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Exclusive RAJ COMICS Preview: Antardwand

10 Oct
Antardwand. The inner struggle.
Bhokal – The protector of the fairy folk, the warrior who fights for truth, justice and freedom is back in a awesomely drawn issue by Hemant, with a story that looks extremely promising!
Continuing from Dhikkar, Antardwand promises to be an intruding tale of Gods, Demi-Gods, Sages, Saints, Power, Struggle and the ultimate attainment of Power.
Intro: Antardwand – The Inner Struggle

Prince Alop is after the Bhokal Shakti and has started an intense penance which will bring him what he currently desires.

This has caused some hoolaboo among the Devta Gan, who assemble to discuss the situation with Shiv.
The preview looks very promising and after Dhikkar, I am kindda excited to read all about Bhokal’s origin which in itself, by the way, is one of the first “Origin events” in the Raj Universe – all of which is happening after the actual character launch. Most of the origins until now have been given around the early starting days of the character, like Nagraj, SCD, Doga etc. This series is a new direction that Raj has boldly decided to go and that too for a character that is already well set.
So the inner struggle continues and I just can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

Bhokal initiates the penance!

Lord Shiv and the Devtas – Everyone stops and takes notice…
Time to decide…
Prince Alop on the steps towards the ultimate power!

EXCLUSIVE: From the desk of Vivek Goel…

4 Oct

Dream a dream…
The only word that comes to my mind when I think of the Indian comic convention is “Amazing”. Trust me when I say this, Comic conventions are probably the best thing that have happened to the Indian comic industry in the last 10+ years.
Project Ravanayan and the minds behind it were totally unaware of it during the 1st Comic Con at Delhi and we, along with so many of our peers from outside Delhi, were not planning to visit it. But things totally changed as out of the blue an invite came to team Ravanayan (Vijayendra Mohanty and me) to attend the Comic Con and to conduct a workshop and an autograph signing session there. I spoke to my partner Vijayendra and decided that this is probably the best platform Ravanayan could ever get. I did not have any firm plan worked out to start Holy Cow Entertainment (HCE) by that time, I mean it was a bit dicy… I can now proudly say that it was the one of the few but best decisions that I took, that changed my position in the world of comics.

Project Ravanayan was received very well there and we made, displayed and sold two exclusive posters of Ravanayan just for the Comic Con. The ambience and the energy was just awesome, I could hardly see any kids there, it was just full of adults and that too doing cosplay – that’s what I call living for comics. For the first time in my life I felt like this is my 2nd home with so many like minded people under a single roof!!! I met at least a hundred different people eagerly waiting for Ravanayan to release – hell they liked it so much that after the convention fans tore away our standee too in their madness..lolz! But jokes apart I made a promise to myself that day, that from the next Comic Con I will not be outside a booth, I will be there inside one!!! Came back to my city and started working towards my goal and that was the turning point of my life as HCE was born!!!!
Being a Mumbaikar, I could not have hoped for anything better to have a convention in my own city, and that too when this will be the debut convention for HCE. I have a firm belief that this occasion will boost the comic supply/demand/awareness in Mumbai. Let me tell you that there is no shortage of talent in Mumbai and comic readership too, but they are not available freely in the market. 
To have a comic convention in my city is like witnessing the next stage of growth of a medium desperately needed here. Like I have said, the final battle was between Bangalore and Mumbai and there is a reason Mumbai won!! Also, World Trade Center Is a place to be, I have been there just once in my life and that too when I was a kid, its ambience is just amazing and I guarantee you that this event will be received tremendously by Mumbaikars, I guarantee u that!
HCE has a very special plan for the Mumbai Comic Con as we will be launching the 40-page double sized Issue #03 of Ravanayan over there, the occasion totally demands it.
To conclude: as I have mentioned many times in the past, HCE takes penciling interns and when I am asked by their parents about the scope of comics in India and how much their kid could earn by drawing comics, I just have to say that four new comic companies have come up in the last two years alone – and of course the comic conventions happening, if comics did not have any future in India this would not be happening and they do not ask for any further answer.
Actions always speak louder than words!
Vivek Goel (C.E.O. and Art Director)
Holy Cow Entertainment.

