Monday, March 15, 2010

Cinebooks – Treasure Hunt in 2010

Hi folks,

it’s been long since i actually did something worthwhile in this blog. Ever since i started this blog, i have been on a buying spree and every new book that i see, i used to think “let’s introduce this book to my friends” and used to buy them.

Later on, i couldn’t even read all of them, let alone blogging about them. the major culprits are publishers like campfire, eurobooks and cinebooks. So, i thought of blogging about their forthcoming titles so that many of us can wait and buy them in advance. Or else, you may have to chase them in shops, once you miss the launch date – just like i did.

The year 2010 is gong to be a landmark year for the comics lovers as Cinebook publishers have planned to publish a minimum of 48 titles with the introduction of 5 new characters. here are some of the most awaited books in the next 2 months:

Iznogoud Carrot for Iznogoud Mar 2010

A Carrot for Iznogoud (Goscinny – Tabary)

Availablity : March 2010

Published in India: No (In fact it was advertised in Tamil in Lion Comics some 3-4 years ago, and yet to be published).

Lion Comics Coming Soon Ad for Oru Carrotin Kadhai

Pages : 48 in A4 Size

Price: 5.99$ / Rs 350 / Rs199

Introduction: Iznogoud is Grand Vizier to Haroun al Plassid, ruler of Baghdad. And he has only one dream: becoming Caliph instead of the Caliph. With the lazy assistance of his faithful servant Wa’at Alahf, he tries his worst again and again–to no avail. But the usually oblivious Caliph has finally caught a hint of Iznogoud’s evil reputation among the people. To help the one he believes to be his friend, he sets off on a quest to find the legendary vegetable that brings out a man’s kinder nature: the carrot!

To know more on iznogoud, kindly visit: Tamil comics ulagam


Lucky Luke Adventures 22 & 23. (Don’t Miss these, as they are the Morris-Goscinny Issues).

Lucky Luke 23 Cure for the Doltons Apr 2010 Lucky Luke Emperor Smith April 2010

The corresponding Tamil issue covers (Thanks to King viswa)

14th Annual Covers           luckyluke

The beauty is that, i have already read these two books in my mother tongue – Tamil. yes, and iam looking forward to see how these will be in English as the Tamil translations were simply superb.

A small request to all the fans: there are the famed goscinny-morris team books and hence you will never regret buying them. kindly buy.

To read the review of emperor smith in tamil, Go here.

To read the review of Cure for Doltons, Click Here.

Availability – Apr 2010        Price – 5.99$ / Rs 350 / Rs 199


XIII Part 1 Day of the Black sun May 2010

Team – William vance & van hamme

originally published in – 1984

Tag – Possibly, the world’s best graphic novel.

inspiration – Salman Khan’s Tumko naa bhool paayenge

Introduction: A man washes ashore near an old couple’s house, barely alive. When he comes to, he has forgotten everything, including his name. The only clues to his identity: a key sewn into his clothes, a bullet wound to the head… and the number XIII tattooed on his shoulder. A meagre start to reconstruct one’s self.

The central character in “XIII” is an amnesiac on the run, caught in the crossfire as he tries to understand his true identity while attempting to make sense of various conspiracies swirling around him.

This graphic novel series is now running close to it’s 20th part. In Tamil, this is the only book to have appeared in two different dialects. Yes, it appeared in erstwhile Thighil comics (from the same house of muthu/lion comics) in 1986 and later on in 2005, it appeared in Sri Lanka in Iceberg comics.

XIII Part 1 Thigil Comics Issue 11 1986 Front Cover[4] Iceberg 1 Front Cover

Tamil Versions of XIII – TCU Link by Viswa

Iceberg Comics of XIII – TCU Link by Viswa

In Tamil, there is a huge project to compile all the 18 parts of this wonderful book and you will not even believe that it is priced at Rs 199 only. Yes, all the 18 parts for the price of Rs 199. however there is a catch in it. even though they are printed in the original A4 Size, they are in black and white only.

still, this is much better to have this book in hand, even if you do not understand the language (Tamil). it will be the biggest comic book ever published in India, close to 800 pages in A4 Size.imagine that.

Availability – May 2010     Price – 5.99$ / Rs 350 / Rs 199

that’s all for this post and will definitely back within next 10 days. Cheers.


  1. me the first!

    //inspiration – Salman Khan’s Tumko naa bhool paayenge//

    you forgot kamal hasan's vetri vizha too!

    cinebooks are also planning on XIII ala largo winch! 2 in 1 issues @ rs.350/-!

    lets see which comes out first!

    btw, luv the no watermarks err... watermark!!!


  2. Me the Second.

    I Think this is my first comment in this blog, it took quite a while for me to come over here.

    thanks for the info on these books.

    here are some of the links that you have missed:

    Dolton's cure -

    King Smith -

  3. you forgot kamal hasan's vetri vizha too!//

    how can i? it would be too tough for the non tamil speakers to understand that.

  4. //btw, luv the no watermarks err... watermark!!!//

    Thanks, at last some real appreciation.

    btw, thalaivar is more apt for you sir. gang leader is a telugu film which i never liked and it gives a not-so-good image to you.

  5. //I Think this is my first comment in this blog, it took quite a while for me to come over here.//

    better late than never. right?

  6. very good intro.

    am a lover of the series. They are planning for a formal launch of XIII in may 2010.

  7. Welcome back Vedha, If jumbo special released from Lion comics i think it will be largest comics ever published in India (In terms of pages). Let us wait and see what will happen.

  8. the scans are good and the more the picture, the better looking is the post.


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