Comics anthology on development

whose development

 

Whose Development ?
(English)

Vikas Kaal Vipreet Buddhi
(Hindi)

By Sharad Sharma

 

Whose Development (English) and Vikaskalhe Vipreet Buddhi (Hindi) are first comics 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 are different from the mainstream comics and drawn by the people themselves. The activists use these comics for communication purposes in their respective organisation 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 encroachment into tourism. Kolkata story is about slow moving tram and Rajasthan story is about plight of a Dalit man.

vikas kaal vipreet Buddhi

 

 

Whose Development ?
(English)

Vikas Kaal Vipreet Buddhi
(Hindi)

By Sharad Sharma

 

 

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). 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.

It has a foreword by Polyp, a cartoonist based in Manchester.

vikas kaal vipreet Buddhi

A page from Siddharth Sarathi story
on confict between father and son

A page from Amrith Basumatary's story on Bodoland movement in NE India

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"Personal stories told in the form of a comic book have an amazing power, one I find hard to describe, even though I draw them for a living myself! They somehow seem to make the emotions of the story far more intense than they would be were they just written in words... Why is that? Is it because comics are seen as a very simple, almost child-like form of art? Is that what makes it such a strange and vivid experience to read tales of raw grief, injustice and human suffering in the simple style of pictures and word bubbles? Art Spiegelman's 'Maus' is perhaps the classic example of this- it seems so shocking to read the story of the holocaust in the form of a simple cartoon strip... 'Parallel Lines' is not only full of beautiful black and white artwork, it's a powerful collection of human dramas made all the more vivid and readable by their simplicity and starkness, and a classic example of the ability this art form has to reach out to people and engage them with the reality of other people's lives."

Polyp
 Cartoonist
 Manchester, UK

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