Previously, I mentioned how I gave Stan Lee the idea that would morph into Epic Illustrated.
Since I had to do a publication for my final Project in Art 271, I decided to finally produce issue #1 of EPIC TALES. I did this for 3 reasons:
1.It’s been on the back burner for 35 years
2.My brother asked me to prepare my 2 parts (I did in 1978) for publication
3.If I did not adapt school assignments to actual jobs, they tend to not get done
I am posting part 1 today, in honor of the actual printing of EPIC. This is the story I posted earlier with lettering by Shel Dorf. The problem I had to fix was removing the text and restoring the artwork.
We decided to remove the text because it was a variation on the William Burroughs cut-up technique. I call it a variation because, unlike Burroughs and Bowie (who both used randomness to generate story and lyric), I was intentionally combining the pieces to tell a story using 4 Bowie songs:
As we do not have the publishing rights to the lyrics, I either had to rewrite the story, or publish it “nude”. We decided the pictures could stand alone, partly because I felt that Shel’s lettering is timeless art that should not be insulted with a Comic Sans, computer generated replacement.
Wednesday, I will post part 2 of the book as a gallery, including the cover, second reworked story and a brand new 2-page spread.