04/2/13

Back from Wondercon Anaheim

[Reposting from mohaps.com]

Had a ton of fun at Wondercon 2013, Anaheim over the easter weekend. Archaia, the publishers of Mumbai Confidential had arranged for signings of advance copies of the hardcover edition (a WC exclusive prior to the scheduled release on April 30th. Amazon Preorder : http://bit.ly/mcprint). It’s always fun to meet up with the Archaia team.

As soon as the show floor opened, I was pleasantly surprised to find that a couple of fans actually came seeking to buy Mumbai Confidential hardcover (as they had read the PREVIEWS magazine interview I had given). Joe (pictured here) set a record of sorts by becoming the first-ever person to purchase a hardcover copy of Mumbai Confidential vol 1 “Good Cop, Bad Cop”

On Saturday, I was on a panel about “Writing For Comics” with other Archaia writers (moderated by Archaia EiC Stephen Christy). It was a fun time shooting the breeze about being a writer in comics and responding to audience questions.

As usual, had a lot of fun catching up with friends and other creators, and generally geeking out watching the cosplayers.

Mumbai Confidential is a creator owned crime-noir comic book series created by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde. The “Digital First” issues are available on ComiXology and the print hardcover is due out in April 2013 from Archaia. Please do follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter.

03/26/13

Mumbai Confidential Advance Copies on Sale At WonderCon Anaheim

Great News! Mumbai Confidential advance copies will be on sale at WonderCon Anaheim! Swing by the Archaia Booth (#609). There are only 20 or so advance copies available, so they will go fast. :)

You can also get your copies signed as I’m there on Fri/Sat. The signing schedule (Archaia – Booth #609):

  • Friday, 29th March 4PM – 5PM
  • Saturday, 30th March 3PM – 4PM

I shall also be participating in a panel on “Writing For Comics” on Saturday, 30th of March 11:30PM – 12:30PM in Room 208AB. Details here.

So swing by, say hello and get your shiny signed Mumbai Confidential hardcover! :) See you at Anaheim.
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Mumbai Confidential is a creator owned crime-noir comic book series created by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde. The “Digital First” issues are available on ComiXology and the print hardcover is due out in March 2013 from Archaia. Please do follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter.

03/13/13

It’s Here! :) (sort of)

Quick post! Mumbai Confidential editor Rebecca Taylor just emailed me the photo of the first advance copy of the hardcover edition (Preorder: http://bit.ly/mcprint / Releasing April 30). Feels so great! :)

Mumbai Confidential is a creator owned crime-noir comic book series created by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde. The “Digital First” issues are available on ComiXology and the print hardcover is due out in March 2013 from Archaia. Please do follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter.

03/12/13

Advance Reviews

The advance reviews of Mumbai Confidential Book 1 : “Good Cop, Bad Cop” (Releasing April 30th, 2013, now available for preorder at Amazon) are trickling in. The whole series (9 issues) is available for purchase at ComiXology.

First off, Avril Brown of Comics Waiting Room has posted a review of an advance copy of the print hardcover.

Money Quote:

Archaia is known for backing some of the prettiest ponies in the comics business, and they found a fine looking stallion in MUMBAI. Shinde’s watercolor artwork gives the story a dreamlike quality, even when the blood is cascading out of bullet holes. The colors and varying sharpness of each panel add dimensions to Kadam’s struggle with depression and his fight to do at least one thing right. MUMBAI CONFIDENTIAL is an amazing story particularly since every page shows that Mohapatra and Shinde were made to tell it together. Here’s hoping we see more from this team, for there are undoubtedly more tales to tell from the streets of Mumbai.

Read the full review here and an earlier review of issues 1 and 2 that Avril did is here. You can also check out other reviews and articles about Mumbai Confidential here.

There are some initial/advance reviews at GoodReads too.

Mumbai Confidential is a creator owned crime-noir comic book series created by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde. The “Digital First” issues are available on ComiXology and the print hardcover is due out in March 2013 from Archaia. Please do follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter.

01/31/13

The Digital Edition covers

When Archaia decided to release Mumbai Confidential as a 9 issue “Digital First” edition on ComiXology, Vivek and I had to scramble to create 9 covers. It was a fun gig. We reused concept art, interior sequentials and pin ups submitted by other artists to create the covers. Scott Newman and I ended up doing the “dressing up” for the final versions.

Mumbai confidential “Digital First” editions can be purchased here for reading on iOS/Android/Web/Kindle. The print hardcover edition is due April 30, 2013 and can be pre-ordered via Amazon.

