What the fantasy?1 – pages 2-4 of 20 (for COMIX.INDIA Vol.3)

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14 comments
  1. valley said:

    does one get to see more of this fable?

    • its getting published in COMIX.INDIA Vol.3 which will be released in a few days. Do buy the magazine. 🙂

      • valley said:

        okie dokie!! will it be up on the site too? or is that too much of a give away eh!:-)

  2. valley said:

    what I find most amusing in your comics is the distinct style vocab for all the locomotive sounds, esp the ‘taga taga’and the ‘srrr’, lol!

    • the creation of original words for sound is a very important aspect of comics writing, something that I became aware of through the study of Japanese comics.

  3. valley said:

    Ah yes! the way you localise it works well; it also evokes a sense of nostalgia one would find in serials like malgudi days esp in r.k. laxman’s caricatures – a distinct flavour of the locale and period. Guess the b&w works to highlight that aspect. Interesting in terms of an aesthetic which deals with the present (thematics) but has at the same time an evocative sense of the past; the sounds, the b&w drawings etc.

    • It’s strange that you find nostalgia in the drawings, because I never meant to evoke any sense of the past. Whatever I’ve drawn is about right now. I think, in a general sense, especially in the west, b&w has been linked with past/nostalgia and the like, because of b&w photographs. However, comics drawing is a different matter. Here, its not really a question of b&w vs colour, but a matter of the tools you use that is conducive to printing technology. B&w is used simply because its very cheap to print b&w, and also it is faster and easier for the author to draw in b&w, without bothering about colour effects. It has nothing to do with the evocative sense actually.
      What R.K.Laxman did was to illustrate his brother’s stories using lines made by ink and brush. Because he used a particular technique that not many others used subsequently, b&w line art seems quaint and nostalgic. But its just a technique that can be used by anyone at any time.

  4. valley said:

    i see what you’re saying about b&w being easier in terms of production. It’s just a subjective perception with this particular piece…the train drawing the words for the sounds etc. seemed to evoke nostalgia. It’s not a generalisation of all the the work I guess — the “Gods on the Road” piece also gave one that sense…

    Guess it also about how one is attuned to visual culture…in Indian or is the west…be that a tarkovsky or a ray film, the use of b&w to evoke a sense of nostalgia tends to leave a imprint in the way one might view things.

    • Hmm… perhaps you also get the R.K.Laxman comparison because of the landscape depicted in the works. South India, being dominated by coconut trees, Hindoo temples (Tamil Nadu has one of the largest number of Hindoo temples in India), and women wearing flowers on their head. But this is everyday reality in the place I live in.
      I hope that I am able to depict accurately, a quite different area in the travel book about buddhist sites in north india. Let’s see if I am able to manage that.

  5. valley said:

    yes…it has that simple, straightforward visual appeal which one finds in r.k. laxman’s work or even comic books like chandamama.

    • The difference is that I do comics, while Laxman and even Chandamama focus on illustrations.

  6. valley said:

    what one meant was that those pieces had the same kind of nostalgic simplicity that one found in r.k. laxman’s drawings, which is rare nowadays, it’s not somuch a comparison, just gives one a sense of those books from the days of yore!:)

  7. valley said:

    Was meant to be positive feedback!:) should hopefully find the mag and read the rest too.

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