Emulating provocateur artists Komar and Melamid, I am taking my cues from the great reading public in crafting my latest comics project. From 1994-1997, Komar and Melamid worked on the series, People’s Choice, whereby they created the “most wanted” and “least wanted” paintings of various countries based on the results of surveys conducted by professional polling companies. Their book, Painting by Numbers: Komar & Melamid’s Scientific Guide to Art, published in 1997, explains the statistical underpinnings of the polling process and provides the results of each country’s preferences. Doing likewise, I have been polling comics readers to ask what kind of comics stories they most want to see, in which style, even down to details of lettering and coloring technique. Based on their answers, I will produce two stories- one, assembled from elements that respondents say they most want to