इंसानी परी – Peripheral Angel Comic (Freelance Talents)

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Tribute Comic 

This short biographical Hindi comic is based on the true life story of Neerja Bhanot (7 September, 1963-5 September, 1986), a flight purser with Pan Am Airlines. She worked as a model, and later as a flight purser, but her private life was far from glamorous. She had an early arranged marriage, which was marred by spousal abuse with frequent demands for dowry and even forced starvation. Fed up with the constant mental and physical abuse, she left her husband. Later on, she applied for a job as flight purser at Pan Am. She got selected, trained, and took the job.

On 5 Sep, 1986, the ill-fated Pan Am Flight 73, on which she was on board staff, was hijacked by terrorists affiliated with Abu Nidal Organisation, in Karachi, where it landed. The terrorists asked the flight staff to collect the passports of the passengers on board so that they could identify the Americans whom they intended to kill. Neerja managed to hide the passports of 41 Americans on board, and thus saved their lives. A few hours later, when the terrorists got tired with the whole operation, they decided to kill everyone on the plane. Neerja succeeded in slipping off a few passengers and the pilots through the emergency exit, while she herself died of bullet wounds whilst trying to save some children. She deliberately chose not to escape, even when she had her chance, just so that she could save others. She was only 22 when she died. She received India’s highest civilian gallantry award, Ashok Chakra, Tamgha -eInsaniyat, from Pakistan and Special Courage Award (United States Department of Justice) posthumously. Her murderers were captured and sentenced, some of whom succeeded in escaping.

This comic does not focus on the aftermath of her death in the hijacking event. It only tries to depict the inspirational story of Neerja as a graphic narrative, in particular her struggles, and the events which happened during the hijacking incident.

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Illustrator – Tadam Gyadu (PencilDude) Author – Mohit Sharma (Trendster) Colorist – Harendra Saini Cover Colorist – Dheeraj Dkboss Kumar Calligrapher – Youdhveer Singh

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Interview With Comics Artist Tadam Gyadu (Comics Reel)

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Tadam Gyadu is a self learnt young emerging comics artist from Arunachal Pradesh, one of the north-eastern states of India. His second comics Brahmaand Vikhandan released this month, previously he was credited in Adrishya Shadyantra earlier this year, both comics of Nagraj by Raj Comics. He has been a part of many independent comics and freelance works in past and goes by the pseudonym PencilDude. In an exclusive interview with Mohit Sharma, Tadam talks about his art and inspirations.

Q) – Who inspired you to become an artist & how old were you when you started sketching/art?

Tadam – I always had a keen interest in art. When I was in kindergarten, long before comics came into my life, I used to copy the illustrations from my textbooks. Apples, bananas, planes and stuff, We also had some “life of the Buddha” books in our home, I copied their illustrations too. later, when passed to class three, i got my first comic book- So Ja Nagraj – illustrated by Anupam Sinha sir. i instantly fell in love with comics. And started copying those illustrations. I think I was 9 or 10 years old when I first started drawing comic heroes.

Q) – What is the story behind your pseudonym PencilDude?

Tadam – Actually there is no story behind my pseudonym. I know some great artists and writers like munshi premchand , artgerm, manu sir etc who use pseudonyms and I find it kinda cool to have one. So I did some brainstorming and came up with my very own alias – pencildude.

Q) – Were you involved in any creative, extra curricular activities in school?

Tadam – I used to sing, dance, draw and write at school. We had some good extra- curricular activities in school and I took part in most of them except sports, I am terrible at it.

Q) – What is/are your favorite genre(s)?

Tadam – My favorite genres are fantasy and sci-fi with some philosophy.

Q) – Other hobbies and pastimes besides art? 

Tadam – Other than art, I like to enjoy music, movies and books.

Q) – Tell us more about your upcoming projects?

Tadam – As of now, I am not involved in any project. I am focusing on honing my skills. So I am taking some time off. I will be back pretty soon.

Q) – Who are your role models or people you look up to in art & life (and why)?

Tadam – In art, there is not a particular one whom I consider my role model. Anupam sir, who drove me into comics art. Sir David finch, from whose tutorial videos I learnt a lot of technical things of comic art. Dheeraj dkboss kumar, Lalit Sharma, Sumit kumar, abhishek malsuni sir are some who taught me many things. In short, I follow whoever is good and try to use their plus points into my own style. In life, my mother and my Grandpa are my role models. They inspire me to do whatever I do and I would not have been I, if they were not with me.

Q) – Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Tadam – I see myself practicing to make myself better.

Q) – What advice would you give to young artists who want to pursue art as career?

Tadam – Well, I am an amateur myself, so I don’t have anything of my own to say. But I would like to pass on something, which the great Mukesh singh had said in an interview for the newcomers : be the first __________. (fill your name on the blank).

Q) – Your best artwork till date?

Tadam – I can’t decide which is the best artwork I did till date because whichever artwork I do, at first it seems pleasing but when I look at it after few days then I laugh at myself, seeing so many silly mistakes. So, I guess that best artwork is yet to come.

Q) – Tell us more about Arunachal’s art scene.

Tadam – As I said already, there is not much scope for an artist in Arunachal. There are no good art colleges, neither are there any publishing houses or production houses which would hire artists. The aspiring artists, who do not have much knowledge about the carriers they can pursue in art, either get interested in other things or become sign board painters, because there is nobody who can guide them. I hope people will get aware soon.

Q) – Share some interesting items from your ‘Bucketlist’ & few random facts about yourself?

Tadam – Let me share them one by one.  (a) I myself came to know about art as a carrier after I passed out class 10 and went out for further studies in Assam. (b) Once I was planning to be an Engineer. Thank God, I wasn’t that Good in studies. © I don’t like living in cities, maybe because I lived most of my life in village. I think that’s all in my mind right now.

Interview by Mohit Trendster