Pages

Thursday, January 27, 2011

28 Comic Cuts 26-News 26: Lion Comics Jumbo Special in Latest issue of Kumudam Magazine (Arasu Padhilgal)

Dear ComiRades,

Welcome back to TCU. Belated Republic Day wishes to one and all. Couple of assignments prevented Yours truly from posting a special post yesterday. Apologies for that and let us make that out by the much expected post of the “Year End Review 2010” within this week, probably by Saturday itself. This particular Year end post will be much bigger and yes, we will discuss about all the 33 Tamil comics titles which were published in the last calendar year. Yes, there were 33 different Comics titles that got published last year and for a comprehensive view on them, keep waiting for another 2 days.

Meanwhile, this post is done on the simple reason that the much loved Tamil weekly magazine Kumudam (Official website: http://www.kumudam.com/) has honoured the latest issue of the Lion Comics Jumbo Special XIII இரத்தப் படலம் in their latest issue dated 02-02-2011, On stands from today onwards (Thursday 27th Jan 2011). Now, Those who know Tamil Language do not require an introduction about Kumudam Magazine. For those who came in late, Kumudam is one of the leading Tamil magazines, if not THE Leading Tamil weekly magazine for over 63 Years and will also continue to do so. And the most popular segment in the book happens to be the section where readers questions on various types are answered. Yes, அரசு பதில்கள் Arasu Padhilgal is the page to which most of the readers turn into and read, including yours truly. This is similar to our ComiRades reading Editor S.Vijayan’s Hotline in Lion Comics. And this Arasu Padhilgal reaches out instantaneously to the far corners of the world. To feature in that section, is really a honour indeed for our beloved Lion Comics. Here is the scan of the same:

Kumudam Tamil Weekly Magazine–Issue Dated 02-02-2011–On Stands Thursday 27th Jan 11–Page No 132–Arasu Padhilgal-அரசு பதில்கள் On Lion Comics
Kumudam Tamil Weekly Magazine Dated 02-02-2011 Arasu Padhilgal Page No 132

Kumudam Arasu Padhilgal has honoured Lion Comics and a Very Big thanks for that. TCU Thanks the Management, Publisher & Editor of Kumudam. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. It’s a huge boost to the confidence of the flagging Tamil comics Ulagam, as such. Now that we know that there is actually support to Tamil comics in all fronts.

To emphasize the historical importance of அரசு பதில்கள் Arasu Padhilgal, TCU can say only one thing: That it is THE longest running Question and answer section in Tamil weeklies. Yes, for more than 60 years, அரசு பதில்கள் Arasu Padhilgal is being published and it is the only section which is not changed over all these years (With “Find the 6 differences” No longer a regular & Lights on being started later than Arasu Padhilgal). This is what ரா.கி.ரங்கராஜன் has to say about the section:

Kumudham Editor SAP Kumudham Arasu Answers Style

Now,then; The next post will on the year end review post for the year ended 2010. Most probably that will be done by this week end itself and from Feb 2011 onwards, ComiRades will see a radical change in the number of posts in TCU.

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.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

33 CBF 2011 – Chennai Book Fair Part 2: Update On 14th Jan 2011 – ComiRade’s View

Dear ComiRades,

Welcome back to TCU. Happy Pongal & Sankranthi wishes to one and all. Though there are people who wish TCU “Happy Tamil New Year”, Yours truly being a friend of ALV, still cannot accept the fact that Jan 15 is Tamil New Year, Which actually falls on April 14th. In the previous post on Chennai Book Fair (CBF) in TCU (CBF 2011-Part 1), certain stalls were missed out on account of being the first day. Yes, on the first day of the CBF many stalls were yet to shelve their books and hence some of the stalls were not covered properly in TCU. Apologies for that and though TCU was present on most of the days (Except today), another post was made possible only today. And what a day it turned out to be.

Payani Publications (பயணி பதிப்பகம்) Yes, another new publisher has ventured into Tamil Comics Ulagam and Thanks to Vidiyal Pathipagam, TCU was kept in the loop of the book launch and though it was not a launch per se, Yours truly received the 1st set of books from the publisher himself and listen to what he says on this:

A Detailed review along with the interview of the translator and editor will follow in TCU very soon (Before Jan 26th) and TCU recommends this as a must read for the Comics lovers and also a must buy for the connoisseurs of art and history.

