August 17, 2016
A series of dog drawings while listening to music and featuring versions of Dash, Bolt and Socks, the three canine Kokaachis in Kochi. Some of these were handed out at the third edition of Vara!, the drawing meetup held at Studio Kokaachi.
Bolt’s crossed paws are his usual sitdown pose, and actually give a sense of his awesome personality. And these were the paws that sparked off the whole series, and found its way into my story for SPRING Magazin #13.
Here’s the whole series:
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August 1, 2016
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).
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.
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).
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.
And here is an extract from the finished comic.
December 29, 2014
Kuzhali Manickavel‘s new collection of short stories, Things We Found During The Autopsy (published by Blaft) is out in the world finally! It’s accompanied by this video featuring glorious alien kolams, buffalo backs, razor blades and EYE Cola.
Here is the cover I made for the book; with story titles lettered by Reagan Chandramohan on the back.
January 20, 2014
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.
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.
The book was launched with much fanfare, elaneer and coupons for fish at the Nochikuppam fish market in Chennai.
January 3, 2014
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.
December 18, 2013
“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.
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.
June 26, 2013
Here’s the cover to Manta Ray‘s first volume of the series TWELVE, carrying my interpretations of Jasjyot Singh Hans’ sultry pop-drinker and Pia Alize Hazarika/Archana Sreenivasan’s earphone boy. Of course there’s Blankets boy down in the corner giving one of his sidelong glances. The series author, Pratheek Thomas, thinksbreatheseatssleeps comics.
Twelve: Preludes (12.0) carries three stories, of which I’ve illustrated the one called Blankets Girl. It doesn’t exactly lead you (insidiously or not) or to an overwhelming question of life, death and the universe as the series intro might have you believe. But, in the space of 13 pages shared by the characters one does wonder about anecdotal truth or just the vivid imagination of the everyman, peppered with a generous dose of love for Craig Thompson’s Blankets. Here is a preview of the story.
Finally, the other cover on my mind is the one I drew for 12.1, Twelve: How it Ends, a 32-page hurricane of some delightfully visceral artwork by Aindri Chakraborty over Pratheek’s factfiction (that does lead you to said overwhelming question). Both Preludes and How it Ends can be bought in glorious tactile print over here.
Here is a sample of some panels from the book, with some of the lettering I did over Aindri’s illustrations.
And a goodie poster for the book, all in crimson.
December 13, 2012
This is a Multiverse story that continued from the November issue (as the spacepuppy pinup) to the December issue (as a two-page interpretation of the Great Big Apocalypse) of Brainwave magazine.