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Grassroots comics

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Grassroots comics introduction

Grassroots Comics are different from the mainstream comics, these comics are made by common people themselves. Most of the time they are linked to some organization activity or the [social campaign]. These comics are photocopied and distributed to a limited area, which encourage local debate in the society.


Grassroots Comics are inexpensive and method is not complicated, you just required a pen, paper and access to a copying machine to produce one.

What makes these comics different from professional material is the ownership of the content as well as. The comics are pasted up in all possible locations i.e. village’s meeting place, bus stops, shops, offices, schools, on notice-boards and electricity poles or even on trees. One more important thing in these comics are the proximity of source of the communication and the readers.

The campaign comics made by artists are not as close to reality as Grassroots Comics are. The local people understand their culture better. So the people are interested in what produced by their local activists or organizations locally.

The use of Grassroots Comics as a campaigning tool for organizations and people’s movement is a relatively new phenomenon and has been tested so far only in India (especially with World Comics India, founded by Sharad Sharma), some other South Asian countries, in a few countries in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe.

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