When asked on how it felt to see her first graphic novel go out into the world, Chanani told the Beat that she had been “anticipating this for a while.” Her previous work on Every Day Love were generally short-form looks at Chanani’s everyday life, so she decided to tell a long-form fictional story in Pashmina “precisely because I hadn’t tackled a longer story. I love illustration and short comics but I was itching to tell a longer more complex story.”
In many ways, Pashmina was a story inspired by Chanani’s own childhood. According to the author, both she and her character “love samosas and drawing comics!” However, unlike Priyanka, Chanani grew up closer to her family in India. Unlike Priyanka, who is raised solely by her mother, Chanani said “I grew up with both my parents and a large extended family. I also had contact with family in India throughout my life.”
When asked what she hopes readers, particularly those growing up as first generation children of immigrants like Priyanka, will get out of Pashmina more generally, Chanani said that she hopes they’ll discover “a curiosity for their own histories and narratives. Respect for their family and struggles. Most of all I hope that people can find a reflection of their own experiences within the pages.”
In celebration of the release of Pashmina, Chanani worked with animator Lyla Warren to prepare a special animated trailer promoting the title, which we are excited to exclusively debut.
Chanani will be at New York Comic Con this week to debut Pashmina.