TCU Info: Stall No 124                                                            

Books of Interest for ComiRades: 2 Wonderful books and both of them are a must to buy. Forget about the price for quality comes at a cost and here are the details:

Mr Vijay Anand (The Gentleman with Spectacles in the 3rd photo in the 1st row) promises to bring on another Wonderful graphic novel before April and that will be based on the life and history of Malcolm X. It seems that 2011 is going to be a great year for ComiRades in terms of new publishers and new titles. Happy times, indeed.

The 2nd book has impressed TCU very much in the first reading and TCU is now getting more into the Zinnformation and will be reviewing these two books with complete details and newer interpretations. For the reference of readers, here are 3 pages and they are so touching and emotive that the reader will go for another reading, just like TCU has done it. Kindly buy these 2 books and support such initiatives by the lesser known publishers in order to reinstate some faith for them in such works. Within minutes of TCU getting these books, another 4 sets of books were bought by friends of TCU.

These books can be ordered either through Phone (+91 9445124576) or By mail (payanibooks@gmail.com) or by a visit to their office (Payani, No 332/216, Triplicane High Road, Triplicane, Chennai 600005). Their official site (www.redbooks.in) is still not completely ready.

DSC02721 DSC02723 Payani Pathippagam Vijay Anand
Payani Books Che Graphic Novel Jan 2011 Front Cover Payani Books Che Graphic Novel Jan 2011 Back  Cover Payani Books Che Graphic Novel Jan 2011 Page 002
Payani Books Che Graphic Novel Jan 2011 Page 001 Payani Books Che Graphic Novel Jan 2011 Page 003 Payani Books Che Jan 2011 Page No 100
Payani Books A People's History of American Empire Tamil Graphic Novel Cover Payani Books A People's History of American Empire Tamil Graphic Novel Back Cover Payani Books A People's History of American Empire Tamil Graphic Novel Credits
Payani Books A People's History of American Empire Tamil Graphic Novel Page 001 Payani Books A People's History of American Empire Tamil Graphic Novel Page 009 Payani Books A People's History of American Empire Tamil Graphic Novel Page 016

Vidiyal Publications (விடியல் பதிப்பகம்) Circa 2008. Some time in Mid October Kanavugalin Kadhalan informed about Vidiyal Pathipagam and their foray into Graphic Novel through a series of books on Marjane satrapi’s much acclaimed Persepolis Books. TCU was further inspired to watch the movie when it was advertised that the Animated version of the film’s ticket gets you a DVD of the same in Chennai City Centre INOX. Though that was more than 2 years ago, those books still strike a chord with TCU for the simple reason that the basic plot was so strong. TCU later visited the publisher in Coimbatore in their office and had a lengthy chat about the books. Here is what Mr Prasanna (Translator in Vidiyal) has to say about the books:

TCU Info: Stall No 242                                          

Books of Interest for ComiRades: 2 Wonderful books and both of them are a must to buy. Forget about the price for quality comes at a cost and here are the details:

There were couple of very good reviews about this book and one of them featured in the early issues of Puthiya Thalaimurai and another one in the wonderful site கீற்று. Kindly click on the links to read them.

PuthiyaThalaimuraiIssue2Dated06102009 Here are some of the snaps from TCU. Some of them were taken in the publishers Coimbatore office along with யாழ் நூலகம் Mr Durai. The person sitting in the chair with the books in the 3rd photo in the 1st row is the publisher of these lovely books. The Gentleman in the full sleeves in the 1st photo of the 2nd row is Mr Durai. Of course, people know Mr Prasanna in the 3rd photo, 2nd row.

DSC02718 DSC02720 DSC01603
DSC01655 DSC02719 Vidiyal Prasanna
Vidiyal Pathippagam Marjane Satrapi Persepolis Part 01 in Tamil Vidiyal Pathippagam Marjane Satrapi Persepolis Part 02 in Tamil Vidiyal Pathippagam Marjane Satrapi Persepolis in Tamil

Narmadha Publications (நர்மதா பதிப்பகம்) Creator Simbu Devan started his media career as a journalist in Anandha Vikatan where he carved a niche for himself by writing and drawing for the wonderful series named as “கி மு வில் சோமு". Later on, he made a name for himself as a Director. Still his love for Tamil comics is well known and he still happens to read them.

