I haven’t been in the comic book groove for very long. I literally woke up and asked to visit the local comic book shop. End of story. No idea why. It was like I had an epiphany in a dream. Some nerdy deity shook some sense into me, I had a vision, and the rest is history.
DC, Marvel, and other typical superheroes aren’t my cup of tea. They bore me. Not sure why as I love, love, love the movies. In comic books I tend to steer clear though. It might have something to do with the fact that they’re franchises with histories, snobs, and an entire mythos built around them. It’s intimidating to just jump in all willy-nilly. Enter Graphic India.
A friend of mine raves about Grant Morrison’s work but I didn’t really know anything about him until I picked up 18 Days. I still don’t know much about the man but this comic… Wow. It’s based on the Indian myth, the Mahabharata, and it’s interpreted in this beautifully psychedelic way. If you know anything about Indian mythology, it’s all completely beautiful and filled with imagination. Absolutely astounding. That’s what makes it such a great place to dip your toes into the water of comic books. It’s not just this crazy superhero thing, it’s an epic middle eastern story steeped in history.
Graphic India in general is geared toward an Indian audience but in a way a western audience can appreciate. It’s quickly become one of my favourite publishers with titles like Ramayan 3392 AD and Shekhar Kapur’s Devi. Each one is a comic-fueled hallucination into an exotic world of fantastical myths. It’s a solid choice for something a bit different, a bit inspiring, and more than a bit trippy…
(Images via Graphic India)