Come December 21, and Mumbai's comic book buffs will be treated to visual extravaganza, at the second Mumbai Film & Comics Convention. Ruchika Kher brings you an exclusive sneak peek into some of the most eagerly awaited titles that will be released at the exhibition
Synopsis: This is the second instalment of Manta Ray’s anthology series, Mixtape, and features five stories, in five different genres, illustrated in five distinct styles.Anupam Arunachalam, the author of Sunshine, a surreal horror story about a man who discovers something strange about his new bride, says that working for a compilation emanates a lot of pressure, “but it’s the good kind of pressure — the kind that makes you work really hard to make your story as tight as possible, because you don’t want to be a weak link,” he affirms.
Published by: Manta Ray Publishing
Gandhi: My life is my message
Synopsis: A portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi’s entire life from his childhood right to the moment of his assassination.
“We wanted to attract the youth of today towards Gandhi’s story and message,” says Jason Quinn, the author of the graphic biography. “With Gandhi, we’re not just talking about national and international politics and self-rule or Swaraj for India.
For Gandhi, real Swaraj meant self-rule, governing yourself on a personal level. We believe that it is important to show people the real Gandhi. His story is timeless and it is as relevant today as it was 70 years ago,” he adds.
Published by: Campfire Publishing
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From: December 21to 22
At: Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (E).
Synopsis: It is a new journal devoted to the Indian comics’ scene.
In the last few years, the Indian independent comics’ scene has grown quite a bit. There is a large amount of self-published original material in the market and a lot of new content is being put out regularly by established publishers. However, editor and publisher of Pulp Quarterly, Kailash Iyer feels that there is a lack of coverage when it comes to these. “This is in sharp contrast to what’s happening in international comics’ markets, where you have many established comics journalism websites that report with a lot of details. With Pulp Quarterly, I’m looking at filling that void. We’ll be featuring in-depth, longform writing — features and interviews, critiques and opinion columns -- on Indian comics. Most of this is content you won’t find elsewhere (in print or online),” comfirms Iyer.
Published by: Pulpocracy
The Skull Rosary
Synopsis: It is a retelling of ancient myths of Rudra, the name Shiva wielded before civilisation began. These are stories of dark emotions, of lust, of jealousy, of hatred, of passion, of incest, and of power. Curiosity about the darker side of Shiva, prompted author Shweta Taneja to explore the story of The Skull Rosary. “This began my journey into researching texts which are older than Shiva Purana (compilation of Shiva’s stories).
And so I found a text called Linga Purana, an older form of Shiva Purana,” says Taneja. She adds that these stories were written at a time when morality had a different definition, when sexuality was not a taboo, and when violence was part of society itself. It is from this text that Taneja picked up the
versions of the five stories in The Skull Rosary.
Published by: Holy Cow Entertainment
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