World Comics Network (WCN) is a collective of grassroots activists, cartoonists, artists, development journalists, students, using comics as a communication tool as well as medium of self expression. These Grassroots comics are drawn by common people reflecting their understanding of the social world (and not by artists). People living away from power centers rarely have their voices reflected in the mainstream. WCN parallels with the mainstream approach, and conducts several workshops aiming at empowering these voices and bringing out their own wall newspapers. The rich stories nurtured in the workshop are a reflection of the multi-cultural outlook of the society and this inspires us to adopt visual story format in the most cost effective manner possible.
WCN imparts skills to NGO’s staff and activists, students of mass communication and social work through workshops on grassroots comics. This in turn helps them develop a better communication strategy in addressing the local issues. WCN through its Training of Trainers programme, produces training manual for replication of Comics Workshop across the globe. It widens beyond the spectrum of grassroots comics through issue-based campaigns, publishing comic anthologies.
World Comics Network has not only spread the idea of Grassroots Comics within India but has also exported it to many countries. In the leadership of Sharad Sharma WCN has helped to form networks in Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Australia and UK.