Later this year, just as soon as the pages are finished, I’ll be Kickstarting ‘683’. In the meantime, I’ve decided to do something with the pages from The Intercorstal 2 which I’d set aside. I’ve selected 28 of my favourite pages and wrapped them up in little collections with the overarching title of ‘etcetera’.*
It’s the same 28 pages in each one, but the order of the pages as they go into each collection is shuffled slightly, so it’s unlikely that any two copies will have the same running order. Each one has a one-off cover, created with watercolour paint. And each one has its own individual title. They’re available to buy from my Big Cartel store.
There are two sizes: A4 and A5. The A5 ones are more compact, with the artwork filling the page, and read more like a comic. The A4 ones are pretty much the original scans but with the levels sorted out, and on the pages where the artwork is based on a page from someone else’s comic, there’s a note to say what the comic was, who the artist was, and who the writer was (I’ve not yet been able to work out a way to fit that info into the A5 ones).
Here’s some photos of the first four I’ve done.
I’ll be doing more in the next few weeks – keep an eye out as they get added/removed from sale. Any questions, feel free to comment here, or contact me on Twitter, or via email.
*’Etcetera’ is one of my favourite words, and I use it a lot. My other favourite words include, but are not limited to, ‘cuttlefish’, ‘massive’ and ‘antihistamine’.
As 2015 draws to a close, it’s probably a good time to review what the year has brought The Intercorstal, and what The Intercorstal has brought the year.
Firstly, there was of course ‘After Smith‘, the 10-page sequence produced for inclusion in Projectraum 404’s Abstrakte Comics series. As well as introducing The Intercorstal to Germany, it was mentioned in the German paper Taz, as well as getting a feature on Down The Tubes. Added to that was the gift of Tom Whiteley’s piece which accompanied the show, and can be downloaded here.
My work on ‘683‘, took a pause whilst I worked on After Smith, and then again as I worked on ‘Neighbours Bring Food’, but is more than half-way finished now, and is working out pretty well. As long as everything goes to plan, there should be print copies available in March 2016. I’m also planning the follow-up to 683 already, after a few thematic things loops closed unexpectedly earlier this month. I’ll go on to that nearer the time.
2015 also saw the official close of ‘The Intercorstal 2‘ as a project. Always difficult to define, ‘2’ found me really testing what I could do with the project, eschewing some of the elements that I was no longer comfortable with (the eyes/teeth/hands motif for instance, which had been a defining element when the comic was first born) and developing new tools and ways of working. Without ‘The Intercorstal 2’ I’m not sure how to group the outlying pages that get done — my Deaths Head II or Dungeon Fun reworkings for example. I’ll come up with a name for them, I’m sure. I’m good at naming things.
This site has been set up to catalogue, as best as possible, the progress of the ongoing comics project ‘The Intercorstal’.
The links across the top run chronologically, with the most recent in the top-left corner. Clicking on them will take you to pages from that project, which can be scrolled through vertically. The number of images in that page, roughly equivalent to the number in that project, is in brackets after the title.
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