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December 18, 2014 5:49 AM   Subscribe

India's New Comic Book Hero Fights Rape, Rides On The Back Of A Tiger
She's a not a superhero in the comic book tradition. Her power is the power of persuasion and the power of an idea. She's riding the tiger all over India and creating a movement [to] deal with sexual violence.
posted by Librarypt (7 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
That first book sounds epic, in the truest sense.

Can't wait to get this. thanks!
posted by allthinky at 6:50 AM on December 18, 2014

The "partners" page on this is epic - its a production about as Indian as apple pie - crazy how much money there is out there for well executed neo-colonialism.

Supported by the Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund and the Ford Foundation. Apne Aap Women Worldwide is the non-profit engagement partner. Augmented reality partner is Blippar. Developed at Crossover Labs and DOK Leipzig Net Lab. Selected for the market at Power to the Pixel, Cross Video Days and Sheffield DocFest’s Crossover Market. Incubated at the ‘Made in NY’ Media Center by IFP. City Lore is our exhibition and New York City educational outreach partner. Support was provided by a Face Out grant, funded by The Jerome Foundation and administered by The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. Also a grant from Asian Women’s Giving Circle supported by Ms. Foundation for Women. Priya Shakti was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. We also received a Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in the New York Community Trust. Presentation of “Parvati Saves the World” is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 7:30 AM on December 18, 2014 [2 favorites]

"...and the smile on the face of the tiger."
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 7:34 AM on December 18, 2014

Good for India, and good on those creators!

Maybe she can make a swing through DC comics' offices and beat them over the heads regarding rape, too.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 7:42 AM on December 18, 2014

The augmented reality bit is insane. They hired people to paint murals from the comic books on walls in one of India's largest slums. These are funded by an "augmented reality advertising" application that shows you bonus panels from the comic if you hold up your smartphone in front of them.
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 7:42 AM on December 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

Glad to see someone use rape-as-origin-story to actually send a message about sexual violence instead of just inserting it in there for added angst and "grit".
posted by NoraReed at 10:56 AM on December 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

The first issue is available for free on Comixology. I'm glad to see the background provided by the FPP, because I picked the comic up from Comixology a while ago and was dazzled by it without really knowing anything much about it. I was mostly stunned by the art, which is really very cool.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 3:50 PM on December 19, 2014 [2 favorites]

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