If, after reading this, you feel like adding your own mangled vision to this project, please contact us. Instructions down below...
WHAT IT IS
This comic project is an offshoot of the established Impulse Freak jam in which a single Simple To Illustrate Protagonist (STIP), a little monkey, was used as the main character through a series of absurd and interconnected situations. The original Impulse Freak was intended for print and was formatted accordingly. This Overload project is web-based and is conceived to allow a level of navigational interactivity. Each page/set/circle has a potential of two alternate futures and two alternate pasts. This makes reading the comic more like a choose-your-own-adventure book, or perhaps a pachinko game, than a traditional comic-book.
And gosh-darn, that monkey is cute!
I bet you're wondering how to navigate this bugger! Well, here's your map...
In the original Impulse Freak, artists worked in three-panel sets, each panel a standard 3"x3". This made laying up the final zine/comic much easier and kept things moving right along. The new project features an 8"x 8" circular work-area which individual artists can divide up as they see fit. You might think of it as each artist having a circular "page" to work with.
If you want more detail on the process of creating images, check out the Participation Specs.
What we have so far is a basis for a limited "choose your own adventure" style comic narrative. Okay, it gets weirder. Bridging. That is, creating a set/circle that both satisfies a FUTURE of one set while satisfying a PAST of another set. This process creates a "bridge" in the narrative. If we can get bridges built throughout the comic, then the story can loop forever! Currently, a crack team of adventurous artists are hard at work on "bridge" segments. Shh! Dont disturb them.
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
You want to be an Impulse Freak artist? We'll see about that! We're always looking for fresh meat. Send us information as to where we can see some of your artwork. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. May the STIP be with you.