ARTIST INTERVIEW: Rajeev Tamhankar
Tell us a bit about your work
I am Rajeev Tamhankar. I am a 2012 Silver Medalist from IIT Roorkee.I also hold a Limca World Record and have worked previously at Flipkart and Xiaomi before starting up TBS Planet Comics. I run the business and am also the author at TBS Planet. I have authored six comic books – Ved, Karma and Sagar of which have been our in-house superheroes. I have also authored comic books for our Bollywood movie partnerships – “A Flying Jatt” with Balaji Motion Pictures and “Shivaay” with Ajay Devgan Films.
How did you get into art/writing?
I loved writing since I was a kid. I used to tear-off the central pages of my notebooks, staple them, write and draw comics over it and then relish as if I have authored few books – that was my boyhood dream. After graduating from my college, IIT Roorkee, I also authored a book titled “Get Corporated before you get fired!” and that is when I took writing much more seriously. I was earlier writing Varun series in the form of a novel but then realized that there is so much happening in the script that it would be much more fun to depict it graphically. That’s where the comic books startup clicked. I named it “Thought Bubbles Studio” as I wanted to stand it for imagination, creativity, and freshness.
Plus, comics are no longer kids-only thing. Adults like you and me also watch movies like Batman, Superman, Spiderman etc. I am sure we would love to see something completely Indian in content – something which we all will relate to much more easily.
As for the kids, most parents tell me that they are either engrossed into mobile or internet gaming or into cartoons these days.But this I also feel is due to lack of Indian content in comics space. I believe that comic books will help them develop a much-needed reading habit. Plus comics are always instrumental in developing a vocabulary for kids.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on Augmented Reality Mobile App as a project. The idea is that when you use our app on the comic, you should see the characters coming out and performing some action. My first Augmented reality comic book is going to be Karma, which is Bangalore based superehero series. The comic will be home-delivered to our subscribers in January.
Any advice for younger artists?
I think each character has its own persona which dictates how he/she should look, what kind of clothes he/she should wear. what kind of weakness he/she will have and thus what kind of villains he/she should face. It is very important to understand the character in depth before taking up the projects of writing stories or drawing artworks because only then you can do full justice to your work.
What are your inspirations?
A lot of folks have inspired me and helped me become what I am today! I learnt a lot about Sales and Merchandising while with Flipkart and I am learning a lot about branding and marketing at Xiaomi.
As for writing projects, I see Mahabharata as one of the biggest literary works. I am inspired a lot by Lord Krishna’s character.
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By day I’m a boring old Web Developer, but as the sun goes down, I’m a SUPERHERO. Well not really I just dress up and pretend to be one.
“Centurions” was my favorite cartoon growing up and I name all my possessions “Shadow” because I can’t afford a Husky.
I camp in Games like it’s nobody’s business, and if you’ve got a problem with that I’ve got two words for ya “I’m Sorry”, cause you’re a noob.