the jukebox journey

Jukebox idea, 2014

Jukebox pitch, 2016

I spent last fall thumbnailing my next graphic novel, Jukebox. It’s a story about two cousins, Tannaz and Shaheen, who find a jukebox that takes them back in time. The thumbnail manuscript is where a cartoonist lays out the story taking into account page layout, panels, page turns and flow. I wrote the book with my hubbahubba, Nick Giordano. Over the past few weeks we received early feedback and I’m wrapping up revisions. Next week I will start drawing final art for the book. It’s roughly 200 pages.

Each milestone in a long and arduous project deserves a celebration. I’m pretty terrible at taking the time to mark these moments because of my work demands. But… finishing the thumbnail manuscript was a feat. I approached it differently than Pashmina which began with a full script. I abandoned the full script for Jukebox and went straight to thumbnails, stopping to write when needed. This approach integrated the visuals and text concurrently and took five months, compared to Pashmina, which was over a year. In those five months I lived inside the story. I talked about the characters like friends I was trying to understand. It’s my absolute favorite part of the process.

Working on the final art is fun and labor intensive. I’m looking forward to using color to communicate pieces of the story visually, approaching the line work in a way that allows for focal points and nuance and drawing my favorite city, San Francisco.

I will continue to share sales, occasional art and events (I will be in LA, St Louis, New York, and PA this year) but mostly I will be quietly working on Jukebox. I will share snippets when I can and it will hit the shelves in 2021. Jukebox is very dear to my heart. Writing a book with the love of my life has been wonderful and challenging. I’m a pretty intense person to work with! The truth is that Nick contributes to all my projects but this book is our joint love letter to music, family and connection. The wait will be long but worthwhile.

For now I’m sharing these early images. Nick and I started talking about our idea in 2014 and I roughly sketched it. The next drawing was used to pitch the book immediately after finishing Pashmina in 2016. Neither will appear in the finished book but I love them both. Making a book is a looong journey and I’m in the middle. Finishing the manuscript is an important milestone. Based on my other committments and schedule, I should finish drawing  it by years end but it will leave little room for anything else. So, I will stop to celebrate this milestone… and then get back to work!

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

 

shubh raatri dost soon!

Happy new year!

It’s less than a month away from the release of my bilingual board book, Shubh Raatri Dost / Good Night Friend! Raising a child bilingual/bicultural is wonderfully challenging. I created this board book with families like ours in mind. With the romanized Hindi on each page, both my husband and I can read this book to our child. You don’t need to know Hindi to utilize it.

We received advance copies of this book and it’s absolutely wonderful to see the effect in action. My daughter remembers the names of animals in Hindi better and says shubh raatri regularly.

I will be reading and signing the book at the Books Inc in Palo Alto on February 3rd.

Meanwhile I’m working away on my next graphic novel, Jukebox, and some unannounced projects. It’s going to be a busy and fun year!

I hope to see some of you at my upcoming events!

 

Happy new year (and sale)

Happy New Year! Our card sale is live now! ALL cards are $2 (until supplies last). No coupon code necessary. Give a loving note to the special people in your life! Ends Jan 9th.

Thank you to those who’ve already placed orders – they’re all going fast!

I hope you all had a restful and warm holidays.

thank you

It’s been a strange and complicated year. As I read, daily, about the devastating turns of our government, I question myself constantly. What can I do to help combat fear and hate? Whether it was through art for good or donations, this year my guiding light was giving. Within the limits of my career, family and life I found new ways to give and contribute.

Whenever a person buys my books, prints, writes reviews or shares my work I thank them for their support. I cannot emphasize enough how much it matters. Your support enables me to give back. We are in this together!

I know there’s still so much work to be done, but as the year closes I am grateful that we did our best to combat hate with love.

And I came here to remind you of shipping deadlines! Please place your orders by Dec 20th to ensure delivery by Christmas.

I hope you have a happy, happy holidays.

Warmly,

Nidhi

anyone else?

Another quick comic without edits done in an hour!

I’ve added some new originals and a bunch of deep discount prints to my shop – $5 and $10 prints! They’re selling fast, so grab em while you can ^_^ There will be more added by the end of today.

I hope you’re having a wonderful week.

pie time

I spent some time making time lapse videos of my ink drawings yesterday. It was super fun!

Meanwhile our last sale of the year ends soon! Take 15% off with the code CYWEEK18 in our shop ends Sunday!

I hope you have a great weekend!

sale extended + canvas prints

Thank you all for your purchases yesterday! We are extending the sale until the end of the week AND for the first time it includes CANVAS PRINTS. Enjoy 15% off with the code CYWEEK18 until Sunday (12/2).

 

Please note, this coupon still excludes: gift cards, sale items, and originals.

one day sale

For TODAY ONLY enjoy 20% off your purchases in our biggest sale of the year. It’s the perfect time to purchase prints, pillows, mugs, totes, cards and calendars. Use the code CYMON18 at check out.

Thank you and happy shopping!

Excludes: gift cards, sale items, & originals.

SF etsy (my last retail show)

This weekend I will be at the SF Etsy show in San Francisco. I’m proud to be a member of the SF Etsy family and I hope you’ll come and shop the 200 local artists and makers.

Art and craft shows taught me how to price my work, display it and cope with slow sales, no sales and sometimes (but not often, thankfully) harsh feedback. Mostly though, it gave me what I’m always searching for – family. I’m excited about this show because I’m approaching my 10th year as an independent artist and things are shifting in my career. Books are taking up more and more of my time.
I will continue book related events next year but this may be my last retail show for the foreseeable future.
I hope to see you there!

choklit + houston

I’m embracing quick comics! I created this direct from life comic in 30 minutes and didn’t edit or change it from its original. I love the liberation in sharing work that hasn’t been redrawn.

Also I’m heading to Houston this weekend for the National Conference for Teachers of English  (and honored to be part of the South Asian Book Award, eee!) AND I have my only public signing of PASHMINA at Space Montrose Saturday night. It’s my last work trip of the year! I hope to see you there!

I hope you have a lovely weekend!