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INGA (Indian Manga) : The Secret

May 15, 2009

Today, I shift gears on my blog.

I present to you the first in a series of short-stories-in-a-graphic-novel/comic-book-style. That’s a mouthful, so I’d like to call these shorts ‘Inga’ (that’s short for Indian Manga or Indian Graphic Art). I know the name’s a bit lame for a comic-book-genre (and brings to mind Swedish imagery ) but hey, it’s short and Twitter-friendly.

So here you go, my first two-page Inga titled ‘The Secret’. Β 

Any resemblance to any living/deadΒ person/place Β is a figment of your/my imagination(?).


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Please use the comments section and tell me what you think . Thanks !

Update (18th May 2009) For the record : The technique WORKS. Really.

Hmm, Moore/Gibbons fans – no comments about the last panel ? It’s a tribute.

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  1. May 15, 2009 7:04 am


  2. May 15, 2009 7:13 am


  3. May 15, 2009 7:14 am

    Really good!

  4. nvedala permalink
    May 15, 2009 7:29 am

    shooper iyer! shooper πŸ™‚

  5. May 15, 2009 8:04 am

    Dude ! Awesome stuff.
    Nice narrative too…

  6. May 15, 2009 8:32 am

    Machaa! The much too I say!!! What a realishtic cortoons and all!! Uff.
    Xerox of foot immediately required.

    Jai Iyer (author) : Aithlaga, the Malleswaram-Machiavelli himself.
    Thirty-paise kerosene-smell Xerox okay-na? Athava Modi-na?

  7. May 15, 2009 8:43 am

    I feel sad for the fly …

    gr8 strip though … πŸ™‚

  8. Ranjan Matthew permalink
    May 15, 2009 8:57 am

    absolutely brilliant stuff. I simply loved it. Great work jai πŸ™‚

  9. May 15, 2009 9:04 am

    Dark Inga sir, Daarku …

    Subtle clues and all, in case anyone was wondering what kind of birds we are taaking aboutu ?

    Jai (author) : Thanku. Kindly visit tavern, find the watcher and ask him yourself okay ? okay.

  10. May 15, 2009 9:10 am

    Wow, this is great stuff!


  11. Deepu permalink
    May 15, 2009 9:27 am

    Cool Jai!! Cannot wait for more of INGA!

  12. May 15, 2009 10:19 am

    It does tell a story..
    The one that has a beginning, then comes an independent story and then an end that relates to the beginning.
    Looking forward to more..

  13. Quijibo permalink
    May 15, 2009 10:24 am

    Very good beta.

  14. May 15, 2009 10:53 am

    omigosh! That was deep. Nice space. πŸ™‚

  15. Radhika Yelkur permalink
    May 15, 2009 12:22 pm

    mr krishna and arul mani? i get the sneaky feeling i am supposed to recognise more peoples…

    Jai (author) : No comments, on the grounds that they might incriminate me.

  16. Rags permalink
    May 15, 2009 12:55 pm

    Chindi chitranna, I mean Sooper aag iddey!

  17. May 15, 2009 2:00 pm

    Excellent! Thought may be you should call it ‘chika” for Chitra Katha, instead of Inga. After all, Manga is japanese for chitra kata after all!

    Jai (author) : Mmmmmm….

  18. May 15, 2009 3:05 pm

    Jai ho! Fantastic only, I say. Well done. I am fully mins fully pridely.
    Aaaaarggghhhhhh!!!@ BirdMan… *shudder* The memories. (And it was only ONE LONG evening opposite BirdMan, at KC Das, Koshy’s etc. Chandra-mama was snickering at me from peripherals and sending off snide messages also as well. Tchah. Psyched bugger.)

    So anyway. THE SECRET, and the ellipses and the drama and the build-up to the fretful climax… Ujjjhu. *applause* πŸ˜‰

    Excuse me, I am your fan.
    “Kyaa aap shaadi-shuda hain?” she asked lecherously…

    Jai (author) : “Nahi. But why she is asking that qoschan?”
    *Nudge-u* *Nudge-u* *Winku* *Winku* πŸ˜‰

  19. Maya permalink
    May 15, 2009 3:42 pm

    Loved it! Is there a fish tank at Koshy’s by any chance? Though there was a distinct lack of Meesais for the typical Koshy clientele….Can’t wait for the next strip. also appreciate your PPV plate with blogger.

