An Incomplete Manifesto

Just the raving madness of a man who can’t sleep because of all the ideas in his head. I’ll type this up sometime tomorrow. Until then, enjoy my handwriting! 🙂

Hypercomics: An Incomplete Manifesto

1. Hypercomics will never take itself too seriously and become pretentious and snobby.

2. The very nature of making comics, sequential art or visual language- whatever term you choose to use- is labor intensive.  Therefore, why waste time making comics that will be universally loved and accepted by a mass audience?

Instead, Hypercomics will make work that matters to the artists and both content and form will follow the interests of the artists.

3. Definitions are to be tested, tweaked, refined and even proven wrong.

Just because Scott McCloud says it is so, does not make it so.  It just so happens that Scott is a nice guy who is rooting for artists to innovate with the medium.  He writes well and in great volume, but just because he is the only intellectual mind wring eloquently about comics, does not mean that his theories should not be turned on their proverbial heads and smashed into new theories.

4. Webcomics do not need to be confined to grids or “pages” as in print comics.

True, the web is a great place to distribute comics that work just as well in print, but the web is also a place where comics can be published that would be impossible to to print and still be legible due to their shear sprawl and scale.

Circular comics should be tried (see 5 Ways to Love a Cockroach)

McCloud’s “The Right Number” is another example of the web’s potential influence on comics.

Hypercomics shall seek to try every alley of presentation that the web has to offer.


One response to “An Incomplete Manifesto

  1. I second alla that. I really respect and love Scott McCloud’s writing – you need a starting point in any dialogue – however, I’ve also been taking just as much in Neal Cohn’s writings on The Visual Linguist ( He tends to look at comics within a more narrow scope than the traditional hypercomic artist. I like to try to wrap my head around the relationships of elements within the panels themselves. I’m not entirely sold that the relationship of the panels themselves are where the magic happens. I’m gonna push that in my own work, and hope to spur some conversations from it.

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