Saturday, December 22, 2012

Comic-Con International Presents WonderCon Anaheim

Friday, December 21, 2012

Kylie Minogue

Pop Icon & Breast Cancer Survivor Kylie Minogue's Story Told

The diminutive singing sensation from Down Under's story is told in a new comic book “Female Force: Kylie Minogue”.  Kylie’s colorful experiences are brought to life as we follow the star’s ups and downs.  From capturing Australia’s hearts in “Neighbours” to the life & loves of a national treasure, and her brave struggle with cancer.
The single issue is out on December 26th.  Written by Steven Stone and drawn by Jill Lamarina.  “Working on the Kylie comic was a challenge but an enjoyable one. Kylie has had an iconic career that has touched so many people. I wanted to do her story justice. I hope you all enjoy It.,” said Stone.
Bluewater will be doing a digital 1st in comic books.  They will be giving exclusive digital covers to ITunes and My Digital Comics. Which will be revealed on December 26th by the fan site Jon Woodard does both of the collectible “superhero” inspired covers.  Other digital locations will feature the mainstream cover by Fred Grivaud. “Kylie is so epic in her presence, she was perfect for comics,” said Jon Woodard.
“I love telling the stories of women who make difference in society, which is why we chose Kylie Minogue as the subject to the “Female Force” line”.  Said publisher Darren G. Davis “Not only is she an amazing music artist but story as well as the struggles about her breast cancer is inspiring.”  “We did a similar comic book for breast cancer awareness month with another Aussie Olivia Newton-John. It is great when we can educate as well as inform.“ said Davis
“Female Force: Kylie Minogue” may be purchased in print exclusively at Comic Flea Market ( for $3.99. Digital copies will also be available for $1.99. Download the comic to your e-reader from iTunes, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, ComiXology, Google Books, DriveThru Comics, Wowio, iVerse, and more.
“My Digital Comics is excited to take part in this unique worldwide event about the inspiring life of music super-star Kylie Minogue! “ said Cameron Merkler from My Digital Comics.
Also there will be a 300-piece limited version of the comic book with a new cover by artist Jill Lamarina that can be had at Comic Book Flea Market for $9.99.
Bluewater launched the “Female Force” series in 2009 as a broad examination of strong and influential women who are shaping modern history and culture. In past issues, the monthly series has featured Michelle Obama, Cher, Madonna, Margaret Thatcher, JK Rowling, Julia Child and others.

The company produces three lines of biography comics: Female Force, Political Power and Fame. Each line has produced comics that have sold out of their original runs at a time in which independent comics companies are struggling to gain an audience. Upcoming comic book biography titles are FAME: Robbie Williams and Adele.
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Comic Con India Awards 2013 Nominations

3rd Annual Indian Comics Convention will be flagged-off by honoring and felicitating the best Indian Comics and Comics Creators of 2012 with 2nd Annual Comic Con India Awards. Comic Con India Awards 2013 ceremony will be be held in the Capital at India Habitat Centre(IHC) on February 7, 2013.
The 3rd Annual Indian Comics Convention is to be held at Dilli Haat from February 8 - 10, 2013. Comic Con India established in 2011 is country’s only platform which gives boost to the comics and related industries in India.
Comic Con India Awards is an initiative of Comic Con India. CCI Awards aim to recognize the work of all the professionals of India's Comics Industry. It’s an attempt to bring into focus the novelty of this art form and acknowledge the efforts of numerous writers, artists & publishers in this field.
Jatin Varma, Founder, Comic Con India, says, “CCI Awards aim to recognize the work that the professionals in India's Comics Industry do.  This is where we honor and felicitate the best Indian Comics and Comics Creators, and give them the recognition they deserve, among their peers.”
Jatin added, “For the awards we are accepting nominations now and am sure jury will have a tough time deciding. Other than the competitive categories we have a special LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD given by Comic Con India. Last year at the 1st CCI Awards, it was given to Mr. R.K.Laxman and this year we will be giving the award to the iconic Indian Cartoonist, Padma Vibhushan Mario Miranda who is no more with us for his exemplary contribution to the industry.”
The jury consists of Mr. Neelabh Banerjee ( Author & Artist), Mr. Vaibhav Kumaresh ( Artist Animator), and Mr. Abhishek Sharma (Writer & Filmmaker). The jury will go through the entries submitted and eventually shortlist them.
  • BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL/COMIC BOOK OF THE YEAR  - (For Comic Book Series Only One Issue Is Eligible To Enter)
  • BEST COVER (Includes illustrated published covers of publications of any genre)
  • BEST WRITER  - (Includes Adaptations)
  • BEST CONTINUING GRAPHIC SERIES (Minimum 2 issues of the series should have been published during the year)
  • BEST CHILDREN’S WRITER (Ages 13 & below)
Entries should be sent to Comic Con India Office. The deadline for receiving the submission is JANUARY 1ST, 2013.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Amar Chitra Katha.

