Comic Book Poems – Series 2 – 1001 Monsters now live

1001 Monsters is Series 2 of the Comic Book Poems website. This is a collection of 10 Comic Book Poems together as a zine which you can read online, download, read on a tablet or even print off. The collection is available now and can be downloaded from here.

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A low resolution version can be downloaded from here.

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Writing a Script for a Comic Book Poem

Several Comic Book Poems were written with a script. In all cases the poem came first and then I devised a script around the text. This script was then used a guideline for completing the artwork. The reason I made use of a script was to interpret the poetry and so I would have an idea of what the Comic Book Poem would look like on the page before the illustration process happened.
For each script I would work out how many panels were needed for each page. I would then go into brief detail on what each panel should look like. Having published a few comics before and written several scripts for other artists I knew my descriptions had to be short and to the point. Overtly complication panel descriptions were not needed. I just needed to convey what should appear on the page.
Some of the Comic Book Poems do not need a script (Problems for example). This is because it is short and does not necessarily form a narrative. Having a script does give the Comic Book Poem a structure and form which may not be needed.
Examples of Comic Book Poem scripts are given below. Please download them and give them a read.

Mother Silk
Porcelin Breakfast
Buzzing
Police Box Coffee Shop

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Comic Book Poems Series 2 – 1001 Monsters – Front Cover

Comic Book Poems are being collected together as groups of 10 and presented as a downloadable Zine. Series 2 goes by the title 1oo1 Monsters and the cover can be seen below. The zine will be made available soon (19 of August to be precise).

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Comic Book Poems Series 2 – 1001 Monsters

Now that another 10 Comic Book Poems have been released it is time to collect them together as a downloadable Zine. This will be made available soon (19 August to be precise). Series 1 – Outsider Art was a success and is available here.
The title of the Series 2 Zine is 1001 Monsters. As with Series 1 – Outsider Art the title gives very little away and more details on the zine will be made available soon and extra information will be given in the zine itself. The ten comics that The Series 2 – 1001 Monsters book collects are given below:
Appropriation Part 3
Appropriation Part 4
The Observer
Sleeping
How To Photograph The Dead
Crash
The Wingless Bird
Photobooth
Found Poem – 1
The Fog

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Illustrating a Comic Book Poem – The Fog

The Fog was illustrated using traditional techniques, mainly ink and marker lens on water colour paper. I like to use watercolour paper as it has a grain and tooth that works well with both ink washes and Promarker pens.

The-Fog- title - Comic Book Poem
As the content of the Comic Book Poem involves fog, I decided to use ink washes to reflect the spread of the fog and present the dark grey nature that fog has.
I also made the town in which The Fog takes place bright and colourful. This was to contrast the bleakness of the fog itself, if it was too dark the Comic Book Poem would be visually bland and this was not the approach it was looking for.

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Lettering for the Fog was done digitally. This was because I wanted the words to stand out and be easily read. When lettering by hand and using handwriting there is a chance that this will not scan well when put into a computer and uploaded online. Therefore the text is bold and easy to read.
The Fog also has its own front cover. I have been thinking about the front cover of the Series 2 Zine and wanted to get some practice in doing book covers. Therefore The Fog has its own cover which looks to reflect the story contained within the Comic Book Poem.

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Writing a Comic Book Poem – The Fog

For The Fog we have a story of a fog coming and engulfing a town. I wrote this not long after watching the John Carpenter film The Fog. It is a great horror film, but other than evoking the tone of the movie I wanted to take a small element from the plot and develop a poem with obvious and somewhat explicit phrases.

The Fog
Flowing towards the people
and puffed up in jealous guilt

The night can’t stop blank dead
cold walls kissed by the grey

Nothing can hide inside
what pours out the flooding veins

Deadly dense and innocent
faceless never the less

Leaving the lonely city
Open mouth it gaups at you

One of those open days
The clear moon will come out

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The Fog – Comic Book Poem

The Final Comic Book Poem of Series 2 is The Fog. Please give it a read below.

The individual Pages are below:

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The-Fog- Page 1- Comic Book Poem

The-Fog- Page 2- Comic Book Poem

The-Fog- Page 3- Comic Book Poem

The-Fog- Page 4- Comic Book Poem

The-Fog- Page 5- Comic Book Poem

The-Fog- Page 6- Comic Book Poem

A slideshow of The Fog is below:

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If you would like to download a PDF of The Fog you can so here.

A Low Resolution PDF can be downloaded from here.

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