Friday, January 30, 2009

Infinite Canvas and Mr.India

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Infinite Canvas is a Microsoft Live Labs project – a new way of looking at comics on the web, developed by Ian Gilman.

Infinite Canvas is a JavaScript application that frees visual storytelling from the usual comic format of squares on a page. It started to take off when Neil Gaiman (whom Ian describes as “one of the gods of the sci-fi/fantasy world”) tweeted about a piece he put up called “The Day The Saucers Came.”

Take a look at Infinite Canvas and see if you see the future of comics on the web.

Thanks to @pdileepa who tipped me off on Infinite Canvas, I tried out this cool application on Mr.India – The Comic Book that was recently published on this blog.

Please have a look at Mr.India on Infinite Canvas and let me know what you think.

Controls: To zoom up/down, use the mouse wheel. There are buttons at the bottom to move from one slide to next but the size of this comic is not very optimal, so click and drag the mouse to move around.

This won’t be taking over as a new format for TCP as it is experimental and you never know when projects such as these get scrapped, but it is the most exciting way to view comics on the web and I had to explore it.

You can also go to the Infinite Canvas Home Page and look at other comics. Thanks Microsoft Live Labs.

Happy Birthday Motku

Btw, today is also the day when Gandhiji was assassinated.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Throw the Constitution away

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Never Criticize NDTV and Barkha Dutt again

A blogger, Chyetanya Kunte, recently published an “Unconditional Withdrawal” of his blog post where he had criticized NDTV and Barkha Dutt. On reading Chyetanya’s opinion (Cached copy from Google), it seemed like one of the many blog posts during those 60 hours where an angry, upset citizen strongly voiced his frustration and disappointment at how the Media handled the situation.

After the attacks, all news channels absolved themselves of anything sensationalist or irresponsible. But it seems like NDTV has decided to go a step further and shut down any future challenges to its reporting style and content by extracting an apology from this blogger. The language of his retraction suggests that there was a threat of legal action and like any average guy, it would have been too much for him to handle.

News channels are not selfless charitable organizations. We expect objectiveness from them but also understand that there will be some bias, a little sensationalism for TRPs and we apply our filters to see through it. We rely on the information they provide and over time, form a relationship with them. I have always had fond memories of NDTV, Prannoy Roy, The World This Week and for its in-depth election analysis.

Not anymore. Not after knowing that an average guy’s opinion has been suppressed, ironically on 26th January, the day we adopted our Constitution that assured Chyetanya Kunte his fundamental right to Freedom of Speech and Expression.

I will leave you with the lyrics of a song, “Freedom of Speech” by Ice T

Your opinion is yours, my opinion is mine
If you don't like what I'm sayin'? Fine
But don't close it, always keep an open mind
A man who fails to listen is blind
We only got one right left in the world today
Let me have it or throw The Constitution away

Other voices:

Shripriya – Shame on NDTV and Barkha Dutt:

the very bodies who owe their survival to free speech, the very organizations that used free speech to report on the Mumbai attacks, and defended their content as necessary for information dissemination are now against a blogger’s right to free speech

Venkatesh Sridhar – Why NDTV lost my respect:

There are many instances where other people said far more worse things to her, like Rahul Easwar who called her a fundamentalist, extremist. I never heard or read about Rahul Easwar being sued by NDTV or Barkha.

V.P Jaiganesh – Shame Shame NDTV:

it pisses me off totally when they indulge in sensational journalism that potentially puts people's life in peril and then arm twist their way out when a concerned blogger mentions it in his blog

Patrix – Muffling a Blogger:

This behavior is part of the larger malaise of Indian mainstream media who has inculcated the worst from their Western counterparts

Prem Panicker – When ‘free speech’ bears a price tag:

How does Barkha Dutt reconcile her stated respect for criticism and her intention to learn from it with the suggestion that those who don’t like what she does and the way she does it can say it with the remote?

Vijayendra Mohanty – :

You won’t achieve anything by getting one blogger to withdraw what he typed in the heat of anger. Just like the government of India wouldn’t have achieved anything by blocking one TV news channel.

Labnol - Indian Blogger Apologizes to NDTV for Quoting Wikipedia

Barkha has earlier covered topics like "regulating blogs" but I sincerely hope that she would also consider making this latest issue a topic of discussion during her next "We The People" debate on NDTV.

Seriously Sandeep – The Joke is on you:

While they strut around invading people’s privacy, and making grand pronouncements at random on everybody, they need to understand that freedom of speech is not their exclusive privilege. People will exercise the same right upon them.

Rajtilak – Freedom of Speech:

Freedom of Speech had always been under attack from various sources in the past, but it hurts all the more when it comes from people whose battlecry should be Freedom of Speech

Monday, January 26, 2009

Comic #228: On The Sands of Time (Republic Day Special)

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VenKIT Walker, the latest contributor to TCP, sent in a comic specifically for this day. It’s called “On The Sands Of Time” – an Indrajal Comic that briefly covers the sacrifices of freedom fighters like Vasudev Balwant Phadke, Khudiram Bose, Prafullakumar Chaki, The Chaphekar Brothers, Veer Savarkar, Madanlal Dhingra and Anantrao Kanhere.

About the Republic Day:

On January 26, 1950, we adopted the Constitution as framed by the Constituent Assembly of India. The draft constitution was published in February 1948 and was discussed by the Constituent Assembly, clause by clause, over the next 19 months. On November 26, 1949, the constitution was declared as passed with provisions of citizenship, elections, provisional Parliament, temporary and transitional provisions coming into immediate effect and the rest of the Constitution came into force on January 26, 1950. (Source: www.iloveindia.com)

The preamble states:

WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens:

Justice, social, economic and political;
Liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;
Equality of status and of opportunity;
and to promote among them all
Fraternity assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;
In our Constituent Assembly this twenty-sixth day of November, 1949, do
HEREBY
ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION

It’s not perfect, and over the years it has been abused by those in power and those who want power. Never as much as in the last few years. But we will tackle these issues as time goes by.

Have a great day.

Friday, January 23, 2009

TCP Toon: Slumdog Millionaire Protest

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Slumdog Millionaire will release on 23rd January and it has started generating some controversy, first it was Amitabh Bachchan’s comments and now there is a Hindu right-wing group that is protesting about some scenes. Predictably, many of us will call this nonsense and probably an equal number will slam the film for these scenes and more.

Slumdog Millionaire is an insult to all hindus and must be stopped. A Christian Man has made a film showing Hindus attacking Muslims, he has shown our Bhagwan Ram in the dirtiest of places, A Muslim Slum and Hindus have been portrayed negatively. It is a Christian/Muslim conspiracy against Hindus.Aakraman.

The scene in question is one where a Hindu mob attacks a Muslim locality, the character of Ram shown in the riots as Jamal and Salim run for their lives.

I have no issues with what was shown in the film, there were some scenes I could not handle. To me, it's a film and no one is forcing us to watch it. But I have a question.

What if Muslims had been shown as attacking Hindus and a symbol of Islam had been prominently displayed in the scene? Every Muslim organization would have protested, a Fatwa would have been issued in Danny Boyle's name, the film would have been banned by , the list is endless. Would Danny Boyle have even dared to make a film with that storyline? I don’t think so.

However, the Government must make sure that this film is screened without any incidents. And show the same resolve in screening a film where Muslims or Christians are shown in a manner that they don't agree with. Protests are fine, every section of society has a right to express itself. But they must be willing to take responsibility for the impact of their expression and respect the rights of other sections as well.

I will leave you with this quote from an article in the International Herald Tribune

"The mistake we can never repeat is stifling criticism of cultures and religions for reasons of tolerance"

Have fun watching the film, it’s a good film although not as great as it’s made out to be.

UPDATE: There are more protests. The first one was actually a Tapeshwar Vishwakarma who filed a defamation suit. Slum dwellers are protesting against the title of the film here. I think pigs and mosquitoes are going to protest too – Why not Slumpig or Slumachhar?

UPDATE: Key people are still missing in action. It seems like they are busy threatening the owner of Karachi Sweets to rename his shop (thanks for the tip dustedoff) Apparently, a huge MNS rally is being planned in Thane (near Bombay) and they are likely to pass the shop. And the police has suggested that the shop owner rename the shop to “Mumbai Sweet House”.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Comic #227: Flash Gordon – Destination Venus

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Thanks for the warm response for TCP’s first Twomic!

A couple of weeks ago, Comicrazee sent in a image that he suggested I could use as the heading for TCP. He has created similar banners for other blogs and the Comicrazee banner has now come to TCP (Thanks Comicrazee). So, for a limited time only, TCP Header brought to you by Comicrazee - let me know what you think.

Here is another Flash Gordon from Indrajal Comics, contributed by VenKIT.

