Commonwealth Games, the Bodo Movement in Assam, racism in Australia and a farmer’s victory over BT cotton producers in Madhya Pradesh are some real-life incidents that are dealt with in the latest comic book published by World Comic India. Called Parallel Lines, it focusses on real issues in India.
The ultimate aim of this book is to take these stories forward, not just in terms of description but also visual aesthetics and reach out to wider section of the audience, thereby creating awareness. “Some stories are extremely personal and inspired from real life. For example, Sunder Mohan’s story on racism in Australia is based on his experience. Similarly, Amrith is a Bodo and talks about the Bodo movement in lower Assam,” says Sharad Saxena, editor, World Comics India.
The stories span 14-16 pages and have different art as well as narration style, owing to the different backgrounds of the artists. The book was finally published in June 2010 with own funds and help from friends. And now plans for the next issue have begun.
Comics with a difference
A Student with Colour
Artist: Sunder Mohan Murmu
Semi-autobiographical book that deals with racism. The protagonist faces discrimination while pursuing higher education abroad, and returns home without finishing his education.
Common Slaves Games-2010
Artist: Rajeswari Saha
The story shows Commonwealth Games 2010 in Delhi through the eyes of Bhupen, a daily wage labourer from Bihar, who finds a job at the Games’ village site.
The Fight Within
Artist: Amrith Basumatary
The story, in short, talks about the ‘Bodo movement’ in Assam and their fight for cultural and religious identity.