New Delhi: The trappings of Goddess Durga or a woman incarnated with supernatural powers, out to avenge injustice make for good storyideas according to publishers who want to use Indian mythological tales of gods and goddesses to attract the attention of comic loving children.
“Dressed in modern apparel, these Indian icons have great potential of strengthening values and morals of a confused generation. Through the manner in which they seek justice in what will obviously be contemporary settings, they will speak to their audience in help them connect to their Indian roots.”
“We find that characters like ‘Sahdu´, ‘Devi´, Snakewoman’, all have the potential to grow into comic icons, down the line, if nurtured properly,” said a spokesperson of Virgin comics.
Right now India is witnessing a revival of home-grown talent as several Indian creative minds have been roped in to work on comic strips targeted at global readers.
“Writers, artists, visualisers with Indian background are being roped in to co-produce these comic strips along with international teams,” he said.
The comics which are doused with nuggets of Indian philosophy and wisdom are being tested in India and abroad. The Ramayana series has characters carrying energized weapons as opposed to bows and arrows for they have been given a more modern and contemporary look.
Virgin is also coming up with a series on master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Tales will be woven afresh to catch attention of readers. The dip that the comic industry in India experienced post 1985 was due to near absence of local content. The homegrown creative industry which flourished in 80’s with the likes of Chacha Choudhary, Amar Chitra Katha, Chandamama ruling the roost followed by Tinkle, had begun to slide.
Whether these new genre of comics catches the fancy of a young generation which has a short attention span and fickle choices, waits to be seen. Also another larger question is whether parents and adults in their life, see sense in this new avtaar of the traditional Indian comic. Does the revamped look and character of their favourite mythological heroes merit favour, making it a permanent fixture in their homes, will be clearly visible in the next few years.