World Comics Network - Pakistan a group who love peace and comics. Yes Comics! You must be thinking what is the connection between peace and comics? The bond between two is the grassroots approach introduced by World Comics to Pakistan. A numbers of activists, students, teachers and artists have already tried this tool called Grassroots Comics in Pakistan and journey is on...

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Kathmundu Youth Groups got the Comics Power!

World Comics and Children-Women in Social Service and Human Rights (CWISH) organized a Training of trainers (ToT) workshop for the Youth Groups of Kathmundu, Nepal. It was a three-day workshop, participants learned to use comics skills as a development tool. During the workshop Resource Persons shared their experience of using Grassroots Comics in India and Pakistan. On last day participants put up their comics exhibition in the city market and got a chance to show their comics to passerby and collect their instant feedback. 

Most of the workshop participants later organized Comics workshops in Kathmundu for Schools and youth groups. CWISH set up the Comics network and participants like Robin Niruala attended ToT organized by World Comics India and Pravah in Delhi, India.

“It is amazing how one A3 size paper can give as much knowledge as a book!” Ganga Rai

For more on this read Nepal Report.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Celebration of International Women’s Day with Comics

Indus Institute for Research and Education organized one-day exhibition of Grassroots Comics to mark the International Women’s Day on March 8, 2009 at Sindh Language Authority in Hyderabad,Pakistan. Apart from Pakistan there were comics from IndiaSriLanka and Nepal drawn by common people of these countries. More than 150 people participated from all walks of life. The seminar was organized to create awareness among people regarding women rights and pay tribute to the common women of our society who fought and tried to get their rights. Apart from Grassroots Comics, speeches, skit, poetry, songs and theater performance was prepared for the guests.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Comics Creator without Borders: A Pakistan Saga

Article contributed by Nida Shams to World Comics Bulletin “ Comics For All” 2008 edition.

Comics For All is an annual bulletin. This twelve-paged bulletin comprises of stories and activities undertaken by World Comics in different parts of the world. Articles inviting views on wide arrays of issues and cultures have been presented though comics as an innovative mode of communication. 
Download bulletin here

Sindh experienced first Comics Workshop in Hyderabad (2008)

A three day workshop on ‘Capacity Building in Comics Skill’ was held in Hyderabad, Sindh from 14-16 November 2008. It was organized by Indus Institute of Research and Education (IIRE) in collaboration with World Comics. The workshop was first of its kind in sindh region. Fourteen participants from different rural background attended the workshop including activists, community mobilizers and interactive theater artists. Participants were associated with various local organizations i.e. PVDP Sindh, IIRE, Bhandar Hari Sangat, SSEWA-Pak, Caritas Pakistan, Hayat-e-Nau and SAFWCO.

Wallposter comics format was introduced during the workshop. 

Meera working on her visual script.

One of the participants Yousaf Dominic, a theater artist sharing his experience

I have learnt a lot about comics specially sketching, story writing, inking, speech balloons etc. The training methodology was very good. This tool will be very helpful for my project and I would like to use this tool for gender training and also introduce it in our magazine. Read Sindh Report

Monday, May 25, 2009

People’s Comics Workshop – Lahore 2006

World Comics India and Insan Foundation organized 3 day Comics workshop from 27 – 29 December 2006. 16 grassroots comics were produced by the local activist and students from different part of Pakistan. This was the first Comics Workshop on the soil of Pakistan although World Comics India already trained a number of activists from Pakistan in Kathmandu (Nepal), Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Manchester (UK). 

Sharad Sharma (Resource Person) with participants.

Let’s read the reflections of participants on the workshop…..

“In this workshop I got a new medium which could be adopted to bring fore the issues. Illiteracy has emerged as a big problem. Also now I use comics and I am sure, no one will mind. I have tried to raise the problem of eve teasing.” Urooj (Student)

For more views and feedback of our participants and to know about our Team, Click here

Exhibition 2007

Bolti Lakeerain (Talking Lines)

Indo Pak People’s Comics

Comics Exhibition was held in Islamabad at Civil Junction on 4th January 2007. World Comics India organized this exhibition and press conference for locals and around 30 activists visited the exhibition. Event was covered by local TV News Channels and Newspapers. Exhibition was appreciated a lot by the visitors.

The exhibition was interestingly divided into four categories.

  • People’s Comics Pakistan- Comics produced in Lahore Workshop
  • People’s Comics India- Comics produced in various workshops in India
  • Campaign Comics Posters- Comics posters on Girl Child Right Campaign
  • Cricket for Peace-Comics developed by underprivileged children from Pakistan during visit to India 2005                 

Same Exhibition was held in Lahore as well on 9th January 2007 at Bakhtiyar Labour Hall.

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