Champions going after big bad villains,high-school teenagers brooding over world problems or clumsy characters solving mysteries their lives are defined by the super powers they possess. And for 27-year-old Sreejita Biswas,these heroes and their speech balloon conversations captivated her as much as real people. A writer and artist,Biswas spent most of her childhood eagerly poring over Phantom and Mandrake comics.
It was only a year ago that she got the idea of connecting with other comic book lovers. I wanted to started a site or magazine to connect people who love comics. But I couldnt flesh it out, she says,over video chat from Bangalore. Working as a graphic novel columnist for a magazine Biswas realised that knowing only about Marvel and DC comics wasnt enough.
That is when she launched Strip Tease,an e-magazine divided into several sections including columns such as the tease of the month,reviews and fan art focussed on comics and graphic novels. This is a zero-budget magazine. We all have jobs but at the end of the day our love for comics brings us together, says Biswas,whose magazine is three months and three issues old. Apart from covering mainstream comics,Strip Tease focuses on the world of comics across the world. We covered African graphic novels in the last issue,and wrote about a superbly interesting graphic novel titled,Ma,by Mark McKeown. He is one of the most prominent names in the world of African comics, says Biswas.
The magazine has contributors from Pune,Chennai,Mumbai,Kolkata,Hyderabad,Bangalore and the UK. Describing of her team,Biswas says,she is the brain,Hyderabad-based Ved Antani is the brawn and Bangalore-based Karn Kaul who is also the designer of the website is the spine. So whats next on the agenda? We are hoping to get more visibility and connect with more comic enthusiasts. Social networks are the best option, says Biswas.