September 2009


PECULIAR COMICS: VORTEX #2, copyright 2009 by ED

Number two: making less sense than number one.

[VORTEX COMICS occur once per day Monday through Friday. VORTEX COMICS do not occur on weekends. VORTEX COMICS is made by selecting five images (photos I’ve taken, made grayscale, and inked after printing) and five phrases (taken from things I’ve written in the past), pairing it down to three phrases, and leaving the connection up to the reader. VORTEX COMICS have no defined story…for now.]

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PECULIAR COMICS: VORTEX #1, copyright 2009 by ED
PECULIAR COMICS! FREE ON WEDNESDAYS!NOW WITH MORE STATUS QUO CHANGES than the “big two”!

After a trip to SPX this weekend, I’ve become inspired, and decided to experiment a bit with the medium. This isn’t to say this sort of thing hasn’t been done before, but it’s new for me. A “Vortex” comic is made by selecting five images (photos I’ve taken, made grayscale, and inked after printing) and five phrases (taken from things I’ve written in the past), pairing it down to three phrases, and leaving the connection up to the reader. I’ve always been intrigued by Scott McCloud’s explanation of “closure” in Understanding Comics, and was curious about what “closure” might happen when the images from panel to panel, and even the words within the panels, are seemingly unconnected.

Make your own stories and conclusions.

I certainly have a loose story formed for each one of these, but I’m not going to tell you what it is.

Enjoy it. Or don’t. But be sure to come back for the next one, going up tomorrow. Vector will occur every Monday through Friday. I’m not sure long this will last, but I’m curious to see for myself. At the very least, I have enough material right now to go for twenty-four installments.

I’m hoping to have some sort of printing before SPX next year.

PECULIAR COMICS #38, copyright 2009 by ED
PECULIAR COMICS! FREE ON WEDNESDAYS!WHOOPS!

I even had this done yesterday. Time just slipped by today.

There’s no deeper meaning to be gleaned in this. I just felt like making something weird.

Big exciting news coming up soon. SO. EXCITED!

NOTE: DUE TO MY CONTINUED INADEQUACIES IN FIXING THE ISSUE AT HAND, AND THE ISSUE AT HAND BEING THE WIDTH LIMIT ON THE PAGE, YOU MUST CLICK ON THE PREVIEW IMAGE BELOW TO CONTINUE ON TO THE FULL COMIC! SORRY FOR MAKING YOU WORK FOR IT!

PECULIAR COMICS #37, copyright 2009 by ED
PECULIAR COMICS! FREE ON WEDNESDAYS!NO, I STILL HAVEN’T FINISHED “MY FUCKING RAYGUN!” It’s becoming my own personal Planetary #27: it’ll happen, but I just don’t know when.

Regarding today’s comic: my scanner doesn’t do colored pencils well. At all. I’m only realizing this now, and need to figure it out someone. (No, I’ve tried fixing it in P-shop, but it’s still not right.)

(Psh, not like I have a fanbase that cares. :-P)

Also, I may have some exciting previews and announcements coming soon for a project a handful of people know about. Soon, children, soon.

PECULIAR COMICS #36, copyright 2009 by ED
PECULIAR COMICS! FREE ON WEDNESDAYS!ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME AND MY COMIC BOOK INTERESTS knows I’m not fond of Wolverine. He works best as a background element. In fact, my favourite story involving everyone ELSE’s preferred Canadian superhero is a Mark Millar story that takes place at a concentration camp during World War II that’s told from the perspective of the camp commander. That said, I feel this comic accurately describes my feelings about the character.

In other news, I read Joe Casey’s I Kill Giants last night and had a hearty cry at the end. I got it discounted due to a Border’s coupon, but after reading it, I feel it’s worth AT LEAST the $15.99 list price. I highly suggest picking it up.

PECULIAR COMICS #35, copyright 2009 by ED
I SHOULD NOTE FIRST THAT THERE ARE QUITE A FEW MISREPRESENTATIONS IN THIS COMIC.

First and foremost, my drawings do not do Brigid justice. She’s absolutely beautiful, whereas my drawings make her look like a deformed west coast plastic surgery victim. (This is why I wish to one day write comics as opposed to drawing them.)

Second, meeting Brigid was probably the BEST thing to come out of my previous drinking habits.

Third, the apartment we hung out in was not an awful cubist experiment; I’m just bad with perspective.

I’m not doing this for some sort anniversary or special occasion; I’m doing it because it’s an honest “slice of life”, and one of the most important “slices” of my life thus far. I’m learning to take from things I’ve experienced when the inspiration pool is dry, in lieu of stressing my brainspot only to come up with something half-baked and awful.

There’s more to this story; no, we didn’t do the “college” thing and “hook up” right after meeting. After that night, we went to our respective homes, bellies full of butterflies and hearts full of fond wishes for the future, along with vague plans to go to a party together* the following evening, plans which never came to fruition.

Maybe I’ll tell the rest one day…

*I should also note that a friend of mine was talking up her roommate, and was part of the plans, as well. Funny enough, neither my friend nor myself went to that party, and I wound up at my place drinking with my roommates.