Animation project

Flying Tiger Comics will be devoted to an animation project in 2017. The proposal is to produce webisodes, comics and eventually an animated film using a mixture of stop motion and computer animation, with conventional, 3D and interactive fiction versions of the finished animations.

The physical set design has commenced as has the storyboarding. Voice acting for the different languages will commence in several months. The comic books will be produced once enough footage and stills have been produced to support a publication.

 

Zombienomicon (R) – Celephais

I did a comic a few years ago called Kid Celephais, basically a sort of Walter Mitty meets H.P. Lovecraft’s version of the Dream-Lands. It wasn’t particularly good, more an exploration of ideas.

Now I am returning to Celephais, under the Zombienomicon (R) umbrella.

I am adapting Celephais itself in the same way Marvel adapted the ‘real’ Conan stories first before splitting off into their own continuity. Much the same approach here, I will begin with Celephais, adapting it word for word as text for the comic book pictures. This is effectively the origin of a Superman type character, albeit the god of a city-state in the Dream-Lands.

On such sparse threads I am then going to weave the further adventures of Kuranes, as the hero of Celephais (and Ooth-Nargai) and Serannian the city in the clouds. Adventures, mysteries and so on.

I am putting it under the Zombienomicon (R) rubric for three reasons. Firstly, adapting the public domain HPL work is going to lead to spinning off of new tales, and these tales in my own mythology properly fall under the Zombienomicon type story cycle – forbidden book, altered realities and so on. Secondly, Kuranes as Dream-Land Superman is a titanic character and he needs serious threats and challenges for his adventures to be remotely interesting. Deadoids, vampires, lost pocket universes and powerful adversaries come naturally from the Zombienomicon worlds. Thirdly it suits the general atmosphere of neo-Gothic, watercolor artwork and so on.

I am using a variety of art techniques on the Celephais stuff, ranging from scanned watercolors, GiMP rendering, and scanning and distorting collages.

I keep toying with the idea of doing 3D physical art too – physical maquettes and cardboard standup versions of the city, or some location that warrants it. I did a little bit of that for Bogatyr (which became part of the Zombienomicon Eisegesis book) and it’s fun, if time consuming. I really need to set a table up properly if I am going to be photographing physical cardboard etc. and that might be the dealbreaker. No time. No space.

 

#PKD : Let the dead past bury its dead

https://thezombienomicon.com/eas/read.php?episode=408

Let the dead past bury its dead

The Unfolding Text – Episode 408

Dom Plaite really only had two favorite subjects: himself, and Phil.

At the moment he was discoursing on Phil for a British documentary crew.

“Well of course Phil was in the New Left, whether they wanted him or not. Mainly I think because where he grew up and especially his later life in Berkeley, radicalism was his mother’s milk. He is such a thoroughly bourgeois soul, trying so hard to be radical that with all that effort sometimes he crosses over, from conman to revolutionary…”

“I’m afraid we can’t use that,” Thomas Wickerby-Browne said. “It sounds defamatory. Whether it is or not, it sounds as though it is, and that’s the sort of thing Nigel, our producer, will have kittens over.”

“OK well fine, let me say this then instead. Phil is like the Magician card in the tarot. Flip it, and it’s the charlatan card. But people love to be fooled by magicians, whether they’re using illusion or cheating using actual magic.
And I’ll say this about Phil. He is about the last science fiction writer who has got the future right in big ways and important ways. The term visionary is appropriate for Phil. But the term charlatan could be used too, by people who think that when he writes about ad men playing tricks on people or aliens creating false realities, his sympathy and admiration is all with the people playing the tricks or fooling people.”

“Do you think he’s a self mythologiser?” asked the interviewer.

“Oh of course! In the grand tradition! One only has to look at all the different versions of his spiritual crisis to see that. Sometimes he says it was something like the holy spirit from catholicism sometimes it’s an alien radio station… And sometimes he says it’s just a drug trance.”

“Which do you-”

“And sometimes-” Plaite interrupted- “Phil says, and I think this might be closer to the truth, that it was drug induced, from what they gave him when he went to the dentists, but that when he was high off of that it let him have an experience of reality without the trimmings. The stage magician saw the backdrop fall and got to see the workings of the theater itself.”

“What do you think?”

“I think Phil is a truly great storyteller. And it’s a tragedy his best stories get told at random to the people around him instead of being written down.”

Daemon! The Unfolding Text – Episode 666

https://thezombienomicon.com/eas/read.php?episode=666

Daemon!

The Unfolding Text – Episode 666

In a forest clearing, you are accosted by a large blood-red daemon. Two extremely large pointy and sharp horns stick out of its forehead. Its eyes are pupilless glowing yellow orbs. Its teeth – pure nightmare fuel.

“What doth thou seek in this wode, mortal?”

#PKD #Zombienomicon #Eisegesis : Tony and the Beetles

Part of the interactive fiction component of Zombienomicon Eisegesis is extending and holographically interpreting the public domain works of Philip K Dick. This is an extension into choose your own adventure format of Tony and the Beetles:

http://thezombienomicon.com/eas/read.php?episode=347

Do read the prior chapters, or the original story, before adding to it though! Enjoy!