कलाकार श्री सुरेश डिगवाल

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मेरे एक कलाकार-ग्राफ़िक डिज़ाइनर मित्र ने मुझसे शिकायत भरे लहज़े में कहा कि मैं अक्सर भारतीय कॉमिक्स कलाकारों, लेखकों के बारे में कम्युनिटीज़, ब्लॉग्स पर चर्चा करता रहता हूँ पर मैंने कभी सुरेश डिगवाल जी का नाम नहीं लिया। मैंने ही क्या अन्य कहीं भी उसने उनका नाम ना के बरारबर ही देखा होगा। वैसे बात में दम था, अगर एक-दो सीजन का मौसमी कलाकार-लेखक होता तो और बात थी पर सुरेश जी ने डोगा, परमाणु, एंथोनी जैसे किरदारों पर काफी समय तक काम किया। उसके बाद भी कैंपफायर ग्राफ़िक नोवेल्स, पेंगुइन रैंडम हाउस, अन्य कॉमिक्स, बच्चो की किताबों और विडियो गेम्स में उनका काम आता रहा। अब सुरेश जी गुड़गांव में जेनपैक्ट कंपनी में एक कॉर्पोरेट लाइफ जी रहे हैं।

जहाँ तक उनपर होने वाली इतनी कम चर्चा की बात है उसपर मेरी एक अलग थ्योरी है। जिसको तुलनात्मक स्मृति थ्योरी कहा जा सकता है। किसी एक समय में एक क्षेत्र में जनता ज़्यादा से ज़्यादा 4 नाम ही याद रख पाती है (बल्कि कई लोगो को सिर्फ इक्का-दुक्का नाम याद रहते हैं)। उन नामो के अलावा उस क्षेत्र में सक्रीय सभी लोग या तो लम्बे समय तक सक्रीय रहें या फिर उन नामो को नीचे धकेल कर उनकी जगह लें। भाग्य और अन्य कारको से अक्सर कई प्रतिभावान लोग उस स्थान पर नहीं आ पाते जिसके वह हक़दार होते हैं, ओलंपिक्स की तरह दशमलव अंको से छठवे, सातवे स्थान या और नीचे स्थान पर रह जाते है जहाँ आम जनता स्मृति पहुँच नहीं पाती। सुरेश जी का दुर्भाग्य रहा कि एक समय वह इतना सक्रीय रहते हुए भी प्रशंसको के मन में बड़ा प्रभाव नहीं छोड़ पाए।

उनकी इंकिंग, कलरिंग जोड़ियों पर टिप्पणी नहीं करूँगा पर मुझे उनकी शैली पसंद थी। मुझे लगता है अगर वह कुछ और प्रयोग करते, कुछ भाग्य का साथ मिल जाता तो आज मुझे अलग से उनका नाम याद ना करवाना पड़ता। एक वजह यह है कि बहुत से कलाकारों को अपना प्रोमोशन करना अच्छा नहीं लगता, इन्टरनेट-सोशल मीडिया की दुनिया से दूरी बनाकर वो अपनी कला में तल्लीन रहते हैं। खैर, कॉमिक्स के बाहर एक बहुत बड़ी दुनिया है जहाँ सुरेश डिगवाल जी कला निर्देशन, एनिमेशन, चित्रांकन, विडियो गेम्स, ग्राफ़िक डिजाईन और शिक्षा में अपना योगदान दे रहे हैं। आशा है आगे हम सबको उनका काम निरंतर देखने को मिलता रहेगा।
अधिक जानकारी के लिए इन्टरनेट पर सुरेश जी की ये मुख्य प्रोफाइल्स और पोर्टफोलियो हैं –
https://www.behance.net/yogmaya
http://www.coroflot.com/Yogmaya/portfolio
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sureshdigwal

3 new communities #update

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*) – Articles, short comics, stories and random collaborations with Culture POPcorn [http://www.culturepopcorn.com/] and Comics Reel team [http://comicsreel.com/] (since May 2016)

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*) – Author, mentor: Comics Our Passion【COP】community
[http://www.comicsourpassion.com/]
[https://www.facebook.com/comicsourpassion]

Cover – Vigyapan War Comic

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Upcoming #fanwork comic Vigyapan War (Fighter Toads and Gamraj), Comics Our Passion【COP】 exclusive #rajcomics  Illustrator – Anuj Kumar, Writer – Mohit Trendster, Colorist – Nishant Maurya

New Comic: 3 Run ka Sauda (Mohit Trendster, Amit Albert)

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Comic 3 Run ka Sauda now available on Culture Popcorn, Dailyhunt, Google Play-Books, Readhwere, Comics Our Passion, Ebooks Now, Smashwords, Author Stream, Pothi and many other ebook websites.

