Comics on the Brain

So I have been a bit spaced out these last few months. With another year of University just around the corner and a whole lot more free time that I knew what to do with, I have, admittedly been a bit aimless. So it was good that I’ve had the opportunity to really throw myself into “this comic book thing” (as some of my friends have called it). And frankly… Its been brilliant!

First and foremost, I am now a full-fledged partner in Meta Desi Comics, along with my friend, cohort, and writing partner, Akshay. What does that mean? Well for one thing, as long as we can drag this out, and hopefully put out some stuff worth reading on the way, I am part-owner of an independent comic publisher… I now write and publish my own comics. So major bucket list item checked! And Meta Desi is doing pretty well. We have a new comic by Spanish artist Stephano Cordoselli called ‘Love Me Like A Psycho Robot‘ coming out at the Bangalore Comic Con, along with Volume 3 of our very own ‘Ground Zero‘.

But wait! That’s not all! I’m also now writing a regular  weekly web comic, as well as taking up other projects, along with Akshay and Anant (fellow Meta Desi team member and Artist). So while I may be studying Tort or IP or Constitutional Law, I’m happy that I’ve got a good few “passion projects” to keep the creative juices flowing.

But this isn’t all about me (for a change!). Indian comics are getting bigger and better every year. And that’s probably thanks in no small part to Comic Con India – they have really upped their game over these last two years – I mean the talent at Comic Con Delhi (desi and International) was fantastic! And now Bangalore Comic Con and Hyderabad Comic Con are promising to be just as off the hook!

But while the hype is growing, and more people are looking at investing in local stories and talent, there’s no denying that there is a long way to go before Meta Desi, or others like us, can really make a full-time go of it. But let me take this moment to thank those that support us – whether it’s through infrastructure, buying our comics, or just spreading the word. Hopefully I’ll write one of these posts again in a year and have even more amazing things to say, maybe we would have closed shop. Who is to say. Unlike Volume 3 of Ground Zero, the future is yet to be written…

But till then, those of you who want to get behind us, here are some helpful links:

A recent write-up in Bleeding Cool – “Rising From The East – Meta Desi Comics Publishes Love Me Like A Psycho Robot, Partners With Bookmaker

Our Launch Schedule: “ICBM Launch Schedule

We’re also available to read on your iPad or iPhone using Readwhere and you can also order our comics from Indian comic giant Raj Comics.

And come see us in person at the Bangalore Comic Con – we’ll sign your comics for free!!! Book Your Tickets Now!

That’s all for now, but hopefully not for good…

Movie Review – Guardians of the Galaxy

WARNING: Contains Minor Spoilers!!!

So after what felt like an eternity of waiting for it’s cinematic release a group of fellow nerds and I finally watched Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ and right off the bat I have to say… This movie is easily one of the top 3 projects Marvel has ever executed. I mean I went in with some pretty high expectations, so I was pleasantly surprised when Guardians surpassed all I could have hoped. Though whether or not it is in fact the best Marcel flic ever depends on how it holds up to a re-watch next week.

What really struck me was the sheer amount of talent that Marvel drafted for this movie! And I’m not just talking about our protagonists, but rather, every second character was an A-List, if not popular B-List, player! I mean John C. Riley and Glenn Close as a Nova Officer and Nova Prime (respectively), Come on! It felt like every two-three minutes I was going – “Holy shit it’s that guy” And it wasn’t like they were thrown in willy-nilly either – Each one of them blended seamlessly into what was just one great piece of story-telling.

Speaking of characters, anyone who has been following the build up to the release knows that Rocket Raccoon and Groot just steal the show. Their on screen chemistry is sheer awesomeness (and yes I’m aware I’m talking about fictional, computer-generated beings). While I did love Star-Lord (Chris Pratt is just so awesome as the wise-cracking fearless leader of this troupe of trouble makers turned tyrant-taker-downers) he just isn’t the one most people came to see – that honour went to a barely recognisable Bradley Cooper and the completely unrecognisable Vin Diesel! Though, (and this is the closest this review comes to negative criticism) pI’m not sure why they chose to underplay Brax as a power-house, especially with a frame like Dave Bautista’s to run with.

The main thing Guardians has going for it though – something that helps it really stick out from the mass of super-hero flics that have hit the box office over the better part of the last decade – is how it has taken so many chances and, in so doing, has expanded the Marvel-Movieverse like no other before it. I mean it was daring enough to green light a project that doesn’t have larger than life titans like Thor and Iron Man to help sell it (not to mention a range of stand alone movies to build a viewer base) but to then also just let loose with the crazy visuals and introduce all new villains, worlds and civilisations – it was risky – but it worked! And where it easily surpassed all other superhero flics – DC, Marvel or Image – is that it took the focus off Earth – something that has me looking forward to exploring so much more of the amazing cosmos that exist in the great Marvel canon. It’s not just about earthlings any more, here come the Kree, the Xandarians and possibly the Skrulls (can anyone say Captain Mar-Vell : D).

Well I’ll stop there lest I fawn too much and make you pre-judge this movie. Because I really do want you to go see it with fresh eyes… make up your mind as to how awesome it is! : D

P.S – And this definitely is a spoiler… That post-credit Easter Egg – Howard the Duck! Whaaaaaat?!

Nice Weather for Ducks – Live at Lodhi Garden Restaurant

So I recently went to a gig by a friend’s band – Jester - where the opening act was a college band called ‘Nice Weather for Ducks‘, though they really could have fooled me. For a college outfit they have a really tight sound and their vocalist has some pretty decent chops. So I didn’t miss the chance to catch them again at Lodhi Garden Restaurant on Saturday, the 26th of August.

