Covid Specials

Attack of the Anti-Virus: A sting operation by Ajit Dowell

The Flight of the Migrant

Serio City: A short story with this year’s jolly greetings.

Hope: In these trying times, a recurring occurrence.

The Adventures of Bal-cony

The wonder and the futility.

The Liberandu Revolution: A story of Bhakts and Librandus from a parallel dimension.

Welcome to Locktown: Glad to meet you. Short story.

Some days you just don’t want to get out of The Safe Room.
With a warm hug to Van Gogh. This is from an upcoming Halahala series on the inner child, and its world. I quarantine myself with work quite often and I was trying to capture that mood. Fits right into now.

That-Man and the masters of the world: It’s not my problem. From a conversation with a Condillac.

A Rashtrian Cocktale: Comic, wit and satire in Rashtria – because our sense of humour may be the only way.

Revolution 1: Of data, privacy and protests. Online activism on the line.

Revolution 2: The bridge to tomorrow or are you staying today? Of data, privacy and consent.

Ship of Fools: The Parable of PB.

The Promise: Some sacrifices may be needed for the greater good. Conditions apply.

Home o’Sapiens: When you just can’t get out of it. Love and anti-viral vibes from Brainded International and Appupen.

Aima-Nasso: Still being hopeful after the clanging. Take good care of yourselves, people. Read a book, or a comic.

How do you shop when you can’t see the enemy? Ah-nachkinacknachkichakinachikna… Ho jayegi teri balle balle. Yet another #makeinindia success story!

Just aks for Maks! The Maks lifestyle international commission.

GDP. ‘Maskuerade’. Hypernormalised for the now.

Dystopian Perspectives. A virus is a virus.

Slow down, think and dream small.

Nature’s Basket Case

No rest for the wicked. Or ‘Hate in the time of Corona’. A lesson in humanity for #cowboy Prince of Cowrashtra.

Revenge is a dish! A Rashtrian retaliation rhetoric.

For the students, academics, activists and lawyers targeted and arrested for their independent thought.

Rashtraman Covic extras

Rashtraman S3

Rashtraman fights domestic issues, economic and political, to retain his authoritarian hold on Rashtria. The people are not happy but he tries his best to keep them confused. The events of Rashtrayana II happen after this, so you don’t have to be confused.

Rashtraman on Elections: The Rashtrian election campaign decoded!

Rashtraman and Cowboy on the Pandemic

Rashtraman on China

Rashtraman on Independence

Rashtraman on ‘Minorities’

Rashtraman on the New Rashtria

Rashtraman on Protests

Rashtraman ft. artist Atheeth Madhavan (@gaptoothmaddy)


About half the CRIK-X series did a run on ESPN Cricinfo. The entire story is now presented here for the first time over 50 days, to help you deal with the IPL Season which can be heavily traumatic for many.

If you are a real cricket fan, then this is the world you want – sit back, sip cola and cheer on. Heads or tails. Let the games begin!

The Ultimate Cricket Comic by Appupen & Chacko

Rashtraman S2: Chronicles of Cowrashtra

Back on popular demand, exclusively for all you Rashtrians…

The much awaited Season 2!

Here’s RashtraMan S1: Guardian of Rashtria, in case you missed it

ECOMIXER Edition 1: 12 Comics, 12 Artists, 12 Hours

Making independent comics is to make a statement about issues close to the heart. We are now in a time where we need more art and more avenues for art. And so, on 5 June 2018, World Environment Day, Brainded India presents Ecomixer – a 12-hour online comic marathon from noon till midnight, with the theme ‘ecosystems’.

About a month ago, we invited some of the best and most promising artists we know, to make comics for us. Almost all of them have given us something, so we may have a little more than we promised now. We are really grateful to all of them (listed above). We hope that this showcase, and more efforts like this, will help spread the growing independent comic scenario in the country. That would be the real way to thank these artists who are breaking new ground and laying the foundations of a movement.

The first edition of Ecomixer has been curated by deadtheduck and Appupen.


Ecomixer 01: Priya Kuriyan – A Killing

Once upon a time, Priya Kuriyan had a cat named Phantom, so it seems that she, Priya Kuriyan not Phantom, might be a cat person. Sometimes, she thinks it would be nice to be a stick insect, to just watch the world without being seen. This is Priya Kuriyan’s story, A Killing.


Ecomixer 02: Prabha Mallya – Zoologically Disappointing

Meowoof! Prabha Mallya cannot pick between cats and dogs, just like she cannot choose between fussing around with inks and stubby pencils. She frequently has black fingernails. It is no surprise that she would choose to be a squid for all the squink. Read Prabha’s story, Zoologically Disappointing.


Ecomixer 03: Pardafash – Party Animals

While Pardafash is not caught up in a generational feud with a bunch of fruit flies, the number one enemy of her ecosystem, she is an artist and musician. Recently, a cat named Inji also turned up out of the blue and decided that she likes the ecosystem, fruit flies and all. This is Party Animal, a story by Pardafash.


