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VORTEX #81, copyright 2010 by ED

Number eighty-one: I’m sure Ben Franklin came up with a witticism regarding BDSM and bureaucracy.

[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.]

PECULIAR COMICS: VORTEX #4, copyright 2009 by ED

Number four: Probably one of my favorites. Featuring the magnificent Aidan.

[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.]

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 #31, copyright 2009 by ED

AND THINGS TAKE A TURN TOWARDS THE CLICHE CLIFFHANGER. Will our favourite spaceman come through?

One more piece of the arc to go, and I promise you, it ends with a bang. Just to let you down before the end, it’s a much smaller bang. MUCH smaller.

Meanwhile, I’m in Maine until the 16th. TWIST!

(I wrote this from the past.)

PECULIAR COMICS #30, copyright 2009 by ED

LIKE I SAID BEFORE, TO QUOTE BOB DYLAN in the most cliche way possible, “The times they are a-changin'”.

Recently, I’ve been playing around with color in comics, more specifically, a limited color pallet. In a portfolio I’m working on, I’m utilizing only primary colors (to obtain other colors, I adjust the transparencies of the colors in Photoshop). Here (and with the strips to follow), I expanded my color pallet to secondary colors and slightly darker versions of some colors for shading. I’m doing this partially as a way to fine-tune my skills with my new Bamboo tablet.

I also wanted to experiment with a vertical strip format, as well as working in a higher resolution (Volume One wasn’t scanned in at 300 dpi, so even if there WERE interest to print them down the line, they’d look crappy; Volume Two is here to fix that).

Feedback? Is this a good change? Were things better before? Should I quit now and dock off my hands?

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