Amar Chitra Katha’s new entrant – Kubera

Amar Chitra Katha is a household name in India. Synonym with the visual reinvention of the quintessentially Indian stories from great epics, mythology, history, literature, oral folktales and with more than 400 comics in 20+ languages that have sold 90+ million copies to date, Amar Chitra Katha is a cultural phenomenon.
One of the newest addition to the legacy is Kubera, a tale of a wise and benevolent king of the yakshas, who once ruled over the city of Lanka. He would travel the world in his magnificent flying chariot, the Pushpaka Vimana, which had been gifted to him by his great-grandfather, Brahma. Lanka enjoyed an age of peace and prosperity under Kubera’s reign. But all that changed when his fearsome half-brother Dasagriva, the leader of the rakshasas decided to claim the city as his own.
Amar Chitra Katha pieces together from various sources in Indian mythology, the story of the Lord of Wealth. The 32 page comic book is written by Nimmy Chacko, Script Writer and Sub-editor at ACK Media. Sundira Moorthy has helmed the reins as chief artist for the book. Reena I. Puri, Editor at Amar Chitra Katha has headed the team of Kubera.
Speaking more on this, Reena I. Puri, Editor at Amar Chitra Katha stated, “Kubera is an important character in Indian mythology. The story deals with his birth, the boon he receives from Brahma to be the lord of wealth and his fight with his half-brother, Ravana, who displaces him from Lanka.”
“We had started working  on the book around 6 months ago, it was scriptwriter Nimmy Chacko who pitched me with the idea, she had read various mythological sources for stories related with Kubera and has pieced them together to create the final story. I quite liked it and saw a good potential in it and then we started working on it”
The book is priced at INR 50/- for every 32 pg book.
“I believe the character of Kubera is still relatively unknown to many in the modern era, there is a mystery and curiosity still around him. Kubera is described in some texts as having three legs and a not very pleasant appearance. We had to show him as the hero of the story and had to balance the image. That took some discussion and many trial images by Sundar before we hit on the one we thought worked the best. Ravana, the other character in the story, has a very strong personality. Kubera’s character had to show up clearly and positively against that. People associate him as the Lord of Wealth and we wanted to explore the world of Kubera with this book.”
The book was launched at the second annual comic convention at Mumbai, receiving an overwhelming response over the course of the two days.
Adding more to it she said,” The experience was tremendous; the response we got was overwhelming and surpassed our expectations. We had got a positive response at Bengaluru and Mumbai was just the icing on the cake.”
“We are a very small team of 4-5 people for but our commitment and dedication is no less than 12 people. We write for young people but our books are read by all age groups. The marketing department creates a plan for each release. From the creative side we interact with our readers through workshops and through social media like Facebook. Our aim is to offer diverse content with every book of ours. Amar Chitra Katha has always thrived to offer more to its readers and we hope that all our efforts would just add to its legacy.”
“Our latest book ‘Saraswati’ was recently launched in November and we are currently on a couple of books. You would hope to hear a lot more from us in the coming year.” he concluded.
Amar Chitra Katha is also launching these stories in animated, live-action and gaming formats for all screens – television, film, mobile and online.