Whew. Finishing this first strip took well over a month. It shouldn’t have taken that long but I procrastinated. Putting yourself out there is kinda scary – but now it’s done & there’s no going back.
The comic itself has been floating around in my head as one of those ideas that appear one day and stubbornly refuse to leave. I don’t recall specifically when but I have to credit 3 creators for undoubtedly kicking off the idea somewhere in my subconscious:
- Scott McCloud for Understanding Comics, who showed that explaining things can be fun & interesting
- Marjane Satrapi for Persepolis, in whose story I recognized some of the same societal & familial situations (though without the major political and social upheavels she & her family went through)
- Gene Yang for American Born Chinese, for taking on stereotypes, race & identity in such an engaging fashion
I wanted to note that much of my comic will deal with memories, which are fickle things. Some of my memories will be completely true and some of them will focus on that one aspect that flared and drowned everything else out. I’m curious to explore which ones stuck in my head and why. (I’m also not averse to imagining what happened ;))
I don’t have anything planned in advance – I’m just going to explore my memories and see where they lead. Or go a little Scott McCloud-y and try to explain Indian things that get lost in translation. And deep down, it may be a quest for identity too. We’ll see where it all leads.