Friday, September 5, 2014

Comic Con India Founder, Jatin Varma.

Comic Con India Founder, Jatin Varma, on Superheroes, Salman Khan and all things Sundry!

If you made plans for the September 12-14 weekend, then cancel it right now and book your tickets for the Bangalore Comic Con 2014. We ain’t kidding!
In the history of Indian pop-culturedom, there has been no bigger or better marketed event. Look at these mind-blowing stats from the last edition.
We remember a frenzied kilometer long queue starting outside Koramangala indoor stadium last year in what was otherwise, a calm Sunday afternoon in Bangalore (no worries though as they have moved to a much bigger stage this time!).
So while we are all madly anticipating what’s to come, in what will probably be the biggest congregation of people in Bangalore ever, we catch up with Comic Con India founder, Jatin Varma, for a chat on what to expect. You know, just to stoke your anticipation even more…
Comic Con India is one of the biggest events on any Indian metro’s calender right now. Before all this madness began, how did it all start? Had you been to an International Comic Con before starting up Comic Con India?
No, I had not visited any of the international Comic Cons before I started. Which is one of the reasons I thought, it will be cheaper if we had one here. Since then, in the past four years, I have been to a bunch of them including San Diego, New York and Dubai.

On how it started… I was working at a magazine called, Random, which is an Indian version of MAD magazine. Through that, we got in touch with lots of artists and writers spread across India. Everyone, would crib about the fact that there isn’t really a place to showcase or sell their stuff. So in 2010, we just decided to do a Comic Con in Delhi. Everyone laughed at the idea at first. Then we sat down and tried to figure out how to go about it, whom we wanted and since none of us had ever been to a Comic Con, we just put together elements from what we had read about other Comic Cons and we added in stuff that we wanted. It was an experiment. But from then till now, it’s become the core business of our company.
That’s very true. The lines are getting longer each year and every edition is bigger than the previous one… What’s the vision for Comic Con India? Where do you see Comic Con India 5-6 years from now?
In terms of vision, I think our market is pretty strong and we are very enthusiastic about trying out different things. There’s a huge scope for various companies and content to come in and for our own indigenous market as well. In that sense we have a long way to go.
We can still have a more and more people come to our events. We can have tons of new content inside, and we can actually become a platform for showcasing creativity and not just limiting ourselves to a simple straight-forward exhibition.
6 years down the line I would want our events to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest in the world. Not only in terms of footfalls, but I would also want it to be one of the key places / stops for any sort of international content. In the short term, we want to go to more cities – we are in four right now and would look to expand to 2 more cities.
We have seen many ‘home-grown’ superheroes (and some parodies too like Comic Con India’s own creations - Super Kudi, Wonder Bai, Wolveranna). Would we get to see a full scale Indian sci-fi film, a superhero movie launch or a star-studded panel discussion at the Comic Con? When do you see that happening?
In the next 2 years, we should see more and more international guests coming in and doing panels and sessions. With respect to having an exclusive sci-fi film launch or TV show discussions, like in some of the international conventions, we would always be the third or the fourth market (and that’s 5-6 years down the line).
Unfortunately, despite our size we are still not a mature enough market to give these studios big returns. For example, if you compare us to China, the Chinese market by itself is much more massive. Even the last Transformers that came out, had a huge China angle in the story for no reason other than the fact that they wanted to sell it to the audience there. They made a lot of money there. For instance, Avengers made $12 million worth of business in India which is a lot. But it did $85m in China. So, until our market is giving Hollywood studios those kind of numbers, we might get exclusives, but we will still be the third or fourth in the pecking order.
