|First sketch of "Alien Reporter." Does not have name yet.|
I am about twelve strips into a weekly comic I publish over at Black Magpie Theory called, "Klexmur, Alien Reporter." It's been a life-long fantasy of mine to create and publish a regular comicstrip. If you've paid attention here, you know I have more than a passing interest in comics. I also approach my work from a performance studies background, which holds (at least in some versions) that the best way to understand something is by doing it. So, several months ago I weaseled my way onto the collaborative blog Black Magpie Theory with a promise to write regular commentary and try my hand at political cartoons.
|1st Klexmur cartoon as envisioned in my sketchbook.|
this comic; at Vampyres we actually produced a long collaborative fluff saga about the dire consequences of what happened to a vampire who made the mistake of trying to drink alien blood.
|My original plan for his name.|
|Sneak Peek: Klex does Palin drag!|
But I like this little guy. Creating Klexmur comics is truly a labor of love. I remain convinced that we need to constantly remind ourselves to take a step back and consider what we are doing...and how we are doing it. Darko Suvin famously announced the defining attribute of S/F as "cognitive estrangement," a particular kind of "alienation" (Suvin directly references Bertolt Brecht's "A-Effect" with this idea) that encourages us to consider present conditions through a distanced lens. I think comics provide a similar function, although with a different stroke. And Klexmur? He lands his saucer right where these two forms meet.