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!