We can only influence this to a certain extent as an event. We certainly want to make our events the best place to showcase that. While we might not be able to match numbers, India is no tiny nation that they can ignore easily in the long term. A lot of foreign companies acknowledge but they don’t always not how to enter the Indian market and what to do. And we hope that out event will be the perfect platform for that.
Let’s forget about Hollywood. What about an Indian sci-fi film or a Indian comic book character coming to life on the big screen?
Well, Bollywood is there at a few of our events. But, the problem is that if you look at the Indian film industry it’s mostly, mass films. And when you compare it to the audience that comes in, a lot of them would be going for those films, but they are not coming to Comic Con for the same reason.
For example, in our Bombay Comic Con, there’s a lot of Bollywood. We get a lot of exclusives like Tere Bin Laden 2 which is coming out later this year.
But for Indian sci-fi films, it’s going to be a while. I mean as much as I want it, we are stuck with Krrish or Kick right now. That’s not the best comparison to a foreign film. But you know what, it’s okay that we might not have those films right now and I don’t see it happening maybe for another decade. Primarily because we don’t have that kind of a market for films here. Because everyone has to start making everything idiot proof and when you do that you come up with films like Kick! I’m a Salman Khan fan, but I know for a fact that film is crap!
Can I quote you on that?
(*laughs*) Yeah, you can quote me on that. It is not like I’m planning to have the makers of Kick come to Comic Con. It’s not the type of thing that would appeal to the audience that comes into our events. A lot of them might go watch it. I mean what else do you do on a weekend. And they will all say it’s a horrible movie. I don’t think anyone is going to stand up and say “OMG, this was an excellent movie that deserves so much.” It’s essentially time pass.
I think we are going to see some great content coming out of Bollywood and when it does, Comic Con would fit in. But it will take a while. Because market forces controls what comes out. Even if you look at US, it was because of these, very successful tentpole films like Transformers and Avengers that we have a market. They have become so common now, and studios spend more money on these films. You are a film connoisseur and you want to see more quality art films. But they get overshadowed and made lesser in number each year. That’s because, the whole comic genre has really taken control of Hollywood.
The Comic Book fan in me is super excited and loves it. I’m going for Guardians of the Galaxy after we are done with this interview… for the second time that is! But, the other person inside me who loves those great art films, is also feeling sad about the fact that we don’t get to see a lot more quality stuff coming out. They don’t come out every other week. That’s something written about extensively. So, when those guys are facing such issues then, it certainly is not easy for us to produce such sci-fi, or comic book adaptations. But, I don’t think it’s impossible. And then it would come to Comic Con.
India has a rich body of mythological work - brilliant story lines with detailed, complex characters and exciting fantasy elements in the mix. Many a time they have provided content and inspiration for the West. Clearly we have a lot of imagination and history in this medium of storytelling using illustrations. What do you think it will take for the world to accept a mainstream superhero whose origins are Indian? When will that happen?
While we have a very rich history and mythology, we are so hung up on it, that we don’t tend to create new stuff. So, we end up going back to it again and again. Which is fine. The Greeks do it. But unfortunately, when you have such a huge and fantastic library, you end up mostly being second best and you tend not to attempt new ideas as often. And it’s difficult. It’s not very easy to come up with new material. It’s very difficult to be unique in a world which is so connected.
Yes, we have provided inspiration to the West. Yet there is nothing that is truly Indian which is completely loved and followed world over in terms of characters. There might be a few, but I’m strictly talking about the comic genre.
