As much as I want this writing about V. Thomas, better known as Toms, to not be anecdotal, somewhere through a small crevice of the mind, a chuckle from his cartoon strips sneaks in defying the intent. As a child, I found 'Bobanum Moliyum' the unputdownable comic magazine. The pristine Kizhukkamthookku village was the perfect setting — the quirky inhabitants dabbed not just hilarious elements onto our minds, but let fine streaks of social and political innuendos touch us in a lighter vein.

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Jump to navigation. Before retiring as assistant editor in June this year, Thomas - better known as Toms - sought the weekly's permission to publish Bobanum Moliyum in book form. Although the weekly was to launch its own comic series - carrying the cartoon - Thomas was given permission by Chief Editor K. Mathew to go ahead on two conditions: the cartoons would be published in book form - not in magazine format - and only strips published before would be used. But Thomas started Toms Comics as a monthly in magazine format and distributed it through the Malayala Manorama network of agents.

It proved an instant hit, the first issue selling more than three lakh copies. The stakes for the contestants are high. A recent market survey revealed that 80 per cent of the weekly's readers first turn to the comic strip. Admits Mammen Mathew: " Bobanum Moliyum has been one of our strong selling points.

For fans of the twins, the situation is confusing. Other cartoonists continue to draw Boban and Molly in the weekly. It also features in the newly released Manorama Comics ; in Toms Comics ; and last fortnight, Thomas' version appeared in a respected magazine, Kala Kaumudi. Thomas says: "As the creator of Boban and Molly, I have the copyright and they are commiting a criminal offence by duplicating it.

Saying that others have worked the strip before, he adds: "Toms himself confessed that it was conceived by our late editor, Varghese Kalathil. He did this by buying the title from a Cannanore resident who had had it registered some years ago. But Malayala Manorama convinced the RNI that the title should stand cancelled since a publication under that name had not been brought out in the time specified. If Mammen Mathew is convinced that they stand on legally firm ground, Thomas too is determined to go ahead with new strips in his Toms Comics and then syndicate them.

He has also sought the support of ruling Marxist leaders in what he describes as a "David and Goliath light". As the two sides struggle for the cartoons' custody, it is increasingly beginning to resemble a messy divorce suit.

Kerala's popular cartoon strip Bobanum Moliyum caught in copyright battle For 32 years, no cartoon strip has been followed more avidly in Kerala than Bobanum Moliyum - the antics of Boban and Molly, year-old twins from a Travancore middle class Christian family. But now the lovable twins are caught in a copyright battle involving Kerala's second largest weekly. Thomas; magazines with cartoons. Read our comprehensive guide with information on how the virus spreads, precautions and symptoms , watch an expert debunk myths , and access our dedicated coronavirus page.

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Kerala's popular cartoon strip Bobanum Moliyum caught in copyright battle

It was first published in and has been in print ever since. Boban and Molly, twin brother and sister from the rural environs of central Travancore became popular in Kerala through the Malayala Manorama weekly , which published the strip for almost four decades. Toms achieved enormous success and fame through Boban and Molly, and became one of the most influential comic artists in Kerala. The political and social issues are predominantly discussed in the series produced in the later period. The main characters of the series, two year-old twins. They hail from a middle class Christian family in central Travancore.


The immortal adventures of Boban and Molly

Twelve-year-old naughty twins, a middle-class Christian family, a lazy panchayat president, his domineering wife, a dog that appears in every frame. Created by VT Thomas for the weekly Malayala Manorama periodical and later the magazine , the adventures of the twins were first published in Thomas, better known by his pen-name Toms, found a home for his characters in the fictional village of Kizhakkamthooku somewhere in central Kerala. The artist also belonged to that landscape, having being born in Kuttanad in Alappuzha district.


Toms (cartoonist)

Thomas 6 June — 27 April , also known as Toms , was a cartoonist from Kerala , India who created the cartoon characters Boban and Molly. He completed his graduation from SB College , Changanassery. Later he joined the army as an electrician and left the job soon. He then devoted his career completely to drawing cartoons.

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