Though India's indigenous comics industry is struggling and the country has proved a tough nut to crack for foreign publishers like DC and Marvel, digital distribution offers a bridge to reach the massive youth market. Liquid Comics this week launched Graphic India, a new digital platform to promote comic books in India and showcase native artists and writers.
We tend to talk about "the media" as a monolithic force of nature, like mountains or the wind -- but it's a fallible human endeavor, constantly mutating in unpredictable ways. That's the guiding principle of NPR's On the Media, and also the premise of a new book by that show's host, Brooke Gladstone, called "The Influencing Machine." But this is not your father's media manifesto: Gladstone conceived it from the start as a comic book, and she's a character in it herself.
Fark is a little like Digg or Reddit with a twist. Readers submit totally unnewsworthy stories, as well as their hilarious headlines. For instance, a story about Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck attending the Democratic National Convention became, "DNC has first major PR nightmare as J.Lo and Ben Affleck show up, leading to impromptu Gigli reunion." The site's video section features user submitted YouTube clips, ranging from the incriminating: clips of Gov.