2.03.2022 - 3.03.2022
Every comic (or creative piece) takes shape in the artist's mind or within brainstorming sessions. Sometimes so much gets drawn into thin air, that making it an open process is like exploring undiscovered waters, no matter how familiar they are to us.
How does the piece get shaped and reshaped? How many topics do we consider? How do we end up honing it down to a workable concept? What are the visuals that we imagine? What ends up on a page?
Sometimes an idea roams in our head for days, months or even years, before it meets other ideas, and together they can become a real project.
"Decentralized" is an umbrella term. It can mean something different to each one of us.
For this comic, issue 1 is hoping to dive into the complexity of human thought through familiar experiences, and how those thoughts could be placed within a decentralized social media setting.
If you think about your family and friends for a moment, not only those who are closest to you, but your extended circle, will you find that it is a homogenous mix with similar opinions on most if not all topics? Chances are, you can already think of many conversations where your points of view and ways of life differ.
This comic will try to break down common stereotypes and biases within an extended family sphere setting. The hope is to address issues like the importance of minority and opposite points of view, self-censorship, moderation, misinformation, echo chambers, filter bubbles, tribalism...
Possible future titles:
Everyone's got an opinion
Imagine you have walked into a museum. You are staring at a large wall filled with oil painted portraits of generations past. What do the portraits look like? How are they framed? What are the people wearing? What is the emotion on their faces, if any? Are they formal, regal, and serious? Are they a true reflection of the people the painters were trying to portray?
Do you wonder who those people might have been and what they were like when then weren't so serious? Do you wonder about the people who are not in the portraits, those who could not afford a custom oil painting?
If you could see a wall filled with the photographs of your own relatives and friends in a way that represented their personalities and ways of life, without the seriousness and formality, unless that's how they are, what would it look like?
This latter example is how I'd like the cover to this first issue to feel. A cover that catches a glimpse into varied personalities.
What shape that wall of portraits will take...is yet to be discovered.