Exclusive RAJ COMICS Preview: AXE

27 Sep

After a long wait, we finally witnessed the return of Super Commando Dhruv in Alter Ego which was a totally hair raising, chair gripping and nail-biting episode which ended in a cliff hanger!

The next part of Alter Ego is a part of the upcoming set by Raj Comics. The issue is titled Axe, which is a clever word play on the Hindi word “Aks” that means “essence“.

Dhruv’s Alter Ego (or so it seems – for who know how it’ll work out in the end?) is called Axe and if it really is a split personality, it is also essentially an essence of him too!

I for one, just can’t wait for Axe! I have been fidgety since reading the previous part and it’s giving me jitters now!
Oh that reminds me. Coming Sunday Raj Comics is hosting the Nagraj Janamotsav and Kalpana Lok Award ceremony! Starting at 11am, on October 2, 2011, at their Burari office (Raj Comic Studio – 330/1 Burari, New Delhi)
I’m going to be there, will you???

In the meantime however, keep scrolling down and enjoy the exclusive preview images that the good folks over at Raj have kindly shared with us and of course, with ALL you loyal Raj-fans out there! 

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So what are you waiting for??? Go and pre-order Axe NOW!!!

(And watch this space kids! More previews forthcoming!!)

Raj Comics Exclusive Preview: 72 Ghante

26 Jul

Comic Addicts is proud to present yet another exclusive preview of the upcoming spectacular from Raj Comics72 Ghantre, featuring Raat Ka Rakshak DOGA!

The upcoming set includes a thrilling and spine chilling script, with none other than Mr. Sanjay Gupta featuring as the co-writer along with inimitable Tarun Kumar Vahi!

Imagination Vivek Mohan and Anuragh
Script Sanjay Gupta and Tarun Kumar Vahi
Art Image Studios
Inking Sagar Thapa
Calligraphy Harish Sharma
Effects Shadab
Editor Manish Gupta

Here are 5 preview pages for your viewing pleasure!

72 Ghante – Opening Page with Credits
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Kali Chacha in the hospital – 
with his well wishers getting antsy
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Adrak Chacha being arrested as Doga watches!!!
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Doga and his Kutta Fauj comes to the rescue
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Doga interrogates the police!!!
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Hungry for more?? Who can blame you?
Rush to your comic book dealer or the Raj Comics’ Online Store to buy 72 ghante – NOW!!!

Exclusive Raj Preview: Alter Ego – The return of Super Commando Dhruv!!!

12 Jul

Great news for all your Dhruv fans out there!

Super Commando Dhruv is back with a bang with a new kickass look and a story which looks dark, dangerous and like a perfect platform for a comeback for our favorite Commando!


Script        Abhishek Sagar

Support     Mandar Gangele
Art           Hemant
Inking       Amit
Effects      Rasheed
Caligraphy Harish Sharma
Editor       Manish Gupta

Check out the exclusive preview of the upcoming Dhruv issue – Alter Ego!

Preview Page 1
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Preview Page 2 – Are you scared of the dark?
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Preview Page 3
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Preview Page 4 – A brand new look for Dhruv by Hemant
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Preview Page 5 – Dhruv with his Elite Commando Force
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So are YOU as excited as I am about the return of Dhruv?

He has been in the hibernation for way too long!

Personally, Dhruv has been one of my favorite Raj characters and I just can’t wait for Alter Ego to be released and get my paws on it!!!

So what are you waiting for? Contact your local comic dealer or order on NOW!!!

Exclusive Preview : Jump issue 3 (season 2) – Shaurya..

22 Apr
Level 10 comics have kindly shared the previews form their upcoming comic anthology Jump (season 2 volume 3), series – Shaurya..

If you haven’t been reading level 10 comics, you are missing out on a revolutionary comic company in India. They are doing a tremendous job in bringing back the comic culture that we used to love and enjoy so much..

Their stories have been fresh and energetic. They have been experimenting with art styles recently, which is good as far as we are concerned.. slowly and steadily they are becoming a force to reckon with.