Super Kudi and Wonder Bai are spoofs of their more popular American characters. So, I wouldn’t want them to get popular internationally (*laughs*). People should focus on creating new characters and new stories – and not necessarily superheroes. I’m also talking about comic books to reach out to an international audience – the theme should be universal.
We certainly have very good artists and illustrators. The industry lacks quality editing, but I think we can overcome that easily. And I personally know for a fact that in the coming years, maybe 3 or 4 years, we are going to see some of these Indian comic books becoming international best sellers and getting a following. We have seen that in mainstream literature already. It’s only a matter of time, when Indian comics get there too. A lot of people publish online, it’s only a matter of time when these characters click internationally. It will happen very soon. And I’m hoping that it happens at Comic Con India.
Superheroes are inspirational figures who bring order to the world around them. And Superhero films are dominating the summer box office with more slated for release. The public is not tired of them only wants more of it. Could that be an indication that people are looking to change the present state of affairs in their nation states? Are people looking for a hero in the real-world in the midst of all the corruption, politics, and terrorism and give the common folk some much needed inspiration?
I think for our society, yes. You need a strong leader to inspire you. We see a lot of crap that happens out here day in day out. We need someone strong to create change right at the top. You could say corruption is one big reason for a lot of the public’s pent up frustration. Overall, not knowing where we are headed, what our vision is, affects our psyche a lot. We lack proper leadership and that creates a lot of chaos. That’s why people love a hero. To bring order in that chaos.
I don’t know if you have seen it. In India, we tend to reach out, worship and crave heroes so much that we hype up even the mediocre ones. We tend overhype any small achievement. At the same time, we are also very fickle. We turn around and ditch them when it suits us. Maybe, that is why we don’t have strong leaders. We keep going back to our history and mythology and look at these great characters and real heroes and we look at them for inspiration. Again, it’s the reason we are not churning out new superheroes at present.
Your favourite Indian superhero?
Indian superhero? I wouldn’t call him a superhero, but I like Chacha Chowdhury.
Superman or Hulk?
Marvel or DC?
Definitely, DC.
Batman or Iron man
Iron man
Supergirl or Superkudi?
I think I’m partial to both (*laughs*)
Pick one
Uhm… Helen Slater as Supergirl from the 80s
What’s your favourite segment of the Bangalore Comic Con? What do you look forward to the most?
One of the biggest highlights for me and always is at any Comic Con is the Cosplay bit. I just go crazy seeing all these people, creating these amazing costumes, coming in and being so passionate about it. I mean I’m a nerd and I’m very passionate about cosplay costumes. These guys put me to shame. Some of the costumes are insane. That’s the best highlight for me at any Comic Con
Would you say Bangalore beats the crap out of other cities when it comes to Cosplay?
Well, since I’m coming to Bangalore I would say that. But, that’s not completely true. Every city brings in a lot of exciting cosplay participation. You see it improving each year. And that’s the best part. Because I like said, any city we go to it’s a lot of much fun.
But I must say, the Bangalore audience, is the loved by not only everyone in our staff but every exhibitor. Everyone loves Bangalore. I mean they love all the other cities, but somehow Bangalore is special and the audience is incredible. You guys have a very different vibe and you have great weather there. So, that makes things so much nicer for everyone!
Yes, we do have great weather and awesome people! :D
Will the Bangalore Comic Con be a rocking success? We sure hope so! In the meantime, we hope this interview gave you quite a bit to talk about, argue about, and speculate on what other surprises are waiting in store!
See you all on September 12th at the White Orchid Convention Centre next to Manyata Business Park. Book your tickets here.
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Comic Con India ties up with Reed Exhibitions

