Archive for ‘comics’

April 21, 2018

The Reckoning.

The dog waiting to cross the road. The elephant in the temple fair. The solitary fish in the aquarium. The bird in her golden cage.
Every time we see them, we are reminded of the truth – this land, this river, this air belongs to them too.
We were the usurpers, we have eaten well.
Justice will be served, shortly.

Imagining a better world on Earth Day at designfabric.in, with this short comic collaboration with Pratheek and Tina Thomas at Studio Kokaachi. Other illustrated pieces in this series here.

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October 9, 2017

Wandering Wolves – I

Wandering Wolves – I, the story of wolf OR-7′s journey across Oregon to California and back. First released at Christchurch Zine Fest 2017.
Two-colour double-sided riso print, A3-folds-into-A5; printed by the awesome M/K Press.

August 1, 2016

SPRING Magazin#13.

SPRING Magazin is a comics anthology now in its 13th volume. In spring this year, this volume was conceptualized, discussed, argued over, doodled, drawn and quartered by 16 German and Indian comic artists at Nrityagram, Bangalore (supported by Goethe Instutut, New Delhi). The theme of this volume is The Elephant in the Room (published by Mairisch Verlag, 2016). Each graphic story speaks on womens’ issues in different, individual ways – exploring different facets of that elephant who inhabits many rooms.  Here’s my elephant on the cover (with assorted supporting characters).

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Having spent two months previously in the company of several unforgettable canines, as well as drawing at Nrityagram with the two resident dogs close at hand – it was almost inevitable that my graphic story for SPRING turned out to be about bitches – the ones that raise society’s eyebrows by conforming to no known expectations and going forth true to themselves. Here are the pups without whom the story would never have happened.

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And here are some drawings that helped define the characters I was going to draw at the residency, with the help of Dash, Bolt and Socks (and their humans, Pratheek and Tina Thomas of Studio Kokaachi).

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Some further explorations of style and personality in my sketchbook at Nrityagram, using our daily drawing exercises and Guru and Swami as willing, easygoing, biscuit-guzzling models.

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And here is an extract from the finished comic.

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June 19, 2016

The Table Tennis Bird.

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Short story in The Hindu/Young World, May 27/2016. Based on true events and (imagined) real bird.

January 6, 2016

Wolfmother.

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{ A monster-within-a-monster for Studio Kokaachi. }

 

April 21, 2015

A Trail of Breadcrumbs.

Witch in dystopia, fairy tale in disarray, kids on sugar and possible lurking leopard-induced deaths, in A Trail of Breadcrumbs, a two-page story for ELLE magazine, Nov 2014 issue.

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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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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.