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Comic book series puts the fun back into reading, offers innovative titles on Nobel laureates, Indian forts, cities, festivals, science and ancient history.

books Updated: Feb 21, 2011 14:56 IST
Sneha Mahale

Kids now have another option to gain general knowledge about India and the world. In a bid to make education more fun, a new series of comic books were launched in the city last week. Titled Wilco Picture Library, these books cover a large range of topics from mythology, ancient history and divinity to biographies of poets, scientists, Nobel laureates and freedom fighters. That’s not all. Stories on science, technology, inventions and discoveries, temples, monuments and forts and even cities and festivals find a mention in this series.

“Most people feel that comic books a taboo. But in reality, it is an effective educational tool that can present simple facts in an interesting manner,” says Ajai Shah, managing director, Wilco Publishers. It was to celebrate the company’s 52 years in publishing that this series was launched.

They have started out with 52 titles that include stories on Chandragupta Maurya, Winston Churchill, Shivaji, Rana Pratap, Mahatma Gandhi, Akbar and Mother Teresa, among others.

The 16-page books are well researched to ensure that the facts presented are authentic. History books and the Internet were also referred to in order to ensure that they were no mistakes. “We approached several known literary giants. We also took a general consensus among the population to get to the titles chosen and the personalities covered in the first round,” says Shah.

However, the titles are independent and have no central character that connects the stories and takes them forward. The artwork and plot is such that adults and children can both enjoy the books, though the primary audience is children over the age of six.

The initial titles introduced include the two epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata. These super specials have 96 pages and cost Rs 250. Up next, are plans to launch more titles and introduce present titles in regional languages.

The Wilco Picture Library books are available at all leading bookstores at Rs 50 per title.