Comic Con India ties up with Reed Exhibitions

Arunima Mishra       Last Updated: September 5, 2014  | 11:30 IST
Comic Con India ties up with Reed Exhibitions


Comic Con India (CCI) on Thursday tied up with Reed Exhibitions, part of the FTSE-listed Reed Elsevier Group, to grow the pop culture segment in India and bring world-class events to Indian fans.
ReedPOP, a division of Reed Exhibitions, is one of the largest producers of pop culture events in the world. With this joint venture, CCI enters the ReedPOP portfolio of pop culture events that includes New York Comic Con, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, Oz Comic-Con, and Singapore Toy, Gaming & Comics Convention.
ReedPop exhibitors worldwide include Marvel, DC, Image Comics, LEGO, Sony, Nintendo, Penguin Random House, Archie Comics, Cartoon Network, Microsoft, and Warner Bros. ReedPop guests include names such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Smith, and Orlando Bloom, among others.
Michael Mandl, CEO, Reed Exhibitions India, said: "I am fully convinced that our partnership will take Comic Con India to the next level." Mandl added that, besides giving a brand exposure to Comic Con India globally, ReedPop will help set up international sales units for Comic Con India exhibitors at the pop culture events.
Comic Con started in India four years ago and it's witnessed 100 per cent year-on-year growth in terms of size and footfall. For instance, in the first year, there were 10,000 visitors at the Delhi exhibition, held at 8,000 sq ft space.
This increased to 40,000 visitors this year at a 50,000 sq ft event area. It wants to scale up this year with the inclusion of ticketing, priced at Rs 300 per visitor. It costs Rs 250 if booked on movie-ticketing website
Jatin Varma, Founder, Comic Con India, believes Comic Con as a platform has been instrumental in increasing publishers of comic content in India.
"There were only five publishers three years back, while it has gone up to 25 India publishers this year. From just Rs 25 lakh to Rs 35 lakh revenue generated in the first year of Comic Con, at the fourth Comic Con India this year revenue touched Rs 2 crore in just three days of exhibition," said Varma.
Comic Con India 2014 will be held in Bangalore during September 12-14, in Hyderabad during October 10-12 and at the Mumbai Film and Comic Convention from December 19 to 21. The Delhi Comic Con was held in February this year. There will be more cities added to the Comic Con calendar in future.
With this joint venture, Varma hopes to have Comic Con events counted among the top events in the world, within this segment, in coming years.
"Working closely with leading publishers, we have put comics, especially Indian comics, back on the map and opened up the pop culture space even further in India. Our partnership with ReedPOP will help us scale further and create world-class events that will deliver the best experiences to audiences here in India," he added.
Comic Con is also attracting merchandise around the comic characters. Like the New York Comic Con, Comic Con India, too, will see television and film stars participating in the future.  
890 comics released this month in the US
Top grossing movie in the US this year - Guardians of the Galaxy ($281.2 million)    
Top grossing game in the US this year - Titanfall ($65.46 million)
Total video game consoles sold in the US this year -6.12 million
Highest price paid for a comic book - Action Comics #1 ($3.21 million)
Top comic publishers in the US and this month's market share - Marvel (35%), DC (28%), Image (9%), IDW (5%), Dark Horse (5%)
Top video game consoles sold in the US this year and their market share - PS4 (31%), Xbox One (22%), Nintendo 3DS (16%), Xbox 360 (10%), Wii U (10%)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Superman First rare comic sold in $ 3200000.

सुपरमैन की पहली कॉमिक्स बुक की दुर्लभ प्रति 32 लाख डॉलर में बिकी

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 21:12
सुपरमैन की पहली कॉमिक्स बुक की दुर्लभ प्रति 32 लाख डॉलर में बिकी
न्यूयॉर्क : दुनिया को सुपरमैन से मिलाने वाली ‘एक्शन कॉमिक्स नंबर वन’ की एक दुर्लभ प्रति 32 लाख डॉलर में बिकने के साथ ही यह विश्व की सबसे महंगी कॉमिक बुक हो गई है।
वर्ष 1938 की इस पुस्तक में सुपरमैन पहली बार नजर आया था और इसकी शुरुआती कीमत 10 सेंट्स थी।
डारेन एडम्स ने ‘ईबे’ पर इस दुर्लभ प्रति की नीलामी का फैसला करते हुए इसकी शुरुआती नीलामी राशि 99 सेंट्स रखी थी।
दो घंटे से भी कम समय में इसका दाम बढ़कर 15 लाख डॉलर को पार कर गया।
रविवार की रात नीलामी खत्म होने पर वाशिंगटन के ‘फेडरेल वे’ में प्रिस्टाइन कॉमिक्स के मालिक ने पाया कि यह रकम 32 लाख सात हजार 852 डॉलर हो गई।

Friday, August 15, 2014



Here are the books which are going to be launched at the Bangalore Comic Con 2014. ​There can be more book launches, but so far these are confirmed.

