Well, I thought that I’d try something a bit different for this month’s webcomic mini series. Unlike most of my comics, the self-contained updates in this new mini series won’t feature my regular cast of characters. This was mostly because I found that I was running out of inspiration/enthusiasm during the previous mini series and, rather than taking another 1-2 month+ comics hiatus (and due to worries about repeating the great comics drought of ’14), I decided to try another, more experimental, project…
Wordless comics! Comics without words! Silent comics! At the time of writing, I don’t know how long this mini series will be or how well it will turn out. But, I’m optimistic.
As well as being inspired by the wordless novels of the early 20th century, my original path to finding this idea basically happened when I ended up re-reading some of Winston Rowntree’s “Subnormality” comics and thought ‘I should plan some Subnormality-style comics‘ but then I realised that my planned comics were either third-rate imitations of “Subnormality” or – even worse- basically the equivalent of my “uninspired” webcomic updates, but with superficially different characters.
So, remembering that “Subnormality”‘s tagline is ‘comix with too many words‘, I thought that it would be fun to try to do the exact opposite. It also gives me a chance to practice sequential visual storytelling, since some of my more recent comics have relied far too heavily on the writing.
This first comic was kind of the best idea I had from my original plans, and it wasn’t too difficult to adapt into a wordless comic. Interestingly, it was originally going to be a semi-autobiographical comic (hence why it’s set in the mid-2000s, rather than the present day) but, I thought of a somewhat different, more cynical and more complex direction for the comic instead.
As usual, this comic update is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licnece.
[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Wordless Comics – Red Dress” By C. A. Brown