TCU Info: Stall No F25.                                                         

Books of Interest for ComiRades: Though there are some lovely books, when it comes to comics, only this title is available in Narmada.

DSC02707 DSC02706 DSC02755

Vanathi Publications (வானதி பதிப்பகம்) The publishers of Vandumama. Thus they became THE Publishers when it comes to Children's (of all ages) literature. Though they are covered well in the previous post itself, this post is to make sure that lots of books are available in their showroom in T.Nagar and ComiRades who feel that not all the books are available in the CBF, Can visit the Showroom in T.Nagar and purchase all the wonderful books by Vandumama. The address of their show room is their in the last photograph.

TCU Info: Stall No 13 & 14.                                                                 

Books of Interest for ComiRades: Anything and everything by Vandumama. Here is the complete list of Books (Books Available).Specifically (Comics stories)

  • Marma Maligaiyil Bale Balu (மர்ம மாளிகையில் பலே பாலு) - (Published on Dec 2009, INR 150/-, 380 Pages, Black & White and some in double colour, Soft Cover).

  • Chithirak Kadhaigal 1 (சித்திரக் கதைகள் 1) - (Published on Feb 1998, INR 40/-, 160 Pages, Black & White, Soft Cover).

  • Chithirak Kadhaigal 2 (சித்திரக் கதைகள் 2) - (Published on Mar 1998, INR 30/-, 124 Pages, Black & White, Soft Cover).

  • Puli Valartha Pillai (புலி வளர்த்த பிள்ளை) -(Published on Aug 1991, INR 20/-, 132 Pages, Black & White, Soft Cover).

  • Bale Baluvum Parakkum drayarum (பலே பாலுவும் பறக்கும் டிராயரும்) etc.

Non-Comic stories include the following: They are also amongst the must-have’s for the ComiRades.

  • C.I.D Singaram (C.I.D சிங்காரம்) - (Published on Dec 1990, INR 18/-, 200 Pages, Black & White, Soft Cover).

  • Maaya Modhiram (மாய மோதிரம்) - (Published on July 1987, INR 15/-, 144 Pages, Black & White, Soft Cover).

  • Kannadi Manidhan (கண்ணாடி மனிதன்) - (Published on Dec 1991, INR 25/-, 196 Pages, Black & White, Soft Cover).

  • Marma Manidhan (மர்ம மனிதன்) - (Published on Dec 1998, INR 16/-, 164 Pages, Black & White, Soft Cover).

  • Pulik Kugai புலிக் குகை - (Published on Aug 1986, INR 15/-, 236 Pages, Black & White, Soft Cover).

  • Nilaak Kudhirai (நிலாக்குதிரை) - (Published on Dec 1992, INR 32/-, 200 Pages, Black & White, Soft Cover).

Apart from Vandumama, they also published some of the other well known children’s stories such as Mayavi Ilavarasan (மாயாவி இளவரசன்) written by Visagan. Old timers may recall that this story was part of the Dina Malar Siruvar Malar in the Late 80’s.

DSC02574 DSC02699 DSC02747
DSC02750 DSC01734 DSC01724
Vaandumama Story Vanathi Publications Chithirak Kadhigai 1 Vaandumama Story Vanathi Publications Chithirak Kadhigai 2 Vaandumama Story Vanathi Publications Puli Valartha Pillai
Vaandumama Story Vanathi Publications Nila Kudhirai Vaandumama Story Vanathi Publications Maaya Modhiram Vaandumama Story Vanathi Publications CID Singaram
Vaandumama Story Vanathi Publications Kannadi Manidhan Vaandumama Story Vanathi Publications Marma Manidhan Vaandumama Story Vanathi Publications Pulik Kugai

Palaniappa Brothers (பழனியப்பா பிரதர்ஸ்): Once they were the celebrated publication for children’s literature for the simple reason that they published the books of Vandumama. Later on, Once Vanathi got back on track, they went back to their old trusted alleys like Thumilan, Azha. Valliyappa, Revathy etc.However, certain books that they published in those period were yet to see the day light again in Vanathi’s publication. Books such as “Azindha Ulagam-அழிந்த உலகம்” By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (In Tamil by Vandumama), Moonru Viralgal etc are very rare for the simple reason that they were not reprinted since the 80’s.

