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Gods go digital

Mythological heroes don digital avatar in comic book to reach out to readers globally, next title to focus on Shiva

books Updated: Dec 30, 2010 00:26 IST
Jayeeta Mazumder

India’s cornucopia of folklores about heroes, sages, Gods and demons has always found concretisation in many heavy textbooks. But mythology is more fun when read in an illustrated format. Perhaps this idea drove the creators of Vimanika Comics to churn out mythical tales in a snazzy graphic format.

The publication sources artists from social networking sites like Facebook and Orkut. Karan Vir Arora, CEO, Vimanika Comics, says, “I just knew that we had to bring out something that would be realistic and appeasing globally. So, I thought of inspiring my artists to do an art style that is a mix of mainstream comics and Indian art.”

The latest offering from Vimanika, titled I Am Kalki, tells the story of the god Kalki. Several other Gods like Agni, Varuna, Indra, Vayu, Bhoomi, among others help Kalki in his efforts to work for social issues. Three books complete the main series. The Golden Book introduces the gods. The second one, The Silver Book, focuses on the sages, and The Black Book is about the demons.

The content decides the art for the comics. “We do the illustrations depending on the character sketch,” Ratnakar Singh, creative head, Vimanika, says, adding that most of the work gets done digitally.

Singh informs that the art depends on the target readers as well. “If a comic is aimed at high-school kids, the style will be different. For Kalki, we chose a style that is realistic fantasy,” he says. Presently working with a team of 35 artists, Singh admits that art is only a medium to convey a concept. “Our next title is on Lord Shiva. The Silver Book of I Am Kalki will be released in January next year,” he says.