 CulPop intro – “3 रन का सौदा – भारतीय क्रिकेट में राजनीति और पैसे के खेल से बर्बाद हुए अनेक कैरियर्स की दास्ताँ। सुनहरी दुनिया की रौनक के पीछे के मटमैले धब्बो को दर्शाती अमित अल्बर्ट की कला और मोहित शर्मा की लेखनी से सुसज्जित एक यादगार कॉमिक।”
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Artist: Amit Albert, Writer-Editor: Mohit Sharma

Colorist: Harendra Saini, Letterer: Youdhveer Singh

#Update Indian Comics Fandom Awards 2016

Nominations are now being accepted for the Indian Comics Fandom Awards 2016 in order to recognize the efforts, achievements of Indian Comic fans and creatives.

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*) – Best Cartoonist

*) – Best Colorist

*) – Best Reviewer

*) – Best Comics Collector

*) – Best Fanfiction Writer

*) – Best Fan Artist

*) – Best Fan Work (Comic, Video, Music etc)

*) – Best Webcomic

*) – Best Cosplayer

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

Domuha Aakrman – दोमुँहा आक्रमण (Freelance Talents)

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Illustrator – Tadam Gyadu (PencilDude)

Author – Mohit Sharma (Trendster)

Colorists – Harendra Saini, Dheeraj Dkboss Kumar

Calligraphy – Youdhveer Singh

Pages – 13, Symbolism-Historic Fiction Comic

Available – Dailyhunt, Readwhere, ISSUU, Comics Reel and allied websites/portals.

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Hindi Fables for Children (Freelance Talents)

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*late update* ebook, 3 fables for kids (including 1 short comic Jhootha Na Sahi), April 2014

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Maro Mere Saath (Cover)

Maro Mere Saath! (2008) re-released with new cover (Dailyhunt and allied websites, apps)

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Kavya Comics Series – Collection # 03
Timeline: 2011-2013
Series Book # 01 – 84 Tears (2010), Series Book # 02 – Long Live Inquilab (2012)
Artists – Vishnu Madhav, Soumendra Majumder, Manabendra Majumder, Youdhveer Singh and Vyom Dayal.
Poetry and Script – Mohit Sharma Trendster
© Freelance Talents (November 2013), all rights reserved.

Comic Fan Fest # 5 (24 April 2016)

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Comic Fan Fest # 5 (24 April 2016) – Delhi, Lucknow and Hyderabad
Delhi Chief Guest – Writer Mr. Bimal Chatterjee

“Bimal ji sharing his experience at Comic Fan Fest 5. In background cover of a comic written by Mr. Bimal Chatterjee which broke all records that time.
Khooni Danav is also the first digest of Indian Comic Industry.”

24 अप्रैल 2016 को कॉमिक फैन फेस्ट इवेंट का पांचवा संस्करण कई यादगार पलों के साथ संपन्न हुआ। इस बार फेस्ट दिल्ली के साथ-साथ लखनऊ और हैदराबाद में भी मनाया गया। दिल्ली में मुख्य अथिति के रूप में श्री बिमल चटर्जी ने आयोजन की शोभा बढ़ायी। आने वाले सदस्यों को कुछ उपहार भी वितरित किये गए। हैदराबाद आयोजन जयंत कुमार ने सम्भाला तो लखनऊ की ज़िम्मा मेरे हिस्से आया। हर बार की तरह इस आयोजन के ज़रिये कुछ नए कॉमिक प्रेमी मित्रों से मिलना हुआ। – मोहित शर्मा ज़हन

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