The festival wanted to know if I’d be interested in adapting some of David’s stories into comics, only with a twist. Could we turn it into a performance as well? We chatted it through and figured we could do a comic that would be projected large, a dramatic reading of the stories all accompanied by live music. We managed to get together with the wonderfu Sara Lowes who wrote a great soundtrack for the project.
David and I found a way of taking these short stories and compiling them into a coherent narrative and set about the work of putting the whole thing together.
This was a really fun project to work on. It was initially tricky to balance the idea that it was going to be narrated, with a soundtrack and appearing on a huge cinema screen, but once we’d figured out the pacing and timing everything fell rather neatly into place. I really enjoyed trying a few new things with this book - to get the different voices of the characters, I changed the art tools I was using - I used coloured chinagraph pencils for one section and for a few pages I drew with my left hand to get a wobbly vulnerability into the artwork. It was a lot of fun.
The project was launched at Toronto Comic Art Festival in May 2015 and was performed in Kendal Brewery Arts Centre in October 2015. Following that, we approached a few publishers and I’m delighted to say that the book will be published by Top Shelf in January 2018!