About HPS Comics
All comics, illustration, and infographics are the artwork of Am Bacchus, the illustrator and creator of HPS. Usually, the ideas come from Am's brilliant mind, but he does brainstorm with David, who makes things work, and Michelle Persaud, who makes sure things make sense, along with a few other friends and family members.
The following information is presented to answer questions that come up when people ask about the comics and other artwork, so skip over it if you've got better things to do.
How is the artwork developed?
Am uses telekinesis to create all artwork. He only has to think it, and it becomes a JPG, ready to be shared with the world.
All images are crafted directly in Photoshop or Ilustrator using a graphics tablet. The first comics were done by hand, scanned in to the computer, and then colored, but this process was discovered to be a waste of paper and ultimately inefficient.
The Original HPS Comic
Hot Peppa Sauce all started with Mat, and his cousins, sister and brother, Bhaggie and Bushhead.
HPS pokes fun at West Indians, with it's focus being on the Indo Caribbean members community, and also pokes fun at American pop culture in a way that West Indians would relate to. Rarely, ideas are based on actual events, and when they are, we pray to our lawyer that we wont be sued.
Mat's personality is based on several individuals and represents the stereotypes of Guyanese men. He's also just plain wicked. The name "Mat," was picked to commemorate the friend who was with Am the first time he came up with the idea of naming the strip "Hot Peppa Sauce," and also because of the brand name "Matouks," which bottles a number of sauces popular in West Indian homes.
Bhaggie, Mat's first cousin,is based on Am's mother and grandmother. Both women are highly sarcastic, grumpy, and will hit you for no real reason. Bhaggie is a Bollywood fanatic, and has a huge crush on Sharukh Khan. Bhaggie is actually a nickname, which comes from the Indian word for "spinach," although it's usually seen spelled "B-H-A-J-I."
Bhaggie's older brother Bushhead, is based on Am's appearance during his college years (you should see the pictures). He also immitates the character "Hobbes," from the comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes," which was a huge inspiration to Am when he started the strip. Bushhead provides the western prospective and criticism for Mat's behavior. Bushhead is often found drawing or painting images from Am's sketchbooks.
New Comics, Illustrations, and more
New Comics are in the works that allow us to make fun of all new things. In addition, caricatures of West Indian celebrities and illustrations of West Indian pin up gyals are all also in the design phases and we hope to see them launched soon.
Am is glad to lend his talent and skill to anyone within the West Indian community if you're working on something interesting and if time permits. Alternatively, if you're an artist or a graphic designer and want to team up, Am will be glad to look at your work and tell you that you're not as good as he is...
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