We at Comic Addicts love Jump anthology and wait for it every month with bated breath …Watch out for our special article focusing on Jump and level 10 next week right here!

We are also going to make a very special announcement relating to Level 10 next week.. so stay tuned and enjoy the preview pages below..

Don’t forget to tell us what you thought of these pages!!

Exclusive Project Reveal: Retrograde

28 Mar

As promised we reveal yet another comic project in the making!

Writer – Akshay Dhar
Artist/Penciller – Avik Kumar Maitra
Inker – Swapnil Singh
Twenty Onwards Media  Ltd
Release Date – April 

Synopsis – as humanity faces the future we are living with the fastest evolving life-form on the planet – technology. Growing and changing almost daily. Today the world as a whole is becoming wired together. The future is a glittering computer console gateway to tomorrow.

Retrograde was a concept born out of the question: What would we do if the world would shut down tomorrow? Imagine waking up in a world where only the most rudimentary tech would work. What would humanity do? How would our world change? A group formed by chance is our prism to tell the story of this likely improbable but likely ever-so possible tomorrow.

The good folks at twenty onwards media have graciously shared the team roster for Retrograde (Click to read in full glory!). What do you guys think?

Our take: 

First Look: We have rarely seen groups in Indian comic industry, so its a welcome sight to see a team comic coming out, and that too a non-superhero one ( from the looks of it)

Concept: It goes without saying , the concept is an appealing one. This series asks the question, what happens when technology fails us? It seems its a dystopian world, and would be interesting to see characters interact with the limited or Neanderthal tech at their disposal. 

Potential: We expect a survival comic with a lot of twists. Like The walking dead, this series has the potential to really scream at us from the character’s voices. The best part about the walking dead are the character interactions, and this comic too will rise or fail depending on whether these characters can draw us in. It might also be interesting seeing the world in a new light – one without technology. 

We Indians are a dependent lot on our IT and allied industry. What do you do when all that goes away? Forget that! There is going to be a war fought over basic amenities..

The team roster has a mix of varied personalities and nationals, which could make for an interesting dynamic if they are played well against each other.

We might be over-reaching with just one teaser shown, but we are guessing there would be a reason why the Tech went away. The author may or may not chose to reveal that !..

Lets wait and see what twenty media has to offer!

Dheeraj Verma Speaks from Seattle Emerald city comicon!

9 Mar
Dheeraj Verma with Great Phoenix Jones
It was a really very nice feeling at ECCC and lot of fans were there, city was freezing but the welcome by the organizers was very warm, I love that.

Seattle is one of the best city I found in US after the San Diego. City was small but very pleasant to live there. Beautiful place and surrounded by sea and got a chance to meet so many people like Max Brooks, sitting next to me, as well as the team of Avatar Press,  Dave and Keith, both are such a nice persons and as usual Mike Wolfer and Jason.
Dheeraj Sir with Poison Ivy

People were looking to enjoy  for 3 days and am sure they enjoyed the show. I am puttin some of the pics I took , especially of real time Hero : the Great Phoenix Jones, a real super hero who fights with the criminals in Seattle streets in night and when I met him I was not aware that who is he, but when Keith told me about I was really amazed that we have such peoples in here on earth who are real time Super Heroes. A big salute to him, while to saving peoples he faced the guns and other weapons of course but he is tough guy and no doubt again a Super Hero.

Bye for now and will keep you update time to time. 

Dheeraj Verma

Nikesh Murli and Vinay Brahmania on Veera the Gaurdian

8 Mar

The team of  Veera the Gaurdian, Nikesh Murli and Vinay brahmania gives us their perpective on the graphic novel and shares some exclusive interior pages with us. ( click them to revel in their full glory!)

1.     Where many people shy away from Writing / working from comics, what made you think of doing this project as a graphic novel?

