Saurav Mohapatra - comic book writer

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Oodles of Doodles :)

Continuing with the quick doodles, lately I’ve been sketching some of my favorite hindi films/chars/scenes. :)

Enjoy!

More Doodles :) Favorite Authors / Quotes

And here comes a new lot of doodles of Favorite Authors and some kickass quotes :)

Friedrich Nietzsche

Ernest Hemingway

Chuck Palahniuk

Quick Doodle – Favorite Authors/Favorite Quotes “John Steinbeck,Hunter S. Thompson and Ayn Rand”

John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men and Grapes of Wrath were among the first few books I read in English and I’ve always admired how Steinbeck delivered a sermon without having to get on the pulpit. :) One of the greatest chroniclers of the human condition.

Hunter S. Thompson

One word: Gonzo! I read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Rum Diary back to back, and fell in love with the reckless abandon in Thompson’s writing. To me it felt sort of was like watching Jackson Pollock paint with a firehose full of paint or a 50 calibre paintball gun. :D

Ayn Rand

The Anthem is a severely underrated book. It was the second Ayn Rand book I read after reading We, The Living. Later on, I read Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. But for me, the best work of Ayn Rand will always be The Night of Janurary 16th.

SDCC 2012 Signing Schedule

It’s that time of the year again, when I make my annual trip to San Diego for the Comic-Con. But this time it’s something special personally for me.

I shall be signing at the Archaia booth (Booth #2635) at San Diego Comic-con International (SDCC). My signing schedule is as follows. So swing by and say hi. :)

Pretty kicked as this is the first time I have a book out and an official signing schedule at SDCC :) Here’s the official publisher’s page and the Archaia post about the signing schedule.

Also looking forward to catching up with friends and other creators.

  • THU 7/12 (10AM – 11:30AM)
  • FRI 7/13 (11AM – 12NOON)
  • SAT 7/14 (06PM – 07PM)

[CARTOON] Married with Kids #1 — “MIXED SIGNALS”

Decided to do little doodles about some really funny moments I’ve had.

Based on a true story… ;-)

What I didn’t draw was about a dozen passers-by staring at us and me sheepishly trying to stop Adaya from jumping around screaming “white People! White People! We’re safe!” :D

Pain Management

tl;dr: Pain is your body’s way of telling you what you shouldn’t be doing. If you block pain completely by using analgesics, then you might end up doing more damage as you’ll push your body in to doing weird things.

I’ve had back pain for a while now, which culminated a month or so ago into a slipped disc that pressed into the spinal nerves. This caused an amazing amount of pain in my right leg and a couple of days ago, I underwent surgery. My medicine cabinet is now overflowing with pain medication.

When I had a chat with my doctor before the surgery, I explained to him what my take on pain management was and he was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t subscribe to the “pill popping” school of pain management.

My philosophy is simple. I take the bare minimum pain medication necessary to allow me to function. I do believe strongly that at any given stage in life, one has a choice : one can either choose to function or not. There have been great men and women in the history of mankind who have overcome debilitating injuries and handicaps. I don’t claim even a fraction of their mental strength or character. But I do know this: no matter how bad things get, I’ll always choose to function.

Elaine of Blueberry Lane

Long back, I had written a silly rhyming story / poem for my daughter Adya called “Elaine and the Bug-eyed Bugaboo“. It was different from all that I had written before and I had a whale of a time writing it. Since last year, Devaki Neogi has been adapting it into a kid’s book that we hope to publish as an interactive app on the iPad once it’s done. I’m really impressed by all that Devaki has been able to do with the source material and breathe life into it. If we have a good response to this, I plan on expanding the series into a bigger narrative called “Elaine of Blueberry Lane“.

The first story is about a little girl and her invisible friend who along with her dog rescue the bugs of the meadow from an evil tyrant.

The Witch and The Warrior – Frank Frazetta Homage

As I mentioned earlier, Saumin Patel and I had collaborated on creating a short comic book homage to the work of the late Frank Frazetta for Chitrakatha website – a project by Saumin and Alok Sharma to produce a documentary about comic books in India.

