South Asia

Organized Panel Session

86 - Contemporary Indian Comics Industry: Circuits of Genre, Gender and Globalized Popular Culture

7/7/2018
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Silveroak I, Ground Floor

Contemporary comic books from India are traversing multiple themes, formats, and artistic styles. The domination of the Amar Chitra Katha (Immortal Picture Stories) is firmly in the past; existing only as a nostalgic reminder of the early history of Indian comic books. Even though mythology and superheroes is a dominant theme, there are many types of graphic art emerging in the genre. These include silent graphic novels, personal biographies, political satire, historical narrations, and more. While established artists are finding backing of big publishers and artist collectives; self-publishing has opened up the world of comics to all kinds of talented amateurs and hobbyists who wish to tell innovative stories through the medium of sequential art. The developments in the last decade or so has fundamentally altered the landscape of the comic book industry which had faced a near shutdown around the late 1990s. It’s a rich area of discourse that needs to be discussed, documented, and archived. This panel invites the audience to explore this growing scene from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives. Including both social science and humanistic approaches to comics, the panel will begin with broader explorations of comics cultures in India and narrow into analyses of themes such as war, queerness, gender, and superhero culture.

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Mara L. Thacker

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, United States

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Mara L. Thacker

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, United States

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Mara L. Thacker

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, United States

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Ritu Khanduri

University of Texas at Arlington, United States

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Vartikka Kaul

Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

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Jeremy Stoll

Columbus College of Art & Design, United States

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