Appupens debut graphic novel has witty quirks and turns that connect several stories together
The political satire in them draws giggles; a characters life appears hazily analogous to a contemporary advertising guy and the clever jokes emanate from several present-day situations. Yet based in Halahala,a mythical world of his own,George Appupens debut graphic novel,Moonward blooms in ambiguity and interlaces several stories and characters in a witty way.
Illustrating his stories from Halahala- once an old tree is struck by a shooting star and which sets the base for his characters,George has been working on the novel for the last couple of years and extracts of which are also available online. The artiste also plays drums in the Bangalore based band Lounge Piranha,was in the city at the Odyssey store to discuss his book. I like making fun,so you will see the stories set amidst humour in addition to being open ended to make the reader envision and interpret them. Coming from an advertising and activism background I think it is essential to disturb ones mind and pull the person into thinking, he says,adding that the story is set in a futuristic world and has a totalitarian style about it. The fastest I could work was around three pages a day. However I have also uploaded several stories online in order to get people introduced to my storytelling as well as encourage graphics. The ideas are ubiquitous and so is the book. In fact I have enough stories to sketch a couple of more books which will also be set in Halahala, adds the author,currently working on another book10 short silent graphic stories of love.
Among the very few graphic novelists in the country,Appupen also has been following artistes like Jeff Smith,Will Eisner and of course our very own Amar Chitra Katha. Having travelled from advertising to films,tattoo making and marketing the freelance artiste adds,The guys who study have a definite perspective,which has been taught while I simply know that a particular creation looks good to me. It has been advantageous to not have any formal training,which helps me break away from the convention. I have been very comfortable not knowing what I wanted to do since exploring and trying everything has helped me understand and arrive at the final goal in the realm of creativity,