Do let us know if you plan any story around this or would like to speak to any author or artist for a story. The brief of all the books is mentioned below. Also, attached are few of the Book Covers.
Let us know if you need anything.


Published By: Campfire Publishing
Writer: Jason Quinn
Illustrator: Sachin Nagar

The synopsis:  In war there are no rules... Civil war strikes at the heart of the greatest empire the universe has ever known; a civil war that tears families and nations apart, pitting cousin against cousin and friend against friend. Two teenage warriors find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. For the Pandavas, we have Abhimanyu, son of the great Arjuna, and for the Kauravas we have Durmashana, son of Dusasana. Abhimanyu already has a fearsome reputation as a mighty warrior, and Durmashana is anxious to build a reputation of his own by slaying the Pandava Prince. When the Kauravas unleash the unstoppable Chakravyuha on their enemies, only Abhimanyu can save his family from total annihilation, but to do this he will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

2.     Title-  Rumi

Published By: Sufi Comics
Writers: Mohammed Ali Vakil, Mohammed Arif Vakil & Tanzil ur Rahman
Illustrator: Rahil Mohsin

The Synopsis: Immerse yourself in Spiritual Wisdom from Rumi's timeless Poetry.

Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi, a 13th century poet, crafted spiritual wisdom, in the most beautiful of poems and stories. His poems are so universal, that even in today’s modern age, anyone reading Rumi will find something they can relate to. It’s no wonder, he is one of the most popular poets not only in the East, but also in the West.

Sufi Comics presents Rumi, an enriching collection of the Rumi’s poems in graphic form. Each poem’s illustration resembles the Turkish-Iranian miniature style. Every story is followed by sacred verses of the Holy Quran and traditions, inscribed in Arabic by Muqtar Ahmed, one of India s finest Islamic calligraphers. The visual depiction of Rumi's poems makes it delightful to read and more accessible to a wider audience.
Read this book. You'll experience Rumi in a whole new way.

3. Title - Odayan II - Yuddham

Published By: Pop Culture Publications
Writer: Suhas Sundar
Illustrator: Deepak Sharma

The Synopsis: Set against the backdrop of feudal Kerela, the mysterious vigilante known simply as Odayan, slowly amasses wealth and power through subterfuge and brute force. He builds himself a criminal empire that ultimately challenges the reign of the Zamorin himself. His real intentions remain unknown, but the man behind the green face paint proves himself a master of arcane arts and a savant of Kalaripayattu, as the Zamorin tries to pit his best masters against Odayan and prevent his mysterious foe from garnering support and destabilizing the Zamorin's reign.

4. Title - Aghori - Issue 11

Published By: Holy Cow Entertainment
Writer: Ram V
Illustrator: Vivek Goel
Guest Artist: Harsho Mohan Chattoraj

The Synopsis: As the mysterious Assassin, Essan Selhem stalks Krona we're taken back to ancient persia where we learn of the origins of the cult of assassins and how Essan Selhem came to be the immortal hunter that we see. Meanwhile Krona struggles with the nature of his powers and contemplates how monsters are created and understands that perhaps the nature of good and evil are not as simple as they seem.

5.     Title - Ravanayan Finale - Part 2

Published By: Holy Cow Entertainment
Writer: Vijayendra Mohanty
Illustrator: Vivek Goel

The Synopsis: An epic saga two years in the making is finally coming to an end. The journey, Ravana's as well as his creators, has been full of ups and downs. But the giant-sized finale to the Ravanayan story is something that is sure to wash it all away. In here readers will find Hanuman as they have always wanted to see him as a powerhouse of brute strength, Rama as the blue warrior of fables and Ravana as the invincible demon king whose power has no match anywhere in all three worlds.

