Sunday, September 7, 2008


Hello, and welcome to The Traveling Comic. Let me give you a brief history.

Years ago members of the Fanboy Radio message boards created an online comic that was built panel by panel, with a new artist for each panel. This is known as a jam. The comic eventually was called The Bullet Angelica and had over 25 artist contributing to it before it ended. The Bullet Angelica can be confusing to read, frustrating to follow, but amazing to look at. For me, the creative energy and amazement at others' talent overrides the flaws in storytelling.

It was around this time that I also became very interested in the potentials of the comics medium. I began finding many experimental comics, as well as attempting a few of my own. One of these ideas took the jam idea, with the concerns of the storytelling problems, and said, "What if artists had a full page to tell their portion of a comic?" And so I purchased a sketchbook with this idea in mind. I drew the first page. Then, because I thought it would be fun, I decided to mail the sketchbook to a friend, and have them mail it to someone else, and so on.

The sketchbook eventually made its way back to St.Louis, where it stayed for a few years due to various time constraints and other duties I had. However, the sketchbook has made its way back in to the Postal System and is enroute to California as I type this. To date the sketchbook has met 17 artists, been to 6 States, and its cover fell off somewhere in the mail.

Before sending the book back out on its mission, I decided to scan all of the pages, to preserve them if anything happens. I will be posting the pages I have scanned on a regular basis, with hopefully some commentary on the artist that drew that page.

If you're interested in receiving the sketchbook by mail, and drawing a page, check the side bar for details.

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