Archive for May, 2009

Masque

Monday, May 18th, 2009

A Hypnotic Magic strip

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Here is a nine-panel piece called Masque, which was my submission to The Comics Journal Special Edition (Fantagraphics Books Winter 2003), which included a section curated by Paul Gravett as a tribute to Escape magazine. Selected Escape artists were invited to contribute a single page of new work, and the magazine was a square-sized format about the size of an LP cover. This was one of the first pieces I put together inside the computer (it was executed as nine separate drawings), hence the reference to the “flickering screen”.

I’ll admit Masque, in its pseudo-poetic form, is obscure and incomprehensible even by my standards. It may help if you realise it’s not really a single story, but three separate narrative fragments stitched together. Panels 1-3 are something to do with the inadequacy of an artist’s role in a largely indifferent world. Panels 4-6 tell the short tale of the plight of a helpless insect (or a man who imagines he’s as insignificant as an insect). Panels 7-9 depict a librarian or other isolated student, who imagines he can make a woman fall in love with him simply by thinking about it. However, the stories may overlap somewhere; I think it’s likely the woman in panel 3 is making a reappearance in panel 8.

The cut-up nature of Masque extends to the way the drawings were assembled. Many of the panels are created from two or more unconnected sketches pasted together randomly on the page, then inked in to create the illusion of a single drawing. In panel 3, this approach has resulted in a drawing of a doll melting into a drawing of the woman’s hair. The ambiguity of the resulting image suggests we’re seeing two views of the same person, from different vantage points. In panel 8, the same doll/woman figure is now running in a sideways plane, contrary to the other figures in the panel.

It’s possible that the final panel depicts all the main male protagonists – the useless artist, the insect and the lonely librarian – all squashed into a single squat figure. He’s stranded in a surreal nocturnal landscape, with a block of wood under one hand (or possibly a sheaf of paper), a tree, and a flying crab in the sky. The figure floating to his left is a map to an unknown land, hence the reference to his “directionless journey”.

Windy’s Alchemical Jaunt

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Windy's Alchemical Jaunts
The last of four covers I drew for the exhibition A Mini History Of Off-The-Cuff, Handmade Mini-Comics curated by Les Coleman and Paul Gravett in 2004. It continues the theme of Windy-as-Alchemist, as seen in Windy’s Book Of Signs.

New Astorial Story

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Fremantle and The Faceless One

A new Astorial Story which I wrote and drew in April 2009. Here’s a preview at a low-ish resolution (although not so low that you can’t read it).

Primitif mini

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Primitif mini comic
One of four covers I drew for the exhibition A Mini History Of Off-The-Cuff, Handmade Mini-Comics curated by Les Coleman and Paul Gravett in 2004. Almost a panel from the Sting of the Arrow book.

Astorial Stories Compendium now on Scribd

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Five Astorial Stories Five Astorial Stories Ed Pinsent Digital compendium of five mini-comics written and drawn by Ed Pinsent. Originally published in 1986. Strange vignettes about life in the impossibly large and spacious Astorial Hotel.

Obnoxio Tales of Vile

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Crab-Bird Monster

Dog mini-comic

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

dog-mini-comic
One of four covers I drew for the exhibition A Mini History Of Off-The-Cuff, Handmade Mini-Comics curated by Les Coleman and Paul Gravett in 2004. The Dog is very probably Drake Ullingsworth’s Dog, acting monstrously.

Squelette Comic

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

squelette-mini-comic

One of four covers I drew for the exhibition A Mini History Of Off-The-Cuff, Handmade Mini-Comics curated by Les Coleman and Paul Gravett in 2004.

Boneyard Academy

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Boneyard Academy

Doctor Mercurio

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Doctor Mercurio