Have fun while I work on some other interesting things.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Twomic! Terrorism & Living in Denial

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This Twomic was created by 4 people who collaborated over twitter – A Twitter Comic. We are hoping to come up with more. TCP Readers: Let us know what you think about this and any ideas for the future.

FlyYouFools – Blog: http://www.flyyoufools.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/flyyoufools Vijayendra Mohanty - Blog: http://www.vmohanty.com Twitter: http://twitter.com/vimoh
Twilight Fairy - Blog: http://www.twilightfairy.in Twitter: http://twitter.com/twilightfairy

I am posting TCP’s contribution but there are 2 more at www.flyyoufools.com

SCROLL DOWN

READ THIS TWOMIC

AND CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO READ THE OTHER 2 TWOMICS

indian comics, funny, comics, terrorism, humour, india, pakistan, deny, denial, best comic

Fly You Fools - Indian Comics about Life.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tips for viewing comic pages

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The new TCP presentation format has led to some questions and comments like “How do I read the comic, the slideshow moves so fast?” or “it is too painful to download from the picasa album” or “the earlier format was better as the links could be put into a download manager”.

Here are some tips that should make it easy for you to view comics:

1. Clicking the slideshow will take you to the Picasa album where you can view the images in a slideshow or download them
2. If you hover the mouse over the images in the slideshow, controls for pause, next and previous will be displayed at the bottom
3. If you were used to getting images directly from imageshack using a download manager, the same can be done here. Click here for instructions
4. The comics are also uploaded in ZIP format. Check the sidebar for the link
5. If you use CDisplay Comic Reader, rename the “.ZIP” file as “.CBZ” and open it in CDisplay

Bloghopping: Ashish Pathak has been blogging about comics at http://ashishpathak-comics.blogspot.com/ since November 2008. He has posted comics from Raj Comics, Manoj Comics, Diamond Comics, Amar Chitra Katha and covers characters like Fauladi Singh, Rajan Iqbal, Lambu Motu and Chacha Chaudhary among others. Have a look and encourage this two and a half month old comic blogger.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Another one joins the Blogwagon :-)

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Blogging is hot. Soon, another politician will start blogging to get his message out. A sneak peek at what he could offer :-)

After LK 80+, Big B and Gajju K, Raju T stars his blog with special features. It will have Bhaiyya Filter, Valentine Day Disruption Training AND LOTS MORE

I wonder what’s next. Laloo Prasad Yadav starting his own blog?

And what other special features could “LOTS MORE” mean? Any suggestions?

Monday, January 12, 2009

L.K Advani joins the blogwagon

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Blogs are suddenly big. First it was Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, Shekhar Kapur has one. Now L.K Advani, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate has joined.

Personally, I think this is a good move. While this won’t have the impact like Barack Obama’s in the US, this gives the former deputy PM (and the BJP) a headstart in connecting with those who populate the internets, help him start off discussions, dry run ideas if required and see how it is received.

What do you think? ---
Will this impact the elections in any way?
Will it help take the focus off his advanced age (as blogging is a very young platform, mostly adopted by the young)?
How do you think the Congress will respond?

IMPORTANT: Amit Varma of IndiaUncut.com has been nominated in the best Asian blog category of 2008 Weblog Awards. Please click here and vote for him.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Comic #226: Flash Gordon - Plutonium Raiders

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Flash Gordon comic for the weekend. This was sent in by a new contributor - VenKIT but let's just call him VenKIT Walker :-)

Here's the cover.



VenKit sent in a high-res version that I have converted into low-res. Download links will be up by tomorrow and will be posted on the page + low-res on comiclinks. Following the footsteps of other bloggers who have been doing this for quite some time although I really enjoy "presenting" the comics.

Page 9 is missing. Will try to have it up as soon as/if I can.

Slideshow




Have a great weekend.

Don't forget to leave your opinions about new look TCP and your suggestions for a new tag line.

Comments are now under the Post title and not at bottom of the post.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

New Look TCP

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Introducing ... A brand new look!!!


Last month, a couple of readers (realtrix and flyyoufools) pointed out that this blog needed a makeover. I figured that after nearly 4 years, the old clothes really didn't fit too well or look that good and went on a template hunt.
I was looking for a template + design that would continue presenting comics and opinions, but also provide enough room to grow and engage readers better. This also meant that older posts needed to be cleaned up for consistent presentation (all 317 of them, still in progress)

Initially, I wanted a look based on red/black/gray/white colour scheme OR maybe something based on the tricolour. I looked at several templates - Revolution wordpress based themes and Polaroid amongst others, and almost finalized on Arthemia when I ran into the Article template at Pocket Templates

It was among the more interesting templates I had come across, it was new (released in December 2008), looked clean and was easy to customize. The (old) newspaper represented this blog quite well - Comics, Opinions, A strong dose of nostalgia. And I decided to go with this design.

