Skip to main content

Into the last week.

This week will be the last installment for the first chapter of my new comic series Apophenia 357. That means after Friday the 13th the door will be opened for the readers to become the writers and submit their lettered versions of the comic.

For those of you who haven't read Apophenia 357 the comic works like this. Each page of the comic is drawn from the inspiration found within the random text attached to the typical spam email that makes its way into an email account I have set up. For example:

Quote:
who has become blind does not regain his sight; the man who has become a flying rumour that the Misses Netting all have stood Miss Shepherd had a good deal to do with that part; being entirely in the India Oh, very well, Peter said, a little nettled. Perhaps Tinker given me. All the sensitive feelings it wounded so cruelly, all

The spam is treated like a script and I have to draw a coherent continuity from each spam adding it to the continuity drawn from previous spams and without looking at when the following spam is going to be. The pages drawn from the spam are then presented in the comic without text and it is up to the reader to create their own continuity based on their interpretation of the drawings without being able to see the drawings that come next. Each chapter is 30 pages and after the chapter has concluded I allow the readers to become the writers by sending me their lettered version of the comic to be archived on the site. No two readers will ever have see the same story in Apophenia 357 but they'll all be able to share their version with each other every 30 pages.

So the creation method is almost the same for the readers as it is for me because we're both forced to create a coherent continuity out of a source we have no control over.

In the comics world artists have always been at the mercy of the writer who dictates what they draw and it's no different with this comic except my writer is the random e-mail texts. The twist though is that now all the readers can become writers who are at the mercy of what the artist draws.

After this Friday 13th, the lettered versions of the comic can be sent to ghastlycomic (at) gmail.com (You'll need to include the word "TENTACLE" in the subject header or else the e-mail will be deleted by my aggressive spam filtering... hey, I only need one email account as a dedicated spam collector. That doesn't mean I want spam in all of them) :lol:

Needless to say this sort of comic has a very small audience it appeals to (it has less than 1% of the readership that Ghastly's Ghastly Comic has) but if you're a creative type who enjoys writing and challenges give it a look and see what you can come up with.

http://apophenia-prime.com

blinky's picture

You know, when I first read the introductory text you put up, my first thoughts were 'that's a pretty solid artist's statement'. And by artist, I mean studio artist. You should really consider shopping this project around to local galleries, and possible online art galleries. I think you'd have a great chance at getting these pieces seen by people outside the comic community.

[quote:a2e62d19db="Ghastly"]Probably not enough of a readership to make a print version worth while. Only about 1000 readers. Too pretentious for mass reader appeal. Not pretentious enough to raise Mike Krahulik's ire and get wanged in his rant. I may have to resort to a turtleneck and dyeing my old artillery beret black (should have joined armour... no... no... I didn't mean that. Ubique quo fas et gloria ducunt).

You could put it on Lulu and see how it moves. :) You can offer a color or b&w version, though the color will cost more (unfortunately).

<a href="http://www.nekkoandjoruba.com"><img src="http://home.comcast.net/~yocchi/njmar07.gif"></a>

Into the last week.

Uncle Ghastly's picture

This week will be the last installment for the first chapter of my new comic series Apophenia 357. That means after Friday the 13th the door will be opened for the readers to become the writers and submit their lettered versions of the comic.

For those of you who haven't read Apophenia 357 the comic works like this. Each page of the comic is drawn from the inspiration found within the random text attached to the typical spam email that makes its way into an email account I have set up. For example:

Quote:
who has become blind does not regain his sight; the man who has become a flying rumour that the Misses Netting all have stood Miss Shepherd had a good deal to do with that part; being entirely in the India Oh, very well, Peter said, a little nettled. Perhaps Tinker given me. All the sensitive feelings it wounded so cruelly, all

The spam is treated like a script and I have to draw a coherent continuity from each spam adding it to the continuity drawn from previous spams and without looking at when the following spam is going to be. The pages drawn from the spam are then presented in the comic without text and it is up to the reader to create their own continuity based on their interpretation of the drawings without being able to see the drawings that come next. Each chapter is 30 pages and after the chapter has concluded I allow the readers to become the writers by sending me their lettered version of the comic to be archived on the site. No two readers will ever have see the same story in Apophenia 357 but they'll all be able to share their version with each other every 30 pages.

So the creation method is almost the same for the readers as it is for me because we're both forced to create a coherent continuity out of a source we have no control over.

In the comics world artists have always been at the mercy of the writer who dictates what they draw and it's no different with this comic except my writer is the random e-mail texts. The twist though is that now all the readers can become writers who are at the mercy of what the artist draws.

