Who doesn't reminisce about the golden days - the summer vacations well spent engrossed in the exploits of
or the nights spent giggling over
hidden inside mammoth Maths workbooks. The recently concluded Comic Con was a tribute to those comic crazed geeks, which saw a smorgasbord of comic genres battling for your attention. Be it the mythological tale of
or the exploits of
, it was day to get high on co(mic)caine.
Be it the adorable Chhota Bheem or the magnificent Ravana, mythological heroes were in the forefront. To bring in an element of seriousness into the 'frivolous' comic genre, many publishers have dug into the country's rich past to bring out mythological/historical character based graphic novels.
Ajai Shah of Wilco Publishers revealed, "We have merged the entertaining element of comics with the educational aspect of mythology tales. This way parents are glad to buy Comics for their kids." Karan Veer, of Vimanika Comics echoed the same opinion, "Mythology of a country are very vast. We have gone back to those and brought forth a mixture of fantasy, horror, action-based comics with an educational element. They aren't rip-offs, but are inspired by them to make people aware of our mythology.
Giving competition to the favorite superheroes Batman and Superman was the UbiMa - a Bhojpuri speaking superhero from Bihar. Launched at the comic con, Uud Bilaw Manus, a bag of action-packed fun, visual puns, dishoom-dishoom and goofy antics.
The creator of the comics, Adhiraj Singh, a self-confessed comic geek, disclosed, "There's no serious strain to this comic, its just unadulterated visual humour. It's a spoof of superhero comic in general."
From Oliver Twist to Romeo and Juliet, all the favorites from the English literary canon were available in a comic format. Spectacular illustrations and easy to read storyline were an instant hit with kids.
Keshav Thirani, Chairman, Campfire Graphic Novels said, "In this Internet age, children aren't taking to the reading habit and I believe that development of a child's character depends on how they take to reading. We have to get them a visually appealing book where the story is complete, well written and this is brilliant way of introducing kids to the world of reading."