Once upon a time there was a farmer named Chekov who had a talking donkey. The donkey was prone to loquacious tangents and never gave a straight answer to anything. However the farmer loved his donkey and took it everywhere.
One day, the farmer was visiting a nuclear reactor. There was a malfunction and the core started melting down. Everyone was panicking as there was no time to get to a minimum safe distance.
The farmer bravely marched into the reactor room and had his donkey swallow the radioactive core. Suddenly everything was alright and the radiation levels returned to normal.
All the scientists were raking their brains about how this could be possible. The farmer just smiled and said …
“Whatever happens in vague ass, stays in vague ass!”
In my digital art explorations, I’ve been experimenting with simulating one of my favorite looks… watercolor on rice paper.
Here’s an attempt made by starting from stock images and then manipulating/merging with some free hand vectors and blended textures.
I used GIMP, Inkscape and a new Huion drawing tablet that I purchased off of Amazon recently.
Of late, I’ve been developing on a dystopian near-future Indian sci-fi short story collection. In keeping with that theme (and as part of the world/mood building excercise), I’ve been working on some digital art pieces that try to blend traditional Indian motifs with a cyberpunk sensibility.
Here are two I worked on this weekend. These are really fun to work on. Both of them use royalty free photos from Unsplash and Pexels and then I process them in GIMP to get them to a line drawing like state. For effect, I print them out on an old laser printer I have (which has a really screwed up toner pack and prints them weirdly). I then scan the line drawings back in and color them in GIMP and apply the post processing effects.
The Fifth Anniversary Special “NOIR” edition of Mumbai Confidential Book One: Good Cop, Bad Cop is now available for purchase on Amazon!
MC was originally supposed to be a black and white comic book. So for our fifth anniversary of the first edition of the color hardcover Vivek and I decided to redo the book as a b/w softcover.
If you’re in India, Penguin India already has an excellent softcover version in that market. For our fans elsewhere, we hope you enjoy this edition.
I was recently interviewed by M.Ind Mag for their September Issue that was comic book themed. It was a good chat about my influences and motivations for becoming a storyteller.
You can now read the whole interview on Issuu.com.
BuzzFeed recently compiled a list of “21 Indian Graphic Novels That Should Be On Your Reading List” and four of my books (including two books I wrote for Virgin Comics) featured on it – Mumbai Confidential, Moon Mountain, Devi and The Sadhu.
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”.
I will be signing Mumbai Confidential at the BOOM!/Archaia booth (#1344) at NYCC 2013:
- Thursday, 10/10 – 3-4 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.
- Friday , 10/11 – 3-4 p.m.
- Saturday, 10/12 – 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
See you in New York.
Here’s the link to the official post : http://www.archaia.com/boom-studios-reveals-its-new-york-comic-con-signing-and-panel-schedules/
My interview is up at the See Brian Write Podcast site. I speak with Brian LeTendre about the craft of writing, comic books, my influences and how I got my start among other things. There are some unscheduled detours into analyzing social upheavals using Computational Fluid Dynamics 🙂 and other weird stuff.
We also get to dive into the social/human context of Noir in general and Mumbai Confidential in particular. I enjoyed the chat immensely. You can listen to it at Brian’s site or on Soundcloud.
About Mumbai Confidential
Mumbai Confidential is a creator owned crime-noir comic book series created by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde. The “Digital First” edition is available on ComiXology and the print hardcover is available on Amazon and FlipKart, from Archaia. Please do follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter.