After Series 1 – Outsider Art was published I did a postmortem blog post about what I was looking to achieve with the series and Comic Book Poems as a project. Now that Series 2 – 1001 Monsters is available it’s time to do the same thing with the latest series.
The beginning of Series 2 continued the Appropriation mini-series, where we published 2 Comic Book Poems that carried on the tradition of utilising artwork and poetry. This was following on the good work that was developed in Series 1 – Outsider Art. With Series 2 we wanted to introduce the concept of collaboration and this was present in the work developed with Franklin Poems. The result was 2 poems – Sleeping and How To Photograph The Dead. Here we saw a different approach to Comic Book Poems, where we made use of single pages and images to convey poetry and artwork.
Collaboration continued with Crash, a Comic Book Poem created as part of The Noise Project from Labspace Studio. Here we saw how Comic Book Poems can work outside the context of this website. The context of exhibition and collaboration was also apparent in the Comic Book Poem The Wingless Bird. Here the Comic Book Poem was created for the Adventures in Comics initiative and we saw how Comic Book Poems can work in a gallery setting at the Marine Studios in Kent.
From a visual point of view traditional art techniques were common which gave a more tangible feel, as opposed to the digital illustration approach. I believe that Series 2 – 1001 Monsters shows the progression of the Comic Book Poems project and has showcased experimental poetry and comics in a new and exciting context. Check back on the blog when we discuss what we will be looking to do for Series 3.