Posts Tagged ‘Windy Wilberforce’

The 12 Labours of Windy Wilberforce

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

Windy Wilberforce in The 12 Labours of Windy

New book by Ed Pinsent published January 2019

74pp book, perfect bound, full colour cover, interiors in black and white with halftones

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From The Labour of the Karkos Kode to the Labour of the Infernal Survey, Windy must complete 12 impossible tasks to save the livelihood of his old friend, the fisherman Harry Excess. As his adventures grow more fantastical and dream-like, Windy begins to suspect a darker agency at work behind the wishes of the 12 mysterious millionaires who commissioned this work.

This story took me about 16 months from conception to completion. The only Windy story of comparable length is The Saga Of The Scroll, but that arrived as a series of six-page chapters, in very episodic form, with long breaks in between. Conversely, Labours was planned as a single thought-through story.

Windy undergoes his usual transformations, his flights, his travels in time and space, his entering into dream worlds, his changes of costume, and meets with characters both real and imaginary. His adventures bring him into contact with a number of modern evils and catastrophes, including sea pollution, exploitative land-grabs, and unwelcome developments in technology and the Internet.

While the story can be read as a not-very-deep commentary on the shortcomings of modern capitalism, there’s also an occult-ish and esoteric dimension involving strange letters being used for nefarious purposes, thus inverting the purity of the printed page and the book, precepts which Windy must live by. Further, there’s the suggestion that mankind’s proclivity towards evil is just one step away from making a pact with Dark Forces which we don’t understand and whose power we cannot control. There is a price to be paid for this, as the story shows.

Meanwhile, Windy and Harry’s natural qualities of charity, generosity, compassion and helpfulness are shown to be very much at odds with the way of the world; Windy is hopelessly out of date, misunderstood and ignored by everyone, and Harry’s altruistic dream of putting fish in the mouths of man is all but ruined. These two would-be saints are in a precarious position. Will they survive?

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New Sun Ra comic out now

Sunday, 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.

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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!”

Windy’s Alchemical Days

Sunday, 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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Windy and the Two Magicians

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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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.

Windy as The Bungling Apprentice

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

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A new comic strip from March 2013!

Windy Wilberforce in Ancient Egypt

Friday, April 5th, 2013

An unpublished story from 2004. This was the starting point of the vague series of fragments which I refer to as “Windy’s Alchemical Days”.

Windy and the Gnostic Crocodile

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011


Windy Wilberforce “Speaked with Forced Tongue”

Saturday, March 26th, 2011


The Red Wilberforce

Monday, July 27th, 2009


A collage from 1997. Windy Wilberforce, Maori tattoos on his face, connects to his pastoral roots by means of Astrolabe and Globe.

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.