Illustrating a Comic Book Poem – XXXXX

From an artistic point of view xxxxx is fairly straight forward. I used digital techniques to convey the Comic Book Poem. On paper I sketched out brief character designs and panels to present the narrative. From here I scanned the sketches into my computer and then edited the scans in Photoshop. Here I compiled the page together and adjusted the brightness and contrast to view the pencil lines.

This image was then put into Adobe Illustrator where I created the page for xxxxx.

This is a fairly simple approach. I felt that the text for this Comic Book Poem was straight forward and fairly explicit. I wanted the visuals for xxxxx to also express this; therefore we have a bright illustrative style that is presented on the page.


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Writing a Comic Book Poem – XXXXX

The main theme of xxxxx is censorship. Here we see an Anthropomorphic character investigating how censorship can effect people. The character has an inquiring mind. He is half an observer and half activist. For the Comic Book Poem I thought of the idea of censorship first. As with a lot of the Comic Book Poems in this series I liked the idea of an inquisitive mind and someone investigating something new and important. Making the character an animal was purely from a visual point of view and the fact I though the comic would be more fun with an animal character, hence the beaver.
With the majority of Comic Book Poems I avoid using speech bubbles, instead I like to use captions to move the story forward and express the text. Xxxxx is a rare example of the protagonist talking out loud and expressing their thoughts and feelings verbally. I think it works here. The captions show what he is thinking, but he is so angry the only way he can express himself is verbally.


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XXXXX – Comic Book Poem

The ninth Comic Book Poem of Series 3 is XXXXX. Please give it a read below.xxxxx_ComicBookPoem


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Franklin Poems Illustrated Poetry Zine 1 – Dancer

Recently we posted up a link to the collected Zine of Franklin Poems Series 1 – Heartbeats. Here we are posting up a link to Franklin a Poems Series 2 – Dancer. This follows on the tradition of collecting together 10 Illustrated Poems in a downloadable zine.
Expect some more news on a future collaboration with Franklin Poems soon.

The zine for Dancer can be downloaded from here.

Franklin Dancer


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XXXXX – Preview – Comic Book Poems


Here is a teaser/preview for the ninth Comic Book Poem in Series 3. It is called XXXXX and will go live on 17 November 2014. Check back at the blog to see the final Comic Book Poem.

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Illustrating a Comic Book Poem – Faces – 1

For Faces -1 I knew that I wanted to depict a sequence of panels that presented portraits. I also wanted to return to using pencil. Therefore I found a load of reference material (online and in books) and used this as a method to depict the faces. This was essentially an exercise in developing portraits and using traditional media.

I liked the fact that we were telling a story just using facial expressions and text. I found a variety of different images as reference and decided to depict a wide selection of facial expressions and emotions. As Faces is a mini-series, within the Comic Book Poems project, I will be looking to present more emotions and faces in the future.

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Writing a Comic Book Poem – Faces -1

Faces – 1 is an abstract Comic Book Poem. With the writing I wanted to weave a narrative that focused on a confused character. I decided that I wanted a Comic Book Poem that only depicted portraits in the panels. I thought that this would be an interesting way to showcase a narrative and an abstract method to present a Comic Book Poem. The reader never gets to see the narrator and the visuals are the faces that the narrator sees.

From a writing point of view, the reader is told a story of unrealised expectations and missed opportunities. The text presents this, but the visuals may well tell another story. As the title suggests this is just a first part of a longer story. Further chapters in the Faces mini-series will continue in forthcoming series of Comic Book Poems.

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