Yesterday and today were probably two of the most beautiful days we will have until April. Glorious blue sky. Warm winter sun. Luckily, I was able to enjoy both days outside, even though many, many tasks demanded I remain couped in a room in front of an LCD screen (theory of pedagogy, my behind).
*of course, DFW doesn't say that outright.
India's first graphic novel - hardly true that; it's not the first; and it's not very interesting. Why is every one making a big deal of this? Some marketroid is congratulating herself right now I'm sure.
haha! marketroid! so, what is the first graphic novel? and don't say the Jataka stories.
I have no idea what the first graphical novel was, but why do you discount the Jataka/Panchatantra anyway? :-) I could understand discounting kanji or hieroglyphics. The graphical novel as a genre is not very distinguishable from the comic book or the cartoon; of which there have been plenty of Indian examples.
Graphic Novel is a medium and format quite distinct from the comic books or cartoons which emerged barely 25 years ago (hence, the in-admissibility of jatakas). From its bindings, to its non-serial nature, to its intended audience and themes, there are many ways in which it differentiates itself from the comic book. Here is another history. Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, is a novel - but told with pictures. It is not a comic book. Frank Miller, Art Speigelman, Alan Moore etc. are novelists. I want to see what Corridor has contributed to the genre.
Thanks for the links; but my opinion hasn't changed - the graphic novel sounds like a marketroid's dream - comics for grownups; yippe-ka-yay, PROFIT! The Jatakas and the Panchatantras of the world then deserve their own category; they dwell on serious life issues via euphemistic mentions of the lives of forest dwellers.
[...] The novel seems to have done well in India, and the Hindu has an interview with Banerjee, via Chapati Mystery. Finally, Corridor is a great read, so support it by buying a legit copy! [...]