X Y is a coming of age webcomic run in the format of a comic strip from India. It is regarded as the world's first-ever B-school comic strip.The plot of each comic strip revolves around the protagonist named "X Y" who is an MBA student. Y is a common Indian surname while the word "X" refers to the arbitrary ways of the protagonist. The strip deals with the campus life of a B-school student, replete with jargon and has X Y making mockery of management concepts and theories. He is characterised as a student with big dreams and bigger mouth, studying at a leading business school. Each strip is carried in a single panel and is not serialised (that is, each strip is complete in itself).
The character and the comic strip were created by Shubham Choudhury and Hemantkumar Jain in 2004, then students at NITIE, Mumbai. It was initially created to serve as a mascot to MastishK' 04, an online contest - a part of Prerana, the inter-collegiate youth festival of the institute. In the subsequent years, competitions were held among the students of various B-schools, to identify good ideas for the comic strip, in addition to the ideas generated by the creators themselves. The concept of a comic strip revolving around the life of a B-school student proved successful at the festival and this led to its transformation into a webcomic.
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