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MICANS learn about the art of storytelling through graphic novels

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MICA had the privilege to welcome on campus, popular graphic novelist and Media Operations head at LinkedIn, Mr. Kiriti Rambhatla, to talk about the mechanics and business aspects of “Storytelling through Graphic Novels”. At the event, he also launched his new graphic novel, ‘The Enlightened’. Prof. Kallol Das introduced Mr. Rambhatla to the audience and invited him to enlighten the audience on the world of graphic novels.


Mr. Rambhatla started by talking about how the art of storytelling is a global phenomenon and prevalent in all cultures across the world. He elaborated on how various cultures including India have storytelling cultures through mythologies and folklore. India has had a huge influx of graphic novels and graphic depictions of stories from the mythology and folk tales, he reminisced that the existence of graphic novels goes as far back as the 1940s with Chandamama being the first published graphic novel in India. While Marvel and DC comics are the most popular and iconic graphic novels across the world, he reminded the audience of the huge range of graphic novels that India has published such as Nutan Comics, Raj Comics, Diamond Comics and characters like Super Commando Dhruv.


According to Mr.Rambhatla, the fundamental tenets of a graphic novel primarily relies on the idea, the art, the medium and the artist. There needs to be the artistic ability to visualize, present, and convey a story to the audience.While there exist the elements of story writing and storytelling, Mr. Rambhatla considers graphic novels to be more of an art form rather than literature. Coming to the mechanics of storytelling through graphic novels, Mr. Rambhatla said that successful storytelling using graphic novels emphasized on the five key aspects of having a sound setting, well-grounded concept, character building, existence of a conflict and its resolution. Storytelling has no boundaries, he said. Using the example of his graphic novel Taskara, he explained how he used his own background of traveling across the world, education in technology, economics, and business, to build the setting for the story of a character who hacks the World Bank. Citing various popular animation and graphic movies like Batman, Planet of the Apes, Wonder Woman, he said that the idea and origin of storytelling has no restrictions and boundaries, the dimensions of business, art and commercial aspects are what might restrict the final output of a graphic novel or a graphic movie.



He then launched the cover of his new graphic novel ‘The Enlightening’, which was received with a huge round of applause. He also displayed to the audience the prototype of a toy of the key character of his new graphic novel. The audience was then invited to ask questions about his work as a graphic novelist. Mr. Rambhatla answered the questions with great enthusiasm. He talked about his experiences with making a movie based on his first graphic novel, and how movie making is evolving in India to fit into specific genres and for bigger audiences. He revealed that his all-time favourite graphic novel hero is Superman. He said that he is also fascinated by the character of Narakasura, which he is learning more about, for inspirations for his future graphic novels. Mr. Rambhatla appreciated the photo novels created by MICANs and said they can be implemented very well in advertising to build storylines.


About Kiriti Rambhatla

Mr. Kiriti Rambhatla is a popular graphic novelist. He has two graphic novels to his credit, the first one titled Taskara, which was also made into a motion picture, and the second one being The Enlightened, which was released at the event. He has immense industrial experience working in various countries across various continents, including North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has studied at some of the finest educational institutions in the world including MIT and London Business School. Mr. Rambhatla has been working in the media and entertainment industry over 9 years across. His areas of expertise include product development, media research, business analysis, operations, economics, strategy & innovation. He is currently the Media Operations Head at LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network.


About MICA

Established in 1991, MICA is the first residential institute in the country and perhaps in the Asia-Pacific region, dedicated to creating Leadership in Strategic Marketing and Communication. 

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