    Jai (author) : Usual response is “WOW WHAT AN F*****G AWESOME FISHTANK. Waitaminit, is there a restaurant around it?” Yenyway.
    For non-Tams : PPV = paaku-pazham-veththalai = betelnut-fruit-leaves (ie my RSS feed icon). Dhanks. The sharp-Srinivasan that you are, did you also notice the manjal-poosina email-envelop icon?

    • Maya permalink
      June 19, 2009 8:56 am

      You are absolutely right about my mis-directed response re: fishtank. Deep apologies. I might put it a mite more politely than you and say “Aathiri-Baacha! Enna fish tanku – enna fish tanku” But your point stands. (One day I’ll even tell you the story behind this). The “manjakadudasi” is a masterful touch or rather…a mahshterful touchu.

  20. May 15, 2009 3:56 pm

    Brilliant! Can’t wait to read more…even though I feel I’ve lived it all before πŸ™‚

    Jai (author) : Dr.Spi ! Middle-class jayanagar boy researching spiders – now that’s an inga in itself.

    • May 16, 2009 3:57 pm

      Nah…who would be interested in that? Maybe if I could be bitten by some sort of a.. I don’t know..a radioactive spider or something…just thinking out loud here…then maybe…there’s a story in that.

  21. May 15, 2009 4:53 pm

    Just brilliant!

  22. Santhosh permalink
    May 15, 2009 6:06 pm

    Cant wait for more Jai! Fantastic!

  23. May 15, 2009 7:05 pm

    Tragicomedy is the word I am looking for, I think… Awesome!

  24. Nav permalink
    May 15, 2009 9:24 pm

    paapa noNa munDedu…sath hoithu..

    soooper jai, you really have a gift…

  25. May 16, 2009 4:37 am


  26. May 16, 2009 9:18 am

    I declare this “maavadu” of the best variety, small, potent and incredibly tasty.

    Jai (author) : ah, Jilpa-saar himself ! Thank you , I’m glad my mom’s pickling skills have been inherited after all. Ippo thairsaadam ready panNNanum..

  27. May 16, 2009 9:46 am

    I was expecting to read it from right to left. πŸ˜€

    Good work dude!

    Jai (author) : Seasoned-manga-person, eh ?

  28. Bhavani permalink
    May 16, 2009 9:57 am

    Ushisho! So many commentments. I am such a late-lateef.

    Rombo pramadham, Iyre! Naan kitchen table-fan to hand visiri-ku maariTen.

    Jai (author) : Haii ! PSPO-maami.

  29. May 16, 2009 2:09 pm

    Simply Rocks! Excellent one Jai!

  30. Fahad permalink
    May 17, 2009 9:18 am

    Brilliant! What a!

    That’s Arul Mani isn’t it? Unmistakable.

  31. actionist permalink
    May 17, 2009 2:44 pm

    nice. Would love to see longer works. Here is my first comic– a 32 page autobiography. It is available for sale here–>

    You can read the pdf here–>

    starting a second work right now–

  32. May 17, 2009 5:37 pm

    AWEEESUM!!!! We need MORE!!!

  33. May 17, 2009 5:44 pm

    whoa….awesome artwork – Inga

  34. May 18, 2009 4:02 am

    heehee.. loved the twist

  35. May 18, 2009 5:18 pm

    Very original work Iyer.
    How would you like it to appear in an anthology? I’m looking for contributors from your part of the globe.
    Let me know if you’re interested.

    Jai (author) : Bov, Thanks ! I’ll send you a reply by email.

  36. Rincewind permalink
    May 18, 2009 9:04 pm

    Nice one, what with tributes (gibbons/moore) and cameos (arul) and all. In case you are looking for something else to add to the vat you soak in, check out Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo, in case you haven’t yet. Although the book is available from the, ahem, Juvenile section in the library, it’s nothing short of spectacular. (If that’s too tangential, it went this way : Mosquitoes (as protagonists) -> Anthromorphic heroes -> Usagi Yojimbo -> Samurais and Bushido -> Japan -> Manga -> Inga)

    Jai (author) : (Spits out sand, and checks if Rincewind’s doing okay ) : Usagi Yojimbo. Yes yes , I’ve read it. And how ‘well-connected’ you are , O noble wind.

