Less than a year ago, Sohini Mitra from Penguin India commissioned me to write/edit a book titled Moon Mountain (a graphic novel adaptation of the bengali novel Chander Pahar by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay of Pather Panchali fame). As Moon Mountain work progressed, I really enjoyed working with the Penguin team and discussions progressed to doing more books.
First of this was a story I wished to do for a long time – a story from The Mahabharata about the young warrior-prince Abhimanyu. I had done some research for it originally during my India Authentic days. But 22 pages felt like too little for that story. I’m glad I got to do it as a full graphic novel. That book Way of The Warrior – The Legend of Abhimanyu which features awesome artwork by Vinay Brahmania (who had collaborated with me for a few shorts in Mumbai Confidential. The book is now available for purchase at Amazon.in, FlipKart and Indian bookstores. A big thank you to our editor Nimmy Chacko for giving the book shape.
After the Abhimanyu book, Penguin Inked decided to publish the Indian paperback edition of my creator-owned crime-noir graphic novel (with Vivek Shinde) about Encounter Cops – Mumbai Confidential. I’m very grateful to Penguin India editor Ameya Nagrajan for batting big time for this to happen.
The book looks fabulous and is out now for purchase on Amazon.in and bookstores.
First of all, not been blogging so often. Finishing Mumbai Confidential took a lot out of me emotionally and I decided to take a break (which conveniently coincided with the Mohapatra family relocating back to snowy Massachusetts from sunny California.
I have a couple of books coming out (one is already released) this month.
First is the SHOLAY tie-in comic book titled GABBAR graphic novel, a prequel to the celebrated movie that (sort of) explores the origins of the dreaded bandit Gabbar Singh (one of the most iconic movie characters in Indian movie history). The book is now available on Amazon.in. It also has a bunch of Animatrix style shorts I wrote about various characters in Sholay. I had a ton of fun writing those and they came out very well.
The second book is very special to me. I got the chance to translate Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay’s Moon Mountain (Chander Pahar) as a graphic novel. It will be available on Feb 26, 2014. Right now it’s on preorder at Amazon.in. The story is about an Indian teenager who gets to go on an adventure hunting for a fabled diamond mine deep in the heart of Pre-WWI Africa. Think of it as “King Solomon’s Mines meets Kim”.
That is not correct. The books are already in the warehouse(s) stateside and should reach you on schedule latest by mid-May from Amazon.
They will be available in comic book shops even earlier. (May 1)
So if you received an “Order update”email from Amazon for your pre-order, don’t worry. MC will reach you on time. We’re working with Amazon via our distributor Diamond to correct the info on the Amazon system and the pre-order page. Will update when that is done.
As soon as the show floor opened, I was pleasantly surprised to find that a couple of fans actually came seeking to buy Mumbai Confidential hardcover (as they had read the PREVIEWS magazine interview I had given). Joe (pictured here) set a record of sorts by becoming the first-ever person to purchase a hardcover copy of Mumbai Confidential vol 1 “Good Cop, Bad Cop”
On Saturday, I was on a panel about “Writing For Comics” with other Archaia writers (moderated by Archaia EiC Stephen Christy). It was a fun time shooting the breeze about being a writer in comics and responding to audience questions.
As usual, had a lot of fun catching up with friends and other creators, and generally geeking out watching the cosplayers.
Archaia is known for backing some of the prettiest ponies in the comics business, and they found a fine looking stallion in MUMBAI. Shinde’s watercolor artwork gives the story a dreamlike quality, even when the blood is cascading out of bullet holes. The colors and varying sharpness of each panel add dimensions to Kadam’s struggle with depression and his fight to do at least one thing right. MUMBAI CONFIDENTIAL is an amazing story particularly since every page shows that Mohapatra and Shinde were made to tell it together. Here’s hoping we see more from this team, for there are undoubtedly more tales to tell from the streets of Mumbai.
Read the full review here and an earlier review of issues 1 and 2 that Avril did is here. You can also check out other reviews and articles about Mumbai Confidential here.
There are some initial/advance reviews at GoodReads too.
Mumbai Confidential issue #5 is now online as of first week nov at http://bit.ly/mcdigital5 (available for your iOS, Android, and Web broswer reading pleasure). The print hardcover from Archaia will hit the stands in March 2013. Issue #6 is due out Dec 1st week.
Sorry, blog’s not been updated much lately. Been busy with Mumbai Confidential pre-press work. It’s currently available digitally at http://bit.ly/mcfull on ComiXology and the print hardcover from Archaia will be out in March 2013. Issue #5 will be available on ComiXology tomorrow. So, buy, read, enjoy, and do leave a rating.
The digital edition has exclusive content not included in the print edition like side-quels (Animatrix style shorts), Illustrated prose stories and some kickass editorials by some of leading luminaries of both US and international comic book industry. You can read a free preview at the Archaia site.
Here are some blurbs for Mumbai Confidential:
“Gorgeously noir” — Ron Marz (Witchblade, Artifacts, Shinku, Green Lantern)
“Gritty art and powerful writing” — David Lloyd (V For Vendetta, Kickback)
“The original ‘bad boys’ of Mumbai” — Hindustan Times