Though their set was short, it was entertaining. They played well and, all-in-all, the crowd, a majority of which was not there to listen to any live music, self-composed or otherwise, gave them a pretty decent ovation. In my opinion, if this was a TC gig, they would have walked off to a pretty decent roar.

The band bills themselves as ‘experimental’ and I suppose to some extent they are – they have elements of fusion, a little punk-ishness and some old school alternative vibes – though they wouldn’t match what most of us, or I at least, would think of when envisioning experimental rock. But this is not a bad thing.

If you haven’t heard them yet I suggest you check them out – Nice Weather for Ducks – I hear their EP is dropping soon!

More Glass Painting

So following my (somewhat) successful attempt with Edvard Munch’s “Scream” I decided to keep going with my little hobby. This time I took one of my mum’s old candle holder’s and decided to transform into somewhat a bit more exciting.

Glass Painting - Candle Holder - Step 1

So I decided to go with this funky mosaic pattern for this piece. I started out by taking a marker and randomly drawing squiggly segments all over the piece. This shouldn’t take you too long. Making the segments smaller will mean a little bit more work later and but it gives it much nicer look.

Glass Painting - Candle Holder - Step 2

Next Step is to take the Glass Liner and carefully trace over your pattern. This took me a fair bit as I had to regularly stop because my hand kept cramping up. Don’t forget to do a line across the edges of the glass (in this instance the mouth and the opening of the neck) so that the paint doesn’t drip when you’re doing those sections later.

Glass Painting - Candle Holder - Step 3

Step Three – Now its finally starting to look pretty! Start filling in the segments with the color or colors of your choosing. I used water based glass paints by Camel for this particular project. And I decided to go with one color across the piece, but you may want to mix it up a bit. If you work with water based paints though, remember to mix them as you paint/before you drop them onto the glass, for the best look.

Glass Painting - Candle Holder - Finished!

And here we have the final look of it. Doesn’t it look nice? It took a damn while I’ll tell you. While the curves of the glass give it a nice look, they are a pain to fill in because you have to wait before each bit dries, angling it so it doesn’t drip or run.

But in the end, it was worth it! I can’t wait to start my next project – Stained Glass Deadpool!

Midnight Screams


So amidst the madness of moving house and the sheer frustration of having no wifi (thank god for my iPhone!), I had a particularly mad bout of insomnia. But all was not lost on this listless night and I was hit by the urge to do something productive.

Now how exactly does one be productive in the middle of the night without internet access? Cue shuffling through some boxes and finding my old glass paints and a near blank canvass to work on (admittedly I had done most of the lining for this particular piece years ago and then forgotten about it). So many hours and a sore back (and butt) later I have my own little version of one my favourite works of art – Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”. While I won’t get into why I particularly adore this piece, suffice to say it’s flowing colours and fluid strokes just made it perfect for a glass painting.

Hopefully this is only the first of more to come (otherwise all the fresh supplies I just went out and bought were a waste!).

The Last Verse – Day XXX – NaPoWriMo 2014

Well here it is
Our last hurrah
We’ve done so much
We’ve come so far

Through tears and triumphs
And alliteration of course
Some words did flow
And some were forced

There were bright days
Though some were cloudy
Some words were whispered
Some words shouted loudly

Some mirth, some macabre
To new friends and old
Were dedicated the verses
And the stories told

Some, I will, someday
Reminisce over with pride
And some, I’ll probably,
Wish I could hide

But each shall remain
With me through my ways
As proof that I lasted
All 30 days

Writing till the point
That I thought I would burst
I just thank god
There’s no April 31st

And with that dear reader
Ends this year’s story
How quickly it passed
Through failure and glory

Till next year
When we shall take again
The NaPoWriMo challenge
Good travels my friends

No Reason – Day XXIX – NaPoWriMo 2014

One by one they fell
As the wind struck its death knell
Men of honor and pride
Their sabers by their side

As each did breathe their last
As each’s time did pass
The grass was painted crimson
As each escaped their flesh toned prison

In an instant high above
Past both hate or love
Seeing as if in a dream
The world they once did teem

And knew none which or why
Side they took in this lie
This pointless endeavor
To divide, to sever

For now they were no colors
No us, no others
There was but the light
And no longer reason to fight

Not Connected (A Short Poem) – Day XXVIII – NaPoWriMo

No matter how much I try-ay

It’s hard to get by-ay

It’s make me want to cry-ay

There just is no Wi-Fi

A Few Friends – Day XXVII – NaPoWriMo 2014

I don’t need a lot of friends
I just need a few

One who always has my back
One who always cuts me some slack
One who tries to flatter me
One who knows exactly how I feel

One who likes to chill
One to take care of me when I’m ill
One who takes trips along side
One to check me, when I’m full of pride

One to sit and debate
One to help make laugh and elate
One whose shoulder I can cry upon
One who stays up, talking till the dawn

Now many of these things
More than one can do
So I don’t need a lot of friends
I just need a few

A Body At Rest – Day XXVI – NaPoWriMo 2014

Great slumber
The peace and quiet of infinite darkness

To sleep
To dream perchance
Possibly never to waken
Not caring

Letting slip the fatigue and fear of far away
Seeing the beauty of a noon sun
Feeling the sweet embrace of nothing

To rest
Ah to sleep