created: 2012-10-11 21:35:08
“I am Dinkan, the toughest among the strong and a warrior against all enemies”. Many thought they would never have the joy of reading this dialogue in a new comic again, ever since reports about children's magazine Balamangalam closing down started spreading like wildfire.
But not really! With Dinkan-mania hitting Kerala kids and youth through Facebook, the magazine's management is thinking of re-launching the cartoon character and the magazine itself.
Facebook has already witnessed tens of thousands of posts bidding adieu to Malayalam's first superhero Dinkan. “It's really a surprise to find Dinkan mania on social networking sites.
A lot of communities are being created. The mania erupted after Balamangalam's last two issues were not published.
This huge campaign for Dinkan's return is forcing us to have second thoughts on closing down the magazine.
However, the closure is just temporary and may return soon”, said Manu Prathap, editor-in-charge of Balamangalam.
Dinkan has been one of the most loved cartoon characters in the Malayalam comic world since the early nineties when it gained popularity.
The cartoon was first conceptualized by storywriter N. Somashekharan and artist Baby in 1983. Several other cartoon characters including Mayavi were also introduced in other children's magazines following Dinkan's success.
The cartoon tells the story of a mischievous mouse in Pankila forest that underwent an experiment by aliens.
At the end of the experiment, the mouse Dinkan became a superhero. Dinkan's mission was to wipe out evil from the world by fighting bad creatures and forces.
Fifty-year old Baby, who had been drawing Dinkan for the last 29 years, was also sad ever since the decision to close down the magazine.
With the management thinking about a possible return of Dinkan, Baby hopes he can soon be reunited with the superhero.
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