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Graphic Novels from or about India

This is a selection of graphic novels from India.  The list represents a variety of genres, styles and topics.  It has been said that while the drawing style might be western or japanese, the stories and the feel is all Indian.

There are two lists below - novels and series of books.

Not all the titles listed are available from Amazon.com - some might have to be ordered from independent booksellers.  We will post information about Indian book retailers who ship internationally as we verify it.

 

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Reloaded by Poulomi; Campfire, New Delhi; 2011.

 

Corridor: A Graphic Novel, by Sarnath Banerjee; Penguin Books, 2004.

 

Delhi Calm by Vishwajyoti Ghosh; HarperCollins India; 2010.

 

Hush by Prateek Thomas & Rajeev Eipe
Manta ray comics
www.mantaraycomics.com 

Review http://www.hindustantimes.com/Muted-and-macabre/Article1-647614.aspx

 

Kari by Amruta Patil; Harper Collins; 2008.

Extract of a review from amazon.com: The book shows a side of India - the individual human, my-country-is-not-a-circus, urban, trying-to-survive, changing India - rarely depicted anywhere. Just for that it deserves to be read and seen and read again especially by non-Indians seeking to understand another side of India.

 

Kashmir Pending by Naseer Ahmed and Saurabh Singh, Phantomville… Kashmir seen through the eyes of a reformed militant in jail in the disputed region.

 

Parallel Lines - Comics Anthology on Development; World Comics India, 2010.

See Development Comics http://www.devpcom.blogspot.com/ “a series of comics anthology on developmental issues started by cartoonist Sharad Sharma.”

See article on World Comics India and its founder Sharad Sharma http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharad_Sharma

 

River of Stories by Orijit Sen

One of the first graphic novels to be published in India, this short work tells the story of the environmental, social and political issues surrounding the construction of the controversial Narmada Dam Project in India.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/19966450/River-of-Stories-a-comic-by-Orijit-Sen

 

Uud Bilaw Manus: Back with a Vengeance by Adhiraj Singh, Abhijeet Kini (Illustrator)

A new Indian superhero: a half-otter half-human from the post-apocalyptic fictional place of "Beehar" in northern India, who fights corrupt officials, among others.

 

Yeh Dil Maange More  by Aditya Bakshi; Indian War Comics

Meet the heroes of the Indian War Comics, a series that began in ’08 with a comic on Kargil martyr Capt Vikram Batra. http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?266529

 

Series

Amar Chitra Katha - Generations of young Indians have grown up with the Amar Chitra Katha series based on Hindu epics and mythology, and it remains one of India's best-selling comic books series. http://www.amarchitrakatha.com/ The online store offers free shipping worldwide.

 

Vimanika Comics aims to bridge the gap between historical narratives and graphic novels, giving mythological characters a 21st century facelift.  Series include Moksha, The Sixth, I am Kalki and Dashaavataar.

 

Titles from Liquid Comics  http://www.liquidcomics.com/index.html  such as Devi, Sadhu, Ramayan 3392 AD http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2WJR0MH4WX0WU/ref=cm_sw_su_w

 

Satyajit Ray's Feluda Mysteries: The Criminals of Kailash by Subhadra Sen Gupta and Tapas Guha; Penguin Books, 2011.   Also see www.feluda.net and Wikipedia article about Satyajit Ray’s novels featuring the detective Feluda http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feluda

 

Comix.India – Anthologies of graphic novels published on an online on-demand basis.  http://www.comixindia.com/what-is-this/

 

The Legend of Ponnivala; Ponnivala Publishing 2011.  www.ponnivala.com
This is a set of 26 episodes of the Legend of Ponnivala, set in South India in ancient times.  They are available in glossy print or digital formats.

Level10 Comics – anthologies of complete graphic novels published as The Magazine (JUMP)  http://www.level10comics.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=1&Itemid=4  (A recent anthology had stories set in Mumbai and Bangalore featuring among others a group of teens out to fight terrorism, a  mythological story and zombies.)

More information

Wikipedia on Indian comics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_comics

 

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