Wednesday, March 29, 2017

first space opera tale 20 years on...


With text and image sampled extensively for 2016's Spurious Purple, "tale from wellerverse" 'Ultimate Legend' was first published as little press pamphlet in March 1997 by Bob Cobbing's New River Project and reprinted by him in May to meet demand for Mike Weller's small press comics in the 90's. But as further numbered issues of Space Opera were printed, sales and interest from comics readers gradually dropped off. As fiction incrementally became metafiction in later Space Opera stories, Mike Weller the comics artist was represented as fictional by equally fictional writer-in-residence character MJ.

MJ: written as vain upstart, snobbish, right-wing suburban confidence-man with sociopathic tendencies experiencing delusions of omnipresence bordering on the psychotic. Weller's contemporary novelist alterity abhors comics and any pretention cheap cartoon picture books could ever be graphic literature or poetry.

Self-published by Visual Associations, eleven more tales were continued by Weller as a "comic book series". Finishing in the last month of the 20th century, one dozen completed partworks were produced as limited edition paperback book September 2000.

A completed artist's book designated to Mike Weller—Mike Weller's Space Opera was published using little press internet promotion pioneered by Bill Griffith's listings (up until July 2016 Lollipop was maintained by Peter Manson). Supposedly the fourth part of writer MJ's "Doomed Boy" tetralogy (misspelled "tetraology" continually by a Mike Weller alterity). In Space Opera, MJ's graphic novelist character Nick Muir creates deadbeat failure Mick/Mike Weller as cartoon subcharacter—ultimate opposite of MJ. Mick Weller, a fourth alterity, a no-confidence man paranoid conspiracy theorist as ridiculous as character MJ and his make-believe literary grandeur.

Nick Muir is created by Weller as graphic novelist cipher—a composite caricature of success the form gained in popular culture beginning late 20c.

And the colour of the card Mike Weller chooses to cover his perfect bound "space opera". Glorious purple—pre-spurious hue.

note: a shorter version of this post is testing @HomeBaked's digital blog http://www.homebakedbooks.uk/myspace-opera

 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

oad

Nicolas Spicer's broadside TL;DR freely distributed on public exhibition


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Spurious Purple: 72 serial e-shots from 2016

Free-to-view HomeBaked pdf's here; Kindle Edition here and Amazon print-on-demand paperback here



Thursday, July 21, 2016

Three Piece Bathing Suit

Lucy Harvest Clarke photographed this spellbinding cover to MJ's first Blart Book.

http://blartmagazine.jimdo.com/blart-books/2016/

Monday, March 14, 2016

'The Mistress'



At the end of last year the present writer made an attempt to compare twentieth-century methods of mechanical reproduction with the twenty-first through work of itinerant rhizomath NdA.

Natalie d'Arbeloff has succeeded to illuminate art's publishing revolution in a way Mick's postcapitalist explanation failed to do, by transforming Knowledge Publications' mid-60's bookfolio project 'The Masters' ("The world's most complete gallery of painting") into a retrospective exhibition of (her)story in paint using an online photo book.

How and why Natalie succeeded in doing what 'The Masters' were unable to do fifty years ago, because of limited technology and old-fashioned social attitudes, is provided by rhizomistress at Blaugustine's Other Blog.