Liquid Comics, previously known as Virgin Comics, has launched a new digital platform called ‘Graphic India‘ to promote comic books and showcase young artists and writers in India, according to a company announcement which appears to suggest that the company still exists after being invisible for ages.
The company said that this platform will be making use of Liquid’s existing content catalog along with fresh graphic novel content from Indian writers to provide free daily digital comic book chapters, interviews with creators, and graphic educational resources for artists and writers as well as provide reviews of pop culture film, television and games.
Graphic India currently offers episodic digital comic books like Shekhar Kapur’s ‘Devi’ and ‘Ramayan 3392 AD'; Gotham Chopra’s ‘The Sadhu'; Deepak Chopra’s ‘Myths of India'; Saurav Mohapatra and Saumin Patel’s ‘Mumbai Macguffin'; and Samit Basu’s ‘UnHOLI’. These digital comics can be shared across Facebook and Twitter and can be embedded onto any website.
In forthcoming months, the company intends to provide episodic animated shows, digital trading cards and social games based on its character properties and intends to commission 20 new exclusive graphic novel stories on its platform by 2012. Further, it also hopes to extend its digital platform to the mobile platform through various partnerships and mobile apps.
IP Acquisition?: This new venture from Liquid Comics looks like an attempt to acquire intellectual property (IP) of digital comics and graphics novels created by young Indian artists and writers. According to a report from Livemint, all the writers of 20 specially commissioned graphic novels will be given contracts but the copyright for these novels will remain with Liquid Comics. We hence assume that the company will probably use the digital rights of these graphic novels to create additional revenue channels like digital movie rights, mobile rights and so on.
In June 2010, the company had begun releasing their content on Sony Playstation PSP platform and prior to that, it had partnered with Vodafone in March 2010 to allow users subscribe and license their full length comics on their mobile phones for one year.
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