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International comic artists eye Indian talent

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Interntional comic distributors and publishers are keen to explore the emerging market in and open to work with local artists.

"I am looking forward to work with the Indian comic artists. I want them to come forward and engage them in my projects," British artist David Lloyd told PTI at the recently concluded fourth edition of Comic Con here.

Lyod is the illustrator of the popular comic series "V for Vendetta".

"To have partners from will be great. We are ready to collaborate with the artists over here and work together," he said.

Reiterating Lloyd's view, writer of 'Spider-man' character Mark Waid said he wants to see more of local talent.

"I want to see local talent here. I would love to work with them in future on my international projects," said Waid.

The artist says he is even in talks with some of the Indian comics artists on his international projects.

Describing the work of Indian artists as "great and wonderful", John Layman, the Eisner Award-winning writer known for his work on Marvel Comics Captain America series, said Indian comics are much more diverse than the American ones.

"I think Indian comics are much diverse. I would want to incorporate some of its diverse elements into American comics. That would be great," he said.

Waid, who is visiting for the first time, said he is surprised to see the huge number of young comic fans here unlike the United States.

"I am pleasantly surprised to see the turn out of children here. In the States its the older lot who seem to be interested but here it is just the opposite," he said adding people here are more enthusiastic about comics at an early age.

Waid even said Indian Comic Con is no different from American Comic Con in terms of its grandeur.

"I think this (Comic Con) is no different than what I have seen in the States," he said.

Talking about the growing Indian market, Llyod, who is best known as the illustrator of the story 'V for Vendetta" said India offers huge scope for digital comics unlike America.

"I think Indian market is growing and it offers space to digital comics...And digital format will be the new way of reaching out to people," he said.

"People in America are very resistant in switching to digital format. They still like papers...So it is very tough there to build a market for digital comics," Lyod said.

First Published: Mon, February 10 2014. 11:57 IST