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Community, etc.

A DVD-retrieval trip to Sarnath’s led to a dinner invite, so Stoob and I trooped happily through the mud of Pocket 40 to the bijou Banerjee residence, where India’s first graphic novelist forcefed Stoob Horlicks (this was because Stoob was allegedly ill, and Ovaltine was not available). We were talking about forthcoming projects and so forth, and Sarnath suddenly got all inspired and started drawing the characters I was talking about. What emerged from all this was a thoroughly enjoyable session that lasted late into the night, and a wad of indian superheroes drawn with black feltpen on A4 paper. Very nice. My favourite is a half-finished sketch of a Loki-lookalike black-sherwani-clad criminal mastermind who was supposed to have a falcon for a pet, but Sarnath suddenly realized he didnt know how to draw a falcon, so we have a bird-shaped blob on his sleeve with an arrow pointing into it and ‘Baajpakhi’ scrawled outside it in 4-year-old Bangla.


About Samit Basu

Novelist. Best known for fantasy and science fiction work. Most recently, The City Inside (Tordotcom)/Chosen Spirits (Simon and Schuster)


11 thoughts on “Community, etc.

  1. It would be nice if you could put some of the sketches up on your blog

    Posted by meTaL | July 15, 2005, 8:43 am
  2. i know…but dont have scanner. must procure if working on comics is on agenda, i know.

    Posted by samit | July 15, 2005, 9:25 am
  3. does the new book have asurs that go ‘CHERGE!’ ?

    Posted by Srin | July 15, 2005, 7:01 pm
  4. hey samit, u must hav/can get a digital camera @ least. click the sketches and post man. i find it the cheapest alternative to a scanner :-)…dyin to see the sketches…really..

    btw, i am plannin to buy/read “shantaram”. u hav any recommendations on tht?

    Posted by sumandatta | July 16, 2005, 5:15 pm
  5. Won’t you tell us about your characters, Samit? We have a few of our own, my design partner and I.One of them is called ‘The Mercy Killer’ who has a rare disease because of which he must kill one man everyday (for bone marrow transfusion). So he chooses the saddest guy in town, relieves him of life, and then fights evil to purge himself of guilt.

    Posted by Manish Bhatt | July 16, 2005, 6:51 pm
  6. chhobi gulo dekhbo!

    Posted by Teleute | July 17, 2005, 7:26 am
  7. Mr. Duck, Mr. Basu, Sir, Sir-jee, Your Duckness, Puissant Quacker …

    would you please please let me copy the Monty Pythons when I am next in Delhi?


    Posted by J. Alfred Prufrock | July 18, 2005, 12:54 pm
  8. erm…would be really cool if you did ost those cartoons. and when is the next edition to simoqin prophecy coming out?

    Posted by A Hairy Snail | July 22, 2005, 5:47 pm
  9. Long time…no see (as well as post)…Where art thou?
    BTW have you read HP & HBP?

    Posted by The Nameless One | July 22, 2005, 6:08 pm
  10. apologies for the week-long silence – just finished four articles in the last four days and havent had time to blog. the sequel to my first book (however you spell it) is supposed to come out in december, and i will put some of the pictures up as soon as i can

    Posted by samit | July 22, 2005, 10:37 pm
  11. erm sorry about the spelling mistake. *sheepish grin* did notice it when typing, but don’t know why i didn’t change it. Geez.

    Posted by A Hairy Snail | July 23, 2005, 3:54 am

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July 2005


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