Brown Paperbag Comic’s Sailesh talks to Graphicshelf

Brown Paper Bag

Sailesh Gopalan began Brown Paperbag Comic on June 2016 while studying animation at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore. Brown Paperbag Comic went viral within a month after its launch, getting over 70,000 followers in first three weeks. Where did it all begin for you? What made you get into writing /drawing … Read moreBrown Paperbag Comic’s Sailesh talks to Graphicshelf

A Gardener in The Wasteland

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Srividya Natarajan Illustrator: Aparajita Ninan  Published: 2011 by Navayana  No. of Pages: 128 Genre: History, Socio-politics Subthemes: Casteism in India Timeline: The story travels through two timelines in India, 2010- where the story is set and 1840’s to 1870’s- which explores the story of Jotiba and Savitribai Phule. Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot Analysis … Read moreA Gardener in The Wasteland

Corridor

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Sarnath Bannerjee Illustrator: Sarnath Bannerjee Published: 2004 by Penguin India  No. of Pages: 112 Genre: Satire Subthemes: Trappings of everyday life, Indian cosmopolitan culture    Timeline: The story travels through the lives of four characters in contemporary India(the early 2000’s) Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot Analysis Storyline: Set in the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi-Connaught … Read moreCorridor

Bhimayana: Experiences of Untouchability

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Durgabai Vyam, Srividya Natrajan, Subhash Vyam, S. Anand Illustrator: Durgabai Vyam, Subhash Vyam Published: 2011 by Navayana No. of Pages: 108 Genre: Historical Biography, Socio-Politics Subthemes: Continuing practice of caste based discrimination in India Timeline: The story is largely set in India of 2010 while contextualising its struggle against Caste by tracing it down to … Read moreBhimayana: Experiences of Untouchability

“We try to get through to people using art and humor” in conversation with Appupen (George Mathen)

Serpentine kafkaesque panels; minimal or almost no use of text; worlds where venomous consumerism has consumed the lives of everyone; and palpable social commentary which snakes through the reader’s mind- Appupen’s (George Mathen) works have carved a niche in the Indian graphic novel market and are pretty much responsible for gravitating more readers to the … Read more“We try to get through to people using art and humor” in conversation with Appupen (George Mathen)

Hayao Miyazaki’s Top 2 Japanese Anime Films that collectively earned ‎¥50 billion and 1 Oscar (Part 2)

Spirited Away-The record-breaking Oscar Winner! This was the movie that put Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki on the world map. He had famously returned from retirement to create another piece of work. “Tale of the fanciful adventures of a ten-year-old girl named Chihiro, who discovers a secret world when she and her family get lost … Read moreHayao Miyazaki’s Top 2 Japanese Anime Films that collectively earned ‎¥50 billion and 1 Oscar (Part 2)

Hayao Miyazaki’s Top 2 Japanese Anime Films that collectively earned ‎¥50 billion and 1 Oscar (Part 1)

Hayao Miyazaki-The visionary director “Logic is using the front part of the brain, that’s all. But you can’t make a film with logic. Or if you look at it differently, everybody can make a film with logic. But my way is to not use logic.” ― Hayao Miyazaki Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿, Miyazaki Hayao) is … Read moreHayao Miyazaki’s Top 2 Japanese Anime Films that collectively earned ‎¥50 billion and 1 Oscar (Part 1)

“A Gypsy who explores the perfect mix of travel and art – Allen Shaw”

We were excited to start a conversation with the much-admired Indian artist and storyteller, Allen Shaw, at Chitrakatha ’17, the international animation festival held at NID, Ahmedabad. Talking about his journey through the world of visual narratives, Allen talked about the influences which shaped his own graphic storytelling and the importance of graphic narratives in … Read more“A Gypsy who explores the perfect mix of travel and art – Allen Shaw”

Sauptik : Blood and Flowers

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Amruta Patil Illustrator: Amruta Patil Published: 2016 by HarperCollins India No. of Pages: 256 Genre: Mythology Subthemes: Mahabharata Timeline: Fictional Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot Analysis Storyline: The graphic novel, Sauptik: Blood and Flowers is a creative retelling of the Mahabharata by Amruta Patil. The main narrative of the story begins with what is the … Read moreSauptik : Blood and Flowers

Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Amruta Patil Illustrator: Amruta Patil Published: 2012 by HarperCollins No. of Pages: 276 Genre: Mythology Subthemes: Mahabharata Timeline: Fictional Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot Analysis Storyline: Adi Parva – Churning of the Ocean’, derives its name and its stories from the first book of the Indian epic poem, Mahabharata; and Amruta Patil’s version is … Read moreAdi Parva: Churning of the Ocean

An interview with Srijani Goswami

We got an opportunity to talk to Srijani Goswami, a graphic designer/artist from Kolkata, who recently published her Bengali comic Sleep. Tell us something about your journey as a graphic-based storyteller? How did it start? I was a storyteller since childhood and got drawn towards comics such as- Tintin, Asterix, et cetera. Although my school discouraged reading … Read moreAn interview with Srijani Goswami

Dreamless

Read Online Click here  Author: Bobby Crossby Illustrator: Sarah Ellerton Published: 2009 on Keenspot No. of Pages:  70 Genre: Historical romance; Paranormal romance drama; Subthemes: World War II; Attack on the Pearl Harbour  Timeline: 1923-1941 Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot Analysis Storyline: Dreamless is a hauntingly beautiful tale of a paranormal romance between an American girl … Read moreDreamless

Indira

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Devapriya Roy Illustrator: Priya Kuriyan Published: 2018 by Context No. of Pages: 144 Genre: Biography Subthemes: 1975- Emergency in India; Indian Independence Timeline: 1917-1984; A parallel story runs in 2016-2017 Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot Analysis Storyline: A crisply written tale woven around a young sixth-standard student-Indira Thapa-interspersed with breathtakingly beautiful art by artist … Read moreIndira

What Led Rohith Vemula to Take his Own Life?

Access now Click to access  Author: Vishnu Gopinath, Susnata Paul Illustrator: Susnata Paul Genre:  Biography Subthemes: Rohit Vermula’s suicide Timeline: 2015-2016 Plot Analysis Plot Analysis Across India, 26,500 students committed suicide between 2014-2016. Susnata Paul’s graphic novel tells the story of one such student, a Dalit PhD scholar Rohith Vemula. In January 2016, he was found … Read moreWhat Led Rohith Vemula to Take his Own Life?

A conversation with Illustrator and Animator Susnata Paul

Graphicshelf got its opportunity to interact with Storyteller Susnata Paul, as a part of our ‘Conversations’ series. Susnata Paul is a passionate story teller graduated from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She worked as an Illustrator at ‘The Quint’ and produced a series of Graphic stories on chapters from ‘History of India’ for them. Graphicshelf … Read moreA conversation with Illustrator and Animator Susnata Paul

Amar Bari, Tomar Bari NAXALBARI

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Sumit Kumar Illustrator: Sumit Kumar Published: 2015 by Horizon Books No. of Pages: 160 Genre: History Subthemes: Origins of Naxalism in India; Naxalbari uprising Timeline: 1903-2013 Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot Analysis Storyline: A satirical and an unequivocal take on Naxalism in India, the graphic novel traces the origin of Naxalism without any “left”, … Read moreAmar Bari, Tomar Bari NAXALBARI

A conversation with designer Nausheen Javed

We recently got an opportunity to interact with the extremely talented designer Nausheen Javed. Q. Your art feels very poetic, tell us something about your journey as an artist? When did you start and how? For me like any other child, drawing came as a secret passageway into our imaginations. Writing has always been an … Read moreA conversation with designer Nausheen Javed

An informative session with animator Upamanyu Bhattacharyya

  As a part of our “Conversations” series, we got an opportunity to interact with animator Upamanyu Bhattacharya. A young and scintillating talent, Upamanyu talks about how he visualizes a comic strip before bringing it out on paper and goes on to discuss his inspirations and design journey. Designed as an informative series, our “Conversations” series helps young … Read moreAn informative session with animator Upamanyu Bhattacharyya

Parismita Singh talks about her journey as an artist

  In our third informative session, we interact with Parismita Singh, who has authored several books and is as an extremely skilled storyteller, both with words and her drawings. During the last month, we got an opportunity to read her debut graphic novel- The Hotel at the End of the World and were absolutely amazed … Read moreParismita Singh talks about her journey as an artist

