Sep 8, 2012

Year full of Comics… And WE’RE BACK !

It’s a kind of eerie feeling of déjà vu, to see us back in the blogging ways after more than a year. And like the last backtime we blogged, it’s the start of another day where a comic event is taking place, this time in the garden city of Bengaluru. Times have indeed changed, on both personal and professional front – which has kept us occupied for a prolonged period on new priorities of life. But, believe us we were only waiting for a reason to be back. You would do well to take note of the recent changes in our blogs layout, with featured posts and color combinations. Including the use of jQuery and DisQus commenting, tools we long wanted to implement for the smooth transition effect noticed on the blogs.

It might have been a lull period for Comicology, as far as Blogging Blogging is Vimanika - Shivaconcerned, but the atmosphere around Indian Comics have never been better anytime before. The old-timers, Raj, Diamond and Amar Chitra Katha are still lurking around. But, what makes it special is that a host of new players have joined the bandwagon, namely Pop Culture Publishing, Rovolt, Holy Cow Entertainment.

The success of each of these players in varying degrees have underscored the fact that the Indian Comics Industry, do have issue-coverenough room to accommodate different genres and multiple storytellers.

Vimanika Comics, have launched a series of different titles, and have mostly stayed loyal to their vision of Mythology, with titles like Kalki, Siva, Dashavatar to go with their original Sixth and Moksha series.

Level 10 Comics, have now to stopped their print run, but have been more active on Pop ChairmanDigital Comics front, having also launched two Graphic Novels of their famous Odayan, and Daksh series.

Pop Culture Publishing, part of the same company which runs the Comic Con India events, have been trying their hands on a variety of publishing including Dark Noir, to Slapstick Humour.

539993_423094234375279_509073905_nHoly Cow Entertainment, which started as a launch pad of their Ravanayan indie series, have now branched out to announce a series of newer titles, with a host of creators and writers.

Rovolt, a new player in the business has already made a larger impact, with their unique and lavishing illustrated, the-legends-of-aveon9-the-train-to-vexadus-700x700-imada95ghkefdwjgLegends of Aveon9 series. They are indeed a company to watch out for.

Westland, has moved away from the tag of copyrighted license publisher, by launching a Movie tied comics, with Agent Vinod, graphic novel. But they have more to do on that front.

But, the biggest praise and appreciation should be given for Campfire, who have continuously churned out Graphic Novels at breathtaking pace and regularity. With their titles ranging from Mythology, 461885_316907188362658_1629691191_oClassic Novels, to Biographies. They are the ones to look forward to for years to come, and one which needs more attention from the comic brethren.

All of these publishers are scheduled to have new book 378061_282267078485676_1058330139_nlaunches for the Bengaluru event, which makes it all the more attracting.

These Comic Con events have been so popular, that even our regional comics publisher of Lion and Muthu Comics, would be taking part in the event for the first time. They too have a new comic to launch for the occasion.

Our Facebook page, has served as a medium to maintain pace with this constantly growing industry, and to keep in touch with fellow comikers. The advent of Social Networking, might have made the Micro-posts and photo shares a favorite form of content sharing (and one which we love too).

But, the satisfaction of sharing one’s mind-out over a page full of experiences can only be fulfilled with a blog. And we are more than happy to have re-ignited that flair.

So as it turns out, we had to mark our calendar to make it to the Comic Con Express, especially for the fact that it happens so close to our city, in Bengaluru. Thus following the franchise events path from Delhi, Mumbai, to southern garden city.

Comic Con Express BengaluruDespite having a lot of reservations over Comic Con India (one of the reasons for us to stop blogging ever since attending the first Comic Con in Delhi last year), a fact has to be accepted that – these events have given a chance for lovers of a medium, which is so niche, to interact with fellow like minded people, and to also project themselves truly as Comic fans, with no frills attached.

We are hoping to take part in the celebrations and interacts and befriend more of these wonderful folks. Hopefully, we should be back sooner to share the experience to one and all. Adios, until then !

