1. valley said:

    interesting dappled rays spreading across the walls and leaves!

  2. valley said:

    the title’s completely elusive, din’t quite get it..

    • well its a little narrative about the idea of ‘fantasy’. It will be published in COMIX.INDIA magazine Vol.3.

  3. valley said:

    are your drawings hand-rendered? (ink, paints) or on photoshop?

    • all lines and black areas are ink on paper- patterns and grey areas are photoshopped.

  4. valley said:

    ok, when you say narrative on the idea of fantasy, does it include literary forms apart from comics (sci-fi, fantasy etc.)? i mean a literary work which has elements from the fantasy genre but not in the graphic novel, comic book form.

    hope to see the 20page book!

    • ya, fantasy genre as a whole, including text literature. The piece is just a short minor thing I’m doing to practise my skills in using Japanese manga nib pens.

  5. valley said:

    ah!…the reason for prodding was because the idea of ‘fantasy’ in literature spans such a vast terrain, so a lil curious to learn how it translates into such an art form (excluding comic fantasy, sci-fi, the h.g wells and alice in wonderland kinds). even travel writing has elements of fantasy. if you can, look up bruce chatwin, his books are really inspiring — traveller’s tales, colonial history, antiquity, perhaps borgesian in his use of magic realism.

    look forward to reading your piece:)

    • Chatwin, yes… the travel comic (250 pages) I’m planning about Buddhist sites in north India would sort of relate to what u talk about. I am yet to get any funding for it though.
      This piece however, is about the ‘problem’ of doing modern fantasy in a country colonized by Hindu mythology.

  6. valley said:

    i know very little about ‘modern’ fantasy — isn’t a lot of writing even in the west in that genre (i mean both in comic form and as literary texts,novels,stories) usually derived from mythology? i mean some strand is always derivative of mythology.

    a travel comic on buddhist sites…hmm. chatwin’s ‘patagonia revisited’ would make an excellent pictorial diary (something like the one you’ve tried earlier — comic as a form of writing)

    • well you can’t really use Hindu mythology as material for fantasy as it is still in use and is still understood as ‘sacred’. In Christian societies, the old myths (Greek, pagan…) are defunct, so one can do what ones wants with them. Even the Biblical creation myths are defunct! But in the Hindu society of India, myths are current, and Rama and Vishnu and all the other gods are the basis for the Hindu social psyche today (!), and too many people buy into it. Its tough to use it as material.
      The Christians in the west can easily use pagan myths and fill it within a Christian worldview, but in India one can’t do that.
      So my issue is how to do a convincing fantasy in India that works for me? I mean, Indian writing hardly has a modern popular fantasy genre.

  7. valley said:

    see your point, though why does modern indian fantasy as a genre have to depend solely on mythology? the strange irony being that most of us grew up reading fairytales, childrens books and any significant work of literarute from the west…so for a reading audience…how relevant is a premise like this? just wondering!

    • well modern fantasy as a genre is the exactly the building of mythologies. I mean, mythology is the pillar on which the whole modern fantasy genre stands. So I think it is quite difficult to bypass the idea of mythology when trying to create fantasy, whether it is Indian fantasy or any other.
      About relevance, I dont know. One just has to do stuff and see where it goes…

  8. valley said:

    you should probably call the piece ‘Losing my religion’!:)

  9. valley said:

    well i hope you find the answers from the great beyond! from my limited exposure, the comic book/movement as a new form of writing you’re trying to evolve with a distinct identity (perhaps yet hybrid considering most of one’s reference points are from the west) is a positive leap forward. however, while the form seems impressive in its execution — wish the content had a little more depth, perhaps more philosophical stuff. please do take this comment in the right spirit, i think it’s a laudable effort, just that the themes could be more diverse — i’ve seen some of the previews, visually well executed!

    is the form deliberately in favour of popular culture? just a query!

    • yes, the depth is of course lacking, and that is because most people doing these new comics are young people and need to mature. But one’s got to start somewhere so I just refrain from critical judgement on these beginners’ comics. I myself am a beginner and it will probably take me a few years and a few full length books to get somewhere.
      The ambition in terms of thematics and philosophical depth comes as one goes deeper and deeper into the comic medium.
      Just as words are mostly used to produce journalism or information rather than poetry, comics are mostly used to produce juvenile fantasies, and one can say that comics drawing’s tendency towards simplified forms can easily become the simple focus of primal energies. But to produce literature-as-comics, it needs a nurturing of one’s abilities and that happens gradually.
      I think, in general, the practice of literature is a ‘mature’ activity in that it requires the working out of a philosophical position and a conception of the world. Its not something that happens in youth. Of course there are exceptions where some young people become extraordinarily mature quickly due to their circumstances and burn out pretty fast, but in most cases, literature is a slow-burning activity that demands quite a lot from a person’s working life.
      I suppose as long as the focus is kept, it is possible to work out more and more ambitious themes in comics.

  10. valley said:

    thanks for that elaborate explanation! maybe it’s a sign of the times, the so-called information age which contantly inundates us with information all the time creating more zombies!

    …so many art forms tend to get dumbed-down in this increasingly schizophrenic and fast-paced life! there sure are positive sides for sure, so long as the form and content go-hand-in-hand and not back to the rut of tradition and conformity!

    as you said there are only those many exceptions who create something out-of-this world in their youth and sure enough burn out! As Rimbaud said, romanticism has never been properly judged. Who was there to judge it? The critics!

  11. valley said:

    and once again…please do take these comments in the right spirit…i’m just trying to understand this form and am sure it’ll go a long way!

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