Menstrupedia

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Aditi Gupta Illustrator: Tuhin Paul Published: 2015 by Menstrupedia No. of Pages: 88 pages Genre: Social-awareness (Menstruation) Subthemes: Menstruation Timeline: Contemporary Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot Analysis Storyline: With the world engulfed in “#MeToo” cries and India talking about the Akshay Khanna and Sonam Kapoor starrer Padman, we are at a point in time … Read moreMenstrupedia

LIE: a traditional tale of modern India

Buy Online Amazon  Author: Gautam Bhatia Illustrator: Shankar Lal Bhopa, Birju Lal and Ghansham Published: 2010 by Tranqebar No. of Pages:  182 Genre: Satire Subthemes: Socio-politics in India Timeline: Contemporary    Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot Analysis Storyline: The idea of India seen through stories in soap operas, phone calls, prayer rooms and mythologies, lies subverted in the … Read moreLIE: a traditional tale of modern India

Priya Kuriyan talks about her journey as a comic book artist

  For our second informative session, we interact with Priya Kuriyan, who is a Delhi-based illustrator, animator and has worked on various graphic novels and comic books for both, children and adults. Tracing her journey, she talks about her first comic book, her inspirations, challenges in publishing a graphic novel, the comic book industry in … Read morePriya Kuriyan talks about her journey as a comic book artist

Three online courses that help you write a comic book!

  If there’s anything in the world that has grown more than Donald Trump’s ignorance in the last seventy years, it is perhaps the comic book industry! (of course, that was a hyperbole, how is Donald’s ignorance even comparable!) Valued at around 800 million dollars in the US, the comic book industry is far from … Read moreThree online courses that help you write a comic book!

Gandhi: A Manga Biography

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Kazuki Ebine Illustrator: Kazuki Ebine Published: 2011 by Penguin USA No. of Pages: 192 Genre: Manga; Biography Subthemes: Indian Independence Timeline: 1880-1948 Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot Analysis Storyline: Gandhi is a lucid tale of Mahatma Gandhi’s life from the award-winning manga artist Kazuki Ebine. Largely written as an informative, Gandhi follows traditional manga … Read moreGandhi: A Manga Biography

River of Stories

NoteThe Graphic Novel can only be accessed through popular resources like SCRIBD on the internet. It has been out of print for long  Author: Orijit Sen Illustrator: Orijit Sen Published: 1994 by Kalpavriksh No. of Pages: 63 Genre: Social-awareness    Subthemes: Narmada Bachao Andolan; Ecological damage caused by dams Timeline: Early 1990’s Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot … Read moreRiver of Stories

Conversations with Anirban Ghosh

We live in an age where visual-storytelling is not only breathtakingly beautiful to see but also has commercial success associated with it. From animation, comics, graphic novels, to advertisement, branding, and education, design has become an indispensable part of an effective act of communication. But how does one reach there? Before the glittery heavy paycheques … Read moreConversations with Anirban Ghosh

Aspyrus

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Appupen Illustrator: Appupen Published: 2014 by HarperCollins No. of Pages: 168 Genre: Dystopian Fiction Subthemes: Menace of dreams and aspirations; chaotic effects of consumerism and capitalism Timeline: Fictional Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot Analysis Storyline: Exploring the primordial landscape of Halahala, replete with absurd creatures and mercurial circumstances, Aspyrus is a tale of the … Read moreAspyrus

Tinker.Solder.Tap

The book can be accessed on the Sarai Project website link below Download link  Author: Bhagwati Prasad Illustrator: Amitabh Kumar Published: 2009 by The Sarai Programme No. of Pages: 92 Genre: Social awareness Subthemes: Water conservation Timeline: Mid-1980’s  Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot Analysis Storyline The graphic novel, Tinker. Solder. Tap, by Bhagwati Prasad and Amitabh Kumar is a … Read moreTinker.Solder.Tap

Sita: Daughter of the Earth

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Saraswati Nagpal Illustrator: Manikandan Published: 2011 by Kalyani Navyug Media (Campfire) No. of Pages: 96 pages  Genre: Mythology Subthemes: Ramayana as told by Sita  Timeline: Same as the original Ramayana Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot Analysis Storyline: Glimmering with colorful artwork and graphics, Sita: Daughter of the Earth, tells the tale of Ramayana as … Read moreSita: Daughter of the Earth

