Avik Kumar Maitra
Avik Kumar Maitra is a freelance comics artist and illustrator from Kolkata. Apart from a few years of weekend art classes in his childhood, he is completely self-taught. Although still in college when he started illustrating in the famous Bengali children’s magazine Sandesh, it was while working as a researcher in Computer Science at Jadavpur University that he quit his academic career and switched to comics full-time. A few years later, he completed his MFA in Interactive Media Technology from Hanze University, Netherlands.
Over the years, he has worked as a freelancer for clients like Pratham Books, Tinkle, Amar Chitra Katha, Scholastic Books, Vana Retreats, and British Film Institute – not to mention, various Bengali magazines and publishers. He sometimes draws anti-fascist political cartoons too (which he posts on social media).
At present, he is back in Kolkata. When he is not at his drawing board, he is usually reading (mainly horror, Stephen King being a favourite), watching a good movie/TV series or trying to click decent photos with his Nikon D3500. He also likes to swim, sleep, and feed his neighbourhood strays.