Monday, February 27, 2012

Amar Chitra Katha title launched on Anant Pai – the master storyteller.

Amar Chitra Katha title launched on Anant Pai – the master storyteller

A tribute to the creator of Amar Chitra Katha & Tinkle, late Uncle Pai on his first death anniversary
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | February 24, 2012
Lalita Pai and Reena Puri
What can be the best way to pay a tribute to a storyteller? Tell his story. ACK Media, India’s leading education and entertainment company for kids, pays tribute to the creator of Amar Chitra Katha & Tinkle, late Uncle Pai, by launching an Amar Chitra Katha title“Anant Pai – the master storyteller”. Marking the occasion of his first death anniversary, the biography of Uncle Pai was launched during Comic con on 18th February, by his beloved wife, Lalita Pai. A short film titled – Tribute to Uncle Pai was also aired during comic-con. The Amar Chitra Katha title on Uncle Pai will also be available on the Apple App store for his millions of fans.
“This is a tribute to the man who created Amar Chitra Katha. It is an acknowledgement of the revolution he brought, not just by creating comics based on Indian stories but also by bringing into the limelight stories of our country which needed to be shared and told. It is a tribute from all of us who have worked with him and learned from him”, said Reena Puri, Editor Amar Chitra Katha.
Anant Pai strode the Indian comics industry like a colossus. Known as the Walt Disney of India, he told stories from mythology, history and literature to generations of children, using the comic book format. Uncle Pai, as he was known, wanted Indian children to be familiar with their heritage. He believed that it helped build self-esteem and confidence. A chemical engineer by profession, Anant Pai gave up his job to follow his dream, a dream that led to the creation of Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle. Amar Chitra Katha title on Anant Pai traces the story of the man who left behind a legacy of learning and laughter. This is his life story from his childhood days in a village in Karnataka , through his education and then the pursuit of his dream till he succeeded.
“The Anant Pai title is an inspirational story which seeks to provide a role model for children. It is a typical Amar Chitra Katha, the only difference is that it is about a man who still reaches out and touches the hearts of millions of Indian children”, shared Reena Puri, further adding, “It was very difficult to decide what we should finally put into the script of the book as there was lot of information available. What guided us were Mr Pai’s own words, “See if the story will be of interest to children. See if there is something in it for children to take away. Then tell it.” We feel that there is a lot for a reader to take away from the story of this wonderful man – be it a child or a grown-up.”
This 32-page comics biography took 11 months to compile and has been researched and scripted by Gayathri  Chandrasekaran who has also worked with Anant Pai and was assistant editor of Tinkle. It has been illustrated in the traditional ACK style by Dilip Kadam, the artist behind many of Amar Chitra Katha’s best-loved works, including the mammoth, best-selling, 42-volume Mahabharata.
“A lot of people who worked with Pai had to be met and extensive interviews conducted with his wife, Lalita Pai, his sister and other relatives. Subba Rao, who was one of the first associate editors of ACK gave us very valuable inputs and helped us refine the script”, shared Gayathri Chandrasekaran.
“It has been an emotional experience for the three of us since we have all worked with him. He was my mentor and my guide. He shared his vision with me and taught me the responsibility and importance of writing for children”, expressed Reena Puri.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Comic Con India-2012.

A Comic Book Legend
Comic Con India is inaugurated with a traditional Indian lamp lighting ceremony with special guests.
 This year the event hosted legendary American comic book artist Robert Crumb (known for the popular
 Fritz The Cat and Keep On Truckin' comics) and his artist-wife Aline Kominsky-Crumb. “This is our first time
 in India and perhaps this could inspire us to create something based on our visit,” said the 68-year-old Crumb.

Until Next Year An attendee dresses up as Comic Con India mascot Superkudi.

Costume Combat
Costume competition participants in all their glory. From left, Monika Smriti took the first prize ticket to Hong Kong Disneyland 
with a costume based on Magdalena, from Top Cow Comics; runner ups include gothic action icon The Crow and Azazel from Marvel's X-Men.

Cocoman Debuts
Cocoman, short for Coconut Man, makes an appearance. The character is part of a newly launched comic series called Auto Pilot, 
developed by Libera Artisti,which is based in Trivandrum, South India.