6. Title- The Caravan Prequel - Blood War #1

Writer: Shamik Dasgupta
Illustrators:  Tamal Saha and Vinay Brahmaniya

The Synopsis: A prequel to the horror hit of 2013 ‘The Caravan’. Blood War takes place in the notorious badlands of Chambal in 1970’s. The entire region is plagued by the reign of terror of the ‘Darinday’, a band of unstoppable dacoits ruthlessly mowing down every village and forcing their will on them. The Darindey are led by a mysterious behemoth of a man called Bheriya Khan who has singlehandedly destroyed the other gangs all across Chambal and claimed almost the entire valley as his own. Devgarh is the last redoubt against the vicious robbers, Thakur Surya Pratap Singh, his daughter Madhurakshi and her fiancé’ forest officer Avinash Sharma stands as vanguard in front of the battle-ready villagers. But can they protect their beloved village when the wrath of Bheriya Khan falls upon them?
7.      Title- TARANATH TANTRIK (TnT) #1 - City of Sorrows
Writer: Shamik Dasgupta
Illustrator: Bikash Satpathy

The Synopsis: Based on a character created by Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadhyay (Pather Panchali, Aranyak) Taranath Tantrik is a supernatural thriller on the backdrop of the enigmatic and mystical city of present time Kolkata. Paranormal Investigator Taranath Tantrik and his three young friends Shankar, a CID officer, Vibhuti, a horror novelist and Sneha a Journalist get involved in a series of mysterious insanity outbreaks that plagues the city police and baffles the health department. TnT finds himself in a maelstrom of an ancient conspiracy that will turn the city of Joy to a city of sorrows.
8.      Title- The Robots of Dharma
Published By: Syenagiri Studios
Writer: Jai Undurti
Illustrator: Stan Chou

The Synopsis: The Robots of Dharma is an epic Science-Fiction series set in a dystopian India. The first episode, called “Sweet Memory must Die”, is about a time when the most precious commodity is Memory. It is a story about a man guarding his most precious memory and the robot that wants it, whatever the cost.
9.     Title- THE WRECK AGE

Published By: Crimzon Studios
Writers: Avinash Singh & Vijay Verma
Illustrators: Pramit Santra & Amit Ghadge

The Synopsis: It is a post-apocalyptic world and things have become like never before. The apocalypse took its toll over humans who were then ruling the world but now they are completely out of equation. It took about 1000 years for others species to overcome the disorder and the after-effects of the apocalypse. And the battle for survival after the apocalypse took over 500 years to settle down. And then these species started migrating to the parts of the world that was best suited for their survival.

But in reality this post-apocalyptic new world is in state of an equilibrium which can be easily distressed by a slight disturbance. And so it happened! A disastrous revelation brought this world at the verge of a world war. It was discovered that the Humans are not extinct instead they had survived and are planning to regain the control over the world. This lead into the politics of allies and the adversaries. And an unending battle commenced in the age known as ‘THE WRECK AGE’.

10. Title- Zikr - The Neelam

Published By: Mrinal Rai
Writer: Gaurav Mathur

The Synopsis: "Zikr" in Sufism means Remembrance. This is a tale of love, passion, transformation and redemption. The roots lie in the concept of Sufism. Benazir Khan is a mysterious woman. She is beautiful and has captivating voice. She is a famous singer but avoids limelight. She does not stay in one city for a long time. Always accompanying her is her bodyguard Naushad. There are numerous rumors associated with the Muslim singer including that she is a Pakistani. But in reality, she carries with herself the burden of a dark past with pain and cravings for revenge. The boy falls in love with the girl, but all is not that simple.

The story is about the journey of this love and attempt of this man to bring her who has lost her faith, back into the world of belief. The road to accomplish that is very dangerous and in the process he has to deal with the evil face of humanity. The story is about how far would he go to act as his woman’s man, and how far would he get transformed in the process, and, will he too achieve his long sought redemption?