The Barn Owl’s Wondrous Capers

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Sarnath Banerjee Illustrator: Sarnath Banerjee Published: 2007 by Penguin Books India No. of Pages: 280 Genre: Historical Fiction Subthemes: Scandals of East-India Company employees in Calcutta, History of Calcutta, Life in Calcutta, Legend of the Wandering Jew  Timeline: The timeline meanders from 17th to 18th century, in the beginning, hopping from multiple places in Europe (London, … Read moreThe Barn Owl’s Wondrous Capers

Sudershan (Chimpanzee)

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Rajesh Devraj Illustrator: Meren Imchen Published: 2012 by Hachette India No. of Pages: 124 Genre: Comedy Subthemes: Animal actors in Bollywood, Glamour in the life of an artist  Timeline: 60’s in Bollywood Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot Analysis Storyline A tribute to animal artists of the Indian film industry and in a broader sense … Read moreSudershan (Chimpanzee)

The Hotel At The End Of The World

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Parismita Singh Illustrator: Parismita Singh Published: 2009 by Penguin India No. of Pages: 144 Genre: Fantasy, Drama Subthemes: Traditional storytelling, North-Eastern(India) folklore, world-war II, escapism Timeline: Fictional Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot Analysis Storyline: A hotel run by a woman ruminating about her lost love; a husband who tells the story of ghosts of homesick … Read moreThe Hotel At The End Of The World

Munnu: A Boy from Kashmir

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Malik Sajad  Illustrator: Malik Sajad  Published: 2015 by 4th Estate Books No. of Pages: 352 Genre: Socio-political, Conflict, Primary narrative Subthemes: Life in a conflict-zone, the juxtaposition of complexities inherent in the political and social landscape Timeline: The story is primarily set in the early 1990‘s at the peak of militancy or armed insurgency in the Valley … Read moreMunnu: A Boy from Kashmir

All Quiet in Vikaspuri

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Sarnath Banerjee Illustrator: Sarnath Banerjee Published: 2015 by HarperCollins No. of Pages: 152 Genre: Satire Subthemes: Water crisis in Delhi, Dystopia, transformation from pre-liberalisation to post-liberalization era Timeline: There’s no clear timeline but there’s an allusion to pre-liberalisation to the post-liberalization era. The timelines thus are largely imaginary and the most of it is set in a … Read moreAll Quiet in Vikaspuri

Three Graphic Novels which redefined the genre of Graphic Novels

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale                                                            This Pulitzer winning graphic memoir is one of the most recommended and critically acclaimed graphic novels in the world. The incredible combination of words and pictures which were novel to the readers at the time of its first release in the 1980s forever altered the way serious readers think of … Read moreThree Graphic Novels which redefined the genre of Graphic Novels

Try these graphic-based biographies to get smarter!

  If you still think that comic books are only for nerdy folks fanatical about superheroes, you’re missing a vivacious genre diversity of comics and its new age sibling graphic novels. Creative authors and illustrators are toying and experimenting with the stupendous possibilities of sequential art and a new genus of graphic memoirs and graphic … Read moreTry these graphic-based biographies to get smarter!

Lodhi Art District: Exploring Street Art in Delhi

On a sullen November morning, we decided to meander through the streets of Delhi to explore India’s first public art district- The Lodhi Art District. Located between Khanna Market and Mehar Chand Market, the district displays museum grade art through murals. Reaching there was simple, we got down at the gate no. 1 of Jorbagh … Read moreLodhi Art District: Exploring Street Art in Delhi

Moonward

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Appupen Illustrator: Appupen Published: 2009 by BLAFT Publications No. of Pages: 268 Genre: Fiction, Fantasy  Subthemes: Dystopia Timeline: Fictional Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot Analysis Storyline: Moonward narrates the story of Halahala, a primordial landscape full of absurd creatures—a huge tortoise, giant robotic birds, weeping trees and cities grown from seeds. Full of dystopian … Read moreMoonward

Conversations with Ramya Ramakrishnan

Ramya is an independent designer, comic-maker and illustrator who likes to drink coffee and over-think. She collaborates with various folks making illustrations and comics, and build apps and websites. A graduate of Sir JJ Institute of Applied Art and National Institute of Design, she tries to explore different forms of visual expression, and finds it … Read moreConversations with Ramya Ramakrishnan

