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Nepal Project Updates

I’m now a few months into my Nepal project (for more, click the links below), which has seen me moving around the country interviewing survivors of human trafficking. The highly flattering picture above is with an interviewee who was tricked into selling his kidney, only to then be short-changed and left with permanent health defects. I’m posting pages from my graphic novel in progress on the Nepal Extras page, though you’ll have to pay a princely $5 for access – all proceeds go towards the Daal Bhaat (rice and lentils in Nepali) fund/living expenses while I’m out here until May.

New Interactive Comic on Cybersecurity at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation

A brief interlude away from the Nepal trafficking project to share my latest interactive piece done for Stanford University’s CISAC. Wondering what the difference is between a worm, a backdoor and a trojan? Or why you should break that habit of naked skype conference calls? Then¬†read the comic here. Roll over the red dots when you hover over the pages to call up interactive markers housing audio, video and hyperlinks.

Project Updates, Upcoming Comics and Ways You Can Get Involved

Happy new year from Kathmandu! It’s distinctly colder than the last time we spoke, around mid December. Hope you all did something suitably festive, family-based and frivolous over the holidays. There’s a lot to catch you up on, so listen up: if you’re new around these parts and want to know more about my Nepal project, then check out this here kickstarter video. What’s that? You missed the Kickstarter campaign but still want to pre-order your copy of my graphic novel? Fear not! Click on the Kickstarter widget in the left hand side bar for a list of the possible rewards you can get your hands on, and then send me the money through paypal instead. In a nutshell, $10 buys you one interactive comic on human trafficking out here in Nepal (including diversions/meditations on the form of comics journalism), $30 gets you electronic versions of all of the comics I’ll be producing out here, $50 gets you a paperback tome, and for $100 you’ll get your very own hardback copy.

If you’re intrigued by the steps I’m going through to put this thing together (as am I, most days), then check out my behind the scenes production blog, where I’m posting wallpapers for your desktop/smartphone from my sketchbook, as well as showing you the different steps of my process. Some videos are to come next month, brace yourselves. A measly $5 gets you access, just click the link for payment details.

You should also check out my buy¬†artwork page, where you can get your hands on original comic art from this project, the proceeds of which all go towards keeping a roof over my head, warm food in my belly, and the D.Archer Motorcycle fund TM (which I’ll need in a few weeks for investigating stories out of the Kathmandu valley). Those of you who ordered prints and art last month will be getting them early next week.

In other news, in a few weeks, to mark the end of Human Trafficking Awareness month, I’m delighted to announce that the BBC will be running an interactive comic of mine from the trafficking project in several different languages. More details soon.

Graphic Reportage and the Kickstarter Deadline Looms LARGE

Apologies for the mini-hiatus – normal service will resume forthwith. Reason for it is my lack of a second or third pair of arms to continue pencilling and inking as my current pair hammer out relentless tweets and emails to promote my Kickstarter human trafficking graphic novel project, which is now 53% funded with only 8 days to go! It’s a Staff Pick but could still use your help, so please click here, choose a reward and make that pledge!

In the meantime, here’s a snippet from my sketchbook from a recent interview yesterday with a survivor of human trafficking, sketched live and direct. I’m experimenting with different ways of working, and I have to admit, there’s something about the immediacy and roughness (like her chin) in the portrait that gives it a more intimate, personalized feel that would be hard to replicate in a photo portrait (or even a meticulously pencilled sketch, for that matter). Or should I just not draw straight to ink? You tell me (by hitting the comments button below).

In the Siberian Dog House

Check out the full story on the Berdsk Courier’s website here. Including comedy phrases from google translate such as “Victor Semyanov: neutered dog – not the man”.

Laxmi’s Story part 2

This will be the last extract from Laxmi’s story for a little while as my travel journal has been on hiatus and I’ve got a lot to catch you all up on. If you’re new to these parts or want to contribute, please check out the Kickstarter campaign on the left hand sidebar. Or you can buy a print of the comic using the buttons underneath each day’s tier.

Laxmi’s Story

By the way, newcomers: read from the start of my Nepal diary by clicking here.

Back to Pushpa’s

For background to Pushpa’s groundbreaking home for children whose parents are in prison, check out this earlier comic from a few weeks back. And happy Tihar one and all!

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