Via Leaping Windows (via Chintan Girish Modi)
Leaping Windows was born of countless hours spent poring over manga on the internet and hovering in the aisles of bookstores reading graphic novels we couldn’t afford to buy. We wanted the satisfaction of holding something tangible. We wanted to read whenever we wanted to – while commuting to work, before going to bed, even sitting on the pot if we so desired!
Accessibility and price seemed to be the biggest problems. Not much manga is available in India. Graphic novels are expensive enough to cause a big dent in your pocket if you want to be a frequent buyer. We wanted to try our hand at solving both these problems as best as we could.
At first we envisioned a physical space – bookshelves from floor to ceiling crammed with all the books that we could buy, creaking under their weight. Beanbags. Coffee. Regular customers crowding around and discussing comics on lazy afternoons. But on a shoestring budget, we soon realized that the only space we could afford was on the internet. And so, as we came down to earth, Leaping Windows leapt.
Leaping Windows is a work in progress. We will be adding more books to the collection as the months go by and hope to expand our community to do as much as possible. There are many new directions we want to take, half of which may turn out to be nothing but pipe dreams. In fact, it’s entirely possible that we end up caffeine addicts, neck deep in debt, despairing over our lack of foresight, but at least we’ll get to read a library-load of comics on the way!