I’m really pleased to be able to say that I have a poem-comic published in Ink Brick 3. It’s called The Shrine, and is a poem-comic about my work as illustrator at the site of Catalhoyuk, and the visual relationship and interplay between my work there and the site’s visual legacy.
Poetry comics was a genre I discovered almost by accident – well, entirely by accident: I found a copy of Dino Buzzatti‘s poem comic Orpheus: Poema a fumetti in a book sale five years ago. Since then, I’ve discovered creators like Bianca Stone, and through her the poetry comics journal Ink Brick.
My interest in poetry-comics is not really because I fancy myself a poet – it’s more because the genre is defining itself as a genuine hybrid: not just poetry-illustrated-by-comics, but a true merger of the principles and practices of the two. With a poetry comic, it’s impossible to read the text or the images by themselves: the work only makes sense as an interplay between the two.
In this I see an element of my aspiration for comics and archaeology. Yes, part of the genre will be made up of “archaeology-illustrated-by-comics”, but I’m hoping that there will emerge comics which, in both principle and practice, merge the two elements as closely as in poetry-comics. The Shrine is my attempt to take a first tentative step in that direction.