Monday, March 23, 2015
I just spent the last 15 weeks making handmade paper, and now I’m starting to use it.These aren’t really sheets of paper, they’re more boards. You could eat a pile of greasy BBQ off one of these, and it wouldn’t fall apart.
I’m interested in making comics that are unique objects. I’ll probably print a few copies to sell, and I’ll make a digital copy for the Gumroad page, but my real interest is in the making of the physical object, the tactile quality of the surface of the paper, the thing existing in space and not just on a computer screen.
here’s a WIP, the first 5 pages of a 16 page comic, about an event that happened in Colorado in 1927. I’m using a brush and a crowquill with india ink, and coloring it with watercolor. I might add a little acrylic paint or colored pencil, and it's contained in a thick, clear plastic bikini packaging box.
I’ll have a bunch of these comic objects at The Chicago Zine Fest and The New South Festival of Literary Arts and Cartooning in Austin, TX.