Into the last week.
Submitted by Uncle Ghastly on April 5, 2006 - 18:03
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:
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.