And the Winner Is...
Comic Con Inida holds a daily costume contest called Cosplay. Daaneshpal Singh Anand took home a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland for 
his his costume based on Shan Yu,
the villain from Disney's Mulan.


Lightsabre Rattling
Every comic convention on the planet must have a lightsabre battle in honor of Star Wars, and Comic Con India is no exception.

With Most Popular Indian Comic Character ''Shikari Sambhok''

Global renowned comic Artist  Mr. Aadil Khan.

Aadil khan and Respected Sajay Gupta (Mastermind of Raj Comics ).

 Fenil Sherdiwala(Owner of Fenil Comics ) and Most popular Indian comics Script writer Mr. Ansar Akhtar (with comic),

Aadil Khan with Comics Fan.

Aadil with Hulk.

Hoooo....!! Freddy is back......A fan dressed as iconic horror character ''Freddy''.

Aaaaaaa..........!! Freddy is not Dead....!!

Me and Aadil with 9xn TV character Bheegi Billi .

with Supandi.

Aadil with a foreigner Comics fan

Me and Aadil With Ansar Aktar. 

Batman arch-villian Poison Ivy.

This year the event hosted legendary American comic book artist Robert Crumb (With Cap)

Comics Crazy.

Aadil khan with Jedi Robs and....??...... ;)

With TINTIN.....


With ''Super Kudi'' (Comic Con India mascot-2012)

Aadil with Cinderella. 

S.M.Raza me and Aadil khan with IRON MAN.

S.M.Raza me and Aadil khan with IRON MAN.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Comic Con India Awards Final Nominees Announced.

Comic Con India Awards Final Nominees Announced
(15 Febraury 2012 15:41 pm)
The first Comic Con India Awards to kick start the 2nd Annual Comic Con India on 16th February 2012 at Indian International Center, New Delhi has received a great response from the industry in its 7 different categories.

Speaking to Jatin Varma, Founder, Comic Con India shares, “We have had a tremendous response from all quarters of the Comics Industry as well entries from the mainstream publishers. Our Unpublished Work Grant received 140 entries from across India, the awards have started off on the right path, we look forward to announcing the winners on the 16th of February.”

The final nominations for the awards have been announced. They are

Best Graphic Novel/ Comic Book of the Year
Tenzing Norgay, Amar Chitra Katha
Nelson Mandela, Campire Graphic Novel
Shiva, Vimanika Comics
Animal Palette, Aakruti Books

Best Writer
Suhas Sundar for Odayan #1
Dan Danko for Leonardo Da Vinci
Chetan Joshi for Animal Palette

Best Publication for Children
Tinkle Magazine’s Tinkle Holiday Special (37),
Campfire Graphic Novels’ two titles- The Jungle Book and Three Men in a Boat, Penguin Group’s (India) two titles- The Kashmiri Storyteller and Moochhandar,
Sufi Comics’ 40 Sufi Comics
Green Gold Animation’s Chhota Bheem

Best Cover
Muhammad Ali, Prince Varghese (art) & Jayakrishna KP (Design)
River of Smoke Vol.2, Ajanta Guhathakurta (Cover Illustration) & Bena Sareen (Cover Design)
Tinkle 590, Abhijeet Kini
Sita, Manikandan (Illustrator) & Jayakrishna KP (Color & Design)
Odayan - Issue 01, Deepak Sharma & Raghavendra Kamath
I Am Kalki, Vimanika Comics

Best Artist
Tenzing Norgay, Atula Siriwardane
The Rabhas Incident, Harsho Mohan Chattoraj
Odayan, Deepak Sharma
Leonardo Da vinci, Lalit Kumar Sharma
Muhammad Ali, Lalit Kumar Sharma
The Jungle Book, Amit Tayal
Milk and Quickies, Abhijeet Kini
Ravanayan (Issue 04), Vivek Goel

Best Web Comic
40 Sufi Comics, Sufi Comics
Beast Legion, Beast Legion
Odayan, Level 10 Entertainment

Best Unpublished Work Grant

A Figment of Reality, Neelesh V. Saran
The Masterpiece, Harsho Mohan Chattoraj
Satya Police, Mohit Srivastava & Gagandeep Kochar
Untitled, Aashim Raj
Hail, Abhinav Krishna