Monday, March 15, 2010

Kumari Loves a Monster: Sneak Preview

Here goes: A sneak preview of two of Shyam's illustrations from Kumari Loves a Monster (a romantic picutre book featuring beautiful South Indian girls with boyfriends who are horrible gruesome monsters. Concept and text by Rashmi Ruth Devadasan. Releasing next month.)

[Update: The book is now here!  Click here to buy!]





Cool no? We are excited.

25 comments:

  1. just one word- EPICAWESOMENESS!!!

    there is something extremely adorable about these :) i wish i had a monsterboyfriend

    no i dont

    yes i do

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  2. Love this! Do you have a tentative release date yet?

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  3. Smart exploration of relationship and gender binaries. Gotta love a book which has beautiful women and grotesque, monster boyfriends ;-). Super excited to see the rest of the book.

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  4. Hi all & much thanks :-) Release mid-April, no exact date yet.

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  5. you know my theory for why beautiful south indian girls go out with some real monsters is: the movies.

    look at the majority of telugu/tamil stars. all moustachioed, paunchy, etc and they always have a svelte, pretty young lady on their arm.

    faced by years of brainwashing, all south indian women believe that this the ideal of malehood and get themselves some of that...

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  6. Hi Anshuman,

    Sorry, but this sounds like a common out-of-date stereotype... Have you seen a Tamil movie in the last two decades? All the heroes have six-packs these days. Google Surya, Arun Vijay, Vishal, Arya... trust me, list goes on.

    Also I think we South Indian women are a bit more in touch with reality -- we know that most Indian guys are not always saving the world dressed in Dolce & Gabbana jeans and driving a Ferrari while singing hip-hop desi numbers in Switzerland. We like our men real and earthy, no waxed chests please.

    Rashmi :)

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  7. i am so woefully out of date it was funny in the 20th C.

    thanks for making me feel old, and for setting me straight. has been over a decade and a bit since i've watched a teulgu or a tamil movie.

    but you know you could always argue that it will take more than a few years for that 'brainwashing' to be reversed.

    also you don't need to drive a super car or wear a brand. i'm talking about fit-ish, decent-ish looking chaps (like myself) who might have gotten overlooked because of said monsters.

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  8. Ooh, this makes me very excited! Gorgeous art capturing the beauty and ludicrousness of.. er... relationships in general? ;)

    Bitter, jaded spinster alert for comment ahead:

    And those monsters look a lot more entertaining and attentive than most men.

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  9. Wonderful illustrations! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

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  10. Cannibal corpse album art meets Tinkle... This is too awesome...

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  11. oh man. so clearly the best book of the year. hate hate hate. mid april you said? i want NOW!

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  12. Hi Subashini and Vinayak and Rohit and Samit and others! So glad you are liking the Kumaris and the Monsters! We will have book out as soon as possible! Please to tell your friends!

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  13. wow, this looks great :)
    How can signup to be notified when this releases?

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  14. A blaft author stole what I wanted to say. Epic Awesomeness, all the way.

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  15. AND THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE28fKgGNO8

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  16. _spontaneously combusts_

    All Hail the Blaftness.
    Dammit Rash+Shyam+your proofers/readers, this is bootiful.

    *wipes tear from one eye*

    In keeping with the fanfare of this release, please to host one monster in love writing event. For monsters and humans. But esp. monsters.

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  17. O Rashmi you wonderwoman this is fantastic. I'm been married to a man who caricatures himself as a green sluggy monster, sometimes a Satyr: finally someone tells our story! The love that has no name shall now be named!

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  18. one more monster please? pretty please? just one.

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  19. Cool? Yes! Must get signed copy as soon as it is released. Imaginative work, Rashmi!

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  20. Thanks Maya and Sheila and other peoples also.

    Sasidhar: Signing up to be notified -- we have kind of been doing not the best job of keeping organized mailing lists and sending bulk mails. BUT we hope to remedy this, so if you send a mail to blaft@blaft.com we will add your contact information to something which hopefully will become an organized mailing list very soon. Or, just watch this space.

    Wizard: Re: Monster in Love writing event. OK with me as long as it is an online type writing event. I definitely don't want to be in charge of catering refreshments for a bunch of monsters.

    Samit says he wants one more monster and he even said pretty please. (I published his comment but it didn't show up, not sure why?) OK we will put ONE more monster. Coming soon.

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  21. more....more....actually just release the book quickly chaps! and waiting for Tamil Anthology Part 2. If we're all sounding so impatient, you're to blame :)

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  22. OK Shenoy, ok ok, coming soon, jeez. :)

    Msg to Jugal from Rakesh: OMG how did I miss this song? How do I not know about Screaming Lord Sutch yet? My mother, who is obsessed with 60s-era-British-rock-and-roll AND horror films and considered it her sacred parental duty to instill in me the same obsessions, has some serious explaining to do. Pretty sure she'll love the link, anyway. Thanks!

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  23. Serious extreme realism...er.
    We all know couples like that.

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