by Sarnath Banerjee
About the book: In the heart of Lutyens' Delhi sits Jehangir Rangoonwalla, enlightened dispenser of tea, wisdom, and second-hand books. Among his customers are Brighu, a postmodern Ibn Batuta looking for obscure collectibles and a love life; Digital Dutta who lives mostly in his head, torn between Karl Marx and an H1-B visa; and the newly-married Shintu, looking for the ultimate aphrodisiac in the seedy by-lanes of old Delhi. Played out in the corridors of Connaught Place and Calcutta, the story captures the alienation and fragmented reality of urban life through an imaginative alchemy of text and image.
by Sarnath Banerjee
About the book: A Homeric tale of a man's journey to the centre of the earth in search of the mythical river Saraswati, this graphic novel is set against the fictitious yet ever-so-real water wars of Delhi. It is a dystopian landscape where neighbourhoods fight brutal battles against each other and even victory must end in defeat.
by Priya (Editor) Kuriyan
About the book: "Drawing the Line: Indian Women Fight Back " is a comics anthology by 14 women of their day-to-day experiences in India. Produced out of a week-long workshop with Indian women artists, both amateur and professional, Drawing the Line is part of a larger national conversation in India around sexual discrimination that emerged in the aftermath of the brutal gang-rape and murder of a young medical student in 2012. First published in cooperation with feminist Indian publisher Zubaan Books and the Goethe Institute, Ad Astra Comix is pleased to bring "Drawing the Line" to a North American readership, reminding us that feminism must be intersectional and global in its approach.
by Amruta Patil
About the book: Sauptik: Blood and Flowers is a revisionist retelling of some of our oldest tales which have inspired and guided generations of people. The sequel to Adi Parva, which was chosen as one of 2012's Best Graphic Novels by comic book historian Paul Gravett, this book combines breath-taking art with classic storytelling. Based on the Mahabharata, the Puranas and the tradition of oral storytellers, Sauptik is also very contemporary. The narrative, with its lush visuals, emphasizes, over and over, our forgotten connection with the soil, with rivers, with forests, with fire. In book one, Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean, the celestial river Ganga narrates events from the beginning of time and in its sequel, Sauptik: Blood and Flowers, Ashwatthama carries the story forward after surviving the Kurukshetra battle.
by Amruta Patil
About the book: They were inseparable - until the day they jumped. Ruth, saved by safety nets, leaves the city. Kari, saved by a sewer, crawls back into the fray of living. With Angel, Lazarus, and the girls of Crystal Palace forming the chorus to her song, she explores the dark heart of smog city - loneliness, sewers, sleeper success, death - and the memory of her absentee Other. Sensuously illustrated and livened by wry commentaries on life and love, Kari gives a new voice to graphic fiction inIndia.
About the book: Timeless, silent tales of love, adventure and obsession Legends of Halahala is a dark, comic ride through a mythical world, and through different periods in its history - from the long-gone Oberian Age to the dystopian era of dome-cities. Appupen's distinctive art and his quirky engagement with worlds real and imagined mark him out as one of the great myth-builders of our time.
by Sarnath Banerjee
About the book: Eighteenth-Century Calcutta. The Second City Of The Empire Is Teeming With Scandalous Gossip And Rumour. Abravanel Ben Obadiah Ben Aharon Kabariti, Sephardic Jew From Syria And Trader In Novelties Such As Corsets, Aphrodisiacs And Zebras, Befriends The British Officers And The Local Elite By Day And Records Their Escapades By Night In A Leather-Bound Journal. 1950S Paris. A Battered Copy Of The Journal Surfaces In A Hole-In-The-Wall Antique Shop In Montmartre. London, 2002. A Phone Rings In The East End, Late At Night, Announcing A Death And An Inheritance: A Silver Lighter, A Vintage Motorcycle, An Ancient Radio And The Barn Owl'S Wondrous Capers. What Follows Is A Bizarre Chain Of Events Involving Eccentric Zamindars, A Decadent Aristocrat With A Passion For Lady Footballers, A Psychic Cartographer, A Haunted Office Building And, At The Centre Of It All, Digital Dutta, Neighbourhood Historian And Keeper Of Secrets. Inspired By The Legend Of The Wandering Jew, This Second Work Of Fiction From India'S Foremost Graphic Novelist Is An Irreverent Tale Of Illicit Sex And Drunken Religiosity, Which Unravels New Riddles With Each Reading.
by Saurav Mohapatra
About the book: From writer Saurav Mohapatra (WITCHBLADE, DEVI) and artist Vivek Shinde (SNAKE WOMAN, PROJECT: KALKI) comes a hard-boiled tale of crime, punishment, and redemption in the seedy underbelly of Mumbai. Five years ago, Arjun Kadam used to be a cop, a rising star in the ranks of the Mumbai Encounter Squad-an elite unit tasked by the powers-that-be to carry out extrajudicial executions of notorious gangsters. But the death of his pregnant wife at childbirth derailed his life and set him off on a spiral of depression and drug addiction, a pale shadow of his former self. When Kadam is the victim of a hit-and-run that also claims the life of a street urchin, he goes into coma for a month. Upon awakening, he finds a new sense of purpose and pursues the investigation, taking him on a journey through the deep, dark heart of Mumbai - from the glitzy tinsel of Bollywood, to the dank depths of the Mumbai Underworld, where the line between the police and the criminals has been blurred beyond recognition by his ex-colleagues on the Encounter Squad, who are now de-facto gangsters in uniform, running the very same extortion rackets they were tasked to eradicate. Obsessed with his mission, Kadam sets off a desperate gambit of deadly intrigue and deception that pits him against the very machine of violence and corruption he once helped create. “Gorgeously noir.” - Ron Marz (WITCHBLADE, ARTIFACTS, SHINKU, GREEN LANTERN) “Perfect example of noir storytelling in comics.” - GEEKADELPHIA.COM “Mohapatra's dialogue is sharp and his script is innovative, putting a clever twist on the genre. Shinde's lush and gorgeous cinematic art impresses the most, from strongly individual faces and photorealistic body language to a deep and rich range of shadows and light, water and blood. This is stylish, sophisticated, and metropolitan: a fresh entry in the noir genre with an Asian twist.” - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY “It reads like a sub-continental version of SIN CITY and has all the best elements of clas