Friday, August 27, 2010

"SAY WHEN" an abstract comic

A digitally printed, limited edition,  foldout book of  sixteen folds (eight spreads) - with red covers.

Two (out of eight) spreads:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

etude 235

etude 235
This isn't my image. It's by François Van Damme from Belgium.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pat Aulisio's Abstracted Comics

Perhaps of interest, Philly comic artist Pat Aulisio is debuting a book at SPX called "Abstracted Comics." Here are a few pieces from a post on his blog.

Friday, August 20, 2010

24-hour comic day--advance notice!

24-hour comic day this year is October 2. I'm hoping that some of you will try your hands at a 24-hour abstract comic. Here is some more info: No need to set anything in stone, but let me know here if you're considering doing it. (Knowing me, I probably won't be able to finish a 24-page book in 24 hours. The last time I tried it, I got maybe five pages out. But then I finished the book over the next month--so 24HCD functioned as an excellent jump-start.)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Abstract Comics Accidental - Part 2

I found this in the book The Golden Ratio by Mario Livio:

(It's a test that was used by University of Maine mathematician George Markowsky to determine if there is a preference for a particular ratio but I couldn't help reading it as a comic and found it had an interesting oscillating effect in the flow.) 


This one was sent to me by ABCOLAB #2 contributor Charles Newton, 

(As a comic, it might seem insignificant but reading it slowly, and imagining it much larger, I found it surprisingly powerful.)

...and speaking of fractals, you might get into this:

book cover, with Viennese artists' monograms

a selection of monograms from artists in Vienna at the beginning of the 20th century. copied from Amir Brito Cadôr's wonderful blog gramatologia.

Stain Grid, by Xaverine Bates

painted in 2006, taken from

Sunday, August 15, 2010


This 6 minute video is definitely worth mentioning. There's a great description of the project by Michel Gagne when you follow the link:


- Chris

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Take on this...

Write your own caption.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

new book by Paul Dwyer

Paul Dwyer, whose Codex Optica was mentioned at this blog a while ago, has a new book out, simply titled Comics Experiments. You can read the whole book in scribd or order a physical book. Comics Experiments is a mix of warped pictures (one description would be dub comics), & out-&-out abstract sequences. Overall, these comics give me a kind of trippy, altered feeling.

later note: I should add that some of these stories use high contrast photos which tend to have much more black than white, giving a mysterious atmosphere. Not as abstract as some of Rosaire's, but more abstract than photos taken in daylight.

Sketchbook pages

I've posted a number of recent sketchbook pages over at blotcomics. Just click the image.

Friday, August 6, 2010


I got a new printer...

I think it's a bit reminiscent of DANCEY (but this one's only got one move.)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hi everybody,

Sorry to start a new subject for this, but I was unable to find Alex Chauvel's email on the blog, and I'd like to send him a message.

Alex, peux-tu me donner ton email, s'il-te-plaît ?

Je crois qu'on peut accéder au mien en cliquant sur mon nom mais je suis pas sûr. Sinon, labaffle puis le petit arobase puis

Tuesday, August 3, 2010