I got a mail about the workshop on comics & mythology to be conducted by Vimanika Comics at the behest of Comic Con Express Mumbai. Interested in both subjects and writing stories, I sensed an opportunity and decided to go to Mocha Mojo for the same on August 17, 2011.
I reached half an hour before the mentioned time in my over-enthusiasm and sat inside the AC section helping myself to a cup of hot Choco Latte and a bowl (it was huge) of delicious potato wedges with onion-cream sauce, to wait for my friend Nilima to come and the workshop to start. Both happened within five minutes of each other at about 7 pm.
|Karan Vir Arora|
Then it was Deepam Chatterjee’s turn to talk about mythology. There was some interaction at this point with Mr. Chatterjee throwing some questions at the audience. The youngsters were encouraged to answer as mythology is considered a forgotten thing amongst the lot. He took us through the process of creating a script for a comic strip. Once that is done, the artist does a rough sketch for the same. When it is approved by the boss (Karan Vir Arora), they go on to make the final sketch in pencil. Later, it is coloured. The background comes later and the two merged. Finally, the speech bubbles appear.
At this point, I asked Mr. Chatterjee, not once but twice, how one went about presenting a story for a comic. Both times, he came up with answers that had nothing to do with the question. Pretty persistent, I decided to ask this of Mr. Karan Vir Arora after the workshop got over.
Mr. Arora came back to the dais again and took us through the process of creating comic strips. The sketches and drawings were simply amazing on the screen. I was pretty fascinated. I also enjoyed the way these guys were using stories from mythology to suit present day situations and weave the two together and coming up with concepts that should hold the interest of gennext. Seems promising!
I spoke to Karan Vir Arora to find out whether there were any writing opportunities. I believe the whole thing is a kind of closed circuit and no outsiders were given a chance. Fair enough!
Tempted to buy the comics, Nilima and I went to the counter after the workshop was over. The comics were glossy and looked rich and were absolutely worth the pricing. Alas, when I opened them one by one, I was disappointed to see the gorgeous artwork and colour that I had seen on the screen, appeared pretty dull and lifeless on the pages. We refused Karan Vir Arora’s invitation to buy some and left the premises.