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.
June 19, 2016
Short story in The Hindu/Young World, May 27/2016. Based on true events and (imagined) real bird.
April 21, 2015
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.
February 26, 2014
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).
But where the lines began to blur was with Andres and Torby Delano, the mushroom-twins. These guys sure do need a hug, in the middle of the story, and I don’t know if they got it. But you can order custom-grown mushrooms from them online, it seems.
Things get thick and convoluted, for the how and why and what-really??! grab a copy of the book and read the story.
January 20, 2014
In the wake of impending oilsmoke and potential acres of tree-stumps in the country, here’s a Small Picture I made called Changes.
This piece was published on January 3rd, 2014 in the Mint newspaper.
November 13, 2013
(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.
(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?
(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.
(This piece was published on 15 May 2013. )
September 10, 2013
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.
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.