Have an imaginative story that you feel deserves space in a comic book? This is your chance. Comix India is on the lookout for people with complete comics that can be featured as short comics. If the story is chosen, the author is paid and his story will be published in a book comprising other short comics. Intrigued?
Comix India is a self-published black and white comic magazine in print that began in October 2009. The magazine is currently sold through www.pothi.com , a print-on-demand website, where the books are printed digitally, and single copy printing is possible. So whenever someone places an order and pays for it, one copy can be printed and couriered.
What’s the motive?
“I wanted to find a way where comic creators can publish short works in book format,” says Bharath Murthy, editor, Comix India. Another reason behind the site was to create awareness about short comics as a form of creative expression. “There are many, many untold stories in India, and I hope at least a few find a place in this medium,” says Murthy. The website, www.comixindia.com , is created and financed by Murthy.
Self-published means there is zero investment. When a comic is sold, the profit is shared by the contributors. “This way, we are our own publishers. There is no publisher doing it for us. All contributors are stakeholders in the magazine,” says Murthy.
Nothing random about it
What is interesting about the magazine is that everything is done over the Internet. Murthy hasn’t met most of his contributors. He hasn’t even met the graphic designer. It is just a bunch of people interested in the medium. Comix India published its first book in March 2010. Costing Rs 399 and named Random Selections, the book features 13 contributors and addresses adult themes and issues. The narratives range from fantasy to thriller, non-fiction essay and even autobiography. Originality is preferred to rehashing. Murthy hopes to turn Comix India into a proper magazine with ads. “But that is too far into the future,” he says.
How it works
* A theme is decided, and an announcement is made on the website, Facebook and Twitter.
* People create complete comics (read with full storylines) and send them for consideration.
* The submissions are read and changes, if required, are made.
* The graphic designer compiles everything. Pothi.com puts it up for sale.
* The comic authors whose entries are featured in the booklet receive Rs 1,500 each.
* The theme for the next comic book is Girl Power. The comics need to be based around women, or have to be created by them.
* The idea is to create comics for girls in India, as most comic books cater to the male reader.
* To participate, make a comic following the guidelines and send it email@example.com