After this Friday 13th, the lettered versions of the comic can be sent to ghastlycomic (at) gmail.com (You'll need to include the word "TENTACLE" in the subject header or else the e-mail will be deleted by my aggressive spam filtering... hey, I only need one email account as a dedicated spam collector. That doesn't mean I want spam in all of them) :lol:

Needless to say this sort of comic has a very small audience it appeals to (it has less than 1% of the readership that Ghastly's Ghastly Comic has) but if you're a creative type who enjoys writing and challenges give it a look and see what you can come up with.

http://apophenia-prime.com

Uncle Ghastly's picture

[quote:1a593972c7="Kiba"]Does it involve porn?

I guess that's entirely up to the reader I suppose. There are zombies and you know what they say, "where there's zombies there's always porn nearby".

Uncle Ghastly's picture

Oh by the way if you do submit a lettered version be sure to include the name you want your submission to be credited under as well as the url for any website/webcomic you may have that you wish the credit to be linked to.

Uncle Ghastly's picture

Probably not enough of a readership to make a print version worth while. Only about 1000 readers. Too pretentious for mass reader appeal. Not pretentious enough to raise Mike Krahulik's ire and get wanged in his rant. I may have to resort to a turtleneck and dyeing my old artillery beret black (should have joined armour... no... no... I didn't mean that. Ubique quo fas et gloria ducunt).

Uncle Ghastly's picture

There we go. That's it. Chapter One is finished. Feel free to start sending in the submissions. Be sure to include the name you'd like your submission to be credited to as well as the URL for the webpage/webcomic you'd like linked to your credit.

You can put all the .jpegs together in a zip file if it makes it easier for you.

Don't forget the password "TENTACLE" in the subject header.

J-Sun's picture

VERY cool concept Ghastly - I'll be eager to check out the results!
:D

[url=http://www.cybertropolis.com/comics/index.html][img]http://www.cybertropolis.com/downloads/banners/cyber366x50.gif[/img][/url]

Uncle Ghastly's picture

[quote:15d3429311="hanli"]i have been following Apophenia 357 with a lot of interest since its start, and would very much like the oppertunity to interview you on the work. would you be prepared to give an email interview after the project is complete? it will form part of my research on web-comics for post-graduate study - (and possilbly an independant article.)

Sure thing. But I have no idea when the project will be completed as I'll have to wait for a spam that delivers a satisfying ending to come along... or simply get sick of doing it, whichever comes first.

Uncle Ghastly's picture

[quote:e2789233cd="blinky"]You know, when I first read the introductory text you put up, my first thoughts were 'that's a pretty solid artist's statement'. And by artist, I mean studio artist. You should really consider shopping this project around to local galleries, and possible online art galleries. I think you'd have a great chance at getting these pieces seen by people outside the comic community.

I dunno. Each page is drawn on a single 8.5x11 inch page of cardstock. It would make them a little small for display in an art gallery. Plus I know sweet dick all about art gallery stuff. Don't get me wrong I've been in tonnes of art galleries, but always as a performer. I get invited to play because an artist thinks it would compliment his work to have a musician perform at their opening. I know dick about what an artist does to get their work in a gallery though. I have absolutely zilch in the way of art credentials. I've never taken art lessons, never gone to art school, I'm not a member of any artists societies here in Hamilton. I'm just a guy who thought it would be a hoot to draw comics about tentacled beasties, nubile young women, and dickgirl otakus and put them on the internet.

If I went to a gallery it would only be a matter of seconds before they discovered I'm a total fraud. Or worse they'll treat me like an idiot savant "outsider art" artist. *shudder*

spargs's picture

[quote:d59405adbb="Ghastly"]If I went to a gallery it would only be a matter of seconds before they discovered I'm a total fraud. Or worse they'll treat me like an idiot savant "outsider art" artist. *shudder*

It'd be just like that Simpsons episode: "You haff gone from hip to boring. Vy don't you call us ven you get to kitsch".

I wouldn't worry, ALL artists are total frauds.

Nice work btw ...

[url=http://www.digi-comic.com][img]http://www.digi-comic.com/images/dcLilLink.gif[/img][/url]

Fabricari's picture

[quote:7826021f4e="TWG"]I think I mentioned it to you before, but you've been really trying to bring your A Game this past year. Your art has improved a lot.

Sad Drunk And Bitter Jesus In Snow would really kick ass now.

I cannot agree with this more. Ghastly, hearing how you came up with this, makes the concept that much more intriguing. Incredible coloring. Would you ever consider printing this?

Steve "Fabricari" Harrison

Does it involve porn?

The William G's picture

I think I mentioned it to you before, but you've been really trying to bring your A Game this past year. Your art has improved a lot.

Sad Drunk And Bitter Jesus In Snow would really kick ass now.


i have been following Apophenia 357 with a lot of interest since its start, and would very much like the oppertunity to interview you on the work. would you be prepared to give an email interview after the project is complete? it will form part of my research on web-comics for post-graduate study - (and possilbly an independant article.)