|The first run of Kridana's Indian mythology toys each come with a comic featuring a Michael Turner cover|
Nathan, who created Kridana with Elizabeth Haynes, said that he wanted to pass the stories of Indian legend down to kids “who don't have, say, my grandmother, to tell them the stories,” and to present them in a way that will be interesting to modern audiences. “It's all about taking these thousand-year old fantastic myths, legends, epics, bringing them up to date today, with toys that are done by the best artists around and comics that are done by the best artists around.”
From Nathan's descriptions of the heroes, it is easy to see why the epics lend themselves well to the types of stories kids like to act out with their toys. “Rama and Hanuman are two of the most important deities in the Indian pantheon,” Nathan explained. “Rama is the perfect man, that's sort of what his idea is. His story is a fantastic story all about discovering his divinity. The other aspect of it is that it's a really interesting tale where he grows up as a prince within a kingdom, there's treachery that happens and he leaves the kingdom and accepts his exile to the forest, really for the honor of his father and a sense of duty.
|Ravana prototype on display at New York Comic Con|
The Rama and Hanuman toys debuted at the con, and a prototype version of Ravana was on view. “We're working on him, he's not quite done yet,” Nathan said. “We're looking to release him early next year.”
|Hanuman and Rama action figues|
The comics included with each figure will be written and illustrated by animator Michael Breton, with Michael Turner providing covers for a limited printing of 12,000. “Michael Turner and his team were fantastic to work with,” Nathan said. “They were so excited about the project that they just sort of hooked us up.” For now, the comics publishing aspect of Kridana is limited to those issues included with the toys, but Nathan said they are exploring the possibility of publishing a graphic novel.
The comics, though focused on one character, interconnect as the heroes' stories feed into one another. “The [Ramayana] epic is thousands of pages long, so we're taking small vignettes of each of the stories and weaving them together.”
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