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A peak at my ever-evolving #comics #webcomics #process…

I was unhappy with the thumbnails (aka the rough sketch of a complete page). So I opened up the thumbnails in Clip Paint Studio (the app formerly known as Manga Studio) and Mischief.Mischief has a neat Window Opacity feature where you can use it while seeing everything that’s beneath it. I saw all of the elements in the page I wanted to fix without having to flip back & forth between two programs – cool! Mischief is quickly becoming my go to app for sketching & ideation. The infinite canvas, near infinite zooming & being able to navigate everything using … Continue reading

learn Hindi

Can you learn Hindi – with a font?

I don’t know how to read either Bengali or Hindi. My grandmother started teaching me Bengali once when I was a kid; I had a rudimentary knowledge of the letters and numbers for a few months. And that was it – by the time we returned the next year I’d lost interest. All I know now about Bengali letters is that the number 0 (zero) is the same in both Bengali and English; and what looks like an Bengali 8 (eight) is an English 4 (and I may be totally wrong about the latter). To learn Hindi or Bengali now is truly daunting. … Continue reading

Aziz Ansari in India

Aziz Ansari Goes to India

I just finished watching Parks & Recreation last week (boo hoo :() and developed a much greater appreciation for Aziz Ansari over the last few months. The guy is effortlessly funny and entertaining as hell. He just wrote a short article in the New York Times about going back to India for a family wedding that’s worth a quick read: I relate to my cousins in wildly different ways. We all get along well, but it’s easier to connect with some more than with others. Three of them grew up in the States; four were born in India, but later moved to New … Continue reading

Changing the comic format…

After some feedback & consideration I’m switching the format of the comic from a strip to a page. I originally conceived the comic as being a daily strip with a lot of short, self-contained stories – very different from what the comic is at the moment. It will be better served as full page comic (more like a graphic novel), with the downside being less frequent updates. Creating as a page will make a big difference as I won’ be limited to 3-4 panels. Each page will be part of a story arc, of not a story unto its own. … Continue reading

“India in a Day” – a crowdsourced film by Google

I came across this recently and it’s a really cool idea. A crowdsourced, user-generated film all on one day – October 15, 2015: India in a Day is a user-generated film all about India, shot in a single day, by you. On Saturday 10th October 2015, you will have 24 hours to capture your story on camera and show us how India is changing. The most compelling and distinctive footage will be edited into a documentary film, executive produced by Ridley Scott and Anurag Kashyap and directed by Richie Mehta. They released a sneak peak video that’s pretty cool: I’m … Continue reading

Clyde Waddell’s amazing photos: A Yank’s Memories of Calcutta

I’ve devoted a lot of time in the strip so far to research, trying to figure out how people dressed back in the 1940s, taking a look at streets & vehicles, etc. Whilst Googling, I came across these fantastic pictures by Clyde Waddell, an American military photographer who was in Calcutta around 1945-1946. He took pictures, at the behest of his friends, and added some fantastic commentary. Click on a photo to open up a nice carousel viewer. This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work prepared by an officer or employee … Continue reading

Outsourced

Review: I watched the Outsourced tv series – and loved it

We got a trial of Hulu a month ago and while seeing what they offered, I noticed Outsourced. It rang a bell; I have a faint memory of seeing the 2006 movie that inspired it but had no idea there was a tv show (we haven’t had cable for at least 10 years). It was a pleasant surprise – an American tv show set in India, with a mostly Indian cast? Hot damn – that’s some progress right there. Or at least I hoped it was progress because there was an excellent chance that the show would suck. Except the show … Continue reading

Barbie Kali

I like Barbie Kali

Naturally, there are plenty of Indians offended by this art but I’m not one of them. My only quibble is the blond hair, which just doesn’t work with the blue skin. I’m curious how many other Indian-Americans out there just thought that our gods & goddesses were Kooler Than Jesus (see what I did there – besides dating myself…). Walking on water is pretty cool; so is parting the Red Sea. Turning water into wine didn’t sound cool until I hit college. But our gods could disintegrate you with one glance from their third eye (Shiva). Or throw lightning bolts … Continue reading

6 Things All Immigrant Kids Experience by AJ+

Yep – I related to most of these, particularly the name thing. My parents chose a name (“Arpan”) that wasn’t spelled anything like the pronunciation (Or-pone) – and it’s pronounced differently depending where in India you are. And while I didn’t have school lunch issues (my mom usually made bad Western sandwiches I didn’t eat), sleepovers and camping were things that Other People Did. I finally went camping for the first time at 24 with my future partner and loved it (now I refuse to camp without a trailer or something to simplify things with 4 kids involved). Dating thankfully … Continue reading

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