Talking about her creative process, Parismita says, for a comic book, usually the script is readied first. “So I had the characters and their stories. And then I had to give the characters a voice — in terms of the story they tell, and the art style used for the story or the visual idiom,” she tells me. Then after a couple of rough drafts, when she was “comfortable with the way the story has shaped up”, she did the final drawings and then the inking and paints. “All along there were also edits — some on my own when I felt something wasn’t working. And then there was the editing with my editor at Penguin. At some point then, we decided to stop, and the book was ready,” Parismita informs.
accounts of the Japanese and British,” she says, also mentioning the oral sources. Moreover, she did research on the “site sketches and on elements like the battle tank”. Then there was the research on visuals, she adds. While a writer has words, the artist has graphics. What are the basics that one needs to remember while telling a story through graphics, I ask her. “I wouldn’t want to specify rules, because I think there are many ways one can go about it. What is special about comics though is that you have both text and graphics, and you can use both to great effect,” Parsimita avers.
optimistic”. The most important thing, she adds, is that with more graphic novels appearing — from memoirs to children’s comics, mythology, detective comics and fantasy — people get more option to choose from. Parismita is now working on some smaller pieces. “This is a good time to browse around and experiment with things, and read, and research before I start working on another book, because that requires a lot of focus, and isolation, and sticking to the subject,” she maintains.
PANELS OF JAPANESE LIFE
Manga is a popular Japanese comics strip that appeared in its modern form after the World War II. Literally meaning ‘whimsical pictures,’ the word was first used in the late 18th century with the publication of Santo Kyoden’s picturebook.