Monthly Archives: December 2011

Press: Bangalore Mirror covers The Kuru Chronicles

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If you’ve looked at the art for The Kuru Chronicles, you already know it’s not the kind of art you’d expect to see in a graphic novel. Adding a little more to the unexpectedness of our graphic novel, may I present- the music.

Yep. We have music. We have a band. They’re called the Kuru Circus and they create these completely eerie soundscapes based on our storyline. The one embedded is a song called Nasadiya – inspired from the Rig Veda‘s Creation Hymn called Nasadiya.

Want more? Check out Ari’s YouTube page.

Okay, so getting back to the title of this post: Prashant Vidyasagar of Bangalore Mirror managed to hold Ari down long enough to talk about The Kuru Chronicles Kuru Circus (the band!) and his artwork.

Below is an excerpt. Click here to read the full article.

“The Kuru Chronicles is a novellascape set in a dystopian Calcutta (of the future).  The novel was inspired by the city of Calcutta where Ari has spent the last couple of years, the spiritual concepts of the Vedas, the left-hand path of the Aghoris and various other cinematic, musical and visual influences that he has had over the years.”

I’m pretty excited about all the buzz being generated while I sit in my little Berkshire cave typing away. 😀

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‘Misrepresentation’- a documentary on the portrayal of women as ‘bitches and ditzes’

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I’ve been on a TED|Talks Trip!

December 1 was the TEDxWomen event and I happened to attend a live webcast at TEDxBerkshires hosted at the gorgeous Winthrop Estate in Lenox.

There were several inspiring, amazing and heart-breaking stories but the one I’m posting about today is a documentary called Misrepresentation by  Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

While I’m a champion of women using their bodies in any damn way we please, Misrepresentation really got me thinking. About all the things we, as girls/women, think we can/cannot do. I’m not against the sexualisation of women per se but I agree with the film-maker that there is definitely a need for a more balanced portrayal of women in the media.

As Ariella, a young high school student interviewed in the film says, “There is no appreciation for women intellectuals. It’s all about the body. Not about the brain.”

Watch the trailer below.

Quoted: Gokul Gopalakrishnan dissects Indian graphic novels

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My friend and comics author, illustrator and researcher Gokul Gopalakrishnan dissects the Indian graphic novels and comics scene  in an article for Fountain Ink Magazine. Gokul also draws and illustrates Small Talk and As the City Is for New Indian Express and DNA.

Written for Fountain Ink, Gokul’s article forces us to take off our rose-tinted glasses and look at the industry as it truly is and where it’s headed. It’s refreshingly honest and at a time when everyone else is gushing about the quantity of publications, Gokul’s focus remains on quality.

When he first began writing this article, we had a couple of conversations about it; about the direction the industry is headed and what we, as creatives, are doing to help shape it. Click here to read his article and below is an excerpt:

“To put it bluntly, Bhimayana and Tara Books’ I See the Promised Land, a biography of Martin Luther King illustrated by Patua artists of Bengal, are perfect examples of how marrying traditional Indian art style to a post-industrial art form like comics doesn’t necessarily deliver quality graphic narratives.

If at one end of the graphic novel spectrum in India are the mainstream publishers who are more or less content with a set of established names, and superficial thematic and stylistic “innovations” the other end is populated by a group of independent smaller comics publishers who have gleefully dropped anchor at the superhero-mythology genre bay.”

I’m quoted in it, by the way. It’s just one tiny little line but Gokul and I talked about the article for a few days and I’m glad that that one line is the one he chose to use.

Call for submissions from Manta Ray

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Manta Ray, creators of the comic Hush (for which I interviewed them here), have put out a submissions call!

If you have a stellar idea for a single-page comic on contemporary issues, scribble it up and send it off to the Ray. If you’re like me and can’t draw, you can send them a written pitch and they’ll pair you with an illustrator. If you can draw- well, then go draw it!

Click here for submission guidelines and all that fun stuff.