Who would’ve ever thought of a Tamilian Simpsons family or seeing Fred Flinstone in a Punjabi Flinto Singh avatar?
A result of the quirky imagination of a few creative minds, the Subraminion or the Simpson Iyers — desi interpretations of famous international cartoon characters — are tickling the funny bones of many.
Created in the spur of the moment, these toons either become part of a comic strip or can now be found printed on bags and mugs. We talk to their creators and what made them come up with these versions.
The Iyers! Doh!
The TamBrahm Simpson Iyers became a rage on the internet. The characters fit well in the Indian dhoti and traditional wear.
"I came up with the TamBrahm version of the Simpsons (the Simpson Iyers) when my mother and sister requested that I try making an Iyer-version of characters for a sari," says Sasank Gopinathan, the creator. The characters have become quite popular on the social networking sites.
Uday Vir Singh Thukral, who grew up watching Flintstones, Power-puff Girls and Popeye, says it was his Punjabi upbringing that made him come up with the desi versions.
"I was born and brought up in Punjab. The thought of how their Indian avatars would look like provoked me to create Pappi Singh, Flinto Singh and Punjabipuff Girls," he says. The characters are now being printed on various mugs and bags.
In the 'park'ing spot
Dalbir Singh, lived in the United States during 9/11 and often read about hate crimes against Sikhs, so he decided to tell the world about Sikhs through a comic. "I thought of starting a comic to tell the world who we are. I started taking snippets from my life, some real, some made up, and soon the desi diaspora got hooked to it as they could relate to it," he says.
Initially, the comic was going to be named Karol Bagh. "A large number of Sikhs reside there. From Bagh came Park and then SikhPark. We felt SikhPark had a nice zing to it, but our humour and style is very different from SouthPark," he says.