To quote Marianne Moore, “I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all this fiddle.” That’s how I feel many times about Experimental comics. But many times, experimental writing gets me out of the rut of creating and polishing “important” art and projects down to their perfect boring nubs. I have other reasons for looking into “experimenting” with sequential story telling, but for now, enough said. The 2 page comic below was created by taking the first few words of the first paragraph of a random story in the Times for panel one, then the second and third words in the second paragraph of that story and so on. I then finish the sentence those words started so I can have a bit of an Exquisite Corpse all by myself. I never spend more than 10 minutes writing the whole thing. With this story, I pretty much drew what I wrote (with some embellishments). I’ve already created some new “constraints for my next one so the art will be more interesting. I will bore you with those details next week.
In an effort to keep up with the Joneses and maintain cohesive herd behavior, day four of the Five day art challenge goes off without a hitch on the internet. On the inside, I’m a mess of blood and internal organs who’s only desire is to break free and cut against the grain. Today: Printmaking. Silkscreen and transfer prints from a couple of years ago.
Challenged to show three bits of scribbling I did at some point in my life everyday for five days, I came across something I forgot. Way back when the 2008 election (seems like yesterday, eh?) was lurching slowly to it’s feet, First Second was thinking of doing something political. They wanted Tom Purcell to write a sort of humorous weekly web comic about the campaign which I would draw. So I would have to draw it FAST. Needless to say, this project never happened. But I have various preliminary drawings I did of Hillary Clinton, Obama and McCain. On the color page you can see Joe Lieberman (remember him?). I seem to remember the joke being that he wanted to be Obama’s Vise President and followed him around like a puppy. Obama was drawn with an ever present cigarette as he hadn’t “kicked” the habit yet. I was searching for the fastest way to draw this proposed strip as I think it was to be weekly. If it happened, I can only assume this comic would have been out of date five minutes after it was published even back in that pre-Twitter era.
George O’Connor’s latest graphic novel chronicling the Greek gods is out today! Rather, it was out yesterday! It’s called Ares, Bringer of War and I’m sure you can still find a copy on the news stands and in reputable books stores near you. To celebrate this, George asked people like me (people who can manipulate a pencil and or a pen) to illustrate our interpretation of the God of war. Check out George’s blog and illustrations by other artists HERE. See a preview and buy it HERE. War, what is it good for? Illustrations like this I guess.
According to the media, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” was published 25 years ago this year. It was Theodor Geisel’s last book. I was too old to be thrilled by this book at the time. My memories of Geisel revolve around Horton, Green Eggs and a Cat who wore a hat. Never the less, “Places” was as good a subject as any to warm up my drawing hands this morning.