The Curious Case of Lord Dinkan

“A fighter to the opponent, Strongest of the strong” – This maxim illuminates the eminence of ‘Lord Dinkan’ conforming to the believers of a new sect of religion called ‘Dinkoism’. Dinkan, a mighty superhero mouse which first appeared in a Malayalam Children’s weekly ‘Balamangalam’ in 1983, featuring a yellow suit, a red brief and a … Read moreThe Curious Case of Lord Dinkan

The History of Indian Graphic Novels

Pre-modern History of Graphic Novels can be which traced back to the pr-modern era. The idea of presenting thoughts, emotions and moments of daily life through art, the most universally understandable medium has been accepted by the human communities since the formation of the human species.  Parietal art drawn on the cave walls or on … Read moreThe History of Indian Graphic Novels

Hyderabad: A Graphic Novel

Buy Online Amazon  Author: Jai Undurti Illustrator: ‎ Harsho Mohan Chattoraj Published: 2014 by Syenagiri No. of Pages: 88 Genre: History Subthemes: Historical biography of the city through time-travel Timeline: Fictional Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot Analysis Storyline: Hyderabad: A Graphic novel is the first outcome of a unique and ambitious city centric story telling initiative namely “Every City is a … Read moreHyderabad: A Graphic Novel

Legends of Halahala

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Appupen Illustrator: Appupen Published: 2013 by HarperCollins No. of Pages: 148 Genre: Fantasy  Subthemes: Dystopian Fantasy Timeline: Fictional ART REVIEW Plot Review ARTWORK AND REPRESENTATION Storyline An undue war caused by a naive lover-boy. A blind superheroine monster beater. An unlikely beastly love triangle with a controllable dragon. A sewer man desperate to leave a … Read moreLegends of Halahala

Kari

Buy Online Amazon Flipkart  Author: Amruta Patil Illustrator: Amruta Patil   Published: January 2008 by HarperCollins No. of Pages: 124 Genre: Sexuality, Identity Sub Themes: The Recession (2008) Timeline: The Recession (2008) Plot Analysis Art Analysis Plot Analysis Storyline The plot begins spot-on with it’s main theme – Kari’s story of her love life and breakup, and her struggles with her … Read moreKari

Graphicshelf talks with Artist Nina Sabnani

Nina Sabanani interview

Graphicshelf interviews artist and storyteller Nina Sabnani, as she talks about her works, her books and provides tips for beginners. What made you choose visual as a medium of expression or storytelling? It’s been a long time since I made the decision! (chuckles) I studied fine arts in college and was torn between Painting and … Read moreGraphicshelf talks with Artist Nina Sabnani

Everything you need to know about Captain Marvel!

  Marvel just dropped Captain Marvel’s new trailer and it’s gotten the world looking forward to a spectacle in March. Set in the 90’s, the movie boasts of a star studded cast featuring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers a.k.a Captain Marvel, Jude Law as Mar-Vell, Samuel L.Jackson reprising his role as Nick Fury and my … Read moreEverything you need to know about Captain Marvel!

BEDx Author, Rushil Bhatnagar talks to Graphicshelf

Graphicshelf interviews BEDx author Rushil Bhatnagar, as he talks about how BEDx was born, his inspirations and about zines. What got you into zines and illustrations? Where did it all begin for you? I was in London for a semester exchange, pursuing advertising, discovering the power of print media and other mediums to put across … Read moreBEDx Author, Rushil Bhatnagar talks to Graphicshelf

Interview with Indian Artist and Storyteller Ankitha Kini

Read graphicshelf interview of Indian Artist and Animator Ankitha Kini, as she talks about her story, inspirations and influences. Where did it all begin for you? What made you get into writing /drawing graphic novels or art in general? It all began with an extremely boring and lonely childhood. I was a shy child with … Read moreInterview with Indian Artist and Storyteller Ankitha Kini

Curated Shaktimaan videos of him fighting villains.

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Shaktimaan (or Shaktiman), India’s favourite superhero was launched in 1997. He got his control over five elements of life through by deep meditation. Shaktimaan has superhuman powers which lie in seven chakras of his body. He fights forces of evil to protect the people. Watch these Shaktimaan videos to see him facing off against his … Read moreCurated Shaktimaan videos of him fighting villains.