Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vimanika Juniors

Vimanika is synonymous with graphic novels based on Indian Mythology. The enthusiastic response from our fans has validated the hard effort we put in our work. The entire team at Vimanika thanks our fans with the bottom of our heart. For some time we have been toying with an idea but we will like to take an opinion from our fans.

Would you like to like to read the exploits of our super heroes when they were kids in comics format? Have you read about Lord Krishna’s leela at gokul or the exploits of a naughty lord Hanuman who was determined to swallow the sun? Do you know How Hanuman acquired the Name? Not many people know that he was previously called Anjaneya? The birth of Lord Ganesh and his duel with Lord Shiva is legendary.

Contrary to fictitious stories churned out by various serials our series will be well researched and completely authentic. Opinion of every Vimanik will be considered before we plan a new series.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Selling Books vs Promoting Indian Culture

No one starts a venture to make a loss. So how does Vimanika differ from other comics publishing houses? The one significant difference we have with our counterparts is our vision.

What is the vision of Vimanika comics?

The vision of Vimanika Comics is to promote Indian mythology and culture among Indian Kids and youth. The kids and the youth are the future of the country. The culture they imbibe shall be instrumental in determining the identity of our nation.
Look around. In a bid to appease our western counterparts we have belittled our own civilization. We don’t take pride in our culture. Our history is full of exploits of warriors and wisdom of sages. Yet we choose to look up to imported superheroes as role models. Vimanika hopes to reverse this trend. We shall pursue our goal relentlessly until the mission is accomplished. Our stories will have a contemporary feel without diluting the ethos of these stories. The research tem comprises of scholars who have devoted their life exploring the Indian Culture.

So as a reader what is your role? How can you support us in our mission? Is it enough to buy the books? No; never.

Imbibe the virtues depicted by our glorious ancestors. Eg. Karna is the epitome of sacrifice. He is hailed as a great warrior despite being vanquished. Spread the word about our culture. Introduce them to the world of Vimanika where the culture is represented in the true form.

Let us leave a better legacy for our future generation.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Evolution of Vimanika

I have been fortunate to be a part of a revolution called Vimanika since its inception. I met Karan even before the zero editions of the Moksha and the Sixth were released. You tend to size up the other person in your first meeting and I did the same. To me Karan was running a one man show. He was enthusiastic and passionate about his work but still a greenhorn. I asked him to diversify and venture into different genres. He refused and struck to Indian mythology. I thought he is taking a big gamble but he proved me wrong.

This led me to analyse the core philosophy of Vimanika. They wished to promote Indian culture and instill a sense of pride among its audience. They believed that superheroes in our mythology are better role models than the fictional super heroes created by western counterparts. Their philosophy has so far won them numerous awards and more are to follow.

After the initial reverses in team composition, finally team Vimanika has a settled look to it. The story telling is getting better with each title and the artwork has jumped several notches. The buzz around each title is getting bigger and this stands as a testimony to Vimanka's soaring popularity among its fans. Exciting new titles are about to make their debut. “I am Kalki” has been officially announced and the teaser promotion has generated a lot of interest among the fans.

What do we expect from team Vimanika? For sure, you can expect Avante grade artwork, engrossing storyline and more in depth & authentic knowledge of our glorious past. The revolution in Indian comics industry has been initiated. Sit tight, as we embark into a journey to our glorious past.

(The opinion in this post has been made by an avid fan who has studied the Indian comics industry from close quarters for the past few years.)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Official Launch of Karan Vir's Dashaavtar at Oxford Delhi

Karan Vir's Dashaavtar and Moksha was launched at Delhi on April 10 at Oxford book store by Mr. Gurcharan Das Gupta, a reknowned Indian author and Mr. Karan Vir Arora, CEO of Vimanika Comics. Judging by the response of the fans and the media, the event was a resounding success.

Mr. Dasgupta stressed on the need to look up to our indigenious and virtous heroes in todays world when the moral values have reached a nadir. He also lamented the fact that Indians are hesitant to embrace their own culture and the glorious past. He applauded the efforts of Mr. Karan Vir Arora for recreating the Indian mythology with authencity and style and predicted a bright future for Vimanika Comics.

Mr. Karan Vir thanked all the loyal fans who were waiting eagerly for the launch of Dashaavtar. True to his promise, he unveiled a visual delight of Indian art and an authentic form of storytelling. During the interaction session he shared his passion for Indian Mythology and Indian superheroes emphasising their relevence in their current scenarios. The enthusiastic fans interacted on a host of topics ranging from style of artwork, future titles, plot lines and the message conveyed in these Graphic Novels. Gaurav an enthusiastic fan aged only eight showed his comics strips on mythological characters which drew a wide applause from Mr. Karan Vir and the Vimanika team.

