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Tall Tales

Just found this lovely review of The Tall Tales of Vishnu Sharma at Sequential Smarts. Thank you Elena – of all my work, Tall Tales is the one whose publication history I’m saddest about – it was never made available in India and, lacking any publicity whatsoever, disappeared without a trace in the flood of monthly comics coming out elsewhere. I actually found the last 3 of the 5 issues that were printed at a Forbidden Planet store in London. Here’s hoping that your review will some day help push Liquid Comics into at least bringing it out as a TPB. I had huge plans for the series, running to at least 50 issues. Nothing materialized because of various crises Virgin was going through, but Tall Tales was great fun to work on – unlike Devi, it was something I’d cooked up, and something my editor at Virgin, Mackenzie Cadenhead, was also very fond of. Good to be reminded of its brief existence.


About Samit Basu

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


8 thoughts on “Tall Tales

  1. I remember reading a review long back, always wanted to read the series. Would be great if a TPB comes out sometime.

    Posted by Madhav | May 29, 2009, 2:54 pm
  2. That seems amazing! I used to love reading Panchatantra stories, and I’m all for infusing such stories with modern-day relevance and challenging Eurocentricity in pop culture for young people, having grown up in San Francisco. I’m going to try and get a hold of it for my sister to use for her classroom.

    Posted by Leena | June 2, 2009, 12:11 pm
  3. I’m actually dying to read this book, and I was under the impression that I had signed up to be notified when the full graphic novel becomes available on Amazon…I’m a bit startled to hear that there isn’t one :O Isn’t this it? http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1934413216

    If you know where I could get my hands on the series, I’d be thrilled if you’d tell me 😀 I love your writing. Reminds me a bit of Terry Pratchett, but with your own style entirely.

    Posted by Chitra Appasamy | June 6, 2009, 1:00 pm
  4. Thanks guys.
    Chitra, that’s not the series – that’s the first issue in floppybook format. I’m trying to figure out if I can get the book rereleased, or get the rights back if it’s out of print.

    Posted by samit | June 6, 2009, 2:53 pm
  5. Whoops. Okay, I’ll be watching this space. 🙂

    Posted by Chitra Appasamy | June 7, 2009, 1:08 am
  6. You know what is worse than “The Tall Tales of Vishnu Sharma ” not being published as graphic novel ?
    It is the fact that this series is not easily available in India or atleast In Bangalore where I live in .

    Maybe you should get the rights for selling thee series and make them available in India so that we Indian readers can read it . Same goes for other virgin comics too.

    i have been eagerly waiting to read this series as its sounds like lot of fun .

    Posted by Some super anonymous fan. | June 24, 2009, 10:39 am
  7. By the way , when is ur next novel coming up . I need a good book to read.

    Posted by Some super anonymous fan. | June 24, 2009, 10:43 am
  8. how about making a few issues available online for free.. this, in fact increases the sales of the book sometimes, as it catches on..

    Posted by priti | August 11, 2009, 11:33 am

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