Epic Tales with a New Spin
TOI - 28 Dec 08
Times of India carried a news article this week, on the resurgence of the New Super Heroes from the Indian Mythology, Ramayana and Mahabharata. In fact this seems to be the new trend which has been adopted in Indian comics or animation media.
First it was erstwhile Virgin Comics, which pioneered this concept by introducing a variety of comics titles, one of which was Ramayana 3392 AD, which finds a mention in this article, albeit under their new name Liquid Comics (as explained in my previous post on Vimanika on the management buyout).
I really liked the artwork which was exhibited in the new Ramayana series (look at the Hanuman art in the article, incredible), which was supposed to debut in India, after their successful launch in US. But, I was told that the Virgin Comics decided to hold their plans, as they were worried about generating probable ire from the large Hindu population in India, some of whom found these modern creations offended, and devalued their cherished mythos and beliefs, for commercial purposes. It’s a debate Comicology don’t want to get into, for the sheer respect shared towards all religions followed in India.
There was even an animation movie recently on Junior Hanuman, the success of which prompted the producers to plan a sequel as Hanuman Returns. Recently, Chandamama also came up with an exclusive Ramayana Graphic Novel, which also finds a mention in this article.
Overall, even though I liked these new and welcome attempts to generate mass media attention towards the Indian Genre of Comics, probably trying to imitate the Japanese Manga revolution in India, I still feel that the olden comics classics of Mahabharata and Ramayana from Amar Chitra Katha (ACK), continue to remain my personal favourite.