12/23/12

Sneak peek at the interior pages of the hardcover

The Mumbai Confidential hardcover edition is getting ready to be sent to press for a March 2013 release from Archaia. We had the awesome design team of Howling Monkey Studios cook up some great looking interior design pages. Posting sneak peeks of the table of content and the interior title page of the hardcover here.

The Interior Title Page
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The Table of Contents
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Mumbai Confidential is a creator owned crime-noir comic book series created by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde. The “Digital First” issues are available on ComiXology and the print hardcover is due out in March 2013 from Archaia. Please do follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter.

11/18/12

Sneak Peeks and Status Update

Waiting for the last two pages of art from Vivek. The Archaia team has done an amazing job on the cover and overall book design. Can hardly wait to share that :)

Anyways, here’s a bunch of random sneak peeks we posted on our facebook page. If you want to stay up-to-date on all things Mumbai Confidential, do “like” our facebook page at http://facebook.com/mumbaiconfidential or follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/mumbaiconfid

Mumbai Confidential issue #5 is now online as of first week nov at http://bit.ly/mcfull (available for your iOS, Android, and Web broswer reading pleasure). The print hardcover from Archaia will hit the stands in March 2013.


Blurbs for Mumbai Confidential



Old Cover Mockups/Roughs/Layout Tests

Here are some roughs that we put together to visualize how the issue covers will look like. the art is very rough and these are used to get the final look of the cover nailed.



Preview pages from Mumbai Confidential #5


10/31/12

Issue #5 Available digitally now

Just a quick note to point out that Issue #5 (collecting chapters 6 and 7) of the story is now online at ComiXology. Here are a couple of pages previewing the issue with gorgeous art by Vivek and a foreword by Gotham Chopra. (click the images for hires preview)

And, do visit us on Facebook, and we’d love a “like”. :)

Mumbai Confidential is a crime-noir comic book created by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde. It’s now available digitally at ComiXology and the print hardcover edition from Archaia will be available in March 2013.

Facebook: http://facebook.com/mumbaiconfidential
Twitter: @mumbaiconfid

10/24/12

Updates, Reviews, and Previews

At long last, it’s finally happening. Just finalized the page lineup for the print hardcover version of Mumbai Confidential vol 1 “Good Cop, Bad Cop”, 144 pages chock-a-full of hardboiled goodness :) We’ll be doing a final round of edits and sending that over to the printers in a week or so. Remember, the print version from Archaia hits the stands in Feb/March 2013. Meanwhile you can buy the “Digital First” editions at ComiXology store for iOS, Android and Web.

Fanboy Confidential posted a review of MC issues #1 and #2. They had good things to say about the book, and particularly for Vivek’s spectacular art. You can read the reviews here:

We had an awesome session at Mumbai Comic-con and many thanks to all those who attended. The photos of the session can be viewed on our facebook page. While you’re there, we’d love to get a “facebook like” from you. :)

And, last but not the least, just for kicks we created some posters for some fake “in-universe” movies featured in the book. I can’t give away the details (you’ll have to buy and read the book for that), but part of the story deals with an over-the-hill Bollywood actor who stars in movies with titles like “Gunda Coolie”,”Looteron ki Raftar”, “Inspector Hathoda”, “Bhaktiman”, “Bhaktiman Returns” and of course, the one you see below, “GUNDA DAROGA”. :) So I took some of Vivek’s interior art and tried to come up with a poster for it. Hope you like it. Writing these scenes was kind of a nice change of pace from the hardboiled gritty/grim main story of the book.

Till next time…

cheers,
mohaps

Mumbai Confidential is a crime-noir comic book created by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde. It’s now available digitally at ComiXology and the print hardcover edition from Archaia will be available in March 2013.

Facebook: http://facebook.com/mumbaiconfidential
Twitter: @mumbaiconfid

10/21/12

Mumbai Comic-con Trailer for Mumbai Confidential

Vivek and I, along with Saumin Patel and Vinay Brahmania did a session for the Mumbai Film and Comics Convention yesterday (with the artists on stage, yours truly dialing in via Google+).

We had some connectivity issues during the session and Devaki couldn’t join in. I also got disconnected a few times. Overall, we spoke about the history and vision of MC as a project and it was a good discussion.

Thanks to the Comic-con India team for hosting us, and thanks to all of our fans who attended.

Mumbai Confidential is a crime-noir comic book created by Saurav Mohapatra and Vivek Shinde. It’s now available digitally at ComiXology and the print hardcover edition from Archaia will be available in March 2013.

Facebook: http://facebook.com/mumbaiconfidential
Twitter: @mumbaiconfid