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).
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.
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.