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Angry Anna, Angry Maushi: New comics pick on society, politicians

PTI  New Delhi, February 09, 2014
First Published: 16:56 IST(9/2/2014) | Last Updated: 17:05 IST(9/2/2014)

A series of comics satirising unfolding socio-political events was launched in New Delhi at the fourth edition of Indian annual comics convention, Comic Con.

"Angry Maushi: Second Blood," a 32-pager follows the "Angry Maushi comic" launched last year at the Mumbai Film and Comic Con Fest.

"The comics series is a way of unleashing my feelings on all the wrongs happening around us," said artist and illustrator Abhijeet Kini.

"I think Comics as a medium should be reflective of our society. There has been too much of superhero comics. I want people to know what I feel on the faux pas happening on political and social fronts through this series," Kini said.

Speaking about how comics have long been perceived as a children's book, Kini said his series targets readers above 17 years of age.

"Comics are not meant for children only. I wanted to break the myth."

"The language used in the series has been kept unedited," he added.

Kini, who draws cartoons for a political party's website, said he has plans to come up with a cartoon series for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections too.

"I have lots of jokes, ideas on mind. I may come up with comics satires on the coming elections," he said.

Creator of popular comic strip "Garbage Bin", Mohammad Faisal, highlights funny incidents from people's childhood.

"We never planned to create Garbage Bin. We started by uploading our drawings on Facebook which gained popularity in no time. That gave us confidence and we started the series," Faisal said.

Faisal created a game called 'Angry Anna' using Anna Hazare's cartoon and other prominent figures in the country. The game was a huge hit.

Meanwhile, Campfire Graphic Novels launched a book, 'Magical Animals',which is their first in junior genre.

"We thought of coming up with something especially for children."

"'Magical Animals' is a graphic novel which, I hope, will engage the children," said illustrator, Rajesh Nagulakonda.

Magical Animals presents exciting new versions of classic stories like "The Three Little Pigs", "Goldilocks", "Three Bears" and the "Frog Prince".

'Zombie Rising Volume 2', prequel to 'Rise of The Zombie', India's first zombie origin movie starring Luke Kenny and Benjamin Gilani, also launched at the Comic Con.

"In India zombie thriller is a new concept. But I think now the time is ripe in exploring this new genre," said writer of the series Devaki Singh.

In this graphic novel, Manav and the rest of the gang, who had just started unearthing the strange happenings in Neolife Pharmaceuticals,are drawn deep into the plot.


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