TCU Info: Stall No 301.                                                             

Books of Interest for ComiRades: Many children's books at very nominal price. C.I.D Siruvargal is a must buy.Apart from that, most of the books by Revathy (Remember him? The Asst Editor to Vandumama in Poonthalir?) and by Thumilan are worth buying. Some of the books analysing the Children’s literature of the yesteryear giants such as R.V, Ki.Va.Ja and Akilan are worth their weight in gold for ComiRades who want to have some knowledge on the history and the progress of Children's literature in Tamil.

Non-Comic stories include the following: They are also amongst the must-have’s for the ComiRades.

  • C.I.D Siruvargal by Thumilan - துமிலனின் சி.ஐ.டி சிறுவர்கள் - Re-Printed in 1985, INR 13.80/-, 96 Pages, Black & White, Soft Cover.

  • Ram Razzaq - ரேவதியின் ராம் ரெசாக் - Published on Nov 1991, INR 13.50/-, 84 Pages, Black & White, Soft Cover.

  • Minkala Madhavan ரேவதியின் மின்கல மாதவன் - Published on Nov 1999, INR 15/-, 60 Pages, Black & White, Soft Cover.

  • கி.வ.ஜா படைத்த சிறுவர் இலக்கியம் - Published on Nov 2004, INR 30/-, 120 Pages, Black & White, Soft Cover.

  • சிறுவர் இலக்கியத்தில் அகிலனின் படைப்புகள் - Published on Nov 2003,  INR 25/-, 95 Pages, Black & White, Soft Cover.

  • சிறுவர் இலக்கியத்தில் ஆர்வியின் கண்ணன் படைப்புகள்- Published on 2007, INR 55/-, 172 Pages, Black & White, Soft Cover.

DSC02646 DSC02753 DSC02649
Palaniyappa Brothers Publications Thumilan Book CID Siruvargal Palaniyappa Brothers Publications Revathy Book Ram Razzaq Palaniyappa Brothers Publications Revathy Book Minkala Madhavan
Palaniyappa Brothers Publications Revathy Book RV in Childrens Literature Palaniyappa Brothers Publications Revathy Book Akilan in Childrens Literature Palaniyappa Brothers Publications Revathy Book KiVaJa in Childrens Literature

New Horizon Media (கிழக்கு பதிப்பகம்): Kizhakku is the most happening stall in the entire book exhibition with lots of variety and content scoring over with others. Apart from the Comics, they have some of the most interesting titles for the comirades.

TCU Info: Stall No 13, 14 & 15.                                                                 

Books of Interest for ComiRades: Comics

  • 24 Titles of Amar Chitra Katha’s in Tamil (Excellent Translation, INR 35/- each)

  • 03 Titles of Graphic novels on Tamil Literature (Excellent narration, INR 25/- each)

Other books of interest for the ComiRades: 09 Books on Feluda Series (Sathyajith Ray) & 1 Book on Holmes.

  • 01: டார்ஜிலிங்கில் ஓர் அபாயம் – Translation by V.B.Ganesan - May 2007, INR 30/-, 48 Pages.

  • 02: மகாராஜாவின் மோதிரம் - Translation by V.B.Ganesan – June 2008, INR 60/-, 144 Pages.

  • 03: கைலாஷ் சவுதுரியின் இரத்தினக்கல் - Translation by V.B.Ganesan – June 2008, INR 30/-, 56 Pages.

  • 04: அனுபிஸ் மர்மம் - Translation by V.B.Ganesan – June 2008, INR 30/-, 48 Pages.

  • 05: கேங்டாக்கில் வந்த கஷ்டம் - Translation by V.B.Ganesan – June 2008, INR 60/-, 128 Pages.

  • 06: தங்கக்கோட்டை - Translation by V.B.Ganesan – Aug 2008, INR 70/-, 152 Pages.

