The Graphic Talk
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While comic book enthusiasts thronged Dilli Haat to get photographed next to their favourite comic heroes and buy the latest series of popular graphic novels and comics, editors and representatives from leading graphic novels came together for a discussion at the venue of Comic Con on Friday to talk about the rise of graphic novels and the way they are redefining the conventional definition of comics worldwide. The discussion, which was moderated by Karthika VK, publisher and chief editor of Harper Collins Publishers India, was spearheaded by panelists such as Jacquelene Cohen, director of publicity and promotions, Fantagraphic; Emma Hayley, MD Of Self Made hero; Peggy Burns, associate publisher of Drawn and Quarterly and Calista Brill, senior editor of First Second. Cohen said that she fell in love with graphic novels after reading Love in Rocket, Hayley added that there used to be a gap in the graphic novel market in the US and UK. "But now, the landscape has changed with a number of publishers doing some great stuff," she said.
"People are willing to read and talk about any novel. As long as it's a good book it's easy to promote. Once you get your sales up on a website, you can get the numbers going," said Cohen, who added that the freshness of the medium is what will have people coming back to it.
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