First Hand: Graphic Non-Fiction from India – Volume 1


Editors: Vidyun Sabhaney, Orijit Sen

9789382579137 | PB | pp. 386 | 2016 | Yoda Press

This book contains photographs.

First Hand: Volume I, a collection of new non-fiction graphic narratives, features works by independent writers, artists, reporters, activists, researchers, designers, anthropologists, academicians, and film-makers based in India, who comment on and describe their world through comics in six genres: biography, autobiography, oral history, documentary, commentary, and reportage.

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By combining image and word to tell stories that range from urgent contemporary narratives to more exploratory historical perspectives to simply the extraordinary lives of ordinary people, First Hand: Volume 1 offers new worlds through which we can re-enter our own. Whether it be reporting the murder of an RTI applicant, or an account of the Gujarat riots, or a biography of Begum Akhtar, or a narrative about becoming familiar with one’s city through the use of its public transport system, each comic tells the story of an Indian reality, bringing alive what has only been encountered in word till now, visually.


Vidyun Sabhaney, Orijit Sen







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About the Editors

Vidyun Sabhaney is a writer and illustrator who has worked on various comic book projects including her own.

Orijit Sen is a well-known graphic artist and designer.


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