The eager fans jostled for their autographed copy of Dashaavtar and Moksha with a few lucky ones managing to get personal snaps with Mr. Karan Vir. The event was covered by the leaders in print and electronic media.

After the successful delhi launch, the action shifts to Chandigarh. Catch all you Vimanikans in Chandigarh.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Meet a comic series that deifies the tiger!

Vimanika Comics, which had earlier published two volumes of mythological comic books, will now launch the third of the series, Moksha, titled The White Tiger And The Gift. It is scheduled to release on March 10.

What's more, Vimanika comics has also announced that 5% of the Sales from the Issue # 03 Moksha "The White Tiger & the Gift" will go to Earth Matters Foundation that has supported the production of "The Return of the Tiger " directed by Mike Pandey and supported by
John Abraham.

Read the whole article here

'I started researching Karna’s story when I was 18'

Mythology as retold through comics may not be something new for generations of Indians who have grown up on Amar Chitra Katha stories. But Hanuman with pectoral muscles the size of mini boulders and Karna as a dynamic young multi-millionaire are ideas that could attract a younger lot of readers to the genre. At least that’s what Karan Vir Arora, editor-in-chief of Vimanika Comics, hopes.

Read Karan's Hindustan Times interview here

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Announcing the official launch of Karan Vir's Dashaavatar Vol 1!

Vimanika Comics is going full steam ahead as the time nears for yet another milestone event in its colourful march ahead: the launch of Dashaavatar Vol 1 With Ranvijay Singh!

Ranvijay Singh of the roadies will be unveiling this premier graphic novel on March 10.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Crosswords Bandra Linking Road, Mumbai, India

The white tiger and the gift: The next offering by Vimanika, coming soon!

Vimanika Comics, which had earlier published two volumes of mythological comic books, will now launch the third of the series, Moksha, titled The White Tiger And The Gift. It is scheduled to release on March 10.

Read the whole article here

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Vimanika announces Sketch Karna contest winners

Mumbai based Vimanika Comics has announced the winners of its Sketch Karna contest. The contest had participants create their own sketch of Karna, Vimanika‘s mythological warrior. The winner of the contest is Dildeep Singh, whose services will be hired by Vimanika Comics for its upcoming projects.

Check out the results here

Monday, February 15, 2010

Karan appears on NDTV show!

On February 11, Karan featured on NDTV's popular 'Money Mantra' show that took a closer look at the rise of entrepreneurship in India.

Watch the complete video here

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Meet the 'heroic knight' of Vimanika Comics!

"As a youngster, I used to love Lord of the Rings, but I realised that none of the world famous fantasy tales centre around Indian mythological heroes."

Yet another story about Karan Vir Arora and his dreams which culminated in India's best mythological comics -Vimanika.

Interested? Read this article completely

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Sketch Karna Contest cool Karna Statue in the making!

He looks cool and a mythological hero to the hilt. Meet Karna, the hero of Vimanika's latest offering 'The Sixth: The Legend of Karna.' The curved bow and the drawn sword speak volumes about his warrior nature.
If you have joined Vimanika's 'Sketch Karna contest' you stand a chance to take him home.
So keep your fingers crossed, for the results!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Vimanika after a year!

It was about a year ago that Mumbai-based Karan Vir Arora got the idea of opening an Indian comics company on the lines of international pop culture giants like DC comics, Marvel, and Dark Horse comics.

Thus came along Vimanika, an Indian comics company that publishes comics and graphic novels based exclusively on Indian mythology. Karan Vir Arora, director and editor-in- chief, Vimanika, believes that it wasn’t only the scarcity of Indian comic companies that propelled this venture.
It was a three-point agenda that included educating the youth around the world about Indian culture, heritage and spiritual values, the need to share the art of narration and visualisation to the world, which his brother indoctrinated in him from childhood.

“And we wanted our graphic novel titles to be created into live action movies and animated movies à la like Frank Miller’s 300, Superman and Batman,” he adds.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tale of a warrior

The Karna story in the Mahabharata has always fascinated people.

Amitabh Bachchan's angry young man persona in the Seventies is an avatar of Karna — he is a victim of society, a skilled, resourceful warrior and generous to a fault. Karna is the archetypal anti-hero. So, it came as no surprise that Vimanika Comics chose this tragic character as the protagonist for its graphic novel series, The Sixth: The Legend of Karna. The slim, colourful book with its spirited illustrations was recently launched.

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