Tuesday, June 27, 2006
This is a page from a 4-page comic told in suicide notes for an anthology soon to be published by Ad House Books.
Since I'm the furthest thing from a sequential artist, I did away with dialog (I've always preferred comics without word ballons anyway, text in comics makes no sense to me); the idea is conveyed through 4 vignettes. The concept itself is direct and to the point and it's based on the true story of my father's suicide (with a twist). When Ad House's editor Chris Pitzer asked me to take part in this collection of stories called "Project Romantic", I immediately thought of my father's own struggle with, and eventual surrender to suicide, although killing myself is something I feel no inclination towards, I find the subject extremely fascinating and worth of artistic exploration.
To some people (mainly adolescents and troubled artistes), there's nothing more romantic than to die for, because of -or as in my story, for lack of love. In art (as in life) suicide is viewed as romantic, even heroic and noble in some cultures, my father's death stands as proof, he became obsessed with taking his own life after being rejected by the woman he loved. (not my Mom). Perhaps the casual tone of my writing regarding my father's tragedy may seem weird but this happened 25 years ago and we weren't much of family to speak of, I didn't grow up with him and saw him only a couple of times in my entire life.
A warm-up drawing done this morning.
Glad to be back posting again :)