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.