  37. May 30, 2009 7:22 am

    I chanced upon your blog and found it very informative. The event blogs are striking enough to have a feel of the event, so, I would like to have a little chit-chat on your blogging interests. And even we are coming up with an event on startups on June 6th. So, can I have your contact details? Looking forward to hear from you.

    Contact me on :

    Jai ( author ) : Devarchit, hi ! I’m currently travelling, back in Bangalore on the 1st of June. You may mail me on [ iyermatter at gmail dot com ]

  38. Tamara permalink
    June 2, 2009 5:30 am

    Awesome start! The nostalgiate in me really enjoyed this πŸ™‚

  39. June 11, 2009 1:57 pm

    Nice work. Is there more?

    • June 12, 2009 8:40 am

      Yes, there is (will be) more. I’m working on a couple of scripts, need to find time to ink it down. Stay tuned.

  40. June 19, 2009 12:20 pm

    Profound and thoughtful.
    Especially loved the last and last but one frames.
    Long live Inga !


  41. June 20, 2009 2:06 pm

    are you allowed to say fishes in graphic novels?

  42. sandhya permalink
    July 16, 2009 1:48 pm

    Excellent piece, man.

  43. July 20, 2009 7:04 pm

    Maybe Thenga Comics might be a good answer to manga comics.

  44. Jayanth permalink
    July 21, 2009 6:39 pm

    Hey, awesome drawing and narrative. Was expecting to read from right to left, but I see that in only a few frames, but hey you can be a great mangaka.

  45. kumar permalink
    July 22, 2009 9:22 am

    awsomeness more please.

  46. aswin permalink
    July 23, 2009 9:36 am

    i know this fly catacher guy whom u have drawn.. he sits always in koshys.. thinks of himself as a genius..

    \nice one

  47. July 29, 2009 6:08 am


    Satyajit Ray used to be write short stories for children that a generation grew on. Detective stories and Science Fiction and others. Full of his own illustrations and content thats ensuant to falling in that magic cauldron. You know what I mean. There are dozens of them. I think you will like them. They are in Bengali but some decent translation may exist.

    • July 29, 2009 7:19 am


      Yes, I’m a big fan of Satyajit Ray, his dad Sukumar Ray & their works. They were the original Maestros of Mashup.

  48. Madhukar permalink
    August 25, 2009 6:43 am

    πŸ™‚ Fly’s might be already grouping and plotting against you mate πŸ™‚ Beware πŸ™‚

  49. Vader permalink
    September 5, 2009 5:37 pm

    Amazing stuff Jai.Loved the layers (altho I did confuse Arul Mani for Sri Sri Ravishankar :p) Hope there’s more to come…

  50. October 13, 2009 6:12 am

    Absolutely amazing! Your insights into the ‘birdman’ are wonderful. Havent noticed you among the usual suspects in this tavern though… πŸ™‚

  51. bonerpakhi permalink
    October 13, 2009 7:39 am

    Fantastic stuff! Btw, speaking of Satyajit Ray, two of Feluda mysteries are out as graphic novels… they are really quite good!

  52. October 13, 2009 7:51 am

    Genius stuff!

  53. October 13, 2009 5:44 pm

    Tavern and Koshys also πŸ™‚ ! Loved the stuff ! Nicely written.
    “I try to flee but I don’t know how to”…..wonder how many of the tavern or Koshy regulars(first timers also πŸ™‚ )are relating to this as they are reading !!

  54. Nandini permalink
    October 14, 2009 5:31 am

    This is superb…I am thoroughly entertained!

  55. Priya permalink
    October 14, 2009 5:50 am

    Brilliant work!! The resemblance to any living/dead person/place in this case, I suspect is not really a figment of my imagination!

  56. Itti permalink
    October 14, 2009 6:18 am

    OMG this is hilarious.. Awesome work, pls keep it rolling

  57. Devcharan Jathanna permalink
    October 14, 2009 8:58 am

    Wow….I’ve never seen a comic strip with so many familiar faces/ places….nice!

