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OUBAPO Record Comic #1: Chelsea: No Escape

October 5, 2018


This morning I found myself getting ready to throw away a bunch of half sheets of paper left-over after mailing out the latest round of Nix Comic subscription books.  (I couldn't figure out how to batch them on so that the shipping labels were two up on a page.)  That seemed wasteful, so I decided that I should use these half pages to make a series of short OUBAPO comics, which are essentially, comics made with a set of constraints to the process.  The idea the artist must engage creatively to work through and with the constraints.  The constraints I decided on for this project are:

  • I must draw the entire comic within the space of time I spend listening to one record. (Sides A & B)

  • I must draw each individual panel within the space of a single song.

  • I must draw with a cheap black pen.  No pencil or erasing.

  • The record has to be one that I haven't listened to "in a while."

  • I can't use the lyrical content of the record in the text of my comic. 

  • I must use the half sheets left over from printing shipping labels. (Duh!  The whole initial point of this!)

Here's the first stab at it.  Chelsea's No Escape LP.  I think it ended up a little too earnest and grim for my tastes, but that is also the tone of the LP.

Page 1 notes: Drawing guitars is hard, especially with a time limit and no visual references.  Think I did OK here, even if it's not entirely clear that in panel #2 all six strings are supposed to be snapping simultaneously.  I like the guitar in panel 3 pretty well...  Though it's a shame that I was so busy working it out that I didn't have time to finish the word "ridiculous" or make a word bubble.   

Page 2:    I picked No Escape out more or less by random (went to the "C" section of my collection and pulled records until I hit one that I hadn't listened to in my recent memory) but it does have a weird synchronicity with the public affairs class I'm taking right now, in that my class deals with the model of Exit, Voice, and Loyalty.  Definitely a theme Chelsea explores with their anthemic songs. so I went with it full on.

 Page 3: You know, when I finished this page I kinda thought it sucked, but now that I'm looking at it, the panels aren't bad for the amount of movement I was trying to work in.  The individual panels aren't super sharp, but the layout is solid by me.

Page 4:  "Cue the trombone... Escape isn't what he expected it to be."  Damn, I'm corny.  I knew my time was running out and had actually snuck a peek at the turntable about half way through page 3 to gauge how many songs/panels I had left...  That's when a one page splash"twist" ending sprung to mind.  I expect I won't be so smart as to look in the future leading to some incomplete looking pages.

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