 NM:I have been writing and publishing short fiction for over a decade now and I teach fiction writing at university. For me comic books represented a new challenge in story telling because of the unique marriage between images and text.
I am a keen student of story structure and I do a lot of workshops/seminars for budding writers. When the opportunity for Veera came via an open call on COMIX INDIA blog, I jumped at the opportunity because I have been waiting to study the genre for a long time and here was a golden opportunity to combine what I knew about fiction with the conventions of comic books. I devoured books by Alan Moore, Will Eisner and Scott McCloud on the theoretical aspects and went back and studied everything from PREACHER to THE DARK TOWER graphic novel adaptations which have a prominent place on my book shelf.
Working with a major daily like DinaMalar and an uber talented artist like Vinay was something I couldn’t say no too.

 V: I accept that not many people want to be writing or drawing comics because its not very economically beneficial yet. The credit of getting nikesh and me together goes to dinamalar. They were launching a weekly magazine for kids, nikesh had a story and I was itching to draw

2.     What was the inspiration behind the concept of Veera ?
V: Honestly, The inspiration credit goes to nikesh it is his concept totally I just visualised and drew him
NM: Veera can be described as the hero’s journey in Slum Dog Millionaire + the emotional journey of characters in J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek.
I wanted to add emotional depth to the protagonists while still framing their journeys using Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey.
I also wanted to tell a story about children who are neglected and abused, irrespective of the social class they are from, and the strength it takes to face the past while battling the present.
While I have used techniques from comic book storytelling to bring the world of Veera to life, the series is written like a TV show, not only in terms of the 12/season episodic structure, but also the way each issue has been broken, to ensure that there are no boring story beats
I think the positive buzz from the first few weeks have justified my decision to attempt this fusion of dramatic storytelling devices.
3.     The synopsis sounds very kid friendly. What is your target audience?

NM: I had strict instructions from DinaMalar that they wanted a series for kids. The impression I got from speaking to the editor was that he was looking for something that was traditional but strong enough in the story department to keep the MICHAEL BAY generation hooked.
4.     What do you think is one of the most attractive features about Veera.

NM: I think the emotional journey that the characters undertake will resonate with children and adults alike. Not to mention the awesome action set pieces!

Veera wants to escape his wretched life in the slums and his abusive father but his sense of responsibility and love for his mother and brother, holds him back.

Nayana’s psyche has never healed from the trauma of a childhood event and she doesn’t view the role of a Guardian as a divine duty, but a burden that was imposed on her by the man who rescued her and adopted her as a child.

Vasu does not understand his anger and the sense of disgust he feels towards the poverty and filth that surrounds Veera. He feels responsible for his father’s death and knows deep in his heart that he may never measure up to his father. Add to this, the fact that he is overly protective of Nayana and loathes Veera’s friendship with her, we have the potential for conflict that can be mined for gold over several seasons.

V: I think Murli has explained beatifully, what I can add is the fact that the contrast in Veera’s Character from a humble downtrodden rag picker to being a chosen one is totally fun to see. I love it.

5.      How was working with Each other? did you guys argue about certain things or was it a seamless partnership?

V: I feel things went way too smoothly between us. We both saw the concept almost through the same lens. Whatever revisions happened were logical to the story line

NM: I can’t praise Vinay enough for his professionalism and talent. I am in awe of his abilities and the way in which he has visualised my story.

6. Artwise, Why did you guys chose this particular style?

V: Well when it all began I did character sheets for all characters and nikesh was comfortable to take this style to the final drawing board

7. Vinay, your father is associated with Bahadur comics. Any plans of Bahadur in your future?

V: Yeah bahadur was dads dream hero we all loved him very much. I would love to work on bahadur but it is being handled by Mr Abid and my younger brother pramod they are doing good stuff.

8.     It’s been some time since its release. How has the response been for Veera?

NM: It is very humbling to be a part of a great tradition of comic book storytelling in India.