Here it is. A new look TCP. Hope you like it.


Oh! The tag line is more of a tag para :-) I want to change it and would really love suggestions from you all. So please post your suggestions for the tag line in the comments or email it.

Note:
1. There will be more customization/tweaking in the coming days, maybe an announcement and definitely a comic :-)
2. Blogroll will be added in a day or two, + relevant/new gadgets
3. A Web 2.0 look was out - you know, recession and everything..:-)

Stay tuned for more from TCP.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Comic #225: Phantom - Halloween Gang

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The last post of 2008 was the comic style presentation of the Bollywood hit, Mr.India - Part 1, and the first post of 2009 was the full version of Mr.India. Some interesting trivia from TCP readers spiced up the post a little (as if pages 26/27 weren't enough) and overall, this TCP original received a warm response, including a mention at one of the best Bollywood blogs out there - Beth Loves Bollywood.

Putting together 40 pages is quite an effort, but the requests to do more such comics means that the next one needs to be planned soon. The movie, format, story, screenshots, creating the comic is going to take some time. And there are a couple of things to sort out before that too. But that shouldn't prevent the posting of a Phantom comic right?

For almost 4 years, all comics have been presented in the standard 8x4 TCP format, a format first seen at TCP and designed keeping in mind the bandwidth constraints of our readers. Bandwidth has become less of an issue in the last 4 years and anyway, most readers prefer to download the zip files. However, presenting the comic is fun and Mr.India - The Comic Book, heralded a new style of presentation. It is not as reliable as 8x4 TCP format but it is an interesting experiment.

Presenting the first comic of 2009 - A contribution by Lord Loh who sent in this comic over a year ago - in the new TCP comic presentation format...



Have fun. Image links will come later. And stay tuned for more this week.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Mr.India - The Comic Book - Full release

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Thanks for the warm response for Part 1 :-) TCP Khush Hua!!!

I hope you had a great New Year's eve and 2009 started with a bang. For TCP, it most certainly did and there will be some pics later.

Before we get to the comic, I want to share some trivia about the film that was posted in the comments by Comic World and ToonFactory.

Trivia:
1. The film was actually written with Amitabh Bachchan in mind but once he refused to be invisible, the film remained unsold for sometime, Javed sahab changed the Protagonist's name from Vijay to Arun and rest as we all know, is History
2. Mr.India was the last movie written together by writer duo Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar
3.In this movie actor Aftab Shivdasani and choreographer Ahmad Khan worked as child artistes
4.Anil Kapoor had preserved that coat with utmost care which he wore in this movie and considers it as his lucky charm

TCP's Trivia: :-)
1. I was watching this movie on VCR with almost all but 3-4 kids from our building. When the movie ended, we found out that one of them - the biggest kid amongst us all - had fallen off the Jamun tree. It turned out that he had tied a rope to one of the branches and tried to swing to another, trying to do a Spiderman (although Tarzan was more appropriate). The branch broke and he fell about 2 floors and cracked his head. Luckily, nothing bad happened and he was back playing football in a few days, kicking our feet instead of the ball as always and we knew that he was perfectly fine.
2. "Kaate nahi katte" was the second song playing on my recorded cassette and each time the song ended, I had to rewind and play the song again. I got impatient and recorded a 60 minute blank cassette, both sides, with the same song and just played the cassette start to end :-)

Interesting link
Toonfactory has this interesting article on Understanding Superheroes the Indian way. Don't forget to play the Youtube video on that post :-)

But before I go, one question - if you were to give this an alternate ending, what would it be?

Enjoy the comic :-) and like before, suggestions and feedback is eagerly awaited.


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Note: You can move the mouse over the slideshow and use the controls that appear at the bottom to pause it.
Note: Don't miss pages 26 and 27 :-) And the last 2-3 pages.



Windows Live Skydrive Links (Open in new window)


No Flickr or Picasa Links provided but clicking on the slideshow should take you to the Picasa Album images. I have also removed the download links in the previous post and the slideshow, but kept the cover.

 
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