The Bangalore-based publishers are releasing two new titles at the upcoming edition of Comic Con in their city.
Bangalore, home to many gardens, is also home to Manta Ray Comics. The comic book publishers have slowly but steadily been releasing some great quality material created by a number of artists and designers over the last couple of years, and are now going to launch the first issue of their twelve-part series (inventively) titled Twelve. I spoke to them about the series when I visited Comic Con India in New Delhi last year (read here) and writer-creator Pratheek Thomas described the series as “a series of 12 comics which feature a lot of young urban people and things they do and choices they make and how their lives change because of these choices” in an interconnected story line to create a comic book miniseries that seems promising.
Check out the cover of Twelve #1below.
Explaining the concept of the comic, Thomas said
The story idea sort of came up in 2011 and I wrote the story all in one night, on a flight. It’s basically an exploration of war. There was a lot of Naxal warfare taking place in 2011 and 2012 and I think that was on my mind. When you are fighting in a jungle, the idea of who is the hunter and who is the prey becomes confusing, so I wanted to explore that concept in my story. I also wanted to explore a more sort of human idea of war, where there is no right or wrong position because at the end of the day people are dying. So I think I’ve tried to say that with the story.
Along with Twelve, Thomas and his company also released a comic book anthology called Mixtape (read more about Mixtape here) in early 2013. The second issue of the anthology will also be released at the Bangalore Comic Con (read our Ultimate Guide to Comic Con, and our preview of the event). The anthology will feature stories written and illustrated by a number of talented comic book writers and artists (including the Kerala-based “cartoonist police officer” Gokul Gopalakrishnan; read more about him here) and will see a set of disconnected stories dealing with subjects such as a botched attempt at pickpocketing, a night at a railway station and other slightly off-kilter, experimental short-format comics. The first edition of the anthology was met by a significant amount of praise, and judging by the list of contributors to this version of the comic, it seems likely that the second edition of Mixtape will also satisfactorily whet the Indian comic book reader’s appetites.
The Pursuit by Vivek Thomas and Rupesh Aravindakashan
Amma by Anil K.S.
The Sea Within by Gokul Gopalakrishnan
Anti-Social Networking by Roshan
Sunshine by Anupam Arunachalam and Manoj A. Menon
The comics will be available at the Manta Ray stall at the Bangalore Comic Con taking place on June 1 and June 2 at the Kormangala Indoor Stadium. Entry to the event is free. Check out our official preview, and our Ultimate Guide to Comic Con.