  • 07: கல்கா மெயிலில் நடந்த சம்பவம் - Translation by V.B.Ganesan – Aug 2008, INR 60/-, 128 Pages.

  • 08: கைலாஷில் ஒரு கொலையாளி - Translation by V.B.Ganesan – Aug 2008, INR 60/-, 136 Pages.

  • 09: சாவி - Translation by V.B.Ganesan – Aug 2008, INR 30/-, 56 Pages.

  • 01: ஷெர்லக் ஹோல்ம்ஸ் - ஒரு மோதிரம் இரு கொலைகள் - Translation by Badri – May 2009, INR 120/-, 184 Pages.

DSC02620 DSC01390 DSC01391
DSC01393 DSC01394 DSC01395
DSC01396 DSC01400 DSC01401
DSC01402 DSC01403 DSC01404
Feluda 1 2 Front Covers Feluda 1 2 Back Covers
Feluda 3 4 Front Covers Feluda 3 4 Back Covers
Feluda 5 6 Front Covers Feluda 5 6 Back Covers
Feluda 7 8 Front Covers Feluda 7 8 Back Covers
Feluda 9 Holmes 1 Front Covers Feluda 9 Holmes 1 Back Covers

Manimegalai Publications (மணிமேகலை பிரசுரம்): Already covered in the previous post and hence nothing new to be added apart from some of the new images and scans.

TCU Info: Stall No F 30.                                                               

Books of Interest for ComiRades: Comics

  • Thirumbi Varavillai - தமிழ் வாணனின் திரும்பி வரவில்லை (Siv’s Post) – Reprinted in 1986, INR 08/-, 72 Pages.

  • Dharavum Kugai Manidhargalum தாராவும் குகை மனிதர்களும் (Siv’s Post) – Published in Oct 2009, INR 50/-, 72 Pages.

  • Appusamiyum, Colour Teeviyum அப்புசாமியும் கலர் டிவியும் (Siv’s Post) – Reprinted in 1997, INR 10/-, 52 Pages.

Other books of interest for the ComiRades:

  • Many books on the Sankar Lal Series

  • Many Books on Tamil Vanan Detective stories (Where Tamil Vanan over took as the hero).

DSC02661 DSC01409 DSC01410
DSC01411 DSC01413 DSC02752
MM Publications Maayajaal Comics Issue No 1 Thaaraa Front Cover Manimegalai Publishers Tamil Vanan Story Art Redrawn By Ramu in 1986 Thirumbi Varavillai Cover Manimegalai Publishers Appusamy Comics Made as a Book from Kumudham Series Artwork By J

National Book Trust (நேஷனல் புக் டிரஸ்ட்): Kindly have a look into the last photo in this series. That was taken on the very 1st day and that was the status of this stall. Later on, when they shelved off their books, it became a nice place for buyers of Children's Books below 10 year old kids.

TCU Info: Stall No 466.                                                              

Books of Interest for ComiRades: Not much on the Comics front, Though. Some interesting titles like அலமேலுவின் அசுரப்பசி, கூண்டில் சிக்கிய கிளி invites a glance or two.

DSC02695 DSC02697 DSC02698
DSC02696 DSC02698 DSC02569

Tulika Publishers (தூளிகா பிரசுரம்): Another one for the Children below 10 years. They have some nice titles and they seem to be drawn well as well. The most important aspect for any Children’s literature is a catchy title. The title is half the battle towards sales and (This is Where Lion Comics Editor S.Vijayan Wins Hands down) even Tulika people seems to have mastered that art.

TCU Info: Stall No 127.

Books of Interest for ComiRades: Not Much. Some interesting titles for kids, though.

DSC02730 DSC02726 DSC02727
DSC02728 DSC02729 DSC02680

Now, then. By Monday 17th Jan 2011, the Book fair is getting over and Hurry up, ComiRades. Do not miss out on the new Comics like Che and American Empire. By Monday, TCU Will be back with the customary year end review for the year that got over – 2010. We have 33 titles to review that that needs some posting. 

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.

Add This

Save As PDF

Save Page As PDF
Related Posts with Thumbnails