ROVOLT COVERED IN THE PIONEER
Remember the last minute hassled email that you sent off to your third cousin twice removed, the one studying some thing at some university in the States (you don't really care ). You have begged him to get you the latest edition of Captain America comic book ? Also you have requested him for the 50th anniversary issue of the Amazing Spider-Man , with an elongated pretty please thrown in. And when the distant cousin comes back home without your prized editions of the comic book, haven't you torn your hair is desperation and wished for an Indian comic book? One that is readily available and does justice to the kid within you, with its graphic and a riveting plot. Well looks like your prayers (and million others) have been answered. Finally we have a full fledged home grown comic book series. The Legends of Aveon 9, The Train to Vexadus (Rovolt) spells respite for many comic fans in India. Written by Shamik Dasgupta, its a rollercoaster ride into a land of fantasy, sci-fi, human/alien emotions, with action thrown in for good measure. Shamik, is no stranger to the graphic world, having previously written the Ramayan 3392 AD. "After Virgin Comics shut down in 2008, I worked with other comics. But after Ramayana 3392 AD, I missed fantasy" said Shamik. "I believe even the original one was also fantasy. Some things must have happened, but I don't think a god like figure of Ram or the demon Ravan would have existed."
Shamik then shifted his gaze to the Indian comic scene. "People would only want Avengers for kids kind of things. But we can't beat Marvel and DC at their own game. They know their superheroes," said Shamik.
The Aveon series has inspirations from Chandrakanta, the famous fantasy novel written by Devki Nandan Khatri. One also sees presence of the Western sci-fi element. The Lord of the Rings also sneaks in at times. "We - Abhishek Malsuni (the artist of the comic) and I were not interested in another interpretation of the Myths. We took the raw structure of Chandrakanta, and took the story to a much larger scale. The Steampunk, a sub-genre of sci-fi is also used," shared the writer, who is a self-confessed Ringer. (The term used to denote fans of The Lord of the Rings)
Steampunk? Is that something to do with listening to Punk music while enjoying a steam bath? "No, replied Shamik thoroughly amused. "It's a sci-fi genre which has intensive usage of steam power, and is usually based in alternative time period, like the Victorian era."
The comic series is the story of Human settlers in Aveon. "The story is set in the future, the earth has long been destroyed. Aveon also has aliens, red skinned creatures called Gnorms, which are like the Red Indians of America. The Train to Vexadus is the first episode of the series. There are seven episodes in each series and 60 pages in each episode," shared Shamik. The comic book has been edited by Ron Marz, the creator of works like The Silver Surfer and Green Lantern.
Shamik feels that Indian comics lack depth, and that is the reason for its stagnated fan following. "There is no evolution of the characters. Nagraj is still the same. He fights the villains, and its repeated in every offering. Whereas if you look at Spiderman or Batman, they have evolved with time, and it reflects in the story. Indian comics have been very feudal," expressed Shamik.
The next offerings from the Aveon series has the villains surfacing. "They have their reasons to be bad, which might just be noble at times. You will hate to love them. The same way, Tez, the protagonist of the series, is an alien and a shape shifter. This offering deals with the journey of Tez and other creatures to the capital of the Kingdom of Vexadus. There the real drama unfoldz. Betrayal and love, both are on the cards," added Shamik. He continued "That ways Tez is a very Indian Super hero. He is an alien but very human in his approach and character, with his conflicts and flaws. And this is the reason that Indian heroes work. That's a global trend , you have had Batman and superman also becoming more vulnerable."
AVEON 9 TAKES YOU BACK TO THE FUTURE
New Delhi, Delhi, September 10, 2012 /India PRwire/ -- Imparting a tangible reality to imagination and awakening the dormant senses by unleashing inherent limitless power, this comic book Aveon 9 weaves in a gripping narration inspired from mystical Indian classics and western sci-fi. It combines the creative prowess of renowned artists from across the globe. Upholding highest quality in art work and surpassing human imagination, the story subtly draws attention to an emerging nation, where everyone occupies the same plane of importance. Drawing parallel comparison to men, women also hold position of power and are strategic decision makers in the intriguing planet of Aveon 9. This comic book fulfills its commitment to resurrect characters to life through graphic representation that imparts an aesthetic global appeal.
Notes to Editor
About Aveon 9:
An epic sci-fi adventure featuring intrigues galore, high drama and unprecedented action. Driving the story forward at a breakneck pace are extraordinary characters, torn apart by their personal demons even as their every action decides the fate of numerous human and alien civilizations. Ladies and gentleman, you have landed on the mystical planet of Aveon 9, thousands of years in the future.
Humans may have established their dominion on Aveon 9 but they angered the planet's indigenous civilisations in the bargain. And humans would continue wreaking a path of havoc and destruction if not for the efforts of a pair of star crossed lovers - a warrior prince and a beautiful and dynamic princess - and a dedicated native. The trio will have to pit themselves against potently evil forces - human, alien and monster - and deal with some unexpected twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the end when a deep-rooted secret is revealed.
About the team:
Editor - Ron Marz
Ron Marz has been writing comics for two decades, starting his career with a lengthy run on Silver Surfer for Marvel. Since then, he has worked with virtually every major publisher and compiled a long list of credits, including stints on Green Lantern for DC Comics, Star Wars for Dark Horse Comics and Witchblade for Top Cow Productions, Inc. His recent projects include Magdalena and Artifacts for Top Cow and Voodoo for DC. Ron's creator-owned series include Shinku at Image; Dragon Prince at Top Cow as well as Samurai: Heaven and Earth and Pantheon City at Dark Horse. He has also been the editor on Virgin Comics titles including Devi, Ramayan 3392 A.D. and The Sadhu. As a key member of Team Rovolt, Ron edits and gives creative direction to the Aveon 9 series.
CEO - Manish Sinha
Like most of us, Manish also had a dream of creating and sharing fun stories. While years of corporate life, suspended this possibility, he secretly kept weaving stories. His unsuspecting children became the eager recepients of these stories. As time passed, Manish became increasingly passionate about his belief that creative forces in India and the developing world were as capable of creating high-quality content as entertainment companies such as Disney and DC Comics in the West. He also elieved content created locally would strike more of a chord with youth from developing countries than content that had been imported. Armed with the strength of his conviction, Manish joined forces with Vikrant and build a team across borders that eventually led to the formation of Rovolt. As the driving force at Rovolt Entertainment, Manish not only leads business and marketing activities, he guides the creation of the series that Team Rovolt is currently working on. Manish is an engineer-MBA from India's top-ranking institutions - IIT Delhi and IIM Calcutta. He has worked across disciplines in senior leadership roles at companies such as McKinsey, Infosys, Capital One and WNS in Europe, Asia and the US.
Rovolt Entertainment Services (formerly Viman Media Services Pvt. Ltd.) was founded in 2010. Rovolt Entertainment is in the process of creating IP in domains like Graphic Novels, Comic Books, Mobile Applications, Animation Videos. Rovolt has currently 5 different publications: "The Legends of Aveon9", "Hey You Tiggou", "Metafreakz", "Aren" and "Zooman". Rovolt aims at creating world class quality products through International Collaboration. Striking a chord with parents and kids alike, Rovolt's stories and characters cut across cultures and geographies as well as transverse from print to video, to interactive gaming media. They feature a good mix of action and values, fun and learning. And above all they display the ambition and pride of our new generation