The Scribe is a webcomic that I’ve been planning/developing/procrastinating about for the past eight years, the tale of the past, present and possible future of an unrequited love split across three separate universes.
As someone who has read, collected and adored comics all my life, I’m often depressed by just how genre driven and creatively stifling the comic industry has become. So many major new series seem to be conceived with TV and movie spin-offs or action figure lines in mind before the first issue has even hit the stands. And the result is both a stagnant industry that rarely challenges its readers, and a complacent market that never seems to want for anything more. “The public gets what the public wants,” as Paul Weller so astutely put it.
The Scribe started as an attempt to write the sort of comic narrative that could stand its ground against the deepest, richest and most challenging prose novels. Have I succeeded in that respect? Probably not. But I’ll continue to try.
A few reasons. I struggled for several years to work out a way to tell this ambitious non-linear narrative (at one point I have 37 separate drafts for the first issue alone), and the idea of distinguishing each timeframe/reality with a separate colour scheme allowed will allow me to hop between them without (hopefully) confusing the reader.
Furthermore, I’ve always used the fact that CMYK sounds a bit like “comic” to distinguish it from RGB. The rest, as they say, is alternate history.
I really enjoyed The Scribe and want you to hurry up with it. How can I help?
If, for some strange reason, you actually enjoyed The Scribe and would like to read the next instalments ASAP, please consider doing one of the following:
- Tell your friends about this book. Tell your family. Tell your dog. Tell the pretty girl at the supermarket checkout. Just spread the word, indiscriminately.
- Write a review of the book (or a news piece) on your blog or any other literature related site.
- Tell a publisher about this rather fine little comic you’ve just discovered.
- Donate a small amount using the Paypal button at www.bothersomebooks.com/donate. Every contribution bestows me a little more writey time.
- Purchase my other works and, likewise, spread the word.