Mohit Srivastav and Gagandeep Kochar (Pop Culture Publishing)
Still in the final stages of production, Satya Police, which is a creation from the winners of the 1st Comic Con India Awards grant, Mohit Srivastav and Gagandeep Kochar, is about the adventures of a police man called Satyavrat Bhargava who has dedicated every inch of his body to serve the nation, with truth and justice, and saves the world in his own unique ways. Volume 1 will see him getting transferred to a remote city that has lost all hope for sanity and justice. “The comic book will be launched later in March 2013, the title will offer comic book lovers a sneak peak into the character,” shares Jatin Varma, publisher, Pop Culture Publishing. Volume 1 took nearly a year to finish, but the publishers are confident to release two more volumes in 18 month’s time, from the launch of Volume 1. “It has taken a while. When we began the programme, we were aware that we would be working with people who don’t have much experience. We wanted a good concept with fresh characters. And, Satya Police has all of them,” adds Varma.
Ari Jayprakash and Anish Sridhar (Self-published)
Set in Kolkata, Kuru Genesis tells the story of how the virus Kuru originated. The 100-page comic book is with photographs of Kolkata as well as other images that inspired Kuru Chronicles. The book is another teaser from Ari Jayprakash and Anish Sridhar, ahead of the launch of 800-page graphic novel, Kuru Chronicles, scheduled for a June 2013 release. “It’s a trailer of the original book; an attempt to whet the taste buds of comic lovers. The book takes one through the drawings and photographs of Kolkata that inspired the Kuru Chronicles and through the origin of the virus,” says Jayprakash.
The Unhappy Tiger — Stories from Hitopadesha
Graphics: Arijit Dutta Chowdhury, script: Luis Fernandes (Amar Chitra Katha)
The third in the series, Stories from Hitopadesha tells five stories inspired from the Panchtantra. The stories and script is done by ex-Tinkle editor Luis Fernandes while the graphics are by Arijit Dutta Chowdhury, who worked with Tinkle for over 15 years with titles like Surjya Sen — Chittagong Uprising, Mother Teressa, The Mythology of Konark Temple to name a few.
On February 8-10
At Dilli Haat, New Delhi.
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