August 9th, 2016
Batman copyright and trademarks are owned by Warner Brothers and DC Comics. Illegal Batman Meets The Man Behind The Curtain was written and drawn by Ed Pinsent in 2016 and is a work of fan art. Please direct any questions to the artist.
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September 6th, 2015
New comic book available now! Windy Wilberforce Meets Sun Ra. A 28-pp comic which proposes Windy Wilberforce performing as a free jazz saxophonist in New York in the early 1960s, making a critically-acclaimed album called Provenance for the Prestige label. But commercial success eludes him, and by a chain of coincidence he enters the orbit of the mysterious Sun Ra.
In the alternative-reality fantasy story that follows, Windy becomes the curator of Alton Abraham’s library, wears an elaborate space-age costume created by June Tyson, plays with The Arkestra, travels in outer space, meets John Cage and Chris Cutler, visits the Egyptian pyramids, and works on a telescope that can see backwards in time. And more…
The story is constructed as a series of one-page, six-panel episodes, some of them expanding into full-page spreads.
Written and drawn June-August 2015 and published early September 2015. This is my first all-new story of this length for a long time.
Available now from www.lulu.com priced £5.00. Click the logo below to purchase same.
5th October update: positive review from Tom Murphy at Broken Frontier (Exploring The Comics Universe). I am particularly touched that he regards Windy as an old acquaintance; I should be happy if the character is becoming real for other readers.
26th October update: Chris Reynolds writes “Just bought Sun Ra along with my latest test samples. It’s a good “fiat”, “let-it-be-so” comic, as shown in the part of the dream where they are walking down the street in their finery and meet the drongos. Thanks for publishing this!”
August 31st, 2015
A taste from WINDY WILBERFORCE MEETS SUN RA – due to be published September 2015.
October 26th, 2014
“This fucking comic truly disturbs me, and I don’t know why. There’s something so completely and utterly wrong with, yet I can’t define it.”
“I don’t understa–aah?? I have so many questions. Can Illegal Batman solve my confusion?”
“he’s dank as a motherfucker and more besides”
“Is this the guy who did Silver Age Superman?”
“Ouch. Shot right in the feels.”
“WE CANNOT SOLVE OUR SADNESS.”
“This looks like it belongs in that Bizarro World anthology.”
“I’m not even sure.”
“I like how Batman casually walks through doors without explanation.”
“batman is against the fucking law”
“thank you for introducing me to Ed Pinsent’s work. I fucking love it. The guy’s a real artist/poet.”
September 7th, 2014
New comic book available now! This 44pp book brings together all of Windy’s “alchemical” adventures under a single cover. There is also one previously-unpublished 8pp story “St Withold and The Witch” and a new two-pager where Windy meets Robert Fludd. Plus new cover art drawn for the occasion.
On and off these episodes have occupied Windy and myself for about the last ten years, although there are inklings of the ideas from further back. The Scorpion King, mentionned fleetingly in A Book Of Signs, is one character resurfaces in the ancient Egypt story. The stories have come to me haltingly and slowly, and (much like the sprawling array of The Saga of the Scroll) they may not add up to a completely coherent whole, but there are some common themes.
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August 20th, 2014
Primitif Revenge Mask
Out today! A new Primitif Story, written and drawn summer 2014!
The artwork is all full colour. It was produced through a labour-intensive method – the gouache colour painting, the ink outline and the lettering all exist as separate artworks, assembled in the computer.
I think the last Primitif story I did was Sting of the Arrow, which was published in the Kingly Books volume in 2006. The text for Sting was deliberately very sparse and the story that emerged was broken and hard to understand. I’ve tried to reverse that trend with Revenge Mask, and have made the accompanying prose about as clear as I’m able to write it. The theme is a supernatural one; Primitif is “possessed” by a magical mask against his own will.
I was going to make it available as a free PDF but then decided to publish it as a square-shaped mini-comic through Lulu. It’s 20pp long and costs £6.00 (plus postage). I am making a profit of precisely 88 pence per sale. A sample page is below.
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April 24th, 2014
March and April 2014. Colours added in computer.
February 20th, 2014
A new Windy Wilberforce comic strip, written and drawn over the Christmas and New Year holidays 2013-14. Another installment in the “Windy’s Alchemical Days” series.
The original story is ten pages long. It has been cut into rows for this web display; the opening splash panel takes up two rows. The letratone effect was created in the computer.
September 14th, 2013
Webcomic Wednesday: Illegal Batman by Ed Pinsent
Deconstructions of the Batman, even excellent ones, are nothing new, but I’ve never seen anyone or anything break it down to the molecular level and reassemble it into a wondrous and haunting new form the way Ed Pinsent does in Illegal Batman. Or should I say the way Ed Pinsent did—though it’s now available for viewing and download on his website, Pinsent made this comic in the pre-Internet, extremely Batman-heavy days of 1989. And yes, it’s as unauthorized as a bootleg Batman t-shirt from roughly the same time period, but you’d have to be a very, very strange reader to mistake it for the real thing. In Pinsent’s hands, and in his warm and shaky black-and-white line, Batman becomes an avatar of inaction — he takes days on end to do nothing but think about each clue before he acts — and un-action — he arrives at the scene of the crime, eventually, by transmitting himself through the air as a sort of thoughtform-cum-lightbeam, the usual physical process of being Batman completely eschewed. His arrival at the criminals’ castle headquarters is in the form of a graffiti-like mural they unsuccessfully attempt to efface from the walls; when he finally materializes physically, his body has somehow been painted white, and he must lurk in the shadows to regain his customary dark coloring. He’s here to save a young mother who, the criminals have informed him via a VHS tape mailed to the Batcave, has had her face carved off in front of her confused children for reasons apparent to no one. But Batman sees through the ruse, and reveals to the woman that she is in fact whole and intact. She asks him for answers, asks what his happening, asks where her children are, and his non-response is a bullet to the heart of the Batman mythos: “The damage is done. We cannot solve our sadness. Remember that…We cannot solve our sadness.” And yet, when he and the woman re-materialize in the Batcave after dodging a days-long siege by an army of “strong-arms” and briefly becoming a constellation in the night sky, her children — now labeled “his children” for reasons unknown — are with them. For all the tough-guy posturing and grim’n’gritty iconography of the original, Illegal Batman reveals the central tenets of the Dark Knight idea: a gossamer fantasy of the possibility of justice, a form of contemplative comfort in a world that too often provides no comfort of its own.
Sean T. Collins