Final Book Launches at Mumbai film and Comic Con 2012
1. Title- Angry Maushi
Created, Illustrated & Written By: Abhijeet Kini
The synopsis: The comic digs into the origins of the character, and tells the violent tale of how a frustrated middle class woman can overcome social evils, zombies and robots to achieve her ultimate goal – SAVING MUMBAI!
2. Title- Beast Legion
Created By: Jazyl Homavazir
The Synopsis: Beast Legion (www.thebeastlegion.com), India’s first award winning manga styled web series is back with Volume 2, comprising of issues 5-8 of the epic fantasy adventure. Follow Xeus as he faces his inner demons after his loss to Dragos & continues on his adventure. For the first time, issue 8 will be released in print as it is updated online. There will also be special little treat which will be revealed for those who buy the set at the Convention. Be sure not to miss this.”
3. Title- Draupadi: The Fire-Born Princess
Published By: Campfire Publishing
Author: Saraswati Nagpal
The Synopsis: A mysterious prophecy resounds, and the bewitchingly beautiful princess Draupadi arises from the sacred fire in Panchala. Draupadi is in love with Arjuna, the Pandava prince. But fate weaves a strange story and Draupadi finds herself wedded to five men – Arjuna and his four Pandava brothers. Draupadi’s life is complicated further by the Kauravas – her husbands’ wicked cousins – who try everything in their power to harm her and the Pandavas. The fiery princess Draupadi’s terrible destiny begins to unfold. From majestic queen with five warrior husbands, she is reduced to a servant girl. Evil waits at every corner, and a great war looms ahead. Her only comfort is her friend, Krishna.
Will the impulsive Draupadi brave the humiliation destiny has written for her? Must she lose everything she has loved?
Adapted from the ancient Indian epic, the Mahabharata, this graphic novel is the story of an astonishingly outspoken woman, who is abandoned at every turn, and forced to make the difficult choice between revenge and compassion.
4. Title- Aghori (Book – 2)
Published By: Holy Cow Entertainment
The Synopsis: The Aghori’s journey continues. Vira teams up with Ashwin again – this time to follow the words of a goddess, hoping that they will lead him to his son. Vira and Ashwin find themselves in the deserts of Rajasthan where strange things happen in the dark of night. The dead are rising and old wars shall be fought once again. Vira will delve deep into the void of fear and try to find courage even in the face of desperation.
Will Vira find his son? Will the reunion be all that he imagined it would be?
Will there be love and joy – or only fear and death?
5. Title- Mumbai Confidential (India Launch)
Created By: Writer Saurav Mohapatra and Artist Vivek Shinde
The Synopsis: The first installment of the Mumbai Confidential series is a one-shot OGN titled GOOD COP, BAD COP and is about the Encounter Specialist cops of Mumbai Police, who were given the nod by the establishment to carry out extra-judicial killings of gangsters.
MC is an attempt by the creators to capture some of their fondest memories of gritty crime / pulp novels and movies that are a staple of bollywood as evidenced by the works of Ram Gopal Verma and Anurag Kashyap
It is inspired by the Hong Kong crime flicks of John Woo and Johnnie To as well as seminal crime-noir comics like Frank Miller’s Sin City, Ed Brubaker’s Criminal, Brian Azarello’s 100 BULLETS and Greg Rucka’s Gotham Central.
6. Title- Retrogade 2
Published By: Pop Culture Publishing
The Synopsis: One day, all of modern human technology and civilization suddenly grounds to a halt. A small group of survivors try to rebuild their lives in this chaotic, disaster stricken new landscape. How long can they keep the chaos out? How much longer can they hold themselves together? Find out in the action-packed apocalyptic series Retrograde.
7. Title- Kubera
Published By: Amar Chitra Katha
The Synopsis: Kubera, the wise and benevolent king of the yakshas, once ruled over the city of Lanka. He would travel the world in his magnificent flying chariot, the Pushpaka Vimana, which had been gifted to him by his great-grandfather, Brahma. Lanka enjoyed an age of peace and prosperity under Kubera’s reign. But all that changed when his fearsome half-brother Dasagriva, the leader of the rakshasas decided to claim the city as his own.
Amar Chitra Katha pieces together from various sources in Indian mythology, the story of the Lord of Wealth.
8. Title- Sudershan (Chimpanzee)
Published By: Hachette India
The Synopsis: Sudershan (Chimpanzee) lands on the shores of Mumbai and struggles to make it in the land of dreams. It is the sixties and animal stars of all kinds, from dog detectives to royal Rajput steeds are the rage. But can a monkey find a hold on the greasy ladder to stardom? Can he survive the scandals and the inevitable heartbreak? And can he learn which lines must never, never be crossed?
The deeply moving and darkly comic tale of a chimp in Bollywood, and the creatures – human or otherwise — in his life.
9. Title- Dr. Ajax- The Ant-Agonists
Published By: Pipedream Labs
The Synopsis: “What chance does an ant have against a human? One single ant! May be negligible. But what if there were millions of ants, cruising over a forest, chewing every single fiber of wood in their way, bringing the entire jungle down? What if, it’s an army; you can’t beat with guns, cannons or nukes? Doctor Ajax is stretched to his limits to save his pride; his family and an entire community from a mad scientist and his invincible “polar bearants”.
10. Title- The Big Bang Story
Published By: Pipedream Labs
The Synopsis: “Initially there was nothing, Not even time. Then came the sun. Years passed by and the Merearth was born around the sun. And hence came the time, the life, the love and then the death.
The universe before the bigbang was an endless cluster of inward planets.And like in every universe that ever existed or ever will exist, there was only one unique planet that could host complex life forms in this universe. The Merearth.
Merearth was a huge planet. Big enough to make it impossible for its residents to know how big it is. Big enough to have the sun in its center
This is a very old story. This is the story of a universe, which existed before the big bang. This is also the story of how that universe came to an end and how ours was born.
But more importantly this is the story of the man who made it all possible. Ligo!”
Main Attraction at MFCC
“Indian Comics Journal - A Periodical by Comic Con India”
It is a periodical about comic, books, comic strips, graphic novels, & in fact anything & everything about the Indian comics industry. The journal covers the happenings of the comic world, profiles of established & new writers & artists, reviews on latest publications & reports about every ‘comical’ development that gets caught in their radar.
The 1st issue of ICJ was launched at the 2nd Comic Con India in Feb 2012 and the 2nd issue was launched at the Comic Con Express Bangalore in September 2012.
The 3rd issue of ICJ will be unveiled by author & artist Abid Surti, through a special preview of the cover story of the upcoming issue on 20th October, 2012, at the Mumbai Film and Comic Convention.
Highlights of the 3rd issue of ICJ:
- Featuring cult comic book hero Bahadur, this exclusive preview will see the author take us through the journey of Bahadur so far & also what lies ahead for him in future.
- This comes along with an in-depth conversation with the creator of Bahadur & the supremely talented Abid Surti, who talks about his inspirations, passion & very obviously, Bahadur.
- Get ready to be swept off by the twin wonder from Brazil – Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon, who have stormed into the American comic book industry.
- ICJ goes filmy, as director Abhishek Sharma & producer Sid Jain talk about their childhood fascination of comic books.
- Their comics come with a religious spin – meet Mohammed Ali Vakil of Sufi Comics.
- Writer Saurav Mohapatra of Mumbai Confidential (First Indian title to be published internationally), lives his experience of creating the highly-awaited title to be published by Archaia comics.
- An initiation into everything Sci-fi by resident geekboy & comic book writer, Akshay Dhar.