- Posted by Johanna on May 8, 2007 at 7:47 am
- Category: Indy Comic Reviews
Lately, it seems that I’m more interested in some of the creative marketing ideas small press creators are coming up with than with their comics themselves. Take, for instance, The Boy Who Made Silence.
It’s the first comic by Joshua Hagler, a painter who’s moving from fine art into creating a “serialized graphic novel”; this is promised to be part one of twelve (which may be overly ambitious for today’s market). A small-town boy becomes deaf after falling into a river, and the publicity talks about him gaining the ability to cause people to “switch places”, although that wasn’t indicated in the first issue I read.
On the other hand, maybe it was, and I just missed it. I didn’t understand a lot of what I read. I found a few of the painted images gripping, but taken as panels, I too often didn’t know what I was supposed to be looking at. The writing alternates between dialect and pretension. The book debuted at APE, which might have been the perfect place for it. At $6.50 for 38 pages, the author will likely have better luck selling it as an art object than a standard comic.
As part of the press kit that arrived with the review copy, he sent along a sheet of “Twenty Questions for the Author and Illustrator”. Some are obvious choices (“Where did you first get the idea? What are some of the other projects you have worked on? When will book two be available?”), but others invite the press to explore artistic motivations and character development. It was a cross between “interview made easy” and notes for a book club discussion. If he’d only included the answers, several PR comic sites would have had a whole article ready to go.