Did you work from storyboards?
Well...I did do initial storyboards for a 26 page book, which I then drew, but lots of new material was added slowly, so the whole book was rearranged, with multiple revisions along the way. It took almost four months to finish.
Was it tough deciding which bits to leave out of the book?
It sure wasn't easy, things were rearranged many times...we just tried to keep it tasteful with names omitted in certain places.
The story is pretty graphic – there's a lot of beheadings! Did you have any reservations about portraying the infamous Veerappan?
No...I actually sort of started the beheading trend, when I drew a panel showing how Veerappan dealt with his victims. I grew up drawing gory comics, so this was my favourite part. Plus I like telling a historical tale a lot, too.
The book contains a lot of revelations about sandalwood. Do you think it will help readers to be more discerning about where their sandalwood oil comes from?
I was shocked myself, and it definitely made me rethink where sandalwood is sourced, as well as other precious materials, so I sure hope it affects others similarly.
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