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 an exciting and challenging time to be an artist. Her comic has been published in Bangalore Graphic Novel (anthology) and will also be seen in an upcoming anthology edited by Orijit Sen.
2. What kind of graphic material you read or follow?
I think it's a wonderful space which is growing in an interesting manner right now. As a creator, with the reach of the Internet, and self publishing (web or print), avenues to get your work seen are numerous. As a reader, you are getting an amazing variety of content across many genres and age-groups. The place that still needs maturity is acceptance and encouragement of comics as a profession and paid for appropriately. It has not yet grown enough to be a viable source of income, and that's something I hope evolves soon.
5. Is it stagnating or growing?
Growing-up I would say, as more creators find ways to talk about things from the mundane to those that might be considered taboo in mainstream media, as well as having enough to room to accommodate any kind of art and story. It is a super flexible medium.
6. Does the current narrative prevalent in the graphic novel and comic world reflect our political and social situations?
Sometimes. There is freedom to have both self indulgent as well as self aware comics. It's definitely a great space to comment about something, should one choose to.
7. As an artistic medium can we use this form to raise questions about our society and changing times?
Yes we can, and we should. As the medium of the comic gains popularity, it becomes a more powerful tool, and it can be as far reaching and powerful as the content it has & the way it's distributed.