TWELVE is our first series, a collection of twelve stories featuring a varying cast of characters, connected by a common theme: choice.
The young men and women who inhabit these stories make a choice in their lives, which determines their future - some for the better, some for the worse.
This February, we are coming out with the first book in the series: 12.0 | Preludes.
Preludes is a collection of 3 short stories, with stories by Pratheek Thomas, illustrated by Pia Alize Hazarika, Archana Sreenivasan, Jasjyot Singh Hans and Prabha Mallya and edited by Dileep Cherian.
It’s an early introduction, a teaser sort of, to the world we are creating in TWELVE.
The boy on the burning deck |12 pages
Love like a sunset |18 pages
“Blankets” Girl | 13 pages
A few days ago, we released the first installment of our digital anthology comic Mixtape. When we announced Mixtape some time back, we’d released one of the short stories from this collection Rather Lovely Thing for free, and the story won praise from readers, and many of our peers in the growing comics scene in India.
You can read Rather Lovely Thing in its entirety here.
Archana Sreenivasan wears multiple hats in her illustrious career
Prabha: Tell us a bit about yourself, and how you came to be an illustrator.
Archana: I’ve enjoyed drawing since I was 6 years or so. As a child I was an introvert (still am, I guess). Growing up, we didn’t have television at home. So a lot of my free time was spent reading & drawing. Art college happened right after school, and the first two years of art college were some of the most fulfilling years of my life, where I spent hours lost in sketching/painting/observing, getting better at it & completely loving it. I went on to study animation, and worked in various capacities as a visual communication designer, but somewhere along the way I discovered that the work I love best involves drawing & creating images that are intended to tell a story.
Prabha: Until recently, you had a day job as a designer and you illustrated for books and comics on the side. How did you strike a balance between (all this) work and life?
Archana: :) There has never really been a work-life balance. With, or without a day job. I hardly get time to go out to movies or to meet friends. I work most weekends. I grab some rest whenever I can, or whenever I really need it. Could be in the middle of the week too. From what little I know, this is not uncommon for illustrators :) It helps that the company I had been working with was extremely flexible & accommodative in letting me take months off to do picture book projects if I needed to.
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