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The Chronicles of Chaturanga

Posted by Carlo Jose San Juan, MD on Saturday, April 17, 2010 Under: Callous


Callous took a somewhat darker turn this week, but it was all in good fun!  The Chronicles of Chaturanga story arc came into being one day while watching a fellow physician play online chess.

Online chess had been a running gag in Callous for quite some time.  It had always been a real pain for Rianne because she could never seem to win a match.





Personally, there's nothing in the world that tires my mind more than a game of chess.  I find it absolutely exhausting!  So I gave it up early.  But the few games of chess that I experienced has given me a profound appreciation for regular players. 

Interestingly, in my history of playing the game, I can remember winning two matches.  In one of those matches, I narrated an engaging fantasy storyline with each move on the board.  My opponent loved my storytelling and became more engrossed in the tale than the game itself... until I made my last move to score checkmate, that is.

So when I recently noticed my friend engrossed in an online match, my mind started racing once again with fantastic tales of honor and glory!

Writing and drawing the story arc was a further challenge.  Quick searches online led me to the history of chess and its roots from chaturanga (apparently the game's predecessor).  I had to look for sample pictures of chess pieces as well, as I didn't have their appearances memorized.

In the end, producing the story arc was a blast! I enjoyed drawing Rianne as the black queen as she let herself loose in the drama.

In : Callous 


Tags: miniseries  story arc  chess  chronicles of chaturanga 
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About the Author


Carlo Jose Caz is a practicing licensed physician, professional voice actor/talent, writer, and cartoonist. He has been working on the Callous comic strip since 1996, winning several of The LaSallian's Silver Quill awards for his work. He has written several published short stories. He currently lives in the Philippines with his wife and two children.

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