11.     Title- Ka Kaa

Published By: Fablery Publications
Writer: Perla Ananth Maruthi
Illustrator: Perla Gowra Hari

The Synopsis: Go back in time when justice was bought by putting bullets into heads, when the judge, law and executioner was one person, when the good old west wild and virile was in peril of becoming a waste land……spirits are wandering, feeding on souls and hopes of the free world is in pits of darkness because for the first time, justice cannot be obtained by bullets or dynamites.

The white men have met their nemesis, and no amount of praying, exorcising or usage of weapons is helping. With their pride shattered, they seek help from the natives who seem to understand what’s really happening. One man comes forward to help them but for a price. This story accounts the adventures and travels of a shaman in a spirit infested wild wild west.

12.     Title- Subbu’s Code

Published By: Fablery Publications
Writer: Balasubramaniam Meganathan
Illustrator: Avisek Chowdhury

The Synopsis: Subbu, the protagonist of this story is a superstitionist just like a scientist, a dentist or an activist. He is committed to his code of superstitions as much as a chameleon is committed to changing his colours.

It goes without saying that this story is incomplete without Mrs.Subbu, the quintessential domineering Indian Homemaker who believes that her husband is not good enough to even manage his pant belt on a windy day. Unlike her husband, Mrs.Subbu is a rationalist.
Thrown into this chaos are actress Miss Premika – Subbu’s latest infatuation, a bunch of politicians who cannot think beyond their well being, a maverick filmmaker and a reliable source for the TV channels.

13.     Title- Aspyrus

Published By: Harper Collins India
Writer: Apuppen

The Synopsis: The mercurial terrain of Halahala faces the ultimate threat: a dream-creature from another realm that spreads its tentacles across the world. Will Halahala survive this invasion? Will it find the strength – or a saviour?A study of obsession and aspiration, Aspyrus is the compulsion of desire, the fickleness of the idea, and the power of conviction. Appupen’s masterful use of the silent comics form brings alive a fever dream.

14.     Title- Kaal

Published By: AAyumi Production
Writer: Liam Webb
Illustrators: Pankaj Naik & Santosh Pillewar

The Synopsis: When Lord Garuda temporarily controls Naraka, a human soul who was to have become a Yamdut is granted special consideration and is made into something more to fight the forces of darkness…
15.     Title- Combo Pack of Sagas

Published By: Raj Comics
Editor: Manish Gupta

a) The Nagayana - Black powers usurped the world of 2025 CE. To relieve, a war was necessary. Nagraj and Dhruva united their powers and prepared themselves with the ultimate weapons to give a challenge. Now, the war is on in the vicinity of Alandhya. A last war which will decide the fate of the world and will only end with the end of Krurapasha or the termination of the heroes.

b) Maharavana - Humanity is threatened by cruel Maharavana and his satanic army. Bhokal could face them if he had retained his superpowers. Will he be able to challenge such mighty army without his powers or will be slayed in the end?

C) Khajana - Arch enemies of Nagraj are gathered under one roof for one condition- an unlimited treasure for the head of Nagraj. Death traps are being laid but Nagraj is completely unaware of this progress. Evidently, he is attacked one after another and slowly the distance between him and his death is coming closer.

d) Khooni Khandan (Complete Issue) - It was a mysterious call that revealed a different aspect of Dhruva's real father Shyam, that he was a runaway murderer. Further investigations compelled Dhruva to go to France where there were death traps at his each and every step. Could Dhruva solve this mystery of his past?

e) Maine Mara Dhruva Ko (Combined Issue) - Every villain claims to have murdered Dhruva. Kankal Tantra, an alien, has arrived to investigate the case in his Crime Court. Statements are given, each horrifying enough to send a chill down the spines. Now, the ultramodern machine, Biotron, has to churn out the truth.

