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Exclusive Interview with Shamik Dasgupta, writer of Ramayana 3392 A.D, Irith and Daksh!

posted Feb 14, 2011, 6:07 AM by Nishkarsh Chugh   [ updated Feb 15, 2011, 1:57 AM ]
Shamik Dasgupta is primarily known for his work for Virgin Comics, specifically his acclaimed run on Ramayan 3392 A.D a series based on the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana and set in a distant future and also Irith by Arkin Comics. Recently, another of Shamik's work "Daksh" released as a part of Jump by Level 10 Comics. I took an exclusive interview with him and look what he says:



xClusive Interview
By Nishkarsh Chugh
Q.1: From Ramayana 3392 AD to Sadhu to Irith to Daksh, why mostly titles are India based?
Simple, I am an Indian, and proud to be one.

Q. 2: Ramayana 3392 turned out to be a great success but their availability in India: Very Poor.. Any regrets to this?
Of course, I feel Virgin was queasy about the release in India (though they had released the advertisement in a batch of gotham comics, the distributors of Virgin Comics in India) because of the Hindu fanatics and puritans. I would like to point out though there were no irreverence to the ancient epic and the values Rama behold in my series, and I will put my firm feet on the ground and can accept any debate thrown at me regarding the values I portrayed of Rama in Ramayan 3392 AD.

Q.3: Do you think Daksh can match the success of other titles?

I am unsure which other titles you are talking about. If it is about all the comic titles available in the world, well thats a pretty far cry. If it is about the other titles I have created and written, well I guess it can stand shoulder to shoulder given time and continued publication.

Q.4: Does the below fact force to change your opinion?
"Daksh is released by Level 10 Comics, available easily in India but sadly enough, limited to India only. On the other hand is Virgin Comics, big name and better availability outside India. Plus, your titles were pretty great  there."
No in fact it doesn't.

Q.5: What's your message to fans?
Keep reading comics and I mean all sorts of comics as long as you are capable to read the language it is written in and please do attend the Comic Con India 2011.