5-6 December 2020


Presented by

Department of Design, IIT Delhi

About ComIN

ComIN stands for ​Comics in India​. As the name suggests, the discussions under this will be largely surrounded by primarily two themes: Comics+India. The need for such a space has been felt for a long time. A space that provides the scope of dialogues to researchers, practitioners, publishers, and fans of the medium.


The tradition of comics reading is nothing sort of new in India. The mythic figures, the kings with demons, flying superheroes in the local cities, the black and white detectives, and so many other characters have touched upon an Indian kid’s life at some point in time. With the popularity of technology-driven entertainment, Indian comics have seen a transition of form
and content.

The advent of technology can also be seen as a ground of opportunities for new stories, formats, and media. India has a rich legacy of graphic arts, visual narratives, and storytelling. Subsequently, contemporary formats of comics are also gradually evolving. Gone are the days when the only dhoti clad kings used to save a princess in distress. Gone are the days where a local hero used to fight the deadly dacoits. Gone are all those days when comics used to be a medium printed poorly on pulpy papers. The new-age Indian reader has different expectations from the media they consume. They are better aware of cheap tricks and faulty storylines. They are the tech-savvy, hashtag marching, black mirror generation who speaks loud. And speak sense certainly. With such an audience, where does Indian comics stand now? Are we producing stories that can bring moments of silence or peace in troubled times? Are we doing enough to lead Indian comics across the Globe? What is the perception of Indian comics in general? Are we missing something? With these prominent questions, we initiate a conference dedicated to the medium and its understanding in the context of India.  Hence, the theme of the first edition of this conference is REFOCUSING INDIAN COMICS.

Proposals might address (but not limited to) the following ideas:

  • Defining Indian comics and its evolution

  • Indian comics and its academic scholarship

  • Publishing models of Indian comics

  • Indian comics in uncertain times (like COVID)

  • The relationship dynamics between Indian creators-readers-publishers

  • The formal aspects and stylistics of Indian comics

  • Modern forms of Indian comics

  • Indian comics Vs. Global comics

  • Research in Indian comics

  • Future possibilities for Indian comics

Organizing Committee

Subir Dey, DoD IIT Delhi

Conference Chair


Jyoti Kumar, DoD IIT Delhi

Jay Dhariwal, DoD IIT Delhi

Sumer Singh, DoD IIT Delhi

Srinivasan Venkataraman, DoD IIT Delhi

Snigdha Banerjee, DoD Shiv Nadar University

Subhajit Chandra, DoD Shiv Nadar University


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