My father asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I replied, ‘A superhero’,” says 22-year-old Rohan Kapadia. As superpowers eluded him, Kapadia decided that the only way to make this dream come true was via comic books. In April 2008 he established his company, Arkin Comics. Since then, he’s been helping regular people become superheroes…at least in comics.
The company, which employs 14 artists, offers both custom comics and comic book series. In the custom comics, readers can become superheroes and save a fellow soldier, rescue a prince or even save the world from robots. All you have to do is send them your pictures (taken from several different angles), sign a disclaimer allowing the company to use your picture and viola — they will home-deliver a comic book starring you.
The price to save the world is a modest Rs 999. “Our comic books have a bit of violence, so readers must respect the age limit,” says Kapadia. Though there are currently four plot lines for custom comics, to encourage interactivity, the story lines of these series are decided by the reader via an online poll. “The story ideas of the comics are available online for a specific time frame. Readers choose and we feature them,” says Kapadia.
In the future, the company plans to launch 3D comic books. These books will focus only on real issues as opposed to fantasy.
Steps to be a superhero:
Select a story
Upload photographs on the website in various angles
Sign a disclaimer
Make the payment
Wait for the book to be delivered