Both Saumin and I are big fans of Frank’s work and personally for me, the first mental image I envision for high fantasy or sword and sorcery themes is always Frazetta-esque.

Don’t know if it ever made it to the Chitrakatha pages. Here it is in its entirety , for your viewing pleasure.

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The comic is hosted on issuu.com and needs Flash to view. For iOS devices, you can go to http://issuu.com/mohaps/docs/the_witch_and_the_warrior_final1 and choose to download the comic book in PDF format.

Reviews for Graven Images – Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels Anthology

As I’ve mentioned before, I had contributed to an anthology edited by A. David Lewis and Christine Hoff Kraemer titled “Graven Images – Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels” (as a continuation of the aforementioned panel discussion at Boston University. Looks like it’s out from Continuum Books and available at Amazon.

A couple of reviews for the book:

  1. Gods in the panel by Rebecca Buchanan at Sequential Tart
  2. Review of Graven Images at Eternal Haunted Summer by Phillip A Bernhardt-House

Money quote(s):

“Moore and Morrison also share the stage in an essay from the first section, Saurav Mohapatra’s "Echoes of Eternity: Hindu Reincarnation Motifs in Superhero Comic Books, " where he deals primarily with Moore’s Supreme and Morrison’s Animal Man in a most intriguing fashion. Mohapatra is one of the several comics writers whose contributions to the volume enhance its appeal greatly.”Phillip A Bernhardt-House at Eternal Haunted Summer

“Building Character” (Part 2) – TRISHANKU

Like parents, creators are duty bound to say that they love all their children equally and like parents, creators always have their personal favorites.

When working on creator owned projects like MUMBAI CONFIDENTIAL or DHURANDHAR, I have the freedom to build the world and its inhabitants from the ground up. So I can craft each character and add whatever oddities I feel like to make them more “human” :). But as a “work for hire” writer, the properties one deals with already have set personalities as protagonists and antagonists. So as a creator, I always felt that one way I could leave my stamp in those projects was to create some characters around the main cast who’d provide extra flavor.

Here’ a list of some characters from the ones I’ve created so far for my Work-For-Hire projects. I shall be writing a series of these dealing with one of my favorite characters in each.

#2 – TRISHANKU (from THE SADHU: THE SILENT ONES)

TRISHANKU was a major character in my run on THE SADHU : THE SILENT ONES, a 5 issue mini-series drawn by R. Manikandan and edited by Ron Marz. When I thought of the character of Trishanku, the immediate model in my mind was the character of Ben Gunn from R.L. Stevenson’s TREASURE ISLAND.

The other influence, obviously, was the mythological figure of Trishanku, who was the only mortal on record to bodily ascend to heaven. His unprecedented act threatened to topple the delicate cosmic balance and as a compromise, he was offered “Trishanku’s Heaven”, a midway realm between heaven, hell and earth.

Like his namesake, our character from Sadhu has been marooned in Limbo for a long time and this has cost him his sanity. Trishanku is a scholar-warrior, displaying in depth knowledge of Vedic hymns and martial arts — a homage to the drunken/crazy kung-fu fighters from Hong Kong flicks.

I still remember the first line I wrote describing the character to the editorial team.

Trishanku is the proverbial mad monk, kind of like Ben Gunn from Treasure Island meets Yoda. You don’t know at any given moment, if he’ll unlock the secrets of the universe or fling his poo at you.

Another cool thing about Trishanku was the way he spoke. He is shown as completely mad by the time we meet him in the story and thus he has a unique speech pattern. He refers to himself in the third person and fires off synonyms of words together. This gives him a deranged voice that hints at deep wisdom.

As the story progresses, we get to know more about who Trishanku really is and what he’s capable of. Needless to say, he plays a pivotal role in wrapping up the plot and helping James Jensen in his quest.

Even when his mind is not quite right (from the centuries of being marooned in Limbo), Trishanku displays awesome capabilities and powers that help him when threatened.


You can read the whole THE SADHU : THE SILENT ONES miniseries for free at SCRIBD. Here’s a post I made earlier about that.

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