23 ComiComments:

Wow welcom back நண்பரே :))
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நண்பரே,


வாங்க வாங்க.... அடிச்சு பட்டையை கெளப்புங்க.... :)

Finally. Nice layout. Hearty Welcome, mate. ;)

//It’s a kind of eerie feeling of déjà vu, to see us back in the blogging ways after more than a year. And like the last time we blogged//

I can see "me" turning into "we". Whoa, Rafiq. What an improvement. :P

டியர் திரு ரபீக் ராஜா, வணக்கம்.


பல வருடங்களாக உங்களது வலைப் பக்கத்தை பார்த்து வருகிறேன். சில நாட்களுக்கு முன்பு உங்களது தளத்தை பின்தொடர இணைந்தேன். இணைந்ததற்கு காரணம், நீங்கள் அடுத்து ஏதேனும் பதிவிட்டால் அந்த விவரந்தனை தெரிந்து கொள்ளவே.


பல நாட்களாக நீங்கள் பதிவேதும் இடாதது வருத்தமே. ஆனால் நேற்று உங்களது பதிவின் விவரம் அறிந்து மகிழ்ச்சியடைந்தேன். பெங்களூர் காமிக் கானை இந்த பதிவில் கவர் செய்துவிட்டீர்கள்.


ஏனோ தெரியவில்லை, இந்திய காமிக்ஸ்களை என் மனம் விரும்பவில்லை. சிறுவயதிலிருந்து இந்திரஜால், முத்து, லயன் என்று படித்ததினால் இருக்கலாம். அல்லது இந்திய காமிக்ஸ்களை விட மேலை நாட்டு காமிக்ஸ் ஹீரோக்களே அதிகமாக என் மனதில் தாக்கத்தை ஏற்படுத்தியதாலும் இருக்கலாம். இந்திய காமிக்ஸ்கள் பார்க்கப் பார்க்கத்தான் பிடிக்குமோ என்னமோ.


தொடருங்கள் உங்கள் சிறப்பன பதிவுகளை. உங்களின் காமிக்ஸ் மேலானா காதல் என்னை வியக்க வைக்கின்றது.


உங்களது காமிகாலஜியில் உங்களது பதிவுகளைத்தும் சிறப்பான விதத்தில் விஷயங்களை விவரித்திருக்கிறீர்கள்.


எனது வலைத்தளம் உருவாவதற்கு சில வலைத்தளங்ள் இன்ஸ்பிரேஷனாக இருந்துள்ளது, அதில் உங்களது தளமும் ஒன்று.


அன்புடன்,
பாலாஜி சுந்தர்.

மீண்டு வந்ததிக்கு வாழ்த்துக்கள்.. கலக்குங்கள்..

Hi Rafiq, what a surprise! :) Since I had not followed your blog previously (I just bookmark and read most of the blogs!) missed to see this post on the day it was posted!. Welcome back. I thought you would start blogging in Tamil.

Wonderful intro post from you - looking for the whole coverage soon!

I left a comment, but it doesn't appear here yet! Is comment moderation enabled? ;)

Ok, let me retype...

Wecome back Rafiq! Back with a Big Bang! ;) I had not followed your blog previously (I bookmark and read most of the blogs). So missed to see this post on the day it was posted.

Nice intro on Comic Con - hope to see more detailed coverage from you soon!

I thought you would start blogging in Tamil! :)

Welcome Back Anna :) Nice Opening post. Adichu thool kilappunga :)

I get it now... My comment had words like "Rafiq is back with a Big B..." and Disqus finds it disgusting! ;) if you find it cool you can approve that comment! :D

Hi Rafiq, Welcome back. I reffered your blog for many comics related searches. And now i saw your photo in Bladepedia. I am really happy for your come back.

Adichu thool kilappunga :)

Tamilla eluthunkappa nanum padikkanum..

Nice Post.Welcome Back Friend.
Hope to see more from you.

(Wel)come back and hope to see your review about recent Lion-Muthu comics...

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