Color Sonnet coming tomorrow

About 15 years ago, I got interested in the format of comics wanted to push the boundaries of how comics were made. 
At the time, Neil Cohn, Matt Madden and Derik Badman were creating comic “poems” and trying emulate the structure of poems with their comics or creating their own structures that were completely native to comics.
Matt Madden made a “Comics Sestina” and Derik Badman experimented with “Comics Haiku” and “Comics Pantoum”. Neil Cohn created forms that were native to comics such as the “Reducto”. 
One of my earliest experiments with these ideas , was to make a “Color Sonnet”. I made a 14 page comic book much like a sonnet has 14 lines. At the end of each page there was a panel that was supposed to “rhyme” with another page. 
This comic was eventually published in Abstract Comics: the Anthology in 2009, but since the book is long out of print, I figured it would be OK to share here.

Announcing: Mini Comic Mondays and Summer Hiatus

I love collecting little ‘zines, small press comics, and hand made comic books. Over the next few months, I’ll be posting pictures of the more interesting parts of my collection with a short write up about each piece.

Secondly, June 13 will be my last comic I’ll be posting until October 10. I’ll be putting patron payments on hold while there are no new comics.

I’ll still be posting public posts over the summer about mini comics and little glimpses of my drawing process.

My Life in Records is Back!

My Life in Records began as a webcomic in late 2005.  My original plan was to draw an autobiographical comic about each album that had been important in my life.  I made a “short list” of 50 albums and set to work making a weekly black and white comic strip.
After a year or so, I decided to print up one fo the stories to give away as Christmas presents to family members.  AS I browsed options for sizes of books, I stumbled upon the square format book.
Perfect.
Now I had a comic about music that looked like a little record sleeve.
After completing the third chapter, I redrew the whole series in a square format and added color.
Along the way, I decided to change the scope of the project from “autobiographical” to “thinly veiled autobiography”. I changed the names of the characters and excised the second chapter, which now seemed convoluted and out of place.
I hope you will continue to enjoy the adventures of Tom and his brothers as they discover more music.

Today is the final Desert Fathers Comic

Today will be the last Desert Fathers comic for a while.  I have many more in various phases of completion, but they are pretty labor intensive, so this is the last one for now.
I’ve always thought that illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages and comics were distant cousins.  Both combine typography and images to convey stories.
I love looking through books about illuminated manuscripts and found an in illustration recently in a book from the Museum of the Bible* that I used as inspiration for the demon. 
Next week, I’ll be back to posting My Life in Records stories again for a few months.
See you bright and early tomorrow for new comic book day

*The museum has seen its share of controversies, such as forgeries of Dead Sea Scrolls and looted artifacts from Iraq, but the book seemed to be just a guidebook of European Illuminated Manuscripts.

The Tale of Agatho

Sayings of the Desert Fathers

As someone who has trouble putting his foot in his mouth, I resonated with Agatho’s quest to silence himself.  Once again, I used the pantoum form to convey the monotony of time passing.  Each frame roughly represents a month in the life of Agatho.

Ethopian Manuscript page

This is one of the manuscript pages I used as inspiration for the page layout.

See you bright and early tomorrow for new comic book day!

Temptation By A Thousand Insect Bites

Demons are usually depicted as serpent-like or goat-like creatures.  However, I chose to make my demon have insect characteristics to show how the demon could persistently pester the hermit like a mosquito in the ear.  In my experience, temptation is rarely a big showdown with the end boss of a video game, but more like the incessant needling that you finally cave too after thousands of little pinches.

One of my favorite depictions of St. Anthony’s temptation is by Albrect Dürer.  First, because I love anything by Albrecht Dürer, but secondly, because of the sheer imaginative diversity of monsters attacking poor St. Anthony.

Temptation of St. Anthony by Albrect Durer

See you bright and early tomorrow for new comic book day!

Visions are coming tomorrow

Tomorrow’s comic is one of the first ones I made based on the Sayings of the Desert Fathers and it was originally publish in black and white in Dodo Comics #1.
Besides being a very visual story (and thus easily lends itself to comics), I love how Arsenius is so chill about being interrupted during a moment of such intense mystical fervency.
I put some visual references to Monastery of Saint Pishoy in Wadi el Natrun, Egypt even though the monastery wasn’t built until long after Arsenius was gone.
 
The image above is probably more like what the Desert Fathers would have lived in.
See you bright and early tomorrow for new comic book day!