First of all let me thank my dear friend Comic Crazee for designing this fabulous header specially for Comic World's 3rd Anniversary post.Many-many thanks to him for this magnificent gift.
To start the celebrations,let me present another one of my dear and close friend Kuldeep Bhai who is eager to welcome all of you.Here are his words right away.
"Hello every one..My welcome greeting to you all and thanks everyone for joining us to celebrate another wonderful anniversary of this blog.This blog is not a website like millions others available on internet but it is a place where we see a pristine pond filled with warm memories of our childhood and we all want to jump to feel the old days when we were care free, pure hearted and dreamed to do something big.. Welcome all.. jump and feel the joy, happiness and lets promise ourselves that we will keep on filling this pond with our thoughts, appreciation,knowledge sharing,old memories so that more and more will be joining us in coming days to make this place the only 'mecca'/'Kumbh' of Comics world .. On this blog we have seen so many wonder ful post(Sholay,Hindi novels,satyakatha,bal pocket books,comics artist, writers....).. so many old thoughts ('par-tilli' , comics reading in Lantern light, efforts took to get comics...) we met so many wonder ful people who have such vast knowledge on comics,collection and we learned a lot about comics,comic culture ,reading habits in India and around the world. So much have been shared,posted so far and amazing part is that ' we want more' what best could happen to this blog other than this that instead of quenching the fire it is making it more and more big like adding more fuel (with every new post.) we have shown our appreciation to 'Zaheer bhai' so many time and on this occasion I salute his great work again on behalf of all of us and congratulate him again on 3rd anniversary of 'Comic world'.
Lage raho Zaheer bhai ... and Yes.. ALL IZZZ WELL.. keep it rolling.. Have a wonder ful time friends.. Kuldeep
As you all know about Kuldeep Bhai that he is living encyclopedia of comics,he has vast-vast treasure of knowledge and nostalgic moments attached with comics which he regularly keeps on sharing with all of us in his unique and unmatched style of words of which we all are fond of.If topic comes about Ved Prakash Sharma then he is simply unmatched and a living data base of his novels...simply mind blowing...i have never seen a passionate comic reader and lover as he is....and talking about his human side,he is a good human and friends of friend.How many of us can send quite a costly comics to a person with whom we don't have that much of 'terms' and acquaintance and that also without expecting any thing in return!!!Truly,a most humble attitude which is highly appreciated.
Kuldeep Bhai,many thanks for your kind and warm feeling toward this blog,i hope to see you all along with this blog like you are.As a small token of gift here is that ad page of unpublished novel of Ved Prakash Sharma which you were looking for.Hope you will like it.
Friends,three years is quite a considerable time considering a comic blog to survive which was solely started with a passion behind for sharing Indrajal Comics on net,though all IJCs(English) has been posted at net and now only regional languages IJCs are remaining for which several blogs have also come up to post them.
Mere comic posting was never been a sole motive of this blog,rather this blog was looking for meaningful,healthy and in depth discussions over nostalgia associated with comics,about person associated with these fine comics and over the reviews of these timeless comics.This was the factor which kept this blog alive as a particular brand of comics can deplete but thoughts,nostalgia and discussion over the comics can never deplete.
Throughout the journey of blog we came to know about finest comic collectors of India and abroad,got information about many lost comic publications of India and made many friends,the journey is still through and will continue.
The story behind creation of Comic World is known to all of you as it has been repeated a couple of times,new readers and visitors of Comic World can read it by clicking this link.
If i look three years back from now and compare my position from it,i find many things to be proud of such as friends which i made during this journey,information and knowledge about comics and their publications,my comic collection has grown up a lot and most remarkable of these all the name and fame which was bestowed via this blog as this blog has been visited by visitors from around 150 countries with around 2 lakhs page visits in a short span of 3 years. It was also recognized by print media when a article about this blog was written in Hindi Edition of 'The Hindustan Times'.
Well,enough of my gloating,here is the 1st comic of this special anniversary post for all of you.Its a Indrajal comic,yes a Indrajal which was the main driving force behind this blog. This comic is contributed by Mr.Abhishek of Delhi through a another dear friend and our well known 'master scanner' Mr.Ajay Misra who scanned it after being lend by Abhishek,there is no need for introduction of Ajay Misra as he is a well known and respected name in the world of comics,having a unmatched attitude towards sharing comics.
Its unfortunate to see that in Indian comic industry persons behind the creation of these timeless comics were/are not given their due credit and appreciation,and many of them died or still living unrecognized and/or in poor condition.The reason behind is that in India comic reading is considered for kids only without giving any serious thoughts and attention for the art involved behind in creation of comics.After the advent of TV,video,mobile and now internet boom the reading culture and popularity of comics suffered a huge setback thus degrading the already degraded market value of comic culture leaving the persons associated with comics as no exception.
A person among us has decided to put up his hard efforts in order to bring out the contribution of the persons behind the golden era of Indian comics in front of all of us so that it can be appreciated and could be given its due credit which was being lost behind the fog of time till now.
And that person is a another dear friend Alok who is keeping no stone unturned policy in order to complete his homage(documentary) to stalwarts of Indian comic industry.We all have many hopes on this documentary project and are eagerly waiting for its release.
Alok is also a dear friend,a avid supporter and fan of Comic World and for this 3rd anniversary post he has prepared a special article on one of the famous and mysterious cartoonist "Shehab". Shehab is well known for its cartooning ability and typical middle class Indian characters such as Chotu-Lambu,Manglu Madari-Bandar Bihari,Chaman Charlie etc.
Alike Shehab there was another fine cartoonist with very famous characters,Kripa Shankar Bhardwaj,and his immortal characters were Motu-Patlu which started publishing in Lotpot and Deewana for the very first time.Later on Diamond comics published many full fledged comics on Motu-Patlu.For more information about Motu-Patlu please click this link.
Our another friend and comic collector Deep also decided to contribute something from his side and its none other than a vintage Fauladi Singh comic,for which all thanks and credit to him.Hope Kuldeep will like it.