Ram V and Anand R.K.’s “Grafity’s Wall” to receive a deluxe release from Dark Horse in 2020
Much as we love superhero comics around here, there’s something to be said about using the medium to tell more grounded, personal stories. Take Grafity’s Wall, a coming of age story from Ram V and Anand R.K. that will receive a deluxe edition from Dark Horse next year. The story follows a group of young people in Mumbai, each of whom have different aspirations that may be conflicting with the trajectory their lives are taking. With a creative team that also includes Jason Wordie, Irma Kniivila, and Aditya Bidikar, this is one book that’s definitely on my radar.
Check out the details below.
Per Dark Horse:
SDCC 2019: RAM V’S AND ANAND R.K.’S UNIVERSAL TALE COMES TO DARK HORSE
Invisible Kids Trying to Leave a Lasting Mark on an Impermanent City
MILWAUKIE, Ore. (July 9, 2019)— From rising comic book writer Ram V (Paradiso, War of the Realms: War Scrolls) and rising artist Anand R.K. with colors by Jason Wordie (Dark Horse Presents, God Country), and Irma Kniivila (Ronin Island, Deadpool), and letters by Aditya Bidikar (Little Bird, These Savage Shores), comes Grafity’s Wall Expanded Edition, a graphic novel telling a universal coming of age story set in the bright and chaotic city of Mumbai now published for the first time for an American audience with a brand new sketchbook section specially included for this expanded edition!
When an aspiring street artist “Grafity” sees the illegal tenements outside his home destroyed, he finds in the debris, a lone, standing wall-- one that’ll go on to become a summer-long canvas for the lives of his friends growing up in the constantly changing and challenging city of Mumbai.
As Grafity’s mural on the wall grows, it chronicles the lives of his friends-- Jay, a young man with dreams of being a rapper lured into the dangerous path of a gangster. Chasma, a bright but awkward boy who chronicles his struggles as an outsider trying to belong in this city, by writing letters to strangers, to the city itself. And Saira, who comes to Mumbai with Bollywood dreams but must first survive the reality in this place of gangsters, con-men, friends and lovers.
As the long Mumbai summer comes to a close, hearts are broken and leaps of faith, taken. This coming-of-age tale set in Mumbai’s loving, unforgiving and chaotic embrace, is a unique exploration of that entirely universal experience- the falling, soaring, the grave permanence and fleeting transience of our adolescent years.
Grafity’s Wall Expanded Edition will be available March 18, 2020.