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Exclusive Preview: Retrograde!!!

17 Oct
The wonderful portable digital dictionary on my computer describes the word ‘Retrograde’ as 

Retrograde [re-truh-greyd] adjective, can be used in several contexts:
  1. (astronomy) moving from east to west on the celestial sphere; or–for planets–around the sun in a direction opposite to that of the Earth
  2. Of amnesia; affecting time immediately preceding trauma
  3. Going from better to worse
  4. Moving or directed or tending in a backward direction or contrary to a previous direction


Going by the preview images, I’d say it contains elements from all of these and more!
My dear readers, I feel extremely pleased to introduce you to the upcoming 2-part Graphic Novel by our very own fellow addict, Akshay Dhar.

Retrograde is being published by Pop Culture Publishing, who are also the good people behind Comic Con Express – Mumbai, which is taking place on 22nd and 23rd October in Mumbai! I’ll be there, will you?

A great reason for you to be there will be to get your hands on the first issue of Retrograde. It is being launched at Comic Con Express – Mumbai, on Day One. I wouldn’t want to miss out on this one. Retrograde along with the next issue of Ravanayan are on my personal top ‘must-haves’ list for this season.
We have the first five pages of Retrograde for your viewing pleasure. They are more of a teaser, if you ask me, coz the point at which the preview ends is nail-biting and gripping enough to keep me excited until the 22nd of October!
It is a story set in a post-apocalyptic world where only a handful of individuals are left, fighting for survival and a chance to live their lives again, as few men (and women, of course).
In essence, the first thing that came to my mind was the comparison between other classic post-apocalyptic graphics novels, like Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra or The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman. If you ask me, anything that brings comparisons of this caliber to mind has a promising future ahead, and I am confident that Retrograde will continue to carry the torch and set a standard which will be a new benchmark in the Indian Comic Industry.
Akshay is not a new name in the comic industry. He has worked on several projects like the Comix.India anthology, Warblade, WereHouse v1, etc. He is also a regular contributor and one of the core members of ComicAddicts. His love and knowledge about Comic Books is at par with the other Addict, Mayank, who was the M behind the Adventures of M and the one-man army behind Comic Addicts.
Akshay collaborated with Avik Kumar Maitra to create Retrograde.
I will let you good readers make up your own minds about the book, on the basis of these preview pages. In my opinion, the whole trip from Delhi to Mumbai will be worth it only for the chance to pick up a copy of this one. The story begins well, without much buildup. The reasons behind the near-destruction of the Earth are not explained, but perhaps will be detailed later in the story.
The characters are interesting and jump right into the action, without a formal introduction or a back story. Who needs a back story when your survival is an issue, eh?
The artwork looks very promising and black & white is a medium which has always been close to my heart so I might be a little biased towards it, but in the tradition of several other artists, they have decided to go ahead without any colors. I’m sure some of you might have complains about the B&W medium, but from these pages, it seems to me that it will go well with the story.
It is probably one of India’s first, if not the first, series/story which is based on such a theme. I am not considering Rabhas Incident by Level 10 at par, because that deals with primarily the destruction of a single city. Retrograde takes it a long, long step further and destroys the planet!
In the tradition of Akshay’s favorite writers like Warren Ellis, Jonathan Hickman, Neil Gaiman etc. Retrograde looks finger-licking promising to me, and the next 5 days are going to be tough on me if I don’t succeed in diverting my mind to other useless activities to keep it off from the goodies in store during the coming weekend!

So here you go folks! A few early images to whet your appetite for what’s yet to come!

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Exclusive Project Reveal: Retrograde

28 Mar

As promised we reveal yet another comic project in the making!


Writer – Akshay Dhar
Artist/Penciller – Avik Kumar Maitra
Inker – Swapnil Singh
Twenty Onwards Media  Ltd
Release Date – April 

Synopsis – as humanity faces the future we are living with the fastest evolving life-form on the planet – technology. Growing and changing almost daily. Today the world as a whole is becoming wired together. The future is a glittering computer console gateway to tomorrow.

Retrograde was a concept born out of the question: What would we do if the world would shut down tomorrow? Imagine waking up in a world where only the most rudimentary tech would work. What would humanity do? How would our world change? A group formed by chance is our prism to tell the story of this likely improbable but likely ever-so possible tomorrow.

The good folks at twenty onwards media have graciously shared the team roster for Retrograde (Click to read in full glory!). What do you guys think?


Our take: 

First Look: We have rarely seen groups in Indian comic industry, so its a welcome sight to see a team comic coming out, and that too a non-superhero one ( from the looks of it)

Concept: It goes without saying , the concept is an appealing one. This series asks the question, what happens when technology fails us? It seems its a dystopian world, and would be interesting to see characters interact with the limited or Neanderthal tech at their disposal. 

Potential: We expect a survival comic with a lot of twists. Like The walking dead, this series has the potential to really scream at us from the character’s voices. The best part about the walking dead are the character interactions, and this comic too will rise or fail depending on whether these characters can draw us in. It might also be interesting seeing the world in a new light – one without technology. 

We Indians are a dependent lot on our IT and allied industry. What do you do when all that goes away? Forget that! There is going to be a war fought over basic amenities..

The team roster has a mix of varied personalities and nationals, which could make for an interesting dynamic if they are played well against each other.

We might be over-reaching with just one teaser shown, but we are guessing there would be a reason why the Tech went away. The author may or may not chose to reveal that !..

Lets wait and see what twenty media has to offer!