Monday, December 13, 2010

future projects

we can see, that the aleatoric comics anthology was a failure. perhaps it was the lack of time, the lack of clarity on what aleatoric comics are, the fact that I didn't plan to send paper copies to the Authors, or the penis - anyway, this project didn't work out well enough. no anthology here.

could we talk about the future projects that you would like to do on this blog? certainly every contributor can post what she or he wants, but from time to time perhaps it's nice to make something together.

- handmade comics
- more analogies with experimental music (like in concrete and aleatoric music)
- neoformalism

anyway, we should prepare better for such projects, I mean the Authors should have perhaps half a year for exploring an idea.

please write your own ideas, and what you think about future projects, if you wish.

all the best,


Sunday, December 12, 2010

some aleatoric comics

used above: (for graphics) (for texts)

under - four aleatoric concrete comics:

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Grafik Dynamo (link)

For those who have not seen this netart by Kate Armstrong & Michael Tippett:

"Grafik Dynamo (2005) is a net art work by Kate Armstrong & Michael Tippett that loads live images from the internet into a live action comic strip. From the time of its launch in 2005 to the end of 2008, the work used a live feed from social networking site LiveJournal. The work is currently using a feed from Flickr. The images are accompanied by narrative fragments that are dynamically loaded into speech and thought bubbles and randomly displayed."

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Shrouds, asemic novel by Gary Shipley

these are 2 pages from Gary's asemic novel Shrouds.

if you want to see a PDF copy of his novel (more than 50 Mb), please email Gary: gj-shipley (AT)

famagusta again

just another link to "famagusta" photocomics:

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Two Aleatoric Comics (and their chance protocol)

In some ways, my protocol here blends chance with flarf.  I built these comics with smart phone (iPhone) apps.  My chance protocol was simple: 
  • I grabbed the nearest book next to me.  I opened it at random and dropped my finger onto the page.  I used the resulting word for a Google search.
  • I selected the first four images that came up in an image search of that word.
  • I selected a phrase from the first four site summaries that came up in a web search of the word.
  • I selected a four panel layout in a strip generator and inserted the images and words in the order they came up in the search.
  • My eye really only chose (a) the layout, (b) the abreviated phrase from the site summaries, and (c) the placement of the text in the image.
And this is the result:


In the next variation on this protocol I want to get deeper into the Google searches rather than going with the first four.  So.  I think it is time to pull out the dice.

(Susanna's still alive)

(This does not fit in, I'm sorry, I just wanted to tell you, that I'm still here ..) Susannah's still alive!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

aleatoric comics - project for 2 weeks

hello, I would like to invite you to a little project aiming at exploring and developing the idea of aleatoric comics. aleatoric, random, not controlled - well, the idea is that the creator doesn't fully control how the comics will look like, how the reader will read it or what comics will appear. perhaps many comics are aleatoric in part, but here I would like to ask you to create comics that can be the "mainstream" or examples of aleatoric comics.

If you wish, you can also write comments on how you made your works or how they should be read. you can also write your own thoughts on aleatoric comics or your definition of such comics.

if it's ok, I would like you to post your works for the project before the 12th of December 2010 here on the blog. I will put them together into a small brochure, for archive purposes - I will send a copy to the National Library in Warsaw, Poland (I will not send copies to the Authors, but everyone will be able to print a copy from a pdf file that will be posted on scribd). I hope it's ok.

If you want me to use files of better quality for the brochure, please send them to pszren[at]wp[dot]pl

all the best to you all, it would really be great to see your works here.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

new contributor - RWin (DRACHIR)

welcome, Drachir! it's great to see you on board.

book, knife and ball

a series of 8 pages created on stripgenerator.
this is the last page:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Zeszyty Komiksowe

number 10 of "Zeszyty Komiksowe" has just arrived to me! although the first public appearance of this issue took place on a festival of comics and games in Łódź (sounds more or less like "Wooj", and means "boat" :) ). the issue is about the borders of the art of comics.

more info here:

please notice, that some of the contributors to our blog are present there!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

concrete comics anthology

Concrete Comics Anthology

so it's ready, great thanks to all contributors (Rosaire Appel, Sibylle Blaumann, Jonny Gray, Satu Kaikkonen, Mateusz Suchecki, Jan Szreniawski, and me - Piotr Szreniawski :) ). I hope the anthology looks fine, and that we will do more projects together!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Origami Flowers

This is part of a yet-to-be-finished adaptation of a cut-up poem by my brother, Michael.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

My 24 Hour Comic: "It Bleeds..."

Okay, I did one of the "24 Pages in 24 Hours" comics.  I had to struggle all morning with Scribd to upload the work, but I made this comic trhoughout most of yesterday (10/2/2010).  About half way through the day I really wanted to quit, but something also clicked and I found my groove.  In the end it was a really great experience.


It Bleeds, It Won't Be Contained                                                                   

In case the embed doesn't work, here is a link to the comic.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

wood pieces

I thought about making pictures of these for the 24-hour project, but as I will be busy than, I've made them and publish the comics earlier.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Beach Treasures

This is a series of monoprints completed Summer of 2009.
The theme of this series is boats that don't float. 
Each print was painted on plexiglass then printed through
the etching press.  The size is 15" x 22" on Somerset paper.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

modified diagram

some fun I had with a computer science textbook diagram.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010