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If You Come Today : the comic

March 2, 2010

This story is set in an alternate history Bangalore of the late 1970s.

It’s a cocktail of a ‘million memories’, laced with generous amounts of kitsch, hyperbole and vernacular references.

Please take your grammar/spelling/historical-accuracy hats off before you proceed. And watch each panel carefully; I’ve hidden some really hard-to-find easter eggs in there. (If you find that some of the writing’s too small, just click on the image. That’ll load the entire page into your browser and you can then zoom in. Note: there are four pages in all.) Thank you.

Chapter 1 : The Hunt


Chapter 2: New Modran Hotel

If you’d like to spot the easter eggs via a short quiz, go here :

The ‘If You Come Today’ Comic Quiz

Credits, etc:

The Jumma Masjid photograph is from Suyog’s ‘Bangalore Photography’ set. He has some lovely photographs of Bangalore/Mysore, do check them out. Newspaper clippings courtesy the Headline Generator.

Creative Commons License
If You Come Today: The comic by Jai Iyer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 India License. You may link to this work.

The comments section is at the top of the post. If this is your first time on my blog , my first INGA (Indian Graphic Art) comic titled ‘The Secret’ can be found here.

And yes, I promise to post more often. Do come back. If you come today..

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107 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2010 12:07 pm

    this is truly, brilliant.
    i like how you mixed proper photography and animation together.
    it makes for a great cocktail

  2. Visesh permalink
    March 2, 2010 12:23 pm

    Very nice Iyer, Bombatt Maga.

  3. March 2, 2010 12:29 pm

    This is WOAH good! 😀 😀 😀 The ideas, the art, the details, the whole thing… Woah! I is a loves it! 😀

  4. March 2, 2010 12:50 pm

    Please roll out a book with all your comics. This is showcase material! Truly awesome!

  5. March 2, 2010 12:57 pm

    Super! When I saw Sudha in the first panel…

  6. March 2, 2010 1:37 pm

    Incredible. Just Incredible!

  7. March 2, 2010 1:52 pm

    whoaaawwwww!!!!!

  8. Malavika permalink
    March 2, 2010 1:54 pm

    hahaha!! LOL!! “Darling Readymade Dress Shop”.. btw theres a spelling mishtake in this! its “Dorling” 😀

    • March 4, 2010 7:58 am

      Correctu you are. I will fix this mishtake in the sequel “Kiss me or kill me O DORLING please do some thing to me”

      • March 4, 2010 8:00 am

        “Zuzuzuzuzuzu …zuzuzuzuzuzu”

        (There, now the reply’s complete.)

  9. March 2, 2010 2:03 pm

    There’s a theater in Chickpet called Vijayalakshmi that still plays Dr Raj movie every day.

    • March 4, 2010 8:01 am

      Yup. Incidentally that’s where I watched my first *English* movie ‘The Absentminded Professor’.

  10. March 2, 2010 2:04 pm

    And loved all the tiny little details. 🙂

  11. March 2, 2010 2:05 pm

    Enjaayed that very much…sic sic sic sic sic sic.

    and here’s Romance tailors:

    http://deponti.livejournal.com/608991.html

  12. March 2, 2010 2:05 pm

    THIS WAS AMAZING!

  13. March 2, 2010 2:12 pm

    I am overwhelmed by your talent and your sense of humour. If you come today(this far) you are surely happening … you pick the time! 🙂
    Thanks.

  14. Siri permalink
    March 2, 2010 2:17 pm

    *bows*
    Clap Clap Clap. Awesomeness.

  15. March 2, 2010 2:24 pm

    Awesome dude. Simply loved it..

  16. March 2, 2010 2:25 pm

    Wowwww!!
    Excedingly brilliant stuff man!
    Epic Win!!
    And from “Love is Poisan” to “Life is bullock cart and fate is driver” eh? 😉
    Too good!

    • March 4, 2010 8:04 am

      Incidentally, the ‘Life is bullock cart..’ line is an easter egg. Translate maadi to Kannada.

      • Arun permalink
        March 6, 2010 8:09 pm

        This is so super duper dude!! BOWS !

      • murali permalink
        April 26, 2010 5:09 pm

        badukidhu jataka bandi ……….its amazing too ……..

  17. Faiq permalink
    March 2, 2010 2:29 pm

    Now i know the reason. Why the legendary song.
    Thanks millans from the bottoms of the haart.

  18. March 2, 2010 2:30 pm

    Whatey man, whate saangu! 😀

  19. March 2, 2010 2:35 pm

    Brilliance! But I suppose New Modran Bar has now become New Diplomat Bar.

