Saurav Mohapatra - comic book writer

author, artist and bona fide geek

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Worklog and Updates

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. :)

I did a session at the Mumbai Comic Con on Oct 21st with Vivek Shinde, Vinay Brahmania, and Saumin Patel about Mumbai Confidential. Details are here : http://www.mumbaiconfidential.com/2012/10/24/updates-reviews-and-previews/

We launched a brief trailer for the book at Mumbai Comicon

The trailer’s available on youtube.

Do join us at the facebook page or on twitter for Mumbai Confidential, and let us know what you think.

New York Comic-con (NYCC) Signing schedule

I will be at NYCC 11th, 12th and 13th October. My signing schedule for Mumbai Confidential is as follows

ARCHAIA Booth #1520

  • Thurs, 10/11 7-8pm, Table 3
  • Fri, 10/12 5-6pm, Table 3
  • Sat, 10/13 12:30-1:30pm, Table 2

Come swing by and chat about Mumbai Confidential and get the MC mini-litho / postcards free and signed. I’ll do my famous “free sketches” too ;)

Quick plug: Mumbai Confidential #4 is now online at http://bit.ly/mcdigital4

See you in new york

Mumbai Confidential #1 and #2 on Sale (Limited Time) at ComiXology

Just a quick note to say that Mumbai Confidential issues #1 and #2 are on *SALE* at ComiXology at $1.99 each (reduced from regular price of $2.99) till Aug 27 (Eastern).

Mumbai Confidential Issues on Sale as part of Archaia Digital First Sale on ComiXology:

Go, Buy, Enjoy!!!!!

About Mumbai Confidential

Mumbai Confidential is a crime noir comic book series (about the infamous encounter cops of Mumbai) created by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde [more…]

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

Mumbai Confidential Issue #1 now available on ComiXology

You can now purchase Issue #1 of Mumbai Confidential at ComiXology for your iOS, Android devices and of course via a web browser. We’ll drop 9 digital issues and the print hardcover will come in March 2013 from ARCHAIA.

ComiXology Mumbai Confidential Listing: http://www.comixology.com/Mumbai-Confidential-1/digital-comic/ICO003726

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

“The real stuff” — The Times of India

So head on over to ComiXology and then say hi to us on Facebook or Twitter.

About Mumbai Confidential

Mumbai Confidential is a crime noir comic book series (about the infamous encounter cops of Mumbai) created by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde [more…]

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)

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.

HELHAMMER

Once upon a time, Sid Kotian and I decided to create a pitch for a mix of mythology, post-apocalyptic dystopian fantasy and a healthy dose of kick-ass action. The result was something we called HELHAMMER. We shopped it around (and trust me it garnered interest at some fancy places), but due to various reasons it didn’t make it through to the finish line. Sid and I moved on to other stuff, but this was always the one that got away :D

Lately I’ve started working again on the script for this, because I’m absolutely in love with this world and its characters. For that reason, I won’t give away much of the plot (but I’m sure the astute reader will make the connection after one read) :D Just let me wrap up with this: The story has feuding gods, a wasteland wandering loner with a mysterious past, a severed head that talks and (my personal favorite) mutant hill-billy goat people with shotguns. ;-)

So here’s the five page pitch that we prepared for shopping around. Do leave us some comments/crits

The comic is hosted on issuu.com and needs Flash to view. For mobile devices, you can install the ISSUU app from Android Market. As for Apple/iOS devices, hard luck :D

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.

Blast from the past and other updates :)

I got my first big break writing comics when I cold pitched Gotham Chopra, EiC of Virgin Comics in 2006 after reading a news article on his foray into India themed comics. Luckily, he liked my spec script (what’d later become INDIA AUTHENTIC #2 – KALI) and signed me up to write a series of Indian mythological stories with forewords by Deepak Chopra. Somewhere down the line, I was offered DEVI and THE SADHU and then onward to some stories based on characters and storylines I cooked up (e.g. MUMBAI MACGUFFIN and JIMMY ZHINGCHAK – AGENT OF D.I.S.C.O.. It was a work for hire gig (meaning I don’t own the rights to any of the stuff I created), but it was great fun while it lasted. I got to work with industry legends like Ron Marz, built up a decent sized portfolio and got to work with some awesome artists like Sid Kotian, Saumin Patel, Dean Hyrapiet, Abhishek Singh and Shounak Jog etc. I also became friends with other writers/artists working on the Virgin titles like Samit Basu, Mukesh Singh and Vivek Shinde. The Virgin editorial staff consisted of seasoned industry hands like MacKenzie Cadenhead (WOLVERINE: SNINKT) and Mariah Huehner (LUCIFER), movie industry veterans like Seth Jaret and a bunch of young energetic first timers like Sana Amanat, Michelle Gomes and Gaurav Sikka.

Then came the event that we, the Virgin Comics alumni, jokingly refer to as “The Great Deflowering” and just like that, Virgin was no more. The founders of Virgin Comics, namely Sharad Devrajan, Suresh Seetharaman and Gotham, effected a management buyout of the Virgin portfolio sometime later and came back as Liquid Comics. I did a few more work for hire gigs for them and also branched out to doing one off gigs for Moonstone (PHANTOM), Top Cow (WITCHBLADE). Vivek and I went on to create our creator owned project MUMBAI CONFIDENTIAL and I had some hijinks/misadventures with some other Indian publishers on work for hire projects.

All in all, I look back very fondly of my time spent with Virgin Comics and I greatly appreciate Sharad, Suresh and Gotham giving me the chance to write comics (I mean write freakin’ comic books and get paid doing it! :) ). My dayjob (as a co-founder of the web conferencing startup Dimdim) started taking more of my time as did my two kids – Ayan and Adya. So I dialed down the writerly activities a lot in 2010 – 2011 and regrouped. MUMBAI CONFIDENTIAL started gaining traction (in no small measure because of Vivek’s fantastic art) and I also started working with Siddharth Panwar on DHURANDHAR – a modern day magic realism tale set in small town India.

So, I was pleasantly surprised recently when Liquid Comics launched Graphic India – a digital comics platform aimed at India. Featured were two of my books – MUMBAI MACGUFFIN (an action-adventure-comedy caper which was co-created with Saumin and inspired in no small measure by Guy Ritchie’s movies SNATCH and LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS) and MYTHS OF INDIA (a repackaged INDIA AUTHENTIC). I always considered the old Virgin Comics gang kindred spirits who wished to bring kick-ass comics to India and Graphic India is a great reinforcement of that belief. So I wish them the best of luck. (Do check out Samit and Jeevan Kang’s UNHOLI – an original serialized digital comic book exclusively created for the site).

To top off the week’s great news, Times of India posted their list of notable Indian comics and turns out two of my books – DEVI and MUMBAI CONFIDENTIAL made it to the list. So that was just delicious icing on the cake. :)

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