I have been informed by the publishers that the response was amazing and that they were inundated with telephone calls and letters, praising the new venture, so much so that Dinamalar printed a thank you in their daily edition to recognise and appreciate the support

Tamil comic book bloggers have said kind things about Veera.
9.     You are givin the entire novel for downlaod for free? Whats the idea behind that?
NM/V: It was DinaMalar’s idea. Siruvar Malar, the supplement in which Veera is published, is distributed for free. So it made sense to give it away as a free electronic download. I think it has paved way for increased readership. It looks gorgeous on the IPAD! Btw, the link to download Veera is :here:
10.  In 5 lines or less, Why should I read Veera?
NM: If you like epic quests set in fantastical worlds where brave protagonists battle inner and outer demons to find the meaning of what happened in the past and seek a destiny to light their path in the future, you will LOVE Veera! Don’t be fooled by the fantasy tropes, Veera is and always will be about the inner journey of the human psyche.
 V: It is a bundle of action adventure and fantasy. It’s a great story and I have tried to do justice to the art I have played with colors to keep it bright and interesting to kids. I promise it is worth a dekho. 

9.  Whats your next projects?

V: I am individually working on another series of comics for kids (fantasy adventure),one mythological based character series and one mature reader comic about an anti terrorist group. I am planning to complete all three than look for interested publishers
NM: Once the Tamil run is complete, I will be publishing Veera ‘s English edition.Hopefully, Season 2 of Veera. We have just skimmed the surface in terms of exploring the characters and their journeys and we haven’t even met the key players in Kaal, who want the conflict to spill into that world. Without giving away any spoilers, season one is not gift wrapped and delivered to your door in a neat package, it is messy; the Guardian’s have stirred the hornet’s nest. And there will be blood to look forward to.

I am working on a lit fic novel for my PhD and also developing several other novel length projects for YA and children. Also on the lookout for an artist to collaborate on a 7 issue comic book targeted at girls for an American company. If anyone is interested, drop me a line.

Project Reveal: Were House : Vivek Goel shows and tell

7 Mar

Lets start with the obvious question Vivek, you have got everyone excited with the brilliant art you have shown recently at your and our facebookpage. Time to tell us some more about the origin of your new project: Were House:
This project basically began with a curiosity, to do something black n white. Since I do tight pencils and my art style is also very noir/dark, horror provided with the perfect opportunity. I am mostly tagged as being a mythology/fantacy artist (can’t help it, this is what I have got to draw till date) I desperately wanted to break from it but since my other creator owned project Ravanayan wasn’t goin to allow me to do that for a long time, I decided to do something in it myself 🙂
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It seems you have chosen shape shifting animals as your subjects this time.
  I was always into animals and am very fascinated by the amazing concept of Lycantrope (shape shifting) and so the idea of doing a mini series based on different creatures depicting different degrees of Lycantropy hatched. It is a kind of project that has been done and a no. of times (take a werewolf) and that is why I wanted to give it a different take and took the native Indian animals as the lycantropes !!
Tell us a little about the team of Were House.
  I wanted to have a veriety and so i started looking for different writers and got blessed in the form of Super talented Akshay Dhar, Shweta Taneja and Soumya Das who have written the 3 stories and I have drawn them all !! 
Why three different writers? 
The reason of working with 3 different writers is that I wanted a variety in storytelling and it has worked amazingly, all of them have their own forte and their own unique ability to tell a story !! 
The final but no less important player in this series is my pencilling assistant Ankur Amre whom i discovered 5 months back, his internship in my office is nearly completing and now he is working very closely with me. He has played a pivotal role in the backgrounds of the GN.
You have said that you wanted to do this in Black and white. Why avoid colors?
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 I really want to explore black n white medium of story telling, I believe that a good readble comic does not needs colour dependency (no offence to all my colourist brothers and sisters.), colouring always enhances your drawing but every comic does not need it…especially horror and crime !! I have experimented a lot in the art with this GN and let me tell you that if you handle your pencil carefully with the right amount of pressure, the result just comes out amazing . I got a tremendous opportunity to play with solid blacks and whites and i just loved each moment of it.

Before we end this interview , anything that you would want to tell us about the project?
 To wrap up, I can just tell that all 3 stories are connected in some way and will definately relate to your personal fears !!! i guarentee you that !! Wanna find out more, go buy the book, its out in May 2011……and oh !! yes…we have the same publisher for ravanayan and were house .