Grafity's Wall

By Ram V

A coming-of-age Graphic Novel about expression, rebellion, ambition and acceptance painted against the backdrop of Mumbai's ever changing and evolving street-culture

Graphic novels & comics | Illustrated
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Publication date: October 2018

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When an aspiring street artist by the name of 'Grafity' watches the tenements outside his home being razed, he finds an unlikely canvas at the one wall still left standing in the debris. Over the next weeks, he begins creating a mural on the wall, one that chronicles the lives of his friends: A local low-level fixer named Jay who harbors dreams of being a rapper. A brilliant and awkward boy named Chasma who writes love letters in his breaks between waiting tables at a local 'Chinese' restaurant. And Saira, an aspiring actress with ambitions so fierce that they threaten to consume her and all those around her. As the mural progresses, the story gives us glimpses into these incandescent lives, their hopes and dreams both inspired and impeded by their circumstances, and the impossible city that they live in.

Written by: Ram V
Illustrated by: Anand RK
Colours by: Irma Kniivila
Letters by: Aditya Bidikar

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  • Ram Venkatesan avatar

    Ram Venkatesan

    Ram V is an author and comic book writer from Mumbai, India. He makes up stories, sometimes they have pictures. His short stories and comics have appeared in several anthologies and e-zines. In 2012 he began writing Aghori which is now an award nominated ongoing series in India. A graduate of the City University of Londons Creative Writing MA, he has since created a critically acclaimed graphic novel called Black Mumba and writes the fantasy, adventure series Brigands. Ram currently lives in London. Dog person, doodles, argumentative melancholic.


    Grafitys Wall is his most recent book.


    Anand Radhakrishnan is an illustrator who lives and works in Mumbai, India. He graduated with a BFA from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art in 2011 and further studied illustration with The Art Department (The Illustration Academy).

    He has created work for clients such as, ImagineFX (Future Publishing), Action Lab Comics, NH7 Music Festival (OML), ADCC Kenya, SaveOurSouls magazine, Lodha Builders and Synapse Information Services.

    His first foray into comics was with cover art for Black Mumba, an anthology of stories by Ram V. He's also participated in the Bartkira project and created a 6 page painted comic called Miracle Men with Ram.

    Grafity’s Wall is his first full-length graphic novel.

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  • 20th March 2018 Getting there.

    Hi everyone!

    My sincere apologies for the radio silence. But, if at all there is an excuse, it is that Anand and I have been working hard at the book. There's still a ways to go, but its looking like we should be finishing the book in May / June and the copies should be going out shortly after.

    We've also brought in Jason Wordie as the colourist on the book. The pages are looking really pretty…

    16th May 2017 Lettered pages & minding my language.

     

    So this is what we've been up to! How've you been?

    The opening pages of the book were relatively silent and you're about to discover just how chatty the characters can be. This is the first page that had a significant bit of dialogue on it so it was a good place for an update.

    You can see what we do with the pages. Script to art, to lettering placements and finally coloured/finished…

    27th March 2017 Writing between the lines.

    I hadn’t planned to hand-letter a book anytime soon. Honest. I’m only now figuring out how to design a comic-book typeface that doesn’t go splat when I use it on a page. Hand-lettering was just something I occasionally practiced so I could feel this imposter syndrome all the cool kids were talking about.

    What led here was a brash overstatement that Anand and Ram took at face value (for their own…

    14th March 2017 On to paper.

    When we began this campaign we said we'd take you along for the ride as we create this book. We promised process posts and videos. Anand, in his Mumbai flat, dusted off his old tripod and set up a high-end camera that he regularly forgets to turn on when he's drawing things. Bidikar is hand lettering the whole comic. So, when he emerges from the recesses of his studio at the end of this process, like…

    8th March 2017 Update!

    Work continues on the cover. Which we'll be revealing shortly. It's going to be gorgeous, I can tell from Anand's snippets that he keeps teasing me with.

    In the meantime, thought I'd share something cool that we're doing with the project. Both Anand and I are maintaining sketchbooks / notebooks during the course of the project and we'll eventually put those bits together to create a Grafity's Wall…

    7th March 2017 Welcome and enjoy the ride!

    Welcome everyone!

    Firstly, a big thanks to everyone for pledging your support to Grafity's Wall.

    This project's been stewing in our heads for a while and it's great to get started on it. When Lizzie, the editor at Unbound, came to us and said she'd love to pick it up, we jumped at it. For me, it's the perfect project to crowdfund.

    I crowdfunded Black Mumba in 2016 which was my first Mumbai…

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  • Marcello Mori
    Marcello Mori asked:

    Will you deliver the book to EU (Italy)? Should be there shipping cost?

    Unbound
    Unbound replied:

    Hi Marcello, Thanks for getting in touch. We do ship the books overseas and the shipping costs are worked out once we know your delivery address, but before you pay at the checkout. More on delivery costs here: http://help.unbound.com/unbound-for-readers/pledging-for-a-project/what-are-the-delivery-charges. Best wishes, Unbound Support

    Anirudh Tagat
    Anirudh Tagat asked:

    Hi, we haven't received an update in more than 6 months! What's up?

    Ram Venkatesan
    Ram Venkatesan replied:

    Hi Anirudh! Appologies. We've been working hard at completing the book. We're on track for finishing the book by Q1 / Q2 of 2018 and so the book should be available shortly after. In any case, i'll have an update with the progress, shortly!

    Eric Kloos
    Eric Kloos asked:

    Hi there, it's now been 10 months since the last update! I'm getting a bit worried.. How's the progress going? Please let us know. Thanks.

    Ram Venkatesan
    Ram Venkatesan replied:

    Hello, Eirc! Just been working hard at the book. We're on track to finish by May/June and the finished book should be available shortly after. It'll send some of the new pages in an update!