For ThoughtBubble 2016, I created a one-sheet mini-comic which used my ‘intercorstal’ process on pages I’d already ‘interocorstalled’, and made it available digitally, with all the digital assets I’d produced on this blog post, with the invitation for people to go away and do whatever they wanted with the files. Here’s a quick run-down of what I’ve had back so far!
(in no particular order)
Douglas Noble coloured the pages and added text from a section of ‘Solaris’ by Stanislav Lem and made it available as a downloadable PDF, which you can get my clicking on this link: LINK
Henry Miller took an unexpected yet genius turn and combined the linework with photos of John Craven. You can see the original tweet HERE but I’ve added the images here too (which I hope is OK, Henry?)
Mark Andrew Nordstrom (aka Emporium Purgatorio) messed about with it a lot, playing with it in 3D and made some very lovely images:
Eric Seaholm created these pages using Found Forest Floor pages, but so close to the Recorstal thing happening that it counts. Plus, they’re amazing, and I have to share them.
And finally (I think… I don’t think I’ve forgotten anyone) I got this mysterious recorstal in the post, in which a story is told about a lurking monster watching me while I read a book in bed… No name was included, although it turned out to be from those scamps Chris Welsh and Tom Ward, who were apparently planning on turning it into a creepy stalker joke which I totally ruined by pretending to be creeped out by.
That’s it, I think. If I have forgotten anybody then please, please let me know.
Where Rabbit On The Stairs and it’s predecessors were very dense, I knew that whatever came next would have to reset the page somewhat, and give me some space to work in. Say hello, then, to ‘A Salted Wound’, a very decompressed comic.
As usual, the PDF’s free to download by clicking here: A Salted Wound
Oh, and this time it’s in COLOUR. Well, sort of. There’s some blue in it, which other than the cover was very unintentional — a product of how the scanner read some of the original black lines through the white paint I’d covered them up with.
Here you go: download it, print it, draw all over it, whatever. It’s yours! Take it, share it, whatever!
I honestly don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but I have a book coming out soon. It’s big — 250 pages long before covers and interior stuff, and it’s called Found Forest Floor. It’s drawn by me, it’s written by Erik Blagsvedt and published by Abstract Editions. It’ll be out in a couple of months, I think.
From those 250 pages, I took 16 and made a little sampler called ‘Found Forest’ to sell at Winchester School of Art’s Small Press event. (You can buy a copy of it HERE and I’ll customise the cover for you, too). And over the past month or so I’ve been working over those pages with white and blank ink and unipins — I’ve been doing it in small chunks, in between other things, because my real-life work has been crazy over the past few weeks.
It’s acted both as an act of catharsis, getting stress out of my body and onto the page, and also as a continuation of the ‘Found Forest Floor’ process. I’ll be carrying a copy of this new comic around and re-working it so I’ll have a new version in a couple of months, too.
Oh, it’s called ‘Sugar Forest Fire’. You can download it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4SfW4B59VgnTUwwUzNNNkRqQms/view
tldr: Download everything you need to print and/or make your own Recorstal comics
For ThoughtBubble 2016, which at the time of writing was just last weekend, I decided to ‘re-abstract’ an 8-page sequence from The Intercorstal: 683 to print as a minicomic. Actually drawing it was fine, printing it became a bit of a chore and I ended up with the same comic in a few formats.
I printed 40 of them up as booklets and gave them out to anyone who stopped long enough at my table to show an interest.
Now I send it out into the world. Here’s a link to a ZIP file of all the Recorstal stuff: the original scan, my levelled copy, each individual page and a .pub file which when printed double-sided will give you two fresh copies of the comic.
I’m also eager for people to take this and do whatever they want with it. Colour it in, muck about with the order, draw over the top, whatever. My only caveat is that you tell/show me what you’ve done through the usual channels.
Download it here
Here’s some links to where you can read, and hear, some of the excellent things said about The Intercorstal: 683. I am genuinely humbled by how nice everyone’s been about it so far.
Awesome Comics Podcast: The Intercorstal 683 was reviewed on Episode 46 (you should listen to the whole thing, but 683 is talked about specifically from about 132mins in) In addition to this, I was a guest on the show, talking about The Intercorstal and my involvement with London Super Comicon on Episode 49!
Silence! Podcast: Gary Lactus and thebeastmustdie recommend the Kickstarter of 683 on Silence! 191!
The Quietus: Jenny Robins says that 683 “is a brilliantly pure expression of what post-modern creatives are capable of”
The Reading List: Stuart McCune says that 683 “is one of the best comics I’ve seen in years”
WeBeGeeks: Umar Ditta says “It strips the conventional comic book and creates something very personal; as you are free to interpret the story as you will and that shouldn’t work but it really does.”
Magen Cubed: In a very insightful article, Magen says 683 is “one of the most engaging reading experiences I’ve had in a while”
Today’s Small Press Day, and to celebrate I’ve collected some pages to make ‘Found Forest Floor’. It uses some pages I’ve created for the book I’m working on with Erik Blagsvedt and David Quiles Guilló for Abstract Editions, which should be out later in the year.
I’ll be carrying printed copies in various forms – some with dodgy printing, some at the wrong size, some with one-off covers around during the day to give away. I’ll hopefully pull some more together in the next few weeks for anyone who wants one but I didn’t see on the day (so, like…everybody).
There’s a free PDF of it, though, which you can get here: GET IT HERE
And The Intercorstal: 683 Kickstarter campaign is live! And here, exclusively to intercorstal.com, and all the endpoints that it publishes to that I keep forgetting about, is the cover!
Head over to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/grthink/the-intercorstal-683 to reach the Kickstarter page, have a look at my terrible video (I hadn’t realised until I watched it back just how much slow blinking I do when talking) and if you feel like getting a copy of the finished comic, pledge away! And if there’s something you were hoping would be on the reward tiers that you can’t see, let me know.
Once more, here’s that link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/grthink/the-intercorstal-683
The Kickstarter campaign for ‘683’ starts on the 15th May. I’ll share the URLs and details once they’re live.
The reaction from review copies has been very positive, and I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out, so fingers crossed it’ll all work out. Hopefully you’ll hear what other people think in the near future.
I’ll be posting blogs related to the themes of 683 to my OTHER blog, garethahopkins.blogspot.com whilst the KS is going, so keep an eye out for those, too.
I’m currently planning a Kickstarter campaign to launch (and print) ‘The Intercorstal: 683’, which is an abstract anthology-style comic inspired by the British comics I was first exposed to as a child.
The comic’ll be 36 pages in total when finally completed, which includes the front and back covers, and I’ve got 32 of them done — each of the actual comic pages are done, and the cover. All I’ve got to do now is the ‘letters page’, the back cover, and two full page adverts.
I’m very close to fixing a launch date now — should be announced in the next couple of days. There’s a lot of work that goes into these things, certainly more than I’d bargained for.
As a ‘taster’, here’s the first version of the cover I did, which I’ve since rejected for (what I hope is) a better, fully painted cover.