The Place of Many Doors / DNA-Me

Today I received a mail from Sathya Saran, the editor of “DNA-Me” asking me for bio information as my story “The Place of Many Doors” is scheduled for publication very soon.

This story is special for me as I was requested by the editor to write something for a much different audience than my usual one. (“DNA-Me” is a women’s magazine.)

In many ways this is a sequel to a story of mine published in “Chick Flix eZine” titled “Einstein’s Twin“. Einstein’s Twin was told from a man’s viewpoint while Place of Many Doors is told from the female perspective.

The story is not sci-fi / spec-fic, rather is about uncertainties of life. I loved every bit of the process, in writing the story of Nandini, a young woman who is pregnant from a recently ended relationship and now must decide whether to keep the child or have an abortion.

Man with the Plan

Suddenly it looks to me as if I can make good on something I planned a long time ago… turning into a full time writer by 35. 🙂

Things are moving well on the Virgin Comics front… watch this space for more updates. Doing a rewrite on the second draft of Issue #1 for “India Authentic” which deals with the legend of Kaali. Enjoying it greatly…

My indie projects are also shaping up well… I covered “The Sentinels” the 3 issue superhero mini series in my last post.. Also moving well is the Noir Anthology “Walk With Me” with art by Miguel Santos.

The banner image you see at the top is made from the art from “Walk With Me“…

Right now I am timesharing between my mild mannered geek and absynthe driven comic book writer bit. As soon as my commitments to dimdim are over (hopefully within the next two years) I plan to turn to writing as a full time career. 🙂

I leave with a preview from “Walk With Me”

copyright (c) 2006 Saurav Mohapatra. All Rights Reserved. Image is for preview purposes only

The Sentinels

I have been working with Ivan Barriga and Lisa Jennings on a 3 issue miniseries called “The Sentinels“, a superhero tale developed around the high concept

“What if superman died and his daughter had to take his place in the JLA”

This is my first try at superheroes and I am having a blast writing it. We have finished 10 pages and are now preparing the pitch packets to send out to publishers.

Watch this space for more details. 🙂

Here is a sneak peek from Issue #1 LEGACY

Both Ivan and Lisa have done a great job here…

copyright (c) 2006 Saurav Mohapatra. All Rights Reserved. Image is for preview purposes only

Virgin Comics / INDIA AUTHENTIC

I signed up with Virgin Comics to write a 5 issue series called “INDIA AUTHENTIC” which retells/reimagines the iconic myths and legends of India for an international audience.

The series shall hit the stands sometime in June / July 2007.

I am pretty pumped up about this and have started work on the first few books in the series. Watch this space for more details. 🙂

Vault of Terror hits the stands

My piece “Dragonslayer” for “Vault of Terror” by SMASH! Comics/Open Book Press got a good review at “ComicReaders.com”. The reviewer calls it one of the “successes” of the anthology.

I did the story / letters while Kaushik Pal did the art. We had experimented with a CGI based art style which I must say added a lot to the mood / ambience of the story.

A quote from the review is given below ( You can read the full review here. )

Dragonslayer” by Saurav Mohapatra and Kaushik Pal provides a look into another damaged mind; the story of a young girl who has created in her mind a mythological villain to slay in order to escape the horrors of her own reality.

The book can be purchased via Amazon.com