[Noisebridge-discuss] Glider Ink - a hackerspace graphic novel

Paweł Chojnacki alxd at alxd.org
Wed Aug 23 09:29:02 UTC 2017


Hey!

Thanks for the kind words.

I will prepare a separate "Looking for an Illustrator" page on
glider.ink and post it there in the next couple of days (also ping you).
I have to say I'm quite conflicted, as on one hand I'd like to have a
scenario / story ready, and on the other I don't even know how many
pages I can plan for without an illustrator to work with.

Depending on a person and their experience I could show more technology
/ details, focus on emotions or the general mood. Characters can have
more text if the illustrator is able to avoid the "talking head" by
changing the frame or creating something on the second plane which will
introduce more dynamism.

I feel like I really need to work with a visual artist to be able to say
who can I hire as one ;) I've been looking for an illustrator for more
than a year, even signed a contract with one. Sadly, they started
ghosting me a week before the Chaos Communication Congress we were to
attend to gather more stories and inspiration, and I'm back to nothing.

Usually people either don't read the descriptions, assume it's another
"action comic", start drawing boobs before they understand the
character, or go with cliches altogether. I mean,
https://wiki.glider.ink/_detail/art/characters/suzanne/cybernecrocat_suzanne.jpg?id=art
and
https://wiki.glider.ink/_detail/art/characters/suzanne/madamska_suzanne_wat.jpg?id=art
were drawn from the exact same description.

I will only start working on the project "full time" in March, and I'd
love to have somebody to partner with by then. I think it's a good
moment to start looking :)

Best,

alxd

On 22.08.2017 21:09, Andy Isaacson wrote:
> wow, this is a really cool project! Thanks for posting about it.  I
> especially love Suzanne's custom handless shruggles tshirt!
>
> Do you have a preferred URL for me to tweet about your artist search?
> I could link to the archived copy of this email, but that's maybe not
> the most friendly presentation to get good responses.   :)
>
> -andy
>
> On Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 06:30:10PM +0200, Paweł Chojnacki wrote:
>> Hey!
>>
>> Last year I realized that the notion of hackerspace and
>> hackers-as-makers, not just blackhat anarchists is totally absent from
>> the mainstream culture. Watch Dogs 2 had a huge opportunity to change
>> this, but they only presented warring gangs and vigilantes trying to
>> bring down evil corporations.
>>
>> After gathering some stories from European, US and African Spaces I
>> decided to create Glider Ink - https://glider.ink/ , a fictional story
>> based on real events and characters I met. I have already managed to
>> find the most common archetypes and create five main characters based on
>> them: Inventor, Activist, Troll, Anarchist and Maker. I'd like to focus
>> on the community aspect and how we can create things together, as
>> opposed to the Silicon Valley lone genius concept.
>>
>> Even though I originally wanted to set the story in Poland, I might be
>> changing that to some more or less defined European city. Seeing hackers
>> from all over the world, especially Kenya or Philippines I really don't
>> want to enforce the stereotype that all of them needs to be white.
>>
>> I'm still working on a script which would be enjoyable both for actual
>> hackers and people who haven't heard about them before. All of my work -
>> licensed on Creative Commons - is available at https://wiki.glider.ink/
>> . You are welcome to comment on it, share your own stories and ideas! If
>> you'd like to register on the wiki, just ping me.
>>
>> Sadly, I found it that very few artists are up to the challenge of
>> trying a de-facto new genre, creating a positive outlook on technology
>> outside of dark cyberpunk. If you know any graphic novel illustrator who
>> might be interested in working on this project (fully paid of course),
>> I'll gladly meet them!
>>
>> Art styles I'm looking for:
>>
>> https://wiki.glider.ink/_detail/art/characters/suzanne/kimiooon_suzanne_notebook_dark.jpg?id=art
>>
>> https://wiki.glider.ink/_detail/art/characters/suzanne/kimiooon_suzanne_shrug.jpg?id=art
>>
>> https://wiki.glider.ink/_detail/art/characters/amanda/caylachicovsky_amanda_face.jpg?id=art
>>
>> https://wiki.glider.ink/_detail/art/characters/robert/lhuvik_robert_standing.jpg?id=art
>>
>>
>> and the full project's moodboards:
>>
>> https://wiki.glider.ink/project/artstyle/moodboards
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> alxd
>>
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