An announcement for all budding and wannabe comics authors/artists.
Comixindia.com (a comics enthusiast site) and Pothi.com (A self publishing print-on-demand site) annonced at the end of Nov 2009 about a magazine, COMIX.INDIA VOLUME 1 – RANDOM SELECTION.
The magazine is introduced to publish an anthology of sorts of independent comics creators in India.
The following are guidelines for submission
1. A4 size, black and white, at least 20 pages, at most 40 pages each.
2. Scanned / created digitally at 300 DPI and above.
3. Any topic (that’s why it’s called Random Selection)
Due to the inherent nature of Print-on-demand, there’s no up-front monetory investment on the part of authors. The magazine copies will be printed physically only when somebody orders (and pays for) them.
The deadline for submissions is 31st Dec 09. So if you are interested to be in this project, you can check out the site comixindia.com.
I have already submitted my story ‘The Replacement’ for this issue.
The below picture is a sample cover for this anthology, and the actual cover page will greatly differ (actually, it will have no resemblance to this page whatsoever)
Some years ago, India was known to the western world as a land of snake charmers and Taj Mahal. Today, thanks to the proliferation of Information Technology in western countries and India’s ability to supply skilled workforce at cheap rates has changed this view considerably.
Today, as hundreds of thousands of men and women toil in their air conditioned offices day and night for their western clients, it’s a great mash up of various Indian and world cultures, invariably culminating in funny situations.
Being a part of this IT culture since more than a decade, and keenly observing some of these situations, I could not help but put them on (digital) paper. These toons are meant to tickle the funny bones in every individual, IT or non-IT. Though the cartoons heavily focus on IT, everyone will find similarities to these situations around them.
This is the first cartoon in a series of iToontastics. I hope to bring many more of these in the near future. Keep enjoying and let me know your comments on this.
For those unaware of the great ‘Normalization’ process, here’s a lowdown
Every year during yearly appraisals, every IT employee is put into a certain category depending on his/her performance relative to his/her group. Obviously, if everyone in the group is brilliant, even the best employees lose out on credit. On the other hand, if the group consists of complete dorks, even the worst ones get ahead.
Depending on the ‘band’ the company decides whether you are their next ‘blue eyed boy/girl’ or the recipient on next pink slip!!