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Thursday, March 13, 2008

TPH #047 The Hangman's Knot - Mandrake (Indrajal Comics #338)

First of all, condolences to Indian Hockey. After many years of untiring (without ever hinting at retiring) efforts, Mr. K.P.S. Gill has finally succeeded in securing a place for it in graveyard where it may lie in peace for ever. Thank you Indian Hockey, you gave us few (even in recent past) but proud moments to cherish. --------------------------------------------------- This story takes mandrake to the journey of deep ocean. Again the quality of imaginative thinking takes the reader to another world of fantasies where only the pen of Mr Falk guides the way for the mesmerized comic lover. Those who liked Mandrake's walk on clouds, would certainly love this one too. This is again a contributory post. Comic is scanned by Mr. Ajay Mishra. I have given some photoshop effects. Its better now. Enjoy.
Download TPH #047 (32 pages, 9 MB)

14 comment(s):

  1. Oh wow! Awesome comic! Thanks so much for it, TPH! Y'know about the hockey thing, in a way it's sad because when the poor team wins, nobody cares, but when they lose everybody gets upset. Contrast it with Cricket. So, I think the hockey players are just not motivated anymore to do anything!

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  2. TPH please include my condolences also for Indian hockey on your blog.Mr.K.P.S.Gill is an expert in sending things to graveyard or on pyre....he,just has again done his job and in a most humble way he doesn't wish to take any 'credit' for being 1st in 80 years to do such a unique job.....
    'The Hangman Knot' is again one of my favorite which displays Falk's imaginative skills once more.

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  3. hi ! this is regards to your ACK blog comments, where you have mentioned that the initial euporia is over and you are not getting any responce.
    but i would like to point out to here in good faith that you are to be blamed for it because you have made changes to leave comment box where in if one goes not have a google log in or one does not have a blog one cannot leave any comments however much one wishes to.
    i have been wanting to give comments and thank you for your efforts but have not been able to do because you have put restrictions on who can leave a comment and i am sure there are many more who would agree with me.
    so remove those restrictions and you will see the comments starting to flow.
    masayo

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  4. hi ! this is regards to your ACK blog comments, where you have mentioned that the initial euporia is over and you are not getting any responce.
    but i would like to point out to here in good faith that you are to be blamed for it because you have made changes to leave comment box where in if one goes not have a google log in or one does not have a blog one cannot leave any comments however much one wishes to.
    i have been wanting to give comments and thank you for your efforts but have not been able to do because you have put restrictions on who can leave a comment and i am sure there are many more who would agree with me.
    so remove those restrictions and you will see the comments starting to flow.
    masayo

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  5. wow.. thanks for the comics...

    As for Indian Hockey Team.. its no surprise.. and i wont blame the players.... but the government.. for...... so many things...

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  6. Thanks for the Awesome story! Remember reading it long back. Used to be one of my favourite mandrake stories. The imagination that went into this is simply incredible.

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  7. who gave u ajay's comics? earlier u didnt have them? i was supposed to send u ? who stole my credit? Grrrrrrrr )))))

    no comments on hockey or cricket... i have left hockey long back.. recently saw a good hockey in chuk de india... bindiya was phataka in that movie..

    cricket i love most.. still see every match every ball.. but no comments)))))
    i cried when sachin got out on 136 in chenai test against pakis.. and then we lost by 16 runs.. after that hardly any comments.... i am still shocked by thay defeat, then, i remember, once we were playing against lankans, we wanted 202 to win and were 175 for 2 then i went for my dinner and when i saw it again, we were 188 for 7.. and eventually lost the match!!!!
    but the most shocking victory was pak in 1987 in kolkata, when they needed 75 odd to win in 33 od balls, and salim malki made it possible hitting 23 runs from kapil, 19 runs from maninder's over... they say history repeats itself,, same thing happened after almost 15 yrs when duggie marrilier made it possible against us .... sob sob

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  8. Aditya: Where does the motivation comes from? They don't have any facility at all. Indian Hockey Federation is a mad house (quoting the only foreign coach they have for a short term) where no sanity prevails in adopting new methods or to provide the basic needs of the players. Who wants his child to be a hockey player then? No surprise.

    As for cricket its a game played by only 10 odd nations. Most of the european countries don't play this game. No one in america (north and south) loves this game. They just consider it dull and boring. This just might change if 20-20 becomes popular.

    It would be very intersting to see how India performs if say 40 nations start playing cricket seriously.

    Thanks for your comment. The comic is good indeed.

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  9. CW: This was very much expected from Mr. Gill. I remember when he was newly elected the president of IHF many decades ago. In his first press conference two enthusistic scribes asked some annoying questions, such as, what he has done for Punjab Hockey as its president and why we should keep high hopes from him as head of IHF. Both journlists were heavily thrashed by Gill men outside the conference hall right after the press conference was over.

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  10. Masayo: Is it really that difficult?

    Time it takes to download an average sized comic: 3 to 5 minutes.
    Time it takes to read a comic: 15 to 30 minutes.
    Time it takes to create a google (or any other blogger) account: 2 minutes at the most.(And this is to be done only once in a lifetime)

    And one need not creat a blog for this, only an account will suffice.

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  11. Anonymous: Rightly said about Indian Hockey.

    Deb: Yes, this is very imaginative plot. Thanks for sharing your views.

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  12. ICC: Some well wisher has mailed me a few of Ajay's scans with a promise to send few more. I haven't taken a formal permission from Ajay to post these on my blog but I believe he won't mind.

    Thats very amazing that you even remember the scores. I also saw and remember most of these matches and felt the same way. With a bit more maturity on our backs now I thing we are able to take these more easily.

    The match fixing controversy took away most of the charm from this so called gentlemen's game. The recent upsurge in India's performance level has again made me a bit more intersted. The new 20 something generation is very bright. I particularly like Robin Uthappa among others. Have you read this recent article. It is more of a mind game now than ever before.

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  13. PH you have again got me wrong ! its not about the time its about not having a gamil account or not having a blog as in my case ! so how ever much i would want to leave a comment i cant coz i dont use gmail nor do i have a blog !
    why cant you keep the comments section open the way you had it hear ??????
    you had similiar function in the ACK blog !!!!!!!!! why did you chaneg it ?????????????? when it was open for every one to leave a comments, people did leave comments...
    wont it be easy just to open that feature again rather than having to open a new email account in google or having to start a blog !
    masayo

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