Harder They Come – Preview – Comic Book Poems

HarderTheyCome_Teaser_ComicBookPoem

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

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Illustrating a Comic Book Poem – Long View Stickers

Long View Stickers is a photography/illustration/poetry project and the Comic Book Poem is a collaboration. Information on the collaborative process and the writing process can be found here.
Illustrating this piece was very different from the other Comic Book Poems. I was restricted to the photography from the Long View Stickers website. This meant that the illustration always actually done when the stickers were created and the photographs taken. The best way to find out about this method is to head over to the Long View Stickers website and understand the process. Whether the images work as a Comic Book Poem is a separate thing to consider.

LongViewStickers- Comic Book Poem

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Long View Stickers – Comic Book Poem

The sixth Comic Book Poem of Series 3 is Long View Stickers. Please give it a read below.

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Writing a Comic Book Poem – Long View Stickers

Long View Stickers is a photography/illustration/poetry project I am involved with. Information on the collaboration with Long View Stickers can be found here. When writing this Comic Book Poem I was restricted to the different photographs that are available on the Long View Stickers website. I chose 6 images that I thought could reflect a Comic Book Poem. This restriction presents not only the experimental approach to Long View Stickers, but the abstract nature of Comic Book Poems. Series 3 of Comic Book Poems have concentrated on developing more narrative pieces and using traditional media. Long View Stickers on the other hand completely removes any notion that there is a lack of experimentation and atypical work in Comic Book Poems. Have a read of the text from the six panels below and decide if they make any sense.

Long View Stickers

That’s good penguin!
It’s comfortin’
To know somebody is
colder’n me!

Same number of steps up to her apartment
Same knock on her peeling paint door.

Forever stuck in your favourite place
Can’t you feel positive
They’re scheming round the back of your skull
Like this full fat life.

It’s all coming into place
You ran outdoor murmuring a song about love
It’s raining outside
Inside me it rains

LongViewStickers- Comic Book Poem

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Long View Stickers – Preview – Comic Book Poems

LongViewStickers_Teaser_ComicBookPoem

Here is a teaser/preview for the sixth Comic Book Poem in Series 3. It is called Long View Stickers and will go live on 27 October 2014. Check back at the blog to see the final Comic Book Poem.

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Illustrating a Comic Book Poem – Flower

Visually I wanted Flower to reflect fashion illustration. This is something I have experimented with myself on my blog and even during the Appropriation series of Comic Book Poems in Series 1 and Series 2. As this is a Comic Book Poem I could not get away with just doing a Fashion Illustration. For me the text actually takes a back seat here and I wanted the character to be memorable. Therefore her eyes are distinctive and her style is bold. Digital techniques add to the boldness and clean lines and the Flower speech bubble underlines this. In the Writing a Comic Book Poem – Flower blog post I have explained how speech bubbles have been utilised to convey the text and poetry.
Flower - Comic Book Poem

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Writing a Comic Book Poem – Flower

Another short and sweet Comic Book Poem. It will be obvious in the Comic Book Poem itself that the words and images were developed in tandem. I wanted to develop a comic book poem that was abstract in nature and developed on a single page.
The title reflects the speech bubble that relates to the character. The character speaks and then the speech bubble actually says more about the words which are spoken. For this I was influenced by Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, where the Sandman character had a black speech balloon and white text.
I feel that the text for this Comic Book Poem cannot be read by itself. The Comic Book Poem is only two panels and we deal with spoken word and consequence. The text is written below along with another opportunity to view the Comic a Book Poem.
Flower

Just talking.

And no one is Listening.

And no one is Listening.

And no one is Listening.

And no one is Listening.

And no one is Listening.

Flower - Comic Book Poem

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