Ecomixer 04: Kaviya Ilango – Ecosystems for Sale

Kaviya Ilango who goes by wallflowergirlsays on the internet, identifies collective callousness, apathy, and the some-else-will-do-it attitude as the enemy of her ecosystem. Her interpretation of the theme ecosystems is a reflection of the everyday ecological destruction of the urban lifestyle.


Ecomixer 05 : DangerCat

A friend to all creatures who will not have her for breakfast, Dangercat is currently an artist living in Sydney, Australia; alternatively, she would be a domestic cat, ‘it would be nice to sleep for 20 hours at a stretch and not wake up with a headache.’ This is her comic.


Ecomixer 06 : Rohan Chakravarty

Rohan Chakravarty is notorious for rolling up into a ball like a pangolin to avoid answering the phone or meeting people. He loves every non-human life-form equally but admits that some are more equal than others. This is his comic.


Ecomixer 07: Orijit Sen – The Narrow Road, Unravelling

If Orijit Sen could be any other creature, he would be the planet’s largest tree – being a home to thousands of creatures, pumping out enough oxygen to kick global warming in the ass and looking magnificent to boot. This is his story — The Narrow Road, Unravelling.
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Ecomixer 08: Antra – The Gritty Ghosts of Gurgaon

In Antra’s whimsical world of colour and dynamism, there is dust. She uses too much tissue paper to clean the dust. She uses a rag but the rag gets dust. The dust settles. She uses more tiss… Outside of this vicious loop, Antra is a visual artist and this is her story, The Gritty Ghosts of Gurgaon.


Ecomixer 09 – The Doodle Mafia

The Doodle Mafia is not so great at segregating waste. And would rather just be a pet dog, because who doesn’t want to eat food, give love, and be a good boy. Luckily, dogs have paws, which are no good to segregate waste. She makes cheeky comics, mushy zines, and drawings. Her story is Bzzzz.


Ecomixer 10: Debangshu Moulik – We’re Always on Our Phones

Debangshu Moulik has been making art ever since he could lift a crayon and he’s been working on making a career as a freelance illustrator. After class 12, when he didn’t hear back from many art and design colleges, he wasn’t disillusioned. Instead, he turned to the internet and made the web his teacher. This is his comic.


Ecomixer 11: Aniruddh Menon

If Aniruddh Menon could be any other living creature, he imagines he would be the honey fungus, experiencing life as a mushroom among other larger, living creatures. In reality, he is an artist and musician, reconsidering his habit of ordering takeout, and learning to like cats. This is his story, Untitled (1).



Ecomixer 12: deadtheduck – BLYT

Comix artist deadtheduck is definitely fruit person. If he could be any other living thing he would be a kappa pazham or red banana. The fruit is known locally as nature’s lubricant and has been declared by deadtheduck as a true national treasure for the effect it has on digestion. This is his comic, Blyt.
Madhav Nair (@deadtheduck) • Instagram photos and videos


Ecomixer 13: Sajid Wajid Shaikh

A multidisciplinary artist from Bombay, Sajid experiments with shape, colour and line to produce bespoke illustrations, pattern designs, portraiture and typography. He draws inspiration from music and art to create unique work that fuses traditional drawing techniques with digital technology. Read his comic here.


Ecomixer 14:  Appupen – Dimension H: Ecosystems

What is more ecologically destructive than being a human, living in a city in the 21st century? asks Appupen, the creator of worlds and comic stories. If he could, he would trade being human on land to be a creature in the sea, capable of travelling far and deep. Clearly, he is a fish person, a big fish person. This is his story, Dimension H.

And that’s the end of Brainded’s Ecomixer Edition 1.

Thank you.

Don’t forget to check out ECOMIXER Edition 2: Sthree Sthree September


#DedBeat sees the Brainded crew walking down the pop culture beat, taking well-deserved potshots at holy cows and trendy topics. No cherished memory is safe.

Chacko blazes his spliff of power and takes a trip to Eternia.


Chacko questions the quest in Pains of Persia.

Brainded India artist Chacko revisits some of the heroes of his youth, adapts them for the modern world; he goes savage and gives us the heroes we deserve in G.I.YO.


Dedwood releases from #braindedindia with Chacko.

Rashtraman S1: Guardian of Rashtria

Hero of Halahala. First time in India!


Read RashtraMan Season 2: Chronicles of Cowrashtra

The Halahala Library Vol.1

We present a selection of short comics and excerpts with a distinct ‘Brainded’ edge to them.

The Prey‘ is a commissioned Halahala story from 2009.

Below are some excerpts from Appupen‘s ‘Aspyrus‘. Welcome to the uber-consumerist future city of Aspyria, where big brands play god just like today.

The Dreamer, by Appupen. Excerpted from ‘Aspyrus’, published by HarperCollins in 2014

Midway‘ is a story set in 2043, commissioned by Mid-Day. We took off on Mid-Day itself, being their anniversary issue.

And now, some vintage Halahala from ‘Moonward‘ by Appupen.

 Dr Mooshtak’s Supa Kola Plant from ‘Moonward

Also see Halahala Classics.