Wednesday, November 24, 2010


This is a 24-page abstract comic I made in 1 hour (yes, one hour), back in 2008.

I printed a limited run of twenty-four copies which sold out (actually, four of them were trades) at the Portland Zine Symposium.


  1. I really like this. I've always liked the timed exercises where constraint makes you work fast (e.g. the 1 minute portrait). Something happens to the flow of the line and the composition when you get on a roll (caffeinated or not).

    So, I think I want to try to make a 24 page abstract comic in an hour. Depending on the results, I might share it here. But I am curious about your protocol: Did you work digitally or are these scans? Was there any prep or post production work not part of the original hour?

    And heck yeah I'd love a hard copy of this if you are taking orders for a print run! But I'll contact you off line about that...

  2. Thanks!

    These are the folder icons of scans from ink on 9"x12" bristol board for each page. 

    The only prep was half a pot of coffee and a Mars Volta album, plus there were two hyper pugs play-fighting in the room along with my friend who couldn't help but ask me a few questions during the hour. (The interruptions actually added to the pressured energy.)

    You should have a bunch of pens, or whatever you'll use, ready. I went through five of them. They actually regenerated - or more ink flowed back into the brush afterwards - but of course, I wanted to keep the flow going.


I didn't alter the original work at all, just scanned it as it was, put the pages in order and printed it out. I made a cover, a couple intro pages and credits page for the comic. This was all done the night before the show, which is why I made so few of them. There's been enough interest in it though, so I probably will go ahead with a larger print run.

    After you make yours, I'll be happy to trade.

  3. wtf? My first thought was Inca wood carvings. I swear this abstract sh*t has gotten so detached it's unrelate-able (dissociate). Sorry, I'm just trying to say that "abstract" is great to express something free of the preconceptions of the previous generations but, at what point does it lose its' meaning - or rather gain its' meaning, if meaning is truly given by (in) context, and isn't context the history surrounding (surrounding both before and after - past and future) the expression?

    I swear I see a Phonology in the shading, a syntax in the sequence of the panel to panel progression, and a morphology in how the two are constructed.

    The shading is the tone, the timing is the setup, and the way the two are used tells a story.

    I swear I've never read/heard this story before but I've read/heard this story before.

    It goes up and down and over and under and in and out until it ends like you feel like it should but don't think it should. It teaches you something. Like all good storytelling teaches us something, but what?

    Maybe that's the genius that only "Abstract Comics" can state: Life is the story of which the changing of the names will never protect the innocent.

    Mr. Getsiv, your are a force of nature, sir. Psychological nature.

  4. Thanks for the interesting comments. Does this mean you want a copy?


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