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
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Written by: Ram V
Illustrated by: Anand RK
Colours by: Irma Kniivila
Letters by: Aditya Bidikar
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 London’s 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.
Grafity’s 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.
- 20th March 2018 Getting there.
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!
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…
These people are helping to fund Grafity's Wall.
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