Cool Stuff on the Internet (#3)

Monday, November 10, 2014

In this day and age most of us basically live on the Internet. The Internet is so HUGE that sometimes you get lucky enough to stumble upon a hidden gem. So I thought I'd share some of the hidden gems I've found through my short but on-going Internet career in a series called "Cool Stuff on the Internet" (creative I know.) Now I'm not promising that they're all going to be extravagant and super cool, but I hope you'll find them somewhat interesting.

You can check out the second part of this series here, where I talk about author R.M Drake.

Do you like to laugh? Do you have social media? Do you have a sense of humor? If you answered yes to these questions, you win A MILLION DOLLARS! Okay, I'm totally kidding but you do have the opportunity to indulge yourself in some comics. Today's cool Internet discovery is Pigminted comics.

Background Image Source; Pigminted Title Source

If you've been reading my blog for a while this may seem familiar, probably because I did a post about Pigminted comics last year, which you can find here. The creator of Pigminted comics actually happens to my brother and I am so very proud of him that I wanted to share some more about what he has been up to and how much he has grown since last year.

But instead of just doing a general overview, like I did last time, I thought I'd go more in depth and figure what exactly Pigminted is. So read on to see the very FIRST interview with the creator of Pigminted. (P.S.: This was a phone interview so I may not have captured all of the details. If you'd like clarification feel free to email me or my brother).


Without further adieu, meet the creator of Pigminted, my brother, Gurinder Kullar:


1) What is Pigminted? How did you come up with the idea for Pigminted?


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I first started working on comics about 5-6 years ago when I saw a webcomic called CTRL+ALT+DEL. I couldn't draw, didn't know anything about Photoshop or any other programs similar to Photoshop. I didn't really know what I was doing and my comics were really long, so I stopped.

After graduating college I started up again but with a new style: I thought to myself, I still can't draw, so I'll just make the design simpler. I started working with basic shapes: circles, squares, ovals, etc. Then I realized that I'm a texture artist, so why not work with textures?! This is where the idea of using cardboard came from.

Initially, my comics were based off of random ideas, but more recently my comics have become based on my real life. The way I see it is, my friends and I do stupid things already, so why not turn these situations into comics?


2) Where did the name Pigminted come from? And why is it misspelled?


When I started working on my comics, I knew I wanted the name to represent something that has to do with race and color. I wanted people to know that I come from an ethnic background and I wanted to differentiate myself. My initial idea was Colored Comics, but it was taken. Then I came up with Pigmented (spelled correctly), because it has to do with color, but the domain pigmented.com was taken, so I contacted the owners but they wouldn't sell me the rights. I still liked the name Pigmented though, so I just decided to stick with it and went with a misspelling: Pigminted.


3) Who are the main characters? Are they based off of people you know in real life?


The main characters are:
Le Brown - Based off of myself
Devil - Based off of my friend, Brandon
Angel - Based off of my friend, Eric
Grandma - Based off of my Mom
Sis - Based off my sister, Rano
Niece - Just a random character I came up with

Angel, Le Brown and Devil
Niece

Grandma and Young Le Brown



Le Brown and Sis

























Even though these characters are based off of people I know in real life, each character is tweaked so you can see my personality in them as well. The reason I slightly tweak them is so they don't represent those people exactly.


4) Where do you plan on going with your comics? What's the dream?


The dream is to build a brand, and I want to accomplish this by getting into different mediums (tv, podcasts, YouTube videos, etc.) and building a website where people can share a variety of content.

Once I create a recognizable brand, I want to start to branch out to different types of people and get them to incorporate what they enjoy doing with my brand/style. Basically, I want to create a website where people can talk about a variety of content. So I would hire people and create characters for them. For example, I'd hire a sports lover, create a character for them, which is based off of my cardboard character style, and have that person talk about sports through that character. Or, I'd hire someone who loves fashion, create a character for them, and have them talk about fashion through their character.

By doing this, I hope to build a community and build my brand at the same time.

A screenshot of my brother's podcast, "The Minorities' Report"
I'm currently trying out different mediums:

- Motion capture (animation), which I may translate into a YouTube channel

- A podcast, called, "The Minorities' Report," which we try to put up every other Tuesday; our next podcast actually comes out tomorrow so tune in and let me know what you think!

- Making designs for shirts using a site called Red Bubble, where you can buy anything from phone cases and pillow cases, to t-shirts and mugs

- And possibly a game for the App Store


5) What do you want your readers to take from the comics? Any favorites you'd like to share?


I want my readers to have an experience: feel mad, sad, happy, etc. I want my comics to evoke some sort of emotion and make my characters feel like they're real people and have my readers be able to relate to the situations my characters find themselves in.

My favorite comic would have to be my 54th comic because this is when I realized I wanted to do comics. Basically, after I created the comic, I looked at it, laughed and looked at it a couple days later and still laughed. That's when I knew.

Gurinder's favorite comic


And that's a wrap!

If you'd like to contact him, you can go to any of his social media above, or via email at pigminted@gmail.com Some other places you can find him are Comic Rocket and Reddit.

Also if you ask him a question, you may get a response in the form of a personalized comic and you may even get mentioned on his next podcast so make sure to tune in! Like he mentioned before, his next podcast is coming out TOMORROW, 11/11/14!

I know this post was extremely long, and a bit different than the posts I usually do, but I hope you guys enjoyed it! (:

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