Friday, November 26, 2010

Experimental Comic: Texas++

In January of 2009, I attended the Walker Art Center Multiples Mall and I had a new silly book for sale. Craft was really not my goal, telling a silly story in a new manner was. It was based off of a diagram in my Borland C++ Graphics Programming book. The original diagram was a drawing made on a computer with 1992 MS Paint-like technology. The diagram was of two different  computer mice that were specifically for graphic programming. One mouse had 4 buttons, while the other had 16. Imagine 16 buttons! Anyway, I made that diagram into two of my favorite characters.

4-button cursor Sheriff and 16-button Skully McShootface:

I then made a really small format 64 page graphic novel. Each page is roughly the same size as a trading card. I printed 25 of these little books, sold them all and then never printed more. When I printed the book, I wanted to try an experiment and draw every cover. So, I signed the back and sketched out one of the characters on the front. My folks have a copy of every one of my books, but I had to steal this one because I didn't even have a copy.

I reformatted it for the web to show 4 book pages per web image. Oh, there's also a bonus hand made note in each book that is part of the story. You'll see. So, without further ado, Texas++:


Anonymous said...

Hey! I replied to your comment on my blog. And may I say that A) I love the use of that graph-thing to be an exploding bridge and B) if I have another kid I think I'll have to name it Skully McShootface Gillespie.

'Lil Ric said...
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'Lil Ric said...

I'd only read this once, very briefly, prior to this. Good to see your old work again! High res robot nuts is a great way to start Saturday.

Are you going to post those painted pages that you did at MCAD, the comic project before Amanojaku? I forget the title and also the premise aside from it being about astronauts(?) It was pretty though!