Comics industry can thrive in India if age barrier is removed: French cartoonist


India’s comic literature is largely aimed at children, with much of the field left unexplored, but the industry can thrive if the age barrier is removed, famous French cartoonist Julien Berjeaut has said.

Berjeaut, in a discussion Saturday at a heritage bookstore here, noted that almost every family in their country has a comic book collection, regardless of their social status.

”People of all age groups in France enjoy reading comics. In India, what I notice is that this particular form of literature is mainly available for children. This industry has huge potential for growth in India with proper promotional strategies as the age barrier is removed,” said Berjeaut, Editorial Cartoonist for several major French newspapers.

The artist, better known as Jul in his country, claimed that the French and the Indians had a lot in common.

”People here are very sensitive to current affairs, a bit like in France. The comics, if they strike a chord, will elicit similar responses in both countries,” he said.

The famous cartoonist, who designed the best-selling graphic novel series ‘Flint and the City’ and ’50 Shades of Greeks’, also stressed the need to use technology to create and develop comics, as it has opened up prospects for creative exploration.

”This form of literature should be appreciated for its creativity, in addition to the message it conveys in spaces like the editorial columns of newspapers. There is a vast territory that can still be explored,” he added.

The bookstore had hosted the free debate on comic literature and graphic illustration, in association with the French Embassy, ​​the French Institute in India and the Alliance Française du Bengale.

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