A major launch at this year’s Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds is Grafity’s Wall, a graphic novel that has been a year-and-a-half in the telling, from Ram V, Anand RK, Irma Kniivila, Jason Wordie and Aditya Bidikar.
When an aspiring street artist by the name of Grafity watches the tenements outside his home being razed, he finds an unlikely canvas at the one wall still left standing in the debris. Over the next weeks, he begins creating a mural on the wall, one that chronicles the lives of his friends: a local low-level fixer named Jay who harbours dreams of being a rapper. A brilliant and awkward boy named Chasma who writes love letters between shifts waiting tables at a local Chinese restaurant. And Saira, an aspiring actress with ambitions so fierce that they threaten to consume her and all those around her.
As the mural progresses, the story gives us glimpses into these incandescent lives, their hopes and dreams both inspired and impeded by the impossible city that they live in.
Debuting on Setember 21st and 22nd, it will take a couple more months for the book to hit the shelves… so get in early if you can.
Here’s a gallery of some of the art in process as it has been released over the past 18 months.