f) Ek Katora Khoon & Do Katora Khoon (Combined Issue) - When the darkness falls, a creepy shadow staggers in the desolate streets, a bowl in hand and a call flows through the air- “Blood! A bowlful of Blood.” An innocent girl, Alankrita, was trapped in the thousand years old enmity of vampires and werewolves that led to a new reign of terror. Now, the shadow asks for two bowlful of blood every midnight.

g) City Without A Hero - He did not sleep that his citizens could sleep with peace. He accepts wounds to save others. He protected the city with his last breath. Super Commando Dhruva, whose name was a terror for the villains. Criminals shivered only if they heard his bike's engine coming near. But today, he's installed as a white statue on the central square of Rajnagar. Will someone else replace him after his death, or the city will turn a center of crime?

h) Main Hoon Bheriya - Humans are prohibited in the jungle of Bheriya. People avoiding this law received a terrific death. When Nagraj, Dhruva, Doga and Parmanu set their feet in the jungles to prevent this manslaughter, they faced four different Bheriyas.

16.     Title- Sarvanayak (Combo Pack)

Published By: Raj Comics
Editor: Manish Gupta

The Synopsis: Every era has always faced a deadly threat to humanity. But this time, the threat is almost invincible. A celestial entity, Yugam, has taken away all the superheroes from their times and divided them into two opponent teams. One side has all the superpowers of Satyuga, Tretayuga, and Dwaparyuga, while on the other side are the heroes of present time. They are compelled to fight to each other and they are fated to die, their era is fated to vanish if they lose this bloody contest. Each warrior is ready to murder his opponent because their era is at stake and they know that losing the battle means losing the world of their times. What the gods are thinking to plan such a damn game? For the first time in the history of Raj Comics, all the villains and all the superheroes of all times, together in the layers of pages. A Combo Pack including the four parts: Yugandhar, SarvaYugam, SarvaDaman, SarvaSangram.

17.     Title- Love me like a Psycho Robot

Published By: Meta Desi Comics
Writer: Valeriana Cretella
Illustrators: Stefano Cardoselli

The Synopsis: From it's first pages which include a bunch of hippies getting thrashed by a robot wielding a giant shark, "Love Me Like A Psycho Robot" is a story full of love, bullets, blood and of course, very huge animals and weapons!

If you've never read a comic by Stefano Cardoselli (Heavy Metal Magazine, 2000AD), you don't know what you're missing and this short tale of love and mayhem is the perfect place to discover his work. Together he and co-creator Valeriana Cretalla (Arcana Comics) bring you one of the most utterly insane comics you will ever read, one that despite all it's chaos and action still manages to find its heart and gives the kind of subtle story-telling (and sometimes not so subtle) you would not expect from an all-out action comic.
There is action in plenty and loads of over the top craziness that is not to be missed in this one-of-its kind love story!

18.     Title- W Comics

Published By: Meta Desi Comics
Writer: Nikhil Bose Sangle
Illustrators: Karun Ramani, Sai Shankar, Diipesh Daniel, Anant Dixit, Chaitanya Sinha & Nikhil Bose sangle

The Synopsis: Three dead body cleaners working for the head of a political party find
themselves fooling the law before entering the realms of an ancient myth to fool the people there with their crime-corpse cleaning as well. Before late, the myth unfolds for each of them in a way that the fantasy of W, becomes a significant reality of their lives.

19.     Title- Star Wars

Published By: Scholastic India

The Synopsis: The classic tale of good versus evil set in a galaxy far, far away, quickly became a cultural phenomenon during its time, inspiring a generation of story lovers and storytellers. From explosive and interactive POP- UP GUIDES, to DIGESTS, NOVELS, ACTIVITY BOOKS, NON-FICTION READERS and BOARD BOOKS, these books help dive into the world of Star Wars with all your favourite characters! STAR WARS BOOKS create an aura where imaginative heroes and villains and exciting adventure themes encourage children to feel the Force!