Whew – it’s been a long road since the last comic. This one was difficult, due to the subject matter. Thumbnailing it (basically the rough sketches of each panel) was easy; wanting to draw it was hard. I emphasize the wanting – part of me wanted to avoid drawing this completely. This one was really easy to put off – perhaps the funeral pyre just felt a little too personal.
I’m still feeling my way through the process of creating a comic – especially since these strips are not coming directly from me. I need to gather info (ie talk to relatives), work on the script & thumbnails and then draw it.
I did some thinking over the holidays and considered what was most important to me. Like many parents, I have more things I want to do than time available. Some thinking and deciding was in order, and I’ve decided to focus my non-work, non-family time completely to Fried Cheese Balls (well, almost but that’s a secret reveal for another day).
Here’s what’s going to happen
- I’ve created a production schedule for writing, scripting, thumbnailing, drawing & coloring.
- Comics will post 2 times per month, until I am able to move to a weekly schedule (supporting me on Patreon can help that happen)
- Create one podcast a month
Yep – I’m starting a podcast, inspired partially by Aziz Ansari’s Master of None. Episodes 2 (Parents) and 4 (Indians on TV) really resonated with me. I would have loved it if the whole series had explored race and culture like those two (and I understand why a whole series focused only on Indian people wouldn’t fly – which is what makes the existence of Outsourced so amazing).
What’s the podcast going to be about?
I’m curious about what the shared experience – if any – is for Indians in the West (I mostly say ‘America’ but I’m holding out hope I can get Russell Peters on the podcast). And what about stereotypes? How true or false are they? I want to know – and I hope you do too.
The podcast is also another creative outlet. I’m choosing to make it audio only because there’s greater room for introspection and imagination compared to video. You can’t watch video while driving or biking. It’s easier to listen to something while doing visual tasks like work or cooking. In our video-crazy age, it’s like a cool throwback to the days of radio. And I get to put my years of music productions experience to use – I don’t want a boring news podcast but one with sounds to amplify the experience.
This year is going to be AWESOME
It’s about making the shift from hobbyist to professional. It’s about putting in the elbow grease and getting tangible results. I hope you’re ready for it 🙂