“There is a sense of protest embedded in comics” – Debkumar Mitra delivers a masterclass on sequential narratives

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It was last year in December when we first got to interact with Mr. Debkumar Mitra. Trained as a mathematician, Mr. Mitra is a prominent editor and curator of sequential narratives in India.

During our conversation with him, Mr. Mitra talked about how he was introduced to comics because of his father’s habit of reading war comics, British comics, and Garo comics. With an understanding of sequential art which dates back to his childhood, Dr. Mitra feels that comics have a “sense of protest embedded in them”.

One after the other, Dr. Mitra kept pulling out insights from the coffers of his memory reminding us that this was no ordinary interview. Consequently, what was aimed as an interview, turned out to be a masterclass on sequential narratives.

So Before Mr. Mitra girdles you with his awe-inspiring knowledge, here’s some basic info about him

A Mathematician by training, Mr. Debkumar Mitra has worked as a consultant editor with Penguin Books India, Director of Research and Development at Derek O’Brien and Associates, and is currently the CEO of Grey Matters Consulting Pvt Ltd. He has curated and edited many textual and sequential narratives and is also one of the founding members of The Longform Narrative. 

 

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We live in an age where visual-storytelling is not only breathtakingly beautiful to see but also has commercial success associated with it. From animation, comics, graphic novels, to advertisement, branding, and education, design has become an indispensable part of an effective act of communication.

But how does one reach there? Before the glittery heavy paycheques and awe-inspiring products, one must go through years of intense training but even then, where to start? It is always helpful if one gets to speak with some of the best in the industry to know how one can design their own trajectory to learn design. Given the fact most of them are sipping their respective oceans of coffee while piling up paper-mountains of sketches and drafts in some cluttered studio somewhere in a big city, it is hard to catch hold of them.

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