Hello All, since I moved to teach and start a laboratory in Bangalore, I have been active creating comics for science communication. Though there is so much talk about COVID-19 on TV, often adding to less information and more fear. The need is very clear to me, most of my fellow Indians even right outside my home have less to no educational opportunities, and therefore have less understanding of what viruses are and what makes them tick. What the immune system is, or what vaccines are. So my love of science and comics comes together to simply explain these concepts. The children protagonists from my previous comic ‘The Burning Lake’ (https://curiousraman.com/2019/02/23/bharat-and-the-burning-lake-a-comic/) are back this time learning about COVID-19 and related issue in a conversation with their ‘scientist- uncle Raman’ , who looks a bit like me. There will be a new page every day, which is also being posted on a website-
This is a website (called covid gyan) hosted by numerous scientific institutes in India posting COVID-19 related information in English and numerous Indian languages.
I will have the full comic for download after 19 days. Keep checking back and letting me know how you like the comic.
Had a great time at the Bangalore Indie Comixfest (https://indiecomixfest.org/) on 3-Nov 2019. It was fantastic seeing so much talent and feeling some love for my comics and especially the Rajninakanth poster. Had a lot of support from friends and family, and some of my students at inStem (https://www.instem.res.in).
Anyone who missed me there email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for copies and prints.
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In the midst of world war II and India’s freedom struggle, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army (INA) set a top secret project in motion to turn the tide of war against the British Empire, and seek India’s independence. The INA scientist Dr. Sen in collaboration with the Japanese roboticist Dr. Tezuka must race against time to provide a decisive technological advantage to the soldiers of the INA. In present day India, two boys Rishi and Rahim, stumble upon a lost secret of the INA that may be exactly what their country needs to fight against natural and man-made calamities.
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A lake of fire and frothing foam in the midst of Bengaluru, a teeming city of ten million. The city’s unsustainable and callous growth has turned Bellandur lake into an odious dumping ground for sewage and industrial waste.This has had devastating and far reaching effects on surrounding flora and fauna which we are yet to understand. Not all hope is lost, a number of citizens have started fighting back to save this beloved lake. This is a story of one school boy named Bharat who uses science to fight against a dark conspiracy, with the help of his friend Fatima, and his not so brave dog Bahadur
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A few sketches/paintings I did this week. Have a year end, will try to post a few more sketches before the year ends, will be traveling to the east-coast for a few days.
Finally drew some caricatures of Peter Sellers in some of my favorite roles. I hope you can identify some of the movies/roles from these drawings. The first one from the movie ‘The Party’, I posted the pencil sketch last week. Most of you probably recognize Dr. Strangelove, this was the toughest to draw, I spent an entire evening trying to get the smile and gesture, slept over it, dreamed about it and thing I got a likeness that I was OK with. The last one is from the movie ‘Being there’- probably his best role, please do watch it if you can, it was one of his last movies. The other two are from a great movie called ‘Mouse that roared’, and of course Inspector Cleasueau (from the Pink Panther series).
If any of you is a Peter Sellers fan who wants a reprint of this let me know!
I am trying to do a series of Peter Sellers sketches like what I did with a Panel of Rajnikanth cartoons- how an actor ages?. Here is a pencil sketch (will color these at a later date when I am done with the series) of Peter Sellers as Harundi Bakshi from the movie the Party (1968). My father and I share a love for this movie. I remember laughing uncontrollably watching this movie with my father when I was a kid. Watching this movie makes me feel like a kid again. Peter Sellers was a genius who loved studying accents and different cultures. This is a very funny and sympathetic portrayal of a clueless indian man trying to make it in Hollywood. This movie is priceless! One of my favorite lines from the movie-
A very angry man shouts at Bakshi (Peter Sellers)- Who do you think you are??!!
Bakshi- In india we do not think who we are, we know who we are.
Here are a couple of paintings I did this morning. Both of the subjects hardly moved. An adolescent Red Riding hood kid did not take his eyes of this phone, and the elderly gentleman patiently waited for his coffee.
Did this quick painting of a stoic trench coat-man drinking coffee and eating a snack. No cell phone, in no hurry, doing just ONE thing properly. He was a lone hero in a coffee shop full of screen-gazers.
Here a gouache painting of this young girl picking up the trash at the local mall/cafe. I heard her speaking in spanish, studying the jobs postings. I was filled with gratitude for her work ethic, gentle demeanor and for making sure that I had a clean place to work and draw in. I am afraid that the new president elect and his supporters in their arrogance, do not realize how fortunate this country is to have a steady flow of good hard working people who keep America great. Let us hope the new president realizes this before he irreversibly changes the welcoming fabric of this nation. I trust he will, since he does not seem to be an ideologue.
We went to the redwood forests this weekend and stopped at a quaint ice cream place on the way. I sketched this sweet old lady enjoying the sun and eating her ice cream. I’m glad I remembered to take my drawing supplies. I am really enjoying combining my drawings with gouache paint, maybe this will be my style if I keep at it.