1) For those who don’t know about you and your work, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a student of medicine at Liaquat College of Medicine and Dentistry hoping to finish my fourth year pretty soon. Making comics is my hobby and my way of expressing my feelings.
2) I’d like to start with a general background of what you were doing prior to the time and how you came up with ‘Mango People?’
I don’t really remember what I was doing before Mango People but I was preparing for my First Prof exams when the idea of Mango People popped up in my mind. There was a new trend of online comics and I just jumped in. Apparently you get the best ideas when you’re supposed to be studying.
3) When did you first become aware of the fact that you were hopelessly addicted to comics?
I’m not really hopelessly addicted to comics but yes I had a thing for them ever since I got my first superman comic book. I’m into comics for the artwork.
4) I love how you people show your work on your page. What was your motivation for doing that?
I guess the appreciation and love are the main motivations. All the love we get on our work makes us want to post more stuff.
5) Some people think the best comics are written and illustrated by the same person. Do you agree?
It depends on who you are working with. I’ve worked with Shahzaib Hussain and he never disappointed me. If you lack creative understanding with your partner then you’re gonna have some problems.
6) What are your influences? What illustrator and comic artists inspired you?
Tim Bradstreet. I love his illustrations. Just looking at them makes me want to pick up a paper and draw.
7) Can you take us through a typical day for you, from warm-up to when you put the pencil down and call it a day?
Haha my life is really not all about comics. I go to college, come back home around 4:30 pm and take a short nap then me and Sheherbano discuss ideas at around 6 pm. We take enough time to refine each dialogue to make it feel like we’re not forcing the cuteness of Piddi on people. We don’t want people to feel bad for her either. It’s really important to balance everything. Anyway, then I work on the comic and upload it on the page. I take few minutes to check response of audience and if they’re happy, I’m happy. Then I hang out with my friends and before going to bed I’d check the response one more time.
8) Where do you think the comic strip fits in today’s culture?
Comic strips don’t just reflect our social values and culture they became a part of it ever since they appeared in newspapers for the first time. I remember waiting for newspaper just so I could read the comics. With the dawn of internet age comic strips have found a bigger and better platform.
9) This question came from Twitter, what inspires your art style and who is your favorite character to draw?
My art style was inspired by Sarah Andersen’s work and Piddi and her mom are my favorite characters to draw.
10) Tell a big characteristic necessary for every comic artist/illustrator and why?
Patience because it takes a lot of time to make a comic and you need to be patient to get the job done. Tolerance because you can’t let a random stranger on internet discourage you, you have to be tolerant to negative criticism.
11) What is the work you’ve done that you’re the most excited about?
I’m working on a graphic novel about a woman who was forced into prostitution by her very own love of life. She puts on a face paint to take revenge from all the people who corrupted her.
12) Is it fair to say that your great desire was to be an awesome comic artist?
Haha no it wasn’t but I want to be like Trey Parker. That guy is a multi-talented creative genius.
13) Who is the person in ‘Mango People’ you think without him ‘Mango People’ would not be complete?
Disco Maulvi. He has always been the soul of Mango People. He’s one of the two original main characters of my early work. I had to bring him back in Piddi comics because without him Mango People wasn’t Mango People anymore.
14) Where do you see your page in one year? Do you think you are achieving your goal? What sort of feedback did you get from it?
I hope we reach a bigger audience and people are able to hold piddi comics in their hands and share them with their friends and family. Yes, we have achieved a lot MashAllah but we don’t just want to stick to facebook. We’re gonna hit print media next . The feedback was great, I never knew Piddi would be such a huge hit. Even the people across the border love her.
15) Do you have any quick advice for aspiring comic book illustrators out there? Any message for your fans?
If you can draw and you have a good sense of humor than you better start making comics. I read this quote somewhere:
“The goal of life is not to live forever; it’s to make something that lives forever.”
So pick up a pencil and make something that shall live forever.
16) On a scale from one to 10, rate me as an interviewer.
17) Views about GaibianPost?
I opened your website to see what you guys were all about and I got hooked to the articles instantly. The layout and the use of green color are amazing. It’s certainly a news blog for people who’re hooked to technology, games and internet, it’s for people like me.
Interviewed by: Abdul Rehman Mian