ARTIST INTERVIEW: Solo
Profession: Creative strategist 30 hours a week, comic book junkie otherwise
Tell us a bit about your work.
To make money, I work in advertising and write with a few newspapers, magazines and websites. And at night, when no one’s watching, I take advantage of my relationship with insomnia and make comics.I have been writing comics for a few years now. Having worked in advertising, I started making little comics for brands, inspired by retro advertising. I have worked on comics for quite a few brands till date.
And away from advertising, some of my published books include:
Gaysi Zine (cover illustration by Ojoswi, Art Direction by me)
Master Muscle (An educational comic to spread awareness about Muscular Dystrophy for the research organization DART. Written by Karn, edited by me and illustrated by Ojoswi)
Bangalore: A Graphic Novel
Contributed a story about Bangalore (Written by me, illustrated by Ojoswi and storyboarded and lettered by Karn)
Click here for more info: https://www.amazon.in/dp/B06XCL2NN9
The Girls of the Future Lie
Written by me and illustrated by Varsha, this was a manga as a part of an Indo-Japanese project
Some Webcomics I write are:
Some Comics and cartoons illustrated by me
How did you get into art/writing?
When I was young, not only was I exceptionally good at lying, I loved doing it all the time. Then one day, I realised that I have this incredible ability to make people believe in my lies wholeheartedly if I just wrote them down. Last year, quite a few people close to me died. That triggered my bpd and my worst manic episode followed. Once a writer, I found myself losing control over long form text. I turned to drawing because I knew I wasn’t too bad as a kid and I knew that I was too lazy to learn music. Thankfully that experiment turned out to be quite alright.
What are you working on next?
A few projects:
A full-length graphic novel called Streetwise, a 40 pager for a top secret project and a few shorts for anthologies across the world.
(A couple of pages from Streetwise. Written by Solo; illustrated by Ojo and Priyanks; designed by Sangeeth)
An illustrated series about the pros and cons of living with a personality disorder (which I have been working on for close to a year now. But I hope to finish it soon.)
And of course, we plan to keep Sunday Comics and Tau alive.
Any advice for younger artists?
When I was younger, I didn’t care much about all the pseudo-wise words that were flung my way in forms of ‘advice’ and ‘suggestions’ from people ‘in the industry’. For me to take someone seriously, they had to earn my respect. If you couldn’t, you were just another random hack.But more importantly, to quote a wise philosopher, “All advice is bad advice.”
What are your inspirations?
Love and anger.
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A Brand and Digital Marketer by day, a tech enthusiastic social media-friendly geek who produces content and can’t live without films by night.
In short, I notice things for a living and try to point them out to people. I write about movies, television especially superhero films, pop culture and Hollywood. When not listening to start-up pitches, I play with puppies and pretend to like craft beer.
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