Not So Fast, Missy!
...And so my self imposed deadline has come and gone and so much has moved ahead but still, I don't have the full first chapter (VOLUME, that is... ) ready to post online...!?
I ended up taking a substantial portion of the summer away from ISNESS to create a music video for singer-composer Aurelio Valle as part of a creative exchange. In return for the video he will create ISNESS' first song which will appear in volume one, as a floppy vinyl, in Lars' dream sequence.
The video I made was for his mesmerising song Bruised and Diffused and, at Aurelio's suggestion, I used the sets of ISNESS as a hunting backdrop to the song and created a shifting, atmospheric collage. As soon as his record label releases the video I will post it on Isness FB page and on Isness Blog! Meanwhile, below are a few stills.
In the studio, a talented young artist and RISD graduate, Caia Benack, has been lending a hand working on the photographic images as well as illustrating 2 paper-doll pages based on the character of Pachouli. Such "activity pages" will be included in each volume. I have mazes, coloring pages and mini tutorials lined up for future volumes.
I was also asked recently to donate an image for Williamsburg Greenpoint News+Arts magazine auction, and since this magazine was there for Isness in the tough early days during production and our Kickstarter campaign, I'm going to donate four prints, two of which you can see below.
Having said all this, the work to complete volume one is still going strong but now my tendency is to release portions of it, gradually.
To be honest, it looks SO MUCH BETTER in print (even in my shoddy, poorly printed mock up) than on screen, that I hesitate to even give it a life online. Alas, a promise is a promise, and until in print, you will have access to it on your computer.
This weekend is Comic Arts Brooklyn Festival, and it's 2 blks from my house so I'm excited to go there and see what's new. There have been so many new explorations in comics and graphic novels lately. We're most certainly living during the great renaissance of this artform!