  20. March 2, 2010 3:05 pm

    I LOVE “S.V. Supermani.” That is, apart from generally beaming upon the whole cartoon.

    However, at the risk of being pedantic, isn’t it “Million drums beat in my heart”? Howda? Don’t tell me I have been belting it out all wrong all this time.

    • March 4, 2010 8:07 am

      Ah , a purist 🙂 You are correct, it IS ‘a million drums’. (And I’m aware of this). It’s just that the lyrics I’ve used go better with the plot…

  21. March 2, 2010 3:21 pm

    Sooooooopar Saarey!!

  22. Venky permalink
    March 2, 2010 3:45 pm

    Hahahahaha!! Damn, I miss the coffee table! (And now, I have that song stuck in my head again. Sigh!)

  23. March 2, 2010 4:10 pm

    Nicely done. The first first page especially!

  24. March 2, 2010 4:15 pm

    too good Jai. mixing the jem aaf a saang with your toons is a grraat idea i say :). “Hai Noty” was too good, BKS Iyengar’s caricature is excellent. Had a good laugh & relieved the memorable Dr. Raj song :).

    BTW…bought Sentinel House this past weekend. I hope you have more than one illustration in the book :))

    • Chandra Shekhar Balachandran permalink
      March 3, 2010 10:21 am

      Oi, i say, jayanth, you did what??

      “relieved the memorable Dr. Raj song”

  25. March 2, 2010 4:17 pm

    what are those easter eggs? not sure if i picked any!!!

    • March 4, 2010 8:10 am

      What saar you are telling like this.

      Maybe I should post a list of questions that’ll help you hunt the eggs out.

  26. March 2, 2010 4:21 pm

    Damn good.

  27. March 2, 2010 4:33 pm

    OMG! This is brilliant stuff!

  28. March 2, 2010 4:37 pm

    Genius. Blaady genius.

  29. Roopa permalink
    March 2, 2010 5:04 pm

    Very very clever, particularly the ‘timely’ brzzzt-crackle static punctuation. And I love the rear-view mirrors – Kiss me and Kill me! 🙂

  30. Nikita permalink
    March 2, 2010 5:05 pm

    This is insanely ingenious!

    Wonderful and Tweetable : )
    thanks for sharing!

  31. March 2, 2010 5:21 pm

    Epic! This is as good as it gets! 😀

  32. March 2, 2010 5:35 pm

    AMAZING DUDE.
    U ROCK, as always.

  33. March 2, 2010 6:02 pm

    brilliant stuff !

  34. Vaibahav permalink
    March 2, 2010 6:06 pm

    Bloody Brilliant!

  35. Sudarshana Mitra permalink
    March 2, 2010 6:14 pm

    BRILLIANT 🙂

  36. March 2, 2010 6:35 pm

    Respect. This is high art.

  37. March 2, 2010 7:03 pm

    LOL….. the guy in the auto using mother… to curse…

  38. March 3, 2010 3:50 am

    Awesome 🙂

  39. March 3, 2010 4:14 am

    yo Jai! hatsoff!!! brilliant job and a true tribute to Dr. Showman! awesome INGAcomic maga!

  40. manisha lakhe permalink
    March 3, 2010 4:19 am

    brill!
    *bows*

  41. Santhosh permalink
    March 3, 2010 4:28 am

    This one was worth the wait! Its amazing how many new tidbits I’ve spotted each time i’ve returned to the comic. I’m so tempted to list the million minute details.

  42. March 3, 2010 5:47 am

    Geniass. if i didnt come today, i wlda missed this super stuff

  43. March 3, 2010 5:47 am

    Very cool work….very cool!

    i loved the frame where he’s cursing someone from the auto….the touch of the photograph and the typo is super cool.!

    All the best….waiting for the rest!
    Indian manga is the best!

  44. March 3, 2010 8:23 am

    Saar you are too good. What did u say? What did u say? Tumba brilliant , I say.

  45. Sree permalink
    March 3, 2010 8:30 am

    Jai u Rock Man!

  46. VinylGT permalink
    March 3, 2010 8:58 am

    …and I thought you couldnt beat the Dr. Rajkumar classic. Bro, you have gone above and beyond. Have printed this out and put it on my wall. Cant wait for you to do Rajni or, even better, T. Rajender

  47. March 3, 2010 9:56 am

    brilliant 🙂

  48. March 3, 2010 10:16 am

    Jaipsaw its brilliant. And I think you scanned the most scary pages from BKS Aiyangaw.
    embroider and see! hahahahha …

    • March 4, 2010 8:12 am

      Eiiiii SHHHHH ! 😉

      • March 5, 2010 6:05 am

        but who is that really obscene man in sepia and nothing much else?

