So I guess my new work is sort of a comic, but I don’t mind it being classed as a comic because… well, comic-artists are some of the coolest people I know. And they speak to a way bigger audience than you know – showy, polished gallery only artists. (Nothing wrong with gallery only artists though!). I think it’s a great platform to really experiment with a political narrative in a metaphorically, illustrative and poetic manner.
Here’s the 1st page. The intro page to chapter one: A Brief History of Time
The series is called: the Network of Power: Adventures in Capitalism.
The comic experiments and entails re-imagining not just the content of history but how it is circulated: comparing folk traditions with grass-roots activism, both of which are passed from person to person rather than codified in a lecture or mass-media. However, despite this fascination with the past, my main concern is with the present, in the search for alternatives to our own remit as artists (and individuals), and the economic and social conditions that the ‘artist’ (or individual in general in society) is, traditionally, bracketed off from.
The comic mines history for such cases; i’m interested in movements organised by groups in order to empower individuals, which i then explores through a paranoid structure of poetic, funny realism. By doing so, I hope to also seek to reveal the converse of these examples, exploring present-day assumptions and structures that enforce social hierarchies.