Cinema Valparaíso

Something of a rambly one, but the condition is I churn out things every day until I burn away.

But a great day. Cheers to the Suitcase Cinema for unpacking in the Café Project and showing us A Valparíso.

6 thoughts on “Cinema Valparaíso

  1. Absolutely beautiful, Chris. It’s been a pleasure discovering your stuff recently and this epic and sweet post moved me to leave a gushy comment. I love your art, comics and thoughts – keep it up and thanks for sharing ’em! :)

    1. Aw, thanks! It’s really nice to get feedback on these things, as I often don’t know what works before I show it to the internet (and the internet is oddly nice around these parts). The response to this comic has quite struck me, and I hope it’s going to get referenced again in another diary strip, as I’ve been thinking about it a fair bit.

  2. Does a comic have to perform? I’m sure you’ve read / thought much more about them than I have (I guess it’s in the name, comic..)… anyway, if the uncomfortability stems from a percieved audience, for myself at least if this is not a comic I am equally interested / excited by it…. (and surely many other similar previous more documentary strips) tho i’m not suggesting what you put on here should be/ is defined by the audience.

    also to echo james’s sentiment; beautiful.

    1. I think I’ve been uncomfortable because I often feel like I need to perform, whereas that’s really not how comics have to work. Like I’m somehow proving myself, or hyping my life up daily. Part of this comic comes from the discomfort in approaching comics like that – it feels dishonest and limits the tones I can work in.

      It’s great that people seem to like this more rambly, long, personal thing.

  3. I can understand your discomfort Chris. Seeing the beautiful or the witty in the everyday is one thing. But Looking for these things so you can regularly cough them up in a strip could easily spoil it, or at least condition the way you look at things to the point where your original reflections are as inauthentic as you worry the strips could be.

    On the other hand, any work of art is artificial and people can embrace that. Its nice to think you shouldn’t be defined by the audience, but isn’t there a bit of you that enjoys and appreciates the performance, as you put it? Is that not part of what gets you from your own private reflections and appreciations to creating something for other eyes?

    Just thoughts, but they were stimulated by your work, so you have to hear ’em!

    1. You’re right – the urge to perform is also the urge to get a response. Perhaps there are just points when the performance feels too artificial, the construction of self too forced, and suddenly the whole affair feels a bit dirty and deceptive. This is a backlash to some of that (not that I’ve been put off – these diary comics keep coming whether I like it or not).

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