Every writer has their inspirations, their list of authors that inspired them to write robust prose and beautiful poetry. My two inspirations come from the deviant mind of Alan Martin (writer of Tank Girl) and the drug-drenched cells of William S. Burroughs (author of Naked Lunch). Their fractured stories and fragmented sentences (often times making no sense whatsoever) leaves this writer with the inspiration to sit at a desk and put words on the page that eventually turn into scripts for The Space Odditorium. Often times writers sit down to write, but end up sitting and staring blankly at the computer screen, however the work of Martin & Burroughs provides me with hope. I've learned that it doesn't have to be perfect. My stories and sentences don't have to make sense. Golden coins on mountains of buttered balls. Nor here, not there. Time ends. These sentences make no sense, but in the senselessness there is meaning. Martin & Burroughs give us meaning in their senseless writing.
Record 005 of The Space Odditorium calls for some interesting background props. Specifically Chris wanted some propaganda posters reimagined with aliens, or at least what we thought aliens look like. My journey into references for this panel lead me down some interesting paths. Specifically the anti-Japanese posters of WWI. The ridiculousness of them and their portrayal of our fellow human beings is off the charts, almost humorous they're so sensational. Yet sadly at the time they were effective at spreading fear and hate. I hope some day we'll look back on everything that is going on today, and laugh at just another temporary low in human awareness.
Hopefully you like color, cause I do! If you haven't noticed Space Odditorium uses lots. For me S.O. was an opportunity to put together the many different mediums I love to work in from a simple piece of charcoal to the myriad colors that watercolors offer. I change it up a lot to try and capture the essence of each scene and play off the strengths of each tool.
Here's a promo image I made with a heavy dose of watercolor and pastels. Hope you like it!