His is the first of a two-part series exploring the Indian comic book industry. Look for the second part of the series - about the dilemma of being a geek in India - on Tuesday. • By UmikaPidaparthy, Special to CNN • If Batman and Superman ever packed their bags and moved to India, they would find that they have a bit of competition. • The superhero turf already belongs to figures such as Super Kudi and PavitrPrabhakar.
They're the Indian equivalents of American mainstays Supergirl and Spider-Man’s Peter Parker, but they're just a small part of the growing Indian comic book industry. • That industry is more than mere translations of American comics. It’s a multilingual fantasyland, with themes ranging from mythology to humor to horror. • In fact, Indian comic artists and graphic novelists say that there is hardly any room for Western superheroes today. • This is clear to anyone who took in the comic offerings at February’s Comic Con India in New Delhi.
Comics Story India, which is in its second year, was the brainchild of JatinVarma, a comic book fan who can buy Comics Online and the founder of alternative media house Twenty Onwards Media. • Attending the more well-known San Diego comic book extravaganza came with a hefty price tag so Varma decided to bring the convention to him in 2011. • Why comics? “(T) here were lots of pictures, fewer words and the stories (were) communicated so much easily,” Puri said. • [Source: http://geekout.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/30/the-indian-comic-book-industry-comic-con-and-beyond/]
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