TBS Planet is a unique startup with a long gestation, but it is finding its feet. The core business that the startup, based out of Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, is creating, is comic books. The company says it is printing 5,000 copies every month and the venture has just about crossed the break-even point.
The promoter, Rajeev Tamhamkar is an IIT (Roorkee) product in Polymer Engineering. He had brief stints with Flipkart and Xiaomi before hitting on this idea of starting his own comic series on the lines of Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha and their comics cover genres like superheroes, comedy and mythological stories.
The startup, TBS Planet, like every other startup, has had its own trying moments while building an effective team and getting the creative artists to work for the company and so on. The different areas of operations, sales, logistics and finance all had to be managed. Rajeev managed to rope in some of his friends and ex-co-workers to join and create the entity as it functions today.
TBS Planet also has a record of having been involved in Bollywood, in movies like Shivaay, which is an official engagement. They also have an Android app, TBS Planet Comics and the three proprietary comic characters they have, are Ved, Varun and Karma.
As for funding, Rajeev claims they managed to get investments in their venture from 10 different angel investors, but the amount of funding received has not been revealed.
The comics business itself in India is being projected to balloon up to Rs. 1,000 crores in a few years. TBS Planet would want to enjoy a large chunk of it if it plays its cards well.
The future plans for the startup include animations, games, movies and web series. The promoter has an idea to even open a theme park in the future.
Right now, they are trying to establish themselves in the comic books market, firmly and permanently.