From “Stories” – Pilgrim (comic) [and back cover]

“Pilgrim” is the fourth chapter of the second volume of my “Stories” comic and, like the last chapter, it started out with a brilliant idea but was surprisingly slow to write and didn’t quite turn out as well as I hoped.

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[Edit: I’ve decided to finish the second volume of “Stories” here, since it seems to be slowly declining in quality and I seem to be running out of enthusiasm for it. So, it seemed best to finish this volume when it was still vaguely ok and move on to other projects rather than adding a couple of filler stories.]

[These will probably be either more “Damania” comics, or random drawings, prose fiction, CRIT” comics or a totally new project of some kind.]

[ Anyway, I’ve made a back cover for this volume of “Stories” and I thought I’d add it to this post]

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I don’t know, I kind of felt like writing a story about truth and self-expression being the real meaning of life (since all the stories in Volume 2 of “Stories” are about the meaning of life in some way or another) and I soon realised that it couldn’t be anything other than a LGBT-themed story. Well, it could be – but I probably wouldn’t be able to write it with quite the same level of emotional detail.

Although this story started reasonably well, I got writer’s block surprisingly often and it ended up being kind of a predictable and voice-over/emotion/philosophy-based story.

It also ended up being a lot more stylised and optimistic than I originally expected too – but, sod it, I felt like writing a (mostly) happy story for once.

Plus, I couldn’t work out whether it would be a fantasy story or whether it’d be set somewhere more realistic. In the end, I kind of settled for something between these two things – so although the settings look kind of old-fashioned, everyone has modern technology – except for cars, for some strange reason.

Since this chapter and the last one haven’t gone that well, I’m not sure if I’ll do any more or whether I’ll move on to other artistic projects.

(Anyway, as usual, the eight pages of this comic [and the back cover] are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND Licence )

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From “Stories” – Archive (Comic)

I’m proud to present chapter three of the second volume of my “Stories” comic – ‘Archive’.

This was kind of intended to be a “relaxing” chapter after I produced chapter two in about the space of a single night and was feeling kind of burnt-out creatively the day afterwards. As such, it’s more of an art and philosophy-based chapter than a story-based chapter.

All in all, the first half of this chapter is probably better than the second [well, except for page 21, which I quite like] – both in terms of the writing and the art. I don’t know, for some strange reason, I just started losing enthusiasm for this chapter about halfway through writing/drawing it.

Anyway, enjoy 🙂

(As usual, all eight pages of this chapter are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.)

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From “Stories” – Spark (Comic)

I am very proud to present the second story from volume two of my “Stories” comic – ‘Spark’.

Since it’s been about a month since I made any “CRIT” comics, I thought it’d be a good idea to write a CRIT-themed story. The storyline I settled on was one based on a vaguely ‘Frankenstein’-like “concept art” drawing I drew in November 2012 called “Never Alive”

I’m seriously astonished at how quickly I was able to write and draw this comic, not to mention the fact that the story quickly went in a slightly different (and much darker) direction than I originally expected it to. Plus, condensing a “CRIT” story into just eight pages wasn’t as difficult as I expected it to be either.

Anyway, as usual, this comic is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND Licence.

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From “Stories” – Terrain (Comic)

I’m proud to present the first story from volume two of my “Stories” comic – “Terrain”.

This story started when I was watching an episode of “Blade: The Series” and the start of the rhyme on the first page just suddenly appeared in my mind.

At the time, using rhyming narration seemed like a good idea – although it turned out to be more difficult than I expected (and there are at least a couple of rather contrived rhymes). Although, luckily, it still turned out better than my last attempt at using rhyming narration in a comic.

This story turned out quite differently to how I expected – originally, I thought that it’d be a surreal Salvador Dali-esque western comic, but it ended up being kind of different to what I originally expected, since I kind of got writer’s block about halfway through page three.

But, despite all of this, I quite like how this comic turned out.

Anyway, enjoy 🙂

(All eight pages of this comic are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence)

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Introducing “Stories” Volume 2 – ‘Stories And Meanings’ (comic)

Well, I am very proud to introduce the second volume of my “Stories” comic – “Stories and Meanings”. Like the first volume, it’s a collection of short stories in comic/graphic novel form. I’m not really sure what they’ll be like , so it could include a wide range of genres.

As usual, I’ll post the pages on my DeviantART gallery shortly after they’re made and I’ll post completed chapters on here too. If you want to check out the seven six stories [and the cover/introduction] from Volume One – they can be found in the “Stories” category on this blog.

Here’s the cover and introduction (both are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence)

Enjoy 🙂

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From “Stories” – Lyrics (Comic)

Well, I am very proud to present the seventh (and last) story in volume one of my “Stories” Comic – “Lyrics”

(Plus the [badly drawn & written] back cover to volume one too)

Originally, the last story in this volume was going to be a story called “Memoriam” which would have focused on the thoughts of someone in the five seconds before an asteroid hit the Earth. But, I didn’t kind of feel in the mood for writing a morbid story about death – so, eventually, I decided to write/draw a 1990s punk themed story instead.

Of course, when I started drawing this, it went in a much more gothic direction. I also realised, a while after finishing the first page, that this probably wouldn’t be a very long story and I could either write something short and dramatic or something a lot longer but kind of boring/padded-out etc… I decided to go for the former of these two options and I am seriously proud of this story.

Along with “Oneiroi” and “Korobeiniki this is probably one of my favourite stories from this volume.

As for the next volume, I’m not sure whether I’ll take a break and do another comics project first or whether I’ll start Vol 2. fairly soon. I don’t know, this volume has been very fun to write, but kind of creatively exhausting in a couple of parts (mainly coming up with new story ideas every 2-4 days).

(As usual, this comic (and the back cover) is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND Licence.)

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From “Stories” – Korobeiniki (Comic)

Well, I am very proud to present the sixth short story in my “Stories” comic – “Korobeiniki”.

To quote from my DeviantArt gallery: “This story is based on an idea I had for a short story in late 2009. Although I tried to write this story back then, I just couldn’t work out what exactly would happen in it (apart from the fact that the main character hears “Korobeiniki” a few times every day).”

In 2011, back when I still thought that “Damania” would be a traditional comic series, I planned to make a comic about this storyline (the unfinished cover art can be found here: [link] ). But, again, I just couldn’t think of where to go with this storyline.

Then, earlier, when I was trying to work out what to write for the next chapter of “Stories” – I noticed a DVD on my desk (“Blade: The Series” – I’ve still got to watch it) and just suddenly thought “Hold on! This would work perfectly as a vampire story! I could write flashback scenes too!”

All in all, I’m fairly proud of how this story turned out, although it ended up being slightly more abrupt than I expected (although this is probably down to the limitations of the 3-10 page limit I set myself for chapters of this comic).

I should probably point out that, since this blog is intended for a more general audience, I’ve made some edits to pages 38 and 44 of this comic to reduce the amount of blood in them.

The uncut version of this comic can be found on my DeviantART page for this comic, although you need an account to view both of these pages.

And, yes, as someone who doesn’t like censorship (and prefers the original version of both edited pages) – I’m aware that this is probably mildly hypocritical. But I tend to have a thing about self-censorship.

Most of this comic is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence, except for page 42 (which is released under a Creative Commons BY-SA licence. Although the Russian folk song lyrics, profanity and name on this page are obviously public domain, I copied them from Wikipedia, which uses this version of the Creative Commons licence.)

Anyway, without any further ado, here’s “Korobeiniki”

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