Indya Comics Hindhi Novel Series Issue No 2 April 2011 Usne Kaha Thaa
Indya Comics Hindhi Novel Series Issue No 1 April 2011 Godhan Cover Indya Comics Hindhi Novel Series Issue No 2 April 2011 Usne Kaha Thaa

Indya Comics Hindhi Novel Series Issue No 3 April 2011 Chithralekha

Indya Comics Hindhi Novel Series Issue No 4 April 2011 Nirmala

Indya Comics Hindhi Novel Series Issue No 3 April 2011 Chithralekha Indya Comics Hindhi Novel Series Issue No 4 April 2011 Nirmala

Indya Comics Hindhi Novel Series Issue No 6 April 2011 Jungle Tantram

Indya Comics Hindhi Novel Series Issue No 7 April 2011 Tamas

Indya Comics Hindhi Novel Series Issue No 6 April 2011 Jungle Tantram Indya Comics Hindhi Novel Series Issue No 7 April 2011 Tamas

Media Coverage: However good a product is, if it is not advertised and promoted well, it may not be a sure success. A Die hard ComiRade will definitely identify this comics and may buy them. However, the target audience (the non-reading student fraternity) has to be forced to have a look at these books and for that you require a lot of media space. Raghuram has done that very well and they have a lot of coverage in Times of India, Samyukta Karnataka, Prajavani, DNA, etc and also in Television channels. Among such, here is a sample interview of the same.

Indya Comics Home Page Link: Indya Comics.com

Indya Comics in Face Book: Indya Comics in FB

Well, that's all for the time being. 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 Blog.

Thanks & Regards,

King Viswa.

11 comments:

  1. mhhhhhh

    ஒரு பெருமூச்சுதான் விடத் தோன்றுகிறது

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  2. இங்கிலீஷ் தெரிஞ்சா படிப்பேன் ஹி ஹி

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  3. மிகவும் நல்லதொரு தகவல்.

    ஆனால் இந்த காமிக்ஸ் புத்தகம் சற்றே மொக்கையாக தெரிகிறது.

    படங்களை வரைவியாதில் சற்று சிரத்தை காட்டியிருக்கலாம்.

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  4. மீ தி பிப்த். ஒரு வழியாக நம்ம பயங்கரவாதி டாக்டர் செவன், ஐய்யம்பாளயத்தார், நம்ம சிபி அண்ணன் போன்றவர்கள் கமென்ட் போடுவதற்கு முன்னாடி வந்துட்டோம்ல.

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  5. இந்த கிளாசிக் நாவல்கள் காமிக்ஸ் வடிவில் தமிழிலும் வருமா?

    அல்லது தமிழ் கிளாசிக் நாவல்கள் காமிக்ஸ் வடிவில் ஆங்கிலத்தில் வருமா? சற்றே விளக்கவும்.

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  6. காமிக்ஸ் தகவல்களை முந்தி தருவது தமிழ் காமிக்ஸ் உலகம் என்பது மறுபடியும் ஒருமுறை நிரூபணம் ஆகியுள்ளது.

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  7. இந்த காமிக்ஸ் விற்பனை ஆவது சந்தேகமே. காமிக்ஸ் என்றால் அது வெறும் படங்களில் சொல்வது மட்டுமன்று. அது ஒரு கலை. திறமையான கதை சொல்லிகளும் தங்களின் சோதனைகளில் தோற்றுள்ள இந்த தளத்தில் இப்படி சற்றும் தரமில்லாமல் படங்களை வெளியிட்டு கதைகளை போட்டு அதனை காமிக்ஸ் என்று சொல்வது மனதுக்கு கவலையாக உள்ளது. இவர்கள் கொஞ்சம் முயற்சி செய்தால் நல்ல முறையில் கதைகளை கொண்டு வரலாம். ஒரு காமிக்ஸ் புத்தகம் வெற்றி பெற வேண்டுமெனில் அதற்க்கு நல்ல கதையும் உயிரோட்டமான சித்திரங்களும் மிக மிக அவசியம். ஆகவே சித்திரங்களில் கவனம் செலுத்தாத இந்த முயற்சி விழலுக்கு இரைத்த நீரே.

    கன்னட மொழியில் வந்துள்ள கதைகளை நான் படித்ததில்லை. ஆனால் இந்த காமிக்ஸ் மூலம் அவற்றை படிக்கும் ஆசையும் குறைந்துள்ளது என்றால் அது மிகையில்லை.

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  8. விஸ்வா!
    காமிக்ஸ் உலகில் ஒவ்வொரு முயற்சியையும் வரவேற்கத்தான் வேண்டும். புதிய வரவுகளில் தாள், அச்சு போன்றவை மிகுந்த தரத்தில் இருந்தாலும் சித்திரங்களின் தரம் சொல்லிக் கொள்ளும் படி இல்லை. கதை, கதைசொல்லும் பாங்கை விட சித்திரத்தின் தரமே ஒரு வெற்றிகரமான காமிக்ஸின் அஸ்திவாரமாக இருக்க வேண்டும்.

    நண்பர் ஜாலி ஜம்பரின் கருத்துக்களை ஆமோதிக்கிறேன்.

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  9. தோழரே!!
    தங்களின் புயல் வேக பதிவுகள் என்னை திகைக்க வைக்கிறது, எனக்கு கருத்துகளை பதிவு செய்ய கூட நேரமில்லை வேலை சுமை, என்ன செய்வது? யாரிடம் சொல்வது ? தங்களுக்கு பதிவு இட நேரம் கிடைக்கிறதே!! சந்தோசம்
    இந்த Indya Comics எந்த அளவுக்கு வெற்றி பெரும் சொல்ல முடியவில்லை, என்றாலும் முயற்சியை பாராட்டாமல்,ஆதரிக்காமல் இருக்க முடியாது.
    அன்புடன்
    ஹாஜா இஸ்மாயில்

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  10. நல்ல முயற்சி. தமிழிலும் யாராவது ஜெயகாந்தன் கதைகளை இப்படி வெளியிட்டால் நலம்.

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