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Welcome! my name’s Arp and I’m a neurodiverse Indian-American creator with late diagnosis ADHD! Here you’ll find

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My Comics

Mini Comics

All ages

Short comics

Short, one-shot comics on a variety of topics that tend towards graphic memoir.

Fried Cheese Balls

All ages

Arp Laszlo Quackatoa Illustrations Comics Entrepreneur

Fried Cheese Balls is a funny memoir about memory, culture & identity from my life as a second generation Indian American who split time between India & the US.

The Rapper's Foot

Lots of swearing

The Rappers's Foot is a story about the reknowned rapper Ice Cool and his foot. It's based on true events that have never been revealed to the public.

Recent Posts

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. Mike Tyson

#21: Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. Mike Tyson This should be an evergreen quote in my repertoire of quotes. Almost at the level of Life finds a way. (I assume by this point in time that everybody knows that quote, except for toddlers.) But creators knows what Mike is talking about: everybody has a plan until adversity smacks you upside the head. Being stymied by lack of time, lack of energy, creative blocks, fear, doubt, judgement – you name it. All punches to the face that creators are well acquainted with. Some of them can … Continue reading

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#20: The tale of Raktabija – and my shadowban

Where I forget to celebrate my 20th weekly newsletter because I’m focused on Hindu mythology today – and being shadowbanned by Google. //// In a society centered on the male citizen, the feminization of monsters served to demonize women. Kiki Karoglou Amongst my reading in the past couple of weeks has been Women and Other Monsters by Jess Zimmerman. It’s a ‘fresh cultural analysis of female monsters from Greek mythology, and an invitation for all women to reclaim these stories as inspiration for a more wild, more “monstrous” version of feminism’. While I hoped for more delving into mythology (much … Continue reading

Black Metal not if you still need to ask

#19: Wisdom from comics

This week I ponder the wisdom we receive from the stories we love. /// You can run all your life and not go anywhere. Mike For years, Social Distortion’s Ball & Chain has been a favorite song of mine. I was home from college in the summer of ‘92. And one night a friend wanted me to join him to see some bands I’d never heard of, in a venue that I’d never been to: the venerable Toad’s Place in New Haven. He was always into new music and new bands, but I was suspicious of his taste in music. … Continue reading

review flamer by mike curato

Flamer

Flamer by Mike Curato is a fantastic story of a boy coming to terms with his sexuality as a Boy Scout back when society wasn’t as understanding or aware as it is now. It’s written honestly, with humor and compassion. I hope it’s widely read and helps people – teens especially – who are struggling with their own feelings and understanding themselves. I KNOW I’M NOT GAY. Gay boys like other boys. I hate boys. They’re mean, and scary, and they’re always destroying something or saying something dumb or both. I hate that word. Gay. It makes me feel . . . unsafe.​ … Continue reading

It’s all about getting specific

#18: It’s all about getting *specific*

Where my opening quote is reflected in everything this week. /// Some things, when you get specific, apply to so many of us. Neil This was Neil’s realization after he started getting more honest & personal in his writing – personally specific & honest. People started coming up to him and telling him how they related to this character or that character, to this scene or that scene. They understood. They knew. For a storyteller, the goal is not simply to entertain people (that’s how we get Michael Bay). We’re all flawed people and the storytellers are the ones working … Continue reading

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Is SEO bullsh*t or what?

Many of y’all know that I’m a web monkey – my dayjob is building & working on websites. I’ve been doing this for over 15y and consider myself to be more of a business consultant with some technical skills. I’ve learned a fair bit about SEO along the way. I started a newsletter on January 21, with the objective of attracting an audience. For ‘SEO purposes’ the newsletter issues are also available on my site (though published a few days after subscribers get them). A couple of SEO points I picked up during my years – pretty straightforward, basic stuff: … Continue reading

lightfall the girl and the galdurian

Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian

Reading Lightfall seemed fated for me. First someone in my critique group mentioned it. Then the next day, it comes across my feed on Twitter. Sometimes you just have to go with whatever the universe wants. In this case, the universe wanted me to read and enjoy Tim Probert’s Lightfall: The Girl and the Galdurian. Deep in the heart of the planet Irpa stands the Salty Pig’s House of Tonics & Tinctures, home of the wise Pig Wizard and his adopted granddaughter, Bea. As keepers of the Endless Flame, they live a quiet and peaceful life, crafting medicines and potions … Continue reading

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#17: Exposition how much I loathe thee

Let’s try something different today: starting off with a rant – followed by a segue to another rant! /// Seeing is different than being told. African proverb Not sure where I got came across this (probably Brian McDonald’s podcast) but it’s apropos for every writer & comic creator in the world. Show don’t tell, the teachers try to beat into our heads. And they’re right. If there’s one thing I loathe – my biggest pet peeve – is poorly executed exposition. Nothing ruins being engrossed in a story or kills the suspension of disbelief for me like bad exposition. The … Continue reading

Black Metal Vol 1 by Rick Spears & Cuck BB

Black Metal

I have found my second-favorite comic after Scott Pilgrim: Black Metal, by Rick Spears and Chuck BB. It fulfills everything I want in a comic – a unique & fantastical story, excellent art, craft that takes advantage of the medium, and a sense of humor that just jibes with me. And it even has a nod to Scott Pilgrim in it. Black Metal is why comics exist. Not superheroes or other fare designed for mass consumption. Unique, creator-driven stories are where it’s at – and it’s what comics excels in. Twin brothers, Shawn and Sam, aren’t typical kids – their … Continue reading

Process, ego, and revealing my next project

#16: Process, ego & revealing my next project

Welcome to the new shorter version of the newsletter! (Editor: NOT.) First, some good news! I have been honored with a BIPOC scholarship by the Center for Cartoon Studies! They offer scholarships for their summer workshops and I applied for Creating Graphic Novels for the Young Adult Market. I chose this to get better at a “crafting authentic, relatable teen characters and narratives.” Can’t wait til August! /// That’s most people’s problem: they try to learn a magic trick instead of learning how magic works. Brian McDonald I’m still grooving to Brian McDonald’s podcast, You Are A Storyteller (though I’ve … Continue reading