Tan­gle up comic char­ac­ters

For his first fan­tasy comic cover, Anand Rad­hakr­ish­nan discusses his in­spi­ra­tions.

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Fan­tasy au­thors such as Joe Aber­crom­bie, Ge­orge RR Martin and Scott Lynch have long been on my read­ing list. In spite of the com­plex­ity of their worlds, they man­age to weave a sense of plau­si­bil­ity into their sto­ries.

By the end of 2015, this was one of the fac­tors that led me to start ex­plor­ing the world of comics, sci-fi and fan­tasy il­lus­tra­tion. Since then I’ve col­lab­o­rated with writer Ram Iyer on sev­eral oc­ca­sions to cre­ate comics and stand­alone il­lus­tra­tions, and one ended up be­ing the cover for his new fan­tasy graphic novel, Bri­g­ands.

The pur­pose of a cover, in ad­di­tion to mak­ing the book stand out on the shelf, is to give the reader a gist of what’s to fol­low within the pages with­out giv­ing away any spoilers. This pro­vides some in­ter­est­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties for the artist to play with dur­ing the con­cept stage. In some cases the book cover may not even have much to do with the con­tent of the book, so long as the gen­eral feel­ing of the story is con­veyed.

For this cover I wanted the main char­ac­ters of Bri­g­ands (Stil­ian and Veina, un­likely com­pan­ions on a mis­ad­ven­ture) to ap­pear as if they were com­bined, trapped and tan­gled in one un­recog­nis­able mess hang­ing on for dear life, lit­er­ally!

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