Parallel Lines (English) and Samanantar Rekhayein (Hindi) are the second in the series of Devcom (development comics) published by World Comics India. It has a foreword by Polyp, a British cartoonist based in Manchester.
These comics start describing development from where the earlier ones left and take it a level further, not just in terms of description but visual aesthetics and storytelling techniques as well. All stories have a different art as well as narration style owing to the different backgrounds of the artists. It is to be noted that most of them are not trained artists and have learnt the art over a period of time working with World Comics and their local organizations.
The stories this time are longer (14-16 pages) contributed by Sunder Mohan Murmu, Rajeswari Saha, Siddharth Sarathi, Amrith Basumatari and lakhindra Nayak. The comic took an year in the making and throughout that period the creators had extensive discussions and workshops on the art of making comics, visualization, frame composition, inking, texturing etc. They also had prolonged discussions on their stories where each had to defend their story from the critical view of the rest as well as accept suggestions.
Whose Development (English) and Vikaskalhe Vipreet Buddhi (Hindi) are first comics’Äô anthologies on Development recently published by World Comics India. This comics book is also an example comics journalism at very local level. Last many years World Comics India is actively working to promote the idea. The Grassroots Comics are different from the mainstream comics and drawn by the people themselves. The activists use these comics for communication purposes in their respective organization and area. Over the period of time many of them have picked up the comics as their main profession. There are stories from Jharkhand which tells how the adivasis are being affected of big development projects and also about the Uranium mines radiation. Story from Assam shows fisherman's harsh life conditions while the Goa story is about big companies’Äô encroachment into tourism. Kolkata story is about slow moving tram and Rajasthan story is about plight of a Dalit man.
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|Vikaskalhe Vipreet Buddhi’Äù (Hindi)
The word development is often used synonymously with evolution, growth or advancement. Whatever else it may connote, development is a magic word for the politicians but a rather tricky one for the common man. Over the last many years World Comics trained a multitude of people as trainers and professional comics’Äô artists. The idea was to collect the stories about development and assign this work to such comics activists who will report from their own areas as Comics Correspondents. How the common people of India perceive development; what it actually means to them, or if at all it has any significance for them.
These stories collected from Jharkhand, Assam, Kashmir, Rajasthan and many other parts of the country present a reflection of the ’Äòaccomplishments’Äô of development there. Be it the story of the fisherman from Assam or the helpless woman from Kashmir; the deleterious effects of tourism in Goa or the consequences of Uranium mining in Jaduguda; the tale of the Kolkata tram or the tribal’Äôs of Jharkhand, we have endeavored to portray the picture as realistically as possible. World Comics gave a voice to the common people who in turn beautifully presented their understanding of development through humour, wit and satire in these comics. This is a unique anthology in the sense that these comics are not drawn by professional artists but social activists and students from the fields of mass communication and social work. They are Comics Journalists
|Understanding Gandhi through Comics
This book is a compilation from a ten day comics campaign organized in collaboration with Gandhi Smriti for children. The participants were mainly from two children’Äôs home of Delhi who created comics on the life of Mahatma Gandhi and his values in contemporary times. These stories are not only inspiring but also full of drama and a variety of drawings. Recently all these comics were compiled and published in two books titled ’ÄúUnderstanding Gandhi’Äù (English) and ’ÄúGandhi se mulakat’Äù (Hindi).
Keeping in mind the widespread illiteracy amongst our rural population, World Comics India, experimented with an alternate medium of communication. The workshops have been conducted from Bikaner to Aizawl, from Chandigarh to Trivandrum, these workshops were conducted in which people of the village and those who understood the rural surroundings participated. The idea behind these workshops was to encourage visual communication. Participants of the workshops produced a range of unique collections of stories. These masterpieces are a compilation of the works of common men.¬Ý World Comics India compiled such artworks across the country under the banner of ’ÄúVoices from the field’Äù.¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý¬Ý
Bolti Lakeerain is a reflection of comics’Äô stories from Pakistan. Co-edited by Sharad Sharma and Nida Shams, the book brings out different issues from the land of Pakistan. The book talks about Terrorism, Water, Electricity and other issues close to the people of Pakistan. People from Lahore, Karachi, Bagh Kashmir participated in the initiative and their stories and idea have been compiled. It is an initiative true to its name; the lines speak from the heart of Pakistan.
|Grassroots Comics - A development communication tool (English and Hindi)
Grassroots Comics is published by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in May 2007. The material for the book is complied from the experiences of World Comics Finland and World Comics India with the co-operation of many different organizations, movements and activists. The book comprises of examples of grassroots comics, practical manuals and photographs from Asia, Africa and other countries. The book has a lot of practical advice on how to go about making grassroots comics, how to organise comics workshops, etc. It has 160 pages.
The complete book is available online as a pdf-file. The file can be downloaded from this website or from the Ministry's website. The file is 15 MB so it can take several minutes to download, depending on the speed of your connection.
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Half World Four Frames is published by World Comics India in 2007. It is a comics’Äô book based on the issue of Gender. 130 comics from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka tell different stories of women in different social and culture situations. Comics from Pakistan present the position of women in matters like right to divorce, honour killings, impoverishment. Sri Lankan comics shows issues like exploitation at work place, domestic violence, gender discrimination. The book is not only a depiction of problems but also presents the cases where the women of the community took a forefront in dealing with water crises or demanding economic improvement in stone quarry. The book also has comics where the women took up cudgels to stop the distribution of illegal liquor or where the women fought against the goons who intimidated the women of the village.
These extra-ordinary stories of women are covered under six sections of the book titled as Aware, Empowered, Raising Questions, Realization, Strong and United.
These comics have been created in variations of dialects and languages. The comics have been supplemented with Hindi and English summaries.
Comics For All is the annual bulletin of World Comics India. This twelve-paged bulletin comprises of stories and activities undertaken by World Comics in different parts of the world. Articles inviting views on wide arrays of issues and cultures have been presented though comics as an innovative mode of communication. Information regarding experimentation with comics done by different artists is covered under the section ’ÄòMeet the Artist’Äô.This bulletin covers people’Äôs stories through their indigenous comics’Äô trips.
"Ek Alag Chitra Katha" first LGBT comics book launched in Mumbai. This book is an outcome of World Comics India and Humsafar Trust collaboration.
Humsafar Trust made the book after Sharad Sharma (of World Comics India) ran a three-day workshop at Humsafar's office in Vakola, Santacruz (E).
There he trained grassroot workers in recounting anecdotes and sketching them into comics.
Humsafar Trust is an NGO dealing with the rights of sexual minorities in India.
|Baal Sansar: Nepali Comics Compilation
Hatemalo Sanchar (in collaboration with Plan-Nepal)a Kathmandu based organisation has compiled and published a comics book titled Baal sansaar.Over 50 grassroots comics developed by children on different social issues are part of this book.