Lately I have been experimenting with a minimal black and white style for hardboiled crime novels. As befits my limited artistic talent, I have been working off of photo references. Here are some of the pieces I have done in recent times.
Mumbai Macguffin is sort of like Three Days of Condor meets Slumdog Millionaire meets Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Writer: Saurav Mohapatra
Artist: Saumin Patel
A high-octane adventure through the never-before-seen underbelly of Mumbai, ace CIA operative Ike Flint finds himself out of his element and out of his depth when tasked with recovering a downed NSA satellite deep within the biggest slum in Asia. None of his experience can prepare him for the wild and dangerous characters his salvage uncovers: a wheelchair-riding gangster kingpin hooked on John Wayne westerns; a brilliant bar dancer who can solve calculus problems before breakfast; a trigger-happy cop who shoots criminals with the same nonchalance as if he were grocery shopping; a religious cult that will do anything to protect its phallic totem; and a crack team of Jihadists searching for the very thing Ike is seeking.
Ever since the “Liquification” of Virgin Comics things have been a bit light on the writing front. So I decided to take some time off to focus more on life especially my daughter, Adya.
I just sent in a script for a graphic novel commisioned by an indian publisher about the legend of Abhimanyu from the Mahabharata. So I end 2008 with a clean slate.
What’s in store for 2009?
Well there’s Mumbai Confidential , my creator owned crime-noir series set in the city of Mumbai (duh!). Also have started putting together a few pitches as the conn season opens with NYCC in first week Feb ’09. There is a full length OGN project called SYZYGY that was in discussion with Archaia Studio Press around last SDCC, but in light of the restructuring there decided to wait till things settle down before bugging Mark Smylie (owner of ASP and all around awesome guy!) with it. So first half of 2009 will see that in full swing too.
There pitches and feelers/schmoozes pending with some other companies, which hopefully will translate into gigs in 2009.
So all in looking forward to a fruitful 2009 and while I’m at it — a happy new year to you and yours.