A review of the India Authentic vol 2. is up at Beliefnet.com.
An excerpt from the review
What makes [INDIA AUTHENTIC] so effective and impressive is that these gods and near-immortals exhibit very human concerns. In fact, many of the stories allow the pictures to “breathe”–to dominate the space of the page–as the reader is exposed to the protagonists’ thoughts. Inner monologue is not something I commonly associate with sacred stories; we never get inside either Moses’ head as he leads Isaac up to the sacrifice or Jesus’ thoughts on Judas or Mary Magdelene. “India Authentic” takes readers inside the super-humans who still seem identifiably human-like.
Nevertheless, each story operates in a sort of god-logic (or, maybe more precisely, Hindu theo-logic), where devotion, will, or ethic leads to a transcendent resolution. These are not Aesop’s Fables with some simple moral to convey. Instead, “India Authentic” demonstrates universal themes refracted through Hinduism–both pictorial introductions and everyday reminders.
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Yay! Attended the “Religion in Comics” panel hosted by BU as part of their “Graven Images” conference yesterday. Had a whale of a time with fellow panelists Mark Smylie (writer – ARTESIA, Publisher – ASP comics), G Willow Wilson (CAIRO), Steve Ross (writer/artist – MARKED). The panel was moderated by A. Dave Lewis (writer – LONE AND LEVEL SANDS, SOME NEW KIND OF SLAUGHTER).
We had a pretty hearty discussion about how religion is portrayed in comic books and the challenges that lie in writing comics with religious and spiritual themes. One of the most interesting parts of the conference was getting to know about the reaction to India authentic in academic circles. It makes all my efforts worthwhile when people walk up to meand tell him that they really liked the INDIA AUTHENTIC stories and that it is being made into required reading in south asian studies programs (details to come).
Later that day, I attended my first ever signing at the BU Barnes and Noble where we continued our earlier discussion in more casual setting as part of the “Graphically Religious” author meet at B&N. Here is a photo from the signing (more to come).From left to right: Dave, Your truly, Willow, Steve and Mark From left to right: Me, Mark (photo courtsey : Dave Moran) From left to right: Willow, Dave, Me, Steve and Mark (photo courtsey : Dave Moran)
Worklog for the month of march
- DEVI #20
- INDIA AUTHENTIC #13 – LAKSHMI
- West Coast Customs Presents RYDERS (One-shot)
- The Mumbai Macguffin (One-shot)
Sequential Tart has posted reviews for India Authentic (issues 1-9), with detailed overview of each issue and the reviewers thoughts/comments. You can read it here.
India Authentic #11 – Hanuman has gone to press and I’m mighty pleased with the visuals. The cover is by Dean R Hyrapiet (Voodoo Child, Virulents) and the art is by Swapnil. Here is a preview from the comic which hits the stands on 26th March 2008 as per solicits. These are three splashes from the beginning, middle and end of the book.
Here is the solicit text for the book
Created by: Deepak Chopra,
Written by: Saurav Mohapatra,
Art and Cover by: Virgin Studios
A mere mention of his name is said to put fear in the hearts of the mightiest demons. It is said that the chant of his name protects one from the vilest of evil spirits. He is a god unlike any other. Born with the body of an ape, but a heart as large as a hundred suns, blessed with the strength to move mountains, leap across oceans and fly faster than the swiftest of birds. From the pages of the great Indian epic, Ramayana, Virgin Comics and Deepak Chopra as part of the path-breaking India Authentic series, bring to you the tale of a god who is both scholar and warrior; one whose name is synonymous with devotion and humility.
This is the legend of mighty Hanuman, son of the wind, slayer of demons and devoted ally of Rama, the warrior prince!
India Authentic vol II TPB collecting issues 6-10 has also gone to print and i think it is either already available or will be soon available for purchase at your neighbourhood comic book store.
Click the thumbs for hi-res images.
The images and India Authentic are copyright of Virgin Comics
India Authentic has garnered a mention in a Publisher’s Weekly article about religion in comic books. You can read the article here
I have been invited to be a part of the “Religion in Comics” Panel discussion at the “Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books & Graphic Novels” on Sunday, Apr 13th in Boston. You can find the details at the website for Luce Center, Boston University. Here is the flyer (PDF)
Here is the official Press Release text from :
RELIGION IN COMICS PANEL, “GRAVEN IMAGES'” COMING TO BOSTON UNIVERSITY
March 4, 2008 – Boston, MA. As its planners prepare the weekend-long schedule of scholarly presenters, the “Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books & Graphic Novels” conference already has a number of top comic book creators coming to Boston University next month. On Sunday, April 13th, conference attendees will get to take part in a Creator Q&A with Saurav Mohapatra (India Authentic), Steve Ross (Marked!), Archaia Studios Press publisher Mark Smylie (Artesia Besieged), and G. Willow Wilson (Cairo).
The five panelists, representing a wide variety of faiths and works, will join conference co-chair A. David Lewis (The Lone and Level Sands, Some New Kind of Slaughter) in an open discussion of religion, creativity, and the comic book medium. “I’m delighted not only that they’ve all accepted our invitation,” says Lewis, “but that they also represent a wonderful cross-section of spiritualities. They nicely embody the diversity we are eager to explore in the medium with ‘Graven Images.’”
Preceding these panelists, the Center for Cartoon Studies’ co-founder James Sturm (The Golem’s Mighty Swing) will be keynote speaker for the conference on its opening night, Friday, April 11th.
The inaugural conference is enjoying the support of B.U.’s Department of Religion, its Graduate Student Organization (GSO), the New England-Maritimes American Academy of Religion, Caption Box, and the Luce Program in Scripture and Literary Arts. Lewis and fellow co-chair Christine Kraemer expect to release the full conference program in the coming days.
The “Graven Images” icon was designed and donated by J.T. Waldman (Megillat Esther).
The Eage Awards nominations are on at http://www.eagleawards.co.uk/nominate.asp, if you liked INDIA AUTHENTIC, do vote for it in the graphic novel categories.
You can type in the name “INDIA AUTHENTIC” in the text box even though it does not feature in the drop down list. Some suggested categories, Favourite New Comicbook, Favourite Comics Story published during 2007.
Since it is for 2007 i think india authentic first 5 issues should fit the bill nicely.
go ahead, vote for INDIA AUTHENTIC.
Thanks for the response folks, INDIA AUTHENTIC now shows up in the drop drown list for Favorite New Comicbook. Spread the word and thanks for voting.
Bruce Logan has reviewed IA#8 Garuda at ComicsBulletin.com. Here is the link to the review
Reviewer gives it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
I was recently interviewed by DAVE MORAN for INDIA-NEW ENGLAND. Here is the link to the published interview.
Here is the short url : http://tinyurl.com/3cbwet
that redirects to the actual article