August 28, 2014

Look Again.

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February 26, 2014

On making Wet Food at Home for your Growing Kitten.

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On making Wet Food at Home for your Growing Kitten is a 14-page (yay! longish!) graphic story I wrote and drew (with Manta Ray comics) for The Obliterary Journal Vol 2, published by Blaft. The book is fleshed around everything to do with Meat, and the story explores what happens to four people (and a cat) (and a dog), love, loss and lots of foodideology.

The story really began with Brinda Baliga, who knew what she wanted (“pyoor” veg only, pliss) and what she didn’t want (anything to do with meat) and a kitten that she suddenly had to Deal With. (Then there was Mincho Mondal, a complicated nemesis gnawing on a meat-tainted toothbrush.) This is an adapt of the first thing I drew about Brinda and the Kitten (for whom wet food gets made. At home).

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Things get thick and convoluted, for the how and why and what-really??! grab a copy of the book and read the story.

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February 20, 2014

Friends and Relations.

Friends and Relations developed as an exploration of the awesomely punch-packing Kulture Shop‘s theme “Living in Colour“. { For those who came in late, Kulture Shop‘s a NEW and jumpworthy graphic art avenue where me and other artists are developing some fun artwork, often wearable and usually meant for frames and walls and hours of staring! }

Sometimes, I’m a bigger fan of black and whites and greys and textures and stripes and spots, than of colour – so I put those on the palette, and mixed them all up to see what happened next. I reread some Mendelian genetic and pea-pod crossing theories, followed by some Winnie the Pooh. In a matter of minutes, the white chicken and the black chicken had made more chickens who went on to make more chickens, a complex family tree of unexpected connections and bewildered-looking products. Like in the Velvet Underground song, in some kinds of love, possibilities are endless. The chickens sure thought it would be groundless to miss one.

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This is available as Limited Edition Art Prints and Art Tees. #SupportTheArtist and get one! Like so:

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Here’s Pratheek Thomas s’porting the Tee, with Tina Thomas. Thanks for all the love, Kulture Shop!

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January 20, 2014

Changes.

In the wake of impending oilsmoke and potential acres of tree-stumps in the country, here’s a Small Picture I made called Changes.

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This piece was published on January 3rd, 2014 in the Mint newspaper.

January 20, 2014

Obliterary Journal Vol 2 (Non-Veg).

The Obliterary Journal Vol 2. (Non-Veg)  is a meaty new anthology of short comics and artwork by Blaft Publications. It’s themed over the idea of people eating animal flesh, and contains “talking chicken legs, giant man-eating serpents, plenty of aliens, a few mind-blowing statistics, and some excellent kebabs” (says the Blaft blogpost with a loud wink); dreamed up by a brilliantly wacky bunch of writersandartists.

Here is my design for the anthology’s covers featuring a chain-smoking bubble-blowing lollehpop-eating maami we’re calling Meatface Aunty. The cover’s been printed in three different versions like so.

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The back cover carries a hand-lettered list of the contributing folks, individually crafted, just like old times. The nutritional facts info on brown paper was subtly doctored in the Blaft word-processor to feature brilliant kicks in the head like krait venom and baby phat and vitamin X. And the flaps of the book are full of nomworthy halal-meat labels pasted on at Blaft. Here is some detail of the back cover and flap.

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The book was launched with much fanfare, elaneer and coupons for fish at the Nochikuppam fish market in Chennai.

January 3, 2014

Tales of Fosterganj.

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Ruskin Bond’s Tales of Fosterganj, published by Aleph Book Company, just arrived in the mail! Here’s the cover I did, seething with some of the quirky characters from the book set in a whimsical old forgotten town. Below, are a couple of my illustrations from the inner flaps of the cover – the bewildered leopard’s an Especial Favourite Chosen Love. Here’s an extract from the book.

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December 18, 2013

The Hundred Names of Darkness.

“Somewhere, in some corner of the universe,
a town is inhabited solely by the spirits of cats.
Surely, it does exist.”

- Hagiwara Sakutaro, The Town of Cats

Nilanjana Roy‘s The Hundred Names of Darkness revisits the Nizamuddin catclan during a cold winter, when food is scarce and safety even more so. The story is a lot about journeys. Mara of the monsoon green eyes, growing up, going further using her whiskers than ever before, and letting her paws take her outside, finally. The unusual, uncomfortable process – decision – of an entire clan of cats to leave what they have known, the familiar trails and scents of home, to a far place, an unknown one. Of moving from the darkness of uncertainty and fear to a future that the Sender has found for them on her own.

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This book is a sequel to Nilanjana’s first, The Wildings (the 2013 winner of the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize!!!), and is published by Aleph Book Company. Here’s an excerpt. Here are a few of the inside illustrations I did.

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This must be the place.

This can't be happening.

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Dreams of fresh fish.

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Orientation events.

Unstoppable.

Spiral out of control.

November 13, 2013

Dirac Sea and other Dystopiae.

(All stories below created for Manta Ray’s The Small Picture, a full-page comic published each Friday in the Mint Newspaper.)

First, there was a lot of Bad News and also, lots of Great Revolutionary Things. The Great Revolutionary Things gave a great lot of hope and inspiration, despite all the Bad News. Over the years, the number of individual pieces of Bad News and Great Good Important Advances just Grew and Grew and GREW. Soon, the man in front of the TV was being inundated by Too Much of Everything and took to escaping to the Modern Fairytales of Famous People and Cats. More people like him chose the Fairytales over everything else and contributed to Numbers and Ratings about What People Really Wanted. This is considered a prime example of Natural Selection and has led to the development of a new world religion called Darwinism.

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(This piece was published on 8 November 2013.)

Second, there was The Past which was always a lot Nicer than The Present. And one decided to pass on the choicest, meatiest, fuzziest bits of The Past into sweet little hand-crafted Time Capsules to The Future Self. A true Present, yes?

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(This piece was published on 23 August 2013. )

Third, there was a grand opportunity of Sharing and Caring and Giving and Receiving in the true spirit of What’s Mine is Ours. A few dogs and cats would trade places. Human Beings would look on with a misty tear in every eye, thinking of the Great Good Future and how much Intelligent Brilliance and Loving Caring the Human Race is capable of, giving hope to millions the world over. The project is currently in storage in the basement of a man named Schrödinger, while we wait for exactly the right time to Make It All Happen.

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(This piece was published on 15 May 2013. )

October 29, 2013

Dogs for Peace.

Here’s a publicity poster that Manta Ray first used at the Delhi Comic Con/2012. The design was then tucked away behind a bookshelf for a while, as we focused on making more books and ran relentlessly between printer shops and paper shops and countless meetings with unlikely, interesting people. The peace dogs decided to help publicise MaRa’s appearance at Chitrakatha 2013, NID’s international student animation festival and were spotted grinning benevolently in different parts of the campus.

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September 10, 2013

This Side That Side: Restorying Partition

This Side That Side: Restorying Partition is an anthology of graphic stories on the partition, published by Yoda Press and Goethe Institut Delhi, and curated by Vishwajyoti Ghosh. Here’s some of my art for Fault Lines, a surreal and quirky story written by Irfan Master.

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