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mandag, november 05, 2012

The Conqueror Worm

Mid-process vs final illustration. 

onsdag, oktober 31, 2012

The Conqueror Worm

I'm proud to present a personal side project I've been working on for the last few months - a picture book adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's poem, "The Conqueror Worm".

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The idea for this book took shape a couple of years ago, but as I deemed it to be too much of an uncategorizable bastard and figured I'd have a hard time selling the concept to a publisher, it was put on the back burner. And on the back burner it remained, until a series of "apparently meaningful coincidences in time of two or more similar or identical events that are causally unrelated" occurred, resonating strongly with the core idea of this project.

So, I decided to just get the work done, without worrying about how - or even if - I'd eventually get it out into the world. This decision sparked a connection with my past efforts in the making of underground comics, and reinforced the sense of the work being its own reward. It also reaffirmed that vital principle that is so easy to forget - our innate ability to move by will alone.

The prime inspirators for the format of this adaptation are Edward Gorey and Maurice Sendak, and even though this book is the result of digital post-production and printing, I've attempted to stay true to the sense of personal presence and truthfulness that I find in their works by refraining from the ever-increasing need to digitally fix and straighten out every flawed letter or line. With the exception of the digital colouring, what you get is pretty much exactly what I drew.

Once the actual production process was over and done with, seeing as I still regard it as difficult to categorize, I figured I might as well go the distance and just self publish the thing.

Oh, and as for the narrative, Poe's words remain unaltered. I have merely reformatted and presented his text in a context which is meant as a playful and respectful reinvention of the core allegory.

The resulting book is 44 pages long, currently printed digitally and published on a print-on demand basis by www.blurb.com. Personalized versions, original artwork from the book, bundle deals of both book and orginal art, alternate editions, etc etc might become available at a future date if there's sufficient interest...

but for the time being the book can only be bought from here.

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