Illustrating a Comic Book Poem – The Wingless Bird

As previously stated in the Writing a Comic Book Poem – The Wingless Bird the comic was created for a book and exhibition at Marine Studios in Kent for Adventures in Comics. I also mentioned that the poem was based on a character I had been illustrating. This was the image of a wingless bird. For the comic I had the subject of The Great Tree to work with. This was the brief from Adventures in Comics. I decided to illustrate the comic using marker pens and fineliners and make use of the branches if the tree to separate out the comic book panels. Therefore the branches are the panel borders and the action takes place in the areas between the branches.


The design of the wingless birds was simple and I reflected this in the design of the snake and the tree. I wanted this comic to be read easily, as the panel bodies are not typical for comic books. Creating a simplified environment and characters allows this to be conceived and hopefully makes for an enjoyable comic.

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Writing a Comic Book Poem – The Wingless Bird

Adventures in Comics is a comic book project based at Marine Studios in Kent. Each year they produce a book and exhibition of comic book art and storytelling in 2013 the theme for was the The Great Tree and that is where The Wingless Bird sprang from. The Wingless Bird featured in the Adventures in Comic Exhibition and Book.
For the poetry I based the words around a character I had been drawing in my sketchbook, this was an image of a Wingless Bird. I thought about what it would get up to while sitting on a tree. I also wanted to base this Comic Book Poem around a story. As it was being submitted for a book and exhibition I wanted to showcase both the poetry and the story. Therefore I introduced the conflict of the snake and the story and the words were formed. Give the text a read below, but the words and pictures really have to go together on this one.

The Wingless Bird

A wingless bird
on a lazy branch
relaxing.
Cause he know nothing
ever
really happens

A satisfied snake
slithers down a sycamore
contemplating
Cause he never realised, what
comes around
goes around.

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The Wingless Bird – Comic Book Poem

The Seventh Comic Book Poem of Series 2 is The Wingless Bird. Please give it a read below.

The individual Pages are below:

The Wingless Bird On The Great Tree - page 1 - Comic Book Poem

The Wingless Bird On The Great Tree - page 2 - Comic Book Poem

A slideshow of The Wingless Bird is below:

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Comic Book Poems Collaborations – Franklin Poems

Franklin Poems is a website and blog where Illustrated Poems are posted up each week. It takes on a similar aesthetic to Comic Book Poems in the fact that we both deal with words and images and how poetry can be presented visually on a page. Franklin Poems also collect their pages to form downloadable Zines and this is a tradition we have carried on in Comic Book Poems.
The collaboration arose as I was illustrating the poetry for Franklin Poems and I wanted to collaborate between the two projects. Franklin Poems does not present sequential art but poetry and images on a particular page. This presents exacting constraints which have been highlighted in two informative blog posts over at the Franklin Poems website (these can be read here and here).

Sleeping - Comic Book Poem
When collaborating with Franklin Poems we really wanted to look at how Poetry can tell a story and how one particular image can convey this story. Therefore we have two images that are posted here in the Comic Book Poems website.
First up we have Sleeping. The poem for sleeping was written first. It is short and to the point, but the words and turn of phrase evoke the act of Sleeping. Having the poem allowed myself as an artist to read and digest the words and elaborate on what could be presented on the page. In keeping with the Franklin Poems style I kept all imagery and words on the one page and presented on the page so that the words could be easily read and the image be easily seen.

how-to-photograph-the-dead-comic-book-poem
For the second collaboration – How to Photograph the Dead – I followed on with a similar approach, but obviously used the text as an inspiration. The image is actually a photograph inspired by the text.
Both of the collaborations can be viewed below.
To read more about the writing process of Sleeping click here.
To read more about the illustration process of Sleeping click here.
To read more about the writing process of How to Photograph the Dead click here.
To read more about the illustration process of How to Photograph the Dead click here.

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The Wingless Bird – Preview – Comic Book Poems

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Here is a teaser/preview for the Seventh Comic Book Poem in Series 2. It is called The Wingless Bird and will go live on 21 July 2014. Check back at the blog to see the final Comic Book Poem.

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Illustrating a Comic Book Poem – Crash

As stated in the Writing a Comic Book Poem – Crash blog post, a Crash was a response to the Labspace Studio art initiative The Noise Project. I had a brief to follow that meant I had to listen out for some sounds. The brief is below:

NOISE CHALLENGE #2: THE LITTLE THINGS
This week spend some time paying attention to the little things…. the sounds that you tend to ignore and the seemingly insignificant noises that you take for granted. You have 1 week to listen, identify and select one “insignificant” sound and transform it into something “significant.”

From here I developed a poem based around listening to bugs in my flat. The idea was then to create an explosive image. Crash is a two page comic, with the first page showing the bug and the second page showing a smashed image. I took the approach of illustrating a broken mirror, where the reflections are jagged and do not flow. I don’t kill bugs, but I thought this was a good method to convey a bold and expressive image.

Crash page 1 - Comic Book Poem
For Crash I used Promarker pens and fine liners to create all the illustrations. This is an approach I have done in the past and I think it works perfectly for Crash as it adds to the intricate tactile nature of the words and also the experimental approach to The Noise project.
Crash page 2 - Comic Book Poem

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Writing a Comic Book Poem – Crash

Crash stemmed from an art project I was involved with a while back. Labspace Studio is an arts organisation based in Toronto Canada. They developed an initiative called The Noise Project where artists in different mediums were challenge to produce a creative response to a noise. For the second noise challenge I created Crash. The brief for the project is written below.

NOISE CHALLENGE #2: THE LITTLE THINGS
This week spend some time paying attention to the little things…. the sounds that you tend to ignore and the seemingly insignificant noises that you take for granted. You have 1 week to listen, identify and select one “insignificant” sound and transform it into something “significant.”

After listening out for the ‘little things’ I wrote a little poem and decided to create a big illustration. What I wrote on The Noise a Project Blog is written below:

I spent some time listening to the small things. I took a walk around a few parks where I live, but found the best examples were in my flat. I felt compelled to tell a really brief story using a comic book and a combination of poetry. The comic is only two pages and shows what I heard – I never smashed the bug – I would never do that. I did find some bugs in my flat though. The poem is not so much a reaction to the visuals (which I illustrated first), but an antagonist within the comic.
The text of the poem reads:

If only you hadn’t got on his nerves
You could have been putting your neck out.

But now it is crushed under a finger
While the smashed mirror echoes your past lives.

I think the above text pretty much covers my approach to writing Crash.

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