Comixense – Vol. 1 No. 1


Editors: Orijit Sen, Francesca Cotta, Aniruddha Sen Gupta

Vol. 1 No. 1 | TBD00071 | pp. 40 | 2021 | Ektara Trust

This issue of Comixense, the comics quarterly, contains a bunch of stories on the broad theme of ‘Machines and Masters’.

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Comixense is a comics quarterly aimed primarily at teenagers between 12 and 17 years old, launched in April 2021. The magazine touches upon all aspects of life that young people in India encounter today – presented in a manner that credits their intelligence, imagination, and empathy.

Each issue of the magazine will contain a bunch of stories related to a broad theme. The theme for the first issue is ‘Machines and Masters’.

In this issue: The Plague Doctor’s Apprentice harks back to 17th-century Italy to comment on our 21st-century pandemic. Love for Dummies toys with the notion of what happens when AI-powered dummies have thoughts about art and love. The inhabitants of the City of Astronomers ponder the universe. We contrast two hospital implements – one much-lauded and one often overlooked – in The Razor and the Scalpel. And finally, The Captain takes you into the innards of a fishing boat in Kerala and the inner life of its skipper.


Orijit Sen, Francesca Cotta, Aniruddha Sen Gupta





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About the Editors:

Orijit Sen is a graphic artist, muralist, cartoonist and designer. He is the author of River of Stories, a fictionalised account of the powerful environmental movements led by the people of the Narmada valley in central India in the 1980s and 90s. He is also co-founder of the Pao Collective of graphic artists. From creating comics to editing anthologies, from teaching to writing, he has been an active and influential figure in the comics scene in India. Comixense is his newest engagement with the medium.

Aniruddha “Annie” Sen Gupta has worked for over three decades as a journalist, writer, editor and designer. He has had books published by Scholastic and Sage Publications, as well as a number of short works of fiction and non-fiction in anthologies from Penguin, HarperCollins, and other prominent as well as less well-known publishers. His journalistic writing has appeared in magazines such as Down to Earth, Himal, Outlook Traveller, Indian Quarterly, etc.

Francesca Cotta is a Goan writer, editor and qualitative researcher who has worked at the intersection of sustainability, travel, environmental and social justice, alternative education and anthropology for the last five years. Her long standing belief in the timeless power of imaginative storytelling is what led her to join Comixense as an associate editor.

List of Contributors

  • Venita Coelho
  • Sheela Jaywant
  • Rai
  • Pia Alize Hazarika
  • Mohammad Salman
  • Mad Paule
  • Indrajit Hazra
  • Haasini Casukhela
  • Anupam Arunachalam


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