Author: Arindam Sen

TNT: City of Sorrows Part 1 and 2 | Graphic Novel Review

I have been a fan of the one-off pulp digest horror comics that were published occasionally by Diamond Comics, Raj Comics or Tulsi Comics but that was a very long time ago and since I haven’t read any modern Indian horror comic(apart from The Rabhas Incident) that could measure up to those chilling tales. I am a huge fan of books like Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead and Outcast so I was a bit apprehensive at first going into how this genre would be handled. Thankfully my expectations were blown away by this fantastically, well written book. Taranath Tantrik (TNT) was created by Bibhuti Bhushan Bandyopadhyay who also wrote Pather Panchali. He is a “reluctant psychic investigator” with a mystical background, which is slowly revealed over time, and provides great segue into the narrative. TNT’s looks have been fashioned after Iggy Pop, as you quite easily guess from the masterful cover art by Shamik Dasgupta and colored by Abhishek Singh in City of Sorrows Part 2. I loved how there are references which aren’t blatant, for example, he is friends with Shankar, a C.I.D. officer and Vibhuti,an aspiring scribe(tribute to Bibhuti Bhushan Bandyopadhyay) whose works are largely inspired by TNT’s stories, I found parallels to The Feluda-Jatayu-Topshe trio here which was quite a joy to read. Shankar’s girlfriend Sneha is probably one of the more real, female characters that...

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IN-Conversation With Shamik Dasgupta | MFCC Exclusive

Shamik Dasgupta is one of India’s leading comic book writers, consistently churning out original content. He has a huge body of work including Sadhu, Daksh, Old School, The Legends of Aveon 9, Caravan, TNT, Devi Chaudhurani and many more. He is probably most famous for the retelling of Ramayana in the  very ambitious Ramayana 3392 A.D. for Virgin Comics. He has written for various publishers including Virgin Comics, Level 10, Rovolt Entertainment, Yali Dream Creations and Aayumi Productions just to name a few. I was able to meet him at the Mumbai Comic Con this year, where his works like TNT, Caravan and Item Dhamaaka were being featured, and have a short conversation with...

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Top 10 Hollywood Movies Of 2014

2014 has been a superb year for genre flicks. There has been a wonderful mix of greatness coming out from almost all genres, from very bleak horror stories to mind boggling action movies to quirky comedies and grand science fiction spectacles. Here’s my very subjective list for the what I feel were the 10 Best Movies that I saw this year, I’m sure most will not agree with it. Yes I did rank Godzilla above Interstellar, but it’s my list, so do feel free to tell us yours. Sound off in the comments. Honorary mentions : X-Men: Days of...

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Blind Spot | Graphic Novel Review

Blind Spot is a collection of four different stories by writer Raveesh Mohan with four different artists. All four stories feature some stunning artwork. The look is a very distinct one and the stories get pretty dark and the painted look compliments it perfectly giving it a gritty, noir like feel.You may almost mistake these short stories to be a part of Tales from The Crypt as they feature sinister twists at the end and are ripe for adaptation to the TV medium. The first story, Layers by artist, Murtuza Ali, features some frenetic energy emanating from the pages and some amazing panel work which are an integral part of the story. The dialogues do tend to get a bit cheesy but the superb pacing and a very surprising twist more than make up for that. It succeeds in setting up the basic template for the rest of the book. The second story, Cross-Hair begins with a very Rorschach-esque narration. Vipul Bhandari and Nikhilesh Khatri’s use of dingy colours gives it an Old West vibe and since it deals with the story of a Hitman, I couldn’t complain. This is quite a depressing tale dealing with infidelity, trust, love and hate. The third story, Futile is about an Indian soldier who tries to escape from a POW Camp. This features my favourite art among the bunch and the detailing...

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IN-Conversation With Orange Radius’ Raveesh Mohan

At MFCC 2014, I got an opportunity to talk to the Founder of Orange Radius, Mr. Raveesh Mohan. They have been known for their original superhero work namely Parshu (A superhero from the North East) and Garuda (A Bronge Age era warrior set in the Modern Age). Here is a conversation regarding their latest graphic novel, Blind Spot which has been authored by Raveesh and features art by 4 different illustrators and whose review we will soon be publishing, so watch out for that. IN (Arindam): Hi Raveesh. So how has Comic Con been this year for you? Raveesh: It’s been good, but I was expecting Mumbai response to be much better, but given that there’s one more day left to go, I’m hoping that the response will pick up. I was expecting it to be better than what it was last year. IN: What titles have you been introducing this year? Raveesh: This particular year, 2014, we’ve come out with three titles – the first title that we launched at the Delhi Comic Con earlier in February was Blind Spot, a standalone graphic novel of 4 short stories. Then at the Bangalore comic con in September 2014, we launched the 4th issue of Parshu series, a flagship superhero series by the name Mayhem, which started off the second arc of this particular series; the first half got completed last year. And...

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