  58. Itti permalink
    October 14, 2009 10:07 am

    Oh hey, incidentally one more secret revealed about why.. why flies are difficult to swat —

  59. October 14, 2009 1:32 pm

    This is great stuff, and for those of us know the watcher of birds in the story, it makes the reading even more fun. Thanks for this πŸ™‚

  60. shootfighter permalink
    October 14, 2009 2:07 pm

    hey I know that bird guy at koshys

  61. October 14, 2009 3:15 pm

    Brilliant! I’m sure Krishna liked it. Almost heard it from the bird’s beak! Sridhar, seated opposite, has been brought out superbly as well πŸ™‚

  62. dudepeacock permalink
    October 15, 2009 1:32 pm

    Ha ha.. More?

  63. kedar permalink
    October 30, 2009 10:01 am

    anisutide yaako indu salim ali krishna mattu le prof arul mani andu….chindistuff….not to forget certain other familiar faces (i think)….yoour yoour bitt yoour yaaru?

  64. Sridhar Parthasarathy permalink
    November 12, 2009 1:23 am

    Pretty good, man. You may have missed your calling!

  65. November 12, 2009 8:40 am

    Liked it brother

    workin on a few myself

    art cud be better though

  66. shankarnarayan permalink
    November 13, 2009 7:19 pm

    Really awesome.
    If i had talent i would think like you.

  67. December 16, 2009 11:20 am

    Aiyo, sir, en kaafile “E” vizhundhuduthu.

    Appo unga Kaafile 3 “E” iruukunnu sollunga!

    not my original, but heard it somewhere. That’s another way to kill a fly, though you don’t have much control on it.

  68. January 4, 2010 6:28 pm

    good show sir, really enjoyed reading πŸ™‚

  69. February 17, 2010 8:04 am

    The first few panels are reminiscent of scenes from Cowboy Bebop: Knocking on Heaven’s Door.

    Impressive artwork though.

  70. March 3, 2010 6:04 am

    Romba kickass. Came here after seeing “Eef you come today” Inga comics. (Sadly I only found two Easter eggs – or should I say maangai). Both pieces have excellent art work. Great perspective for the sketches. Particularly love the scenes unfolding from SuperHero’s cape, and in the strip above, the perspective from Bird man’s finger tip. Also enjoyed the occasional patron cradling his cell phone with the bearded man in the back. Soopar details saar. And the envelope icon with the manjal poosings … too much…three much.

    The world has much to gain. Eagerly await more. All shows house-full.

  71. ritu permalink
    March 3, 2010 10:50 am

    Chanced upon it…Awesome πŸ™‚

  72. March 13, 2010 4:24 am

    I wish to meet you sometime. Is there any contact number to contact.

  73. Marx Barx permalink
    May 4, 2010 9:05 am

    Hey! Isn’t that man Krishna???!!?? He’s GOTTA BE! πŸ™‚

    I haven’t met Krishna in a while, but I haven’t met anyone as resourceful (with ants, esp.) either. πŸ™‚

  74. Shynil permalink
    May 9, 2010 11:14 am


  75. June 11, 2010 11:59 am

    Arul Mani was my lecturer in St. Joseph. Mr. Krishna…the birdwatcher πŸ™‚ man…you do complete justice

  76. Srikrishna permalink
    July 15, 2010 1:13 am

    Woah! That was some pretty deep manga there!

  77. September 6, 2010 6:18 pm

    What a secret this be! I came here via ‘iiif you come todaaay’ search and have been browsing through the various stories and blogs on Bangalore since then.

    I’m an avid manga collector among other comics and always was curious if any Indian version existed to echo this global movement. Happy to say my curiosity was sated with your ‘Inga’ πŸ™‚

    Loved ‘The secret’. The environ in the story, looks similar to Koshy’s, but not sure. Anyways, liked the idea and the storyline. πŸ™‚

    – Jai (and an Iyer to boot) heh πŸ˜‰

  78. Amused permalink
    September 14, 2010 3:50 pm

    Must respectfully disagree with the bird man. There’s no such thing as theobromide. It’s theobromine and in large enough quantities is toxic to humans too.

    Oh sorry, was I detracting from all the praise about the comic? πŸ˜‰

  79. October 7, 2010 11:30 am


    That is friggin awesome..!!
    I discovered Iyermatter when I was searching for some Rajini comics…
    and boy!! I naat vonly gaat one… buttaalso got this paesan Iyer!!
    Dooood I yam yuvar fyaan! (FYI fyaan att firsht sytu!)

    Let me spread the word!!

  80. October 21, 2010 9:05 am

    Is this a manga or comic??


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