Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Graphic Novel About the Warrior Prince Karna

Via Bangalore Mirror

The scene is the present. The protagonist is from way back. Karna, the unfortunate hero of The Mahabharata, comes back as a contemporary reincarnation in the form of business tycoon Karan Vir. Never mind that it is also the name of the man behind the latest graphic novel The Sixth: The Legend of Karna. Karan Vir Arora, editor-in-chief of Vimanika Comics, hopes to give Indian mythology a graphic novel treatment.

He explains, “Graphic novels are visually appealing with very colourful pictures. They are in book format and have thicker pages than comics. I realised that there was a vacuum of new concepts as big publication houses continued with the same old style of comics. I felt that readers were getting bored and so decided to introduce mythology in this form. I aim to create mythology and comic cult in India.”

There is a lot of research behind the making of this book. Deepam Chatterjee, with in-depth knowledge of mythology, was the co-author. “Deepam has more than 15-20 years of experience and is considered among one of the hundred odd scholars in India who actually know The Mahabharata,” says Karan. The research team behind his graphic novels has considerable gravitas and includes experts like Dr Rajaram who helped authenticate details. The illustrations done by Amit Tayal are a ‘mix of American, Japanese (manga) and Oriental styles’ probably to attract a global spectrum of readers.
Read the entire article here.

Vimanika Comics is also conducting the 'Sketch Karna Contest'
Vimanika Comics and Chitrakatha Documentary Project in association with Animation Xpress brings you a once in lifetime chance to create your own vision of Vimanika’s Karna and win a super exclusive Karna Statue created specially for the winner of the contest. Become a part of the legend itself by drawing your cool version of India’s own Superhero and send it to us. Winning entries will be published in future issues of Vimanika Comics and if we liked your drawings you can also win some awesome Vimanika gift hampers.
Read the rules of this contest. Last day for submissions: 15th January, 2010

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