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:
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.
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.
Reposted from my facebook wall. Read the original post here.
I think I was in seventh grade and there was a teacher who signed his middle initial in small letters (kinda like “A. b. Cdef“). Naturally curious, I asked him “Sir, why do you sign your name like that?”
The reply? He slapped me real hard in the full view of the class and said “How dare you question me on my personal things?”
I’m still befuddled as to why he reacted that way. I was shameless/incorrigible enough to continue asking questions, but it was such an “un-teacherly” thing to do. Teachers are supposed to satiate and encourage curiosity, this one very nearly killed mine. I have zero respect for that particular teacher. Over the years I’ve been lucky in getting mentors and teachers who took time to answer even the most idiotic/naivest of queries I put forth and I’m very very thankful to them.
Bottomline: Ask questions! Question everything! That’s how we learn best. The day you stop asking questions is the day you’ve surrendered forever to the status quo.
It’s that time of year again! 🙂 Will be signing at San Diego Comic-con at the BOOM/Archaia booth #2229. So come get your copy of Mumbai Confidential signed and/or to just shoot the breeze about comics and other stuff.
Will also be around at the BOOM/ARCHAIA Drink-up on Friday. Details: http://comiccongeek.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/boom-and-archaia-debut-new-joint-booth-at-comic-con/
This is an old blog post from 2006 when I went to India on a sabbatical that somehow morphed into me co-founding dimdim and also writing for Virgin Comics. Reposting it here as I found this while going through my backups and it brought a few chuckles as I read through. Since both me and my wife were on H1B, we decided that I will go to India while she acted as my “way back” in case I decided to take more than a year off. 🙂 The goal was for me to take some time off and figure out if I wished to return to India semi-permanently.
I come from a family that used to be a huge joint family till one generation back. So naturally weddings etc. are pretty crowded occasions where you meet people who are twice or thrice removed cousins / uncles / aunts / some grandkids thrown in the mix too.
Inevitably such an occasion brings with it umpteen questions. I recently quit my job in the states to take a month long sabbatical doing nothing but thinking about life, universe and everything else. That is a hard concept to explain to someone like my father who supports my decision without really understanding what it means to take a break every now and then…
Now that job becomes quite a task when the same question comes from some distant uncle / aunt hell bent on knowing what i plan to do.
My answer is simple, i took a break to think about what to do next . This is unacceptable to some. To them you always need to be the man with the plan. The two mark answer does not cut with them.
The second question invariably is “where is your wife?” The two mark answer to that is simply “She is in USA as I have not made my decision as to where i want to spend my next five years.” This does not fly with the inquisition brigade. So i try the fifteen mark answer… I had to go out of US for a year so that i become eligible for an H1B again and my wife has her green card application in labor stage with her employer. Also we have two kittens and bringing them to India is well neigh impossible. So considering all these facts it makes sense for me to move to India temporarily, while she shuttles on half-yearly one month trips.
I have been married four years now… and the next question is something I always try to dodge. “When are you going to have kids? So and so was married years after you and already has five kids etc… (i put the miscalculation down to a little hyperbole in the spirit of persuasion). I try a zero mark answer for this one. “Hey look at that birdie” followed by an stealthy escape worthy of a ninja.
Some are more persistent than the others and do not fall for the birdie trick. They want to know why i do not have kids, surreptitious whispers are made about the well being of my loins and their fruitfulness. I smile painfully and try the two mark answer, “I am not yet thirty, I shall think about kids when i am thirty”. I graciously move away after this.
The most persistent of the lot, usually older females (most of whom have no idea of what the internet is and are more clueless about networking finer points than a Hindi “Ski-fi” movie/tv serial script writer suggest that i use the internet to have a kid… hmmm… looks like another set moment to try the “birdie” trick.
look up there …. etc etc
I think my point in writing this piece is that next time someone asks me these questions i can either point them here or give them a print out of this piece. Let it remain here till posterity or at least till my blog host keeps on paying their bandwidth dues… The Fifteen Mark Answer.
That is not correct. The books are already in the warehouse(s) stateside and should reach you on schedule latest by mid-May from Amazon.
They will be available in comic book shops even earlier. (May 1)
So if you received an “Order update”email from Amazon for your pre-order, don’t worry. MC will reach you on time. We’re working with Amazon via our distributor Diamond to correct the info on the Amazon system and the pre-order page. Will update when that is done.
Mumbai Confidential is a creator owned crime-noir comic book series created by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde. The “Digital First” issues are available on ComiXology and the print hardcover is due out in April 2013 from Archaia. Please do follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter.