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Desi Games and Comic Books

January 2008
Desi Games and Comic Books

Are we seeing a new wave of entertainment in the form of Indian-inspired comic books and games? Seems like it, going by the titles (both released and to be released) one comes across these days. Ramayan 3392 A.D., which originally came out as a comic book, has been reincarnated as a MMOG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game). A Bollywood queen—i.e., Priyanka Chopra—has been roped in by Virgin Comics for a package deal that will include a comic book series, an animated game, and a live-action film. Cricket’s representative for a similar series comes in the form of Sachin Tendulkar. Other comic book titles from Virgin include Devi, Snake Woman, and The Sadhu. Earlier, the Gotham Entertainment Group in association with Marvel Enterprises launched Spider-Man India, in which the ‘transcreated’ hero is an Indian boy who lives in Mumbai. Also worth noting is the U.S.-based Kridana, founded by Mahender Swami Nathan. “We’re a toy company focused on bringing the great Indian epics to new generations through the power of play,” he says. Action figures of Rama and Hanuman from the Ramayana have already been released, and now he has also come out with comic books based on the epic.

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