Comic Addicts discusses Ravana with Campfire

6 Jun
Comic Addicts decided to question Campfire about their latest release Ravana: Roar of the Demon King.

It is the story of Ravana, the demon lord of Lanka, who decided to challenge the Gods and almost got away with it. Ravana is penned by Abhimanyu Singh Sisodia with some fantastic art by Sachin Nagar.

 Here is the transcript of the interview: 

Comic Addicts: After the release of Sita, why chose Ravana as the second series in Mythology imprint?

Campfire: The selection of the title Ravana has no relation to the title Sita. Ravana is a much layered, fascinating character, and we had a good script in hand. The titles Sita and Ravana are certainly complementary, as their paths cross during the telling of both stories. However, they are both independently gripping books, featuring and exploring intriguing characters.

CA: So what is Ravana all about?
CF: Our graphic retelling of Ravana’s life story does so from his point of view. It’s a first person narrative which allows the reader to see things as Ravana would have seen them. The tone and style of language and art is that which a modern day reader can relate to.

CA: Why is it different from Ramayana?
CF: It is the story of Ravana as opposed to the story of Rama – Ramayana.

CA: Tell us a little about the creative team behind Ravana
CF: Abhimanyu Singh Sisodia, the author, delivered an interesting script with a well-structured plot. The reading of the book is made easy by the way Abhimanyu created scenes that transition from one to the other effortlessly. The editors, Aditi Ray and Eman Chowdhary, worked with Abhimanyu on the script, ensuring the language was crafted in such a way that this age old story is given a contemporary ring. After the script was passed to him, the artist, Sachin Nagar, completed the illustrations and colouring single-handedly, which worked very well as there is now an organic wholeness to the artwork. This is something which can be difficult to achieve with separate line artists and colourists working on one project. Each member of the creative team involved in this project is based in Delhi and they worked closely together to achieve the end result, which everyone is very proud of. 

CA: The art is phenomenal in this issue. Who did the character designs?
CF: Sachin Nagar – the artist and colourist for the whole project.

CA: How much is Campfire involved in creating a comic? Do you give full leeway to the creative team or are there some editorial mandates in place?CF: The creative process is collaborative and flexible between the art and edit teams. The art team has a lot of creative freedom, but the edit team ensures the soundness of the final product. 

CA: Who is your target audience with Ravana and Mythology Imprint as a whole?
CF: Our Ravana graphic novel, as well as all the books in our mythology range, are suitable for anyone from the age of ten and above. While being ‘safe’ for young people, we have also ensured that the way the story is treated also appeals to people of all ages. We may restrict the blood and gore to a certain extent, but this does not detract from its ability to engage adults as well as kids. 

CA: What would be the next book in Mythology imprint? Care to share some details?
CF: Draupadi: The Fire-born Princess will be the next Indian mythological title that Campfire will be publishing. We chose to tell her story, as she is a very powerful character from the other Indian epic, the Mahabharata, and is someone that can set a good example to young people. As with Sita, we see the unfolding of the main events of the Mahabharata through her eyes.  

CA: There is another comic book coming from holy cow entertainment called “Ravanayan”, Why do you think Ravana is different from that?
CF: We can’t really comment on Ravanayan as we haven’t read it. If you send us a copy we’ll be happy to let you know what the differences are though 😉 

CA: Do you think the limited space of a graphic novel can do justice to a character like Ravana?
CF: Absolutely. In fact, our graphic novel treatment of Ravana fills a void that exists in the depiction and treatment of the character. We show the inner workings of his mind, his childhood conditioning, his aspirations for himself and his people, coupled with artwork that makes the character and the universe he inhabits larger than life and awe inspiring.

CA: Final Question. In 5 lines or less, why should the readers pick up Ravana?
CF: Ravana is a novel portrayal of the character that modern day readers can relate to. The artwork is clearly fantastic, and the dialogues are crisp and engaging. Ravana’s childhood, which very few know of, is part of the story, and helps us to understand this complex character. Our retelling of this story has none of the moral overtones that sound so jaded in today’s world. It is quite simply Ravana’s account of his own life. So one can expect some startling insights.

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