Krish Raghav is a comic book artist and illustrator in Beijing. He is currently working on 'Open All the Buddha Boxes', a graphic novel about underground music in China. He was part of the founding team of the Concrete & Grass Music Festival in Shanghai, and worked for Split Works, one of China's oldest independent music promoters.
He has been involved with pan-Asian indie music and contemporary culture for close to a decade and has published three independent works of comic book reportage.
Krish was a 2019 Macdowell Colony Fellow, a 2020 Yaddo Fellow, and his drawings have appeared in The New Yorker, Al-Jazeera, Topic, GQ, BBC, National Geographic Traveller and Buzzfeed. He runs a podcast about songwriting, and helps make the best music festival in China happen.
Some highlights from my recent published work include:
- For the New Yorker, a comic about cooking under quarantine in China
- For Hyperallergic, a look at the trend of 'stay at home parties' and 'cloud clubbing' in China
- For Al Jazeera, A personal essay about the Kraftwerk album Trans Europe Express and my father's life in Indian politics (forthcoming)
- For SOLRAD, a deep-dive review of Chinese comic artist Woshibai
- For Topic Magazine, a longform comic about the strange, surreal history of reggae in China
- For SupChina, a year-by-year musical history of the People's Republic of China
Here's a non-exhaustive list of various projects and fun things I've worked on or been part of:
- In 2009 and 2010, I started Bears Being Stalked by T Rajendar, The Hindu Reviews and Facebook Translation Poetry - Tumblrs based on Indian memes at the time.
- In 2011 and 2012, I hosted and conducted two trivia quizzes in Singapore. Contact me if you want the questions and slides!
- In 2012, I started my webcomic Beijing Brown - initially to document Chinese indie music.
- In 2013, I graduated with a master's degree in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
- In 2013, I spoke at the 6th Singapore PechaKucha Night event. You can find a video of my talk on Youtube.
- In 2013, I live blogged and wrote for Tech in Asia's flagship annual event, Startup Asia 2013.
- In 2014, I wrote and guest-edited Vol 2, Issue 1 of Zoya Street's Memory Insufficient zine.
- In 2014, I took my first trip to the US, and published Brave Young Soul - a travelogue.
- In 2014, I started e:\>_ , a gaming zine focused on Asian gaming histories.
- In 2014, I published a 30-page comic called Face Control, a Moscow travelogue.
- In 2015, I started a podcast on songwriting in Asia called Interesting Times (on iTunes here).
- In 2016, I was involved in the Concrete & Grass Music Festival in Shanghai, China.
- In 2016, I drew a nine-page comic called 'Nagpur Junction', on grief, parenting and memory.
- In 2017, I drew a comic about the word 'curry', which was featured on Buzzfeed.
- In 2019, I wrote a needlessly detailed year-by-year musical history of China, starting from 1949.