      • March 5, 2010 2:22 pm

        Ayyo, it is ‘Show’-man only. Living up to his name? Chee chee.

  49. Chandra Shekhar Balachandran permalink
    March 3, 2010 10:18 am

    What man? You are making fun off Annavru, is it? Wait, wait.

    Come this side! One hand, I will take care off you! Also, my bais will come and look after you also. You keep seeing!

    What, you are talking and writing Enlgish mins you are big this one is it?

    Like this,
    C.
    Kannada sahaasa simha (look spelling carefully only)

    • March 3, 2010 3:15 pm

      oh its the prowser.

      why you’re keeping silence all these days?

      pls to come and comment on my blog also okay? I’ve mailed you the link.

    • March 4, 2010 8:17 am

      Ehh go I say I am well gorded in deep interior Basavangudi. If I put whistle that’s all, my autofellows will come and beat up your boi-s.

  50. Chandra Shekhar Balachandran permalink
    March 3, 2010 10:25 am

    History should be taught this way! Let all the history textbooks of Karnataka state be re-written by … Jai Iyengar forthwith. He is entertaining, educating, and something else. But leave geography textbooks alone…

    … for the nonce.

    Someone suggested you (Iyengar) publish this blog and all. I also think so. Just remember to give me first signed copy (i will pay for the book, of course).

    Cheers.

    [“Iyer?” Oh.]

  51. Nitin Nagori permalink
    March 3, 2010 10:37 am

    Publish this in in a book…You pick the time….tick tick tick tick….ho ..tick tick tick tick.

  52. March 3, 2010 12:00 pm

    Excellent ! Keep it coming…

  53. March 3, 2010 3:39 pm

    jus had a gr8 laugh…..
    this track first hit me like 6 years back and u jus gave a new verison to the laughter riot 😛

    take ur time … tick tick tick…

  54. March 3, 2010 6:48 pm

    Jai!! This is absolutely brilliant! You keep us connected to Bangalore in the most fabulous way.

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! 🙂

    (I LOVED the auto-driver’s curse the best… HILARIOUS!! :D)

  55. Boratia permalink
    March 4, 2010 5:06 am

    Awesome talent – love the small touches. “Charles Atlas – muscle building course” and “Rapidex English Speaking Course” 🙂

    This compares very well with commercially available graphic art novels, you should seriously consider publishing.

  56. gurpal permalink
    March 4, 2010 5:14 am

    superb!
    have been a big fan of the video for a while and now this……..
    wow!!!

  57. Vinay permalink
    March 4, 2010 8:14 am

    Fantastic!!!!

    I liked the Pandri Bai part most. NMH card and extension numbers are also good touches. One suggestion, our super hero is missing his sidekick in the form of Narasimharaju. If I am not wrong he’s called Dally or some name like that.

  58. March 4, 2010 8:15 am

    This is OUTSTANDING !!!

    Dude…the references were subtle and brilliant…

    especially using pandari bai in the slang as a reference to mother..and ayenger’s yoga LOL!

    Fan now

  59. Indu permalink
    March 4, 2010 9:01 am

    ashoooo! tooo much i say!…..
    Your auto art – super detail! 🙂

  60. Kiran permalink
    March 4, 2010 9:26 am

    what’s the deal with the dart-board having dart-marks towards the right? something to do with the showman being a bit lopsided? huh?
    Nice drawing, detail.

  61. Harsha permalink
    March 4, 2010 9:37 am

    This is super. Excellent! (Super maga!). The auto rickshaw, super hero training ad and the final costume pants are amazing!

  62. Chetan permalink
    March 4, 2010 11:16 am

    Bombatt! Made my day. I’m going to watch CID 999 in Goa this evening.

  63. March 4, 2010 4:52 pm

    sakkat!!!

  64. March 5, 2010 4:59 am

    Interesting stuff. I saw the video long back.
    Liked VAT69, Modran Hotel, Cabare and the auto rickshaw driver’s dialog bubble.
    Hope to see more.

  65. March 5, 2010 6:24 am

    Fantastically awesome, Jai saaru! Am so glad I had this treat waiting for me after my tiring travels.
    Found many many vundrefull Easter Eggs. Am sure the vernacular beauty of Kannada translations are lost on me but so what? I know funny and brilliant when I see it.
    You are a superhero. RIP Rajkumar saar.

  66. maac permalink
    March 5, 2010 11:53 am

    abba bba yenu talentu yenu helodu gothu agttha illa. Iyerae! nanna baayee katda gedae!!

    Fantastic stuff!!

  67. swaroopmami permalink
    March 6, 2010 6:43 am

    Life is Bullock Cart! Hahahahaha.

  68. March 6, 2010 8:34 am

    entha hotness iyer-vaal !

  69. March 6, 2010 9:24 am

    Ay whatte byuty I say! Eyer saar, pliss to take it bow!

    I thought I had my daily dose of slonguage and kelchure when I read “Please look the following same trains list also” on indianrail.gov.in…… but this trumps everything else for a month!

    Basvangudi mins just nesht to nesht you are being.. whatte louly..

  70. Miracle permalink
    March 6, 2010 3:35 pm

    Ayo, Meenakshi ammal embroidered too?!
    Oray trophy wife pa…

    • March 7, 2010 7:07 am

      You noticed! But you see, I realized this was wayy too much power for one Ammal to handle. Observe carefully – this is a *B*.Meenakshi Ammal, not the *S*.Meenakshi ‘Cook and See’ Ammal.You could say Chittappa ponnu.

  71. March 9, 2010 4:34 am

    nice.
    chennagidey.

  72. March 13, 2010 4:01 am

    Just read about your work in The New Indian Express. Good going!

  73. March 13, 2010 5:26 am

    i totally love that song … and then i love comic book too … how can i not adore this strip …..

    just awesome work …. GG ….

  74. March 17, 2010 7:48 am

    i like! 🙂

  75. anisha permalink
    March 21, 2010 8:33 am

    i love how everyone has gone all ‘maga’ , ‘sooper’ and btown on this .. am more m’lore tan b’lore but a year in b’lore lets me appreciate this.. more inga … !… yikes that does sound like a swede masseuse’s name .

  76. Meena permalink
    March 22, 2010 9:00 am

    ha ha ha ha – I had a very good start this Monday Morning ….. Awesome

  77. Anand Shashidhar permalink
    March 22, 2010 9:52 am

    Hi Jai.. I also noticed some more very interesting stuff. Thought them worth mentioning!
    Panel1:
    The classic foldable chair!
    The fan regulator, with its vents for heated resistors…

    Panel2:
    The famous fire hydrats, jolly good for lazing around…. and I never saw it put into its supposed purpose!
    Pandaribai and the nail, which the auto driver bellows out.. maybe we should take it offline!
    Also thougth that the rear engine was a bit too ‘modran’ for the times… (related this to the 1977 pass-outs)
    The ‘Kick Kick Kick Kick…’; sung to the tune of ”Ah Tick Tick….’?

    • March 22, 2010 1:28 pm

      Hey Anand,
      Super kano. I’m glad someone spotted the fan regulator vents 😀
      And yup, it’s not a 70’s auto. My byaad.

  78. nitin permalink
    March 22, 2010 5:58 pm

    Fabulous Fabulous!!!…I love it…this is what i need!!!…thank you thank you!!!

  79. 10yearslate permalink
    March 31, 2010 7:11 am

    Saaheb-ra, bikerdude kaLisi-kottru, naa ill bandhni! Nummooraag-ree sir-a, ee picture-ge ‘Operation Diamond rocket’ hogi, ‘Aaperation thagad racket’ anth hesar banth-ree, anthaa bundal andhr bundal picture itth ree. Noadeer-aen?

  80. murali permalink
    April 26, 2010 5:12 pm

    thanx anyway ……hope more works from you …

  81. May 9, 2010 5:38 pm

    Jai, Brilliant man ! this made my day 🙂

  82. sunil permalink
    June 2, 2010 4:48 am

    saaar….this is sheer awesomeness !! next only to Alan Moore…
    how do you create these sketches….swalpa gyaan kodi saar !!

  83. July 14, 2010 10:28 pm

    Love how you weaved the lyrics into a plot! You wizard you!

  84. Balakrishnan permalink
    September 6, 2010 4:37 pm

    too good..majaa bantu…

  85. October 20, 2010 10:44 am

    Sakkatthu saar… sooperaagide

  86. November 4, 2010 7:28 am

    Oh my God.. my cup overfloweth with awesomeness… 🙂

  87. December 2, 2010 7:18 am

    Gosh! You are brilliant!!!

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