Well, it's first for us at Comicology, to talk about a news-article published in Newspapers. But, this particular article released in Times of India edition today, in it's Chennai special: Chennai Times, was related to the growing interest among young readers, to channel their source from the traditional novels, to other forms, including our interest, Comics.
I was never a great fan of Novels, and continue to be one till now. Somehow, reading through pages and pages of literary work, despite being about any genre, was never my cup of tea. That used to remind me much on my school day subject syllabuses, which could be a best alternative to your bed pillow, by the sheer size of it. The much acclaimed Harry Potter series, I prefer to follow only in visual media, through their Movie franchise.
At times, I used to wonder, why not the nuances of Physics, Chemistry, Biology or History, could have been best told if they are laid with pictures in between. Didn't we understand history and its leaders much more through the great Anant Pai's Amar Chithra Katha (ACK), then they were told to us in our school History classes? At least, I did.
The best example of which was the type of picture based learning, exhibited in the recent Bollywood movie, Tare Zameen Par (Stars on Earth), which garnered huge recognition among the masses. The movie is now designated to be the Indian entry for the Oscars this year, and its a worthy of every bit of accolades it gets, for re-emphasizing the importance of the change in our learning system.
So I was equally amused to see the growing interest of Comics among the younger generation, and the change of thoughts among elders, in the way they looked towards this interest, as exhibited in this article (have highlighted the passages with reference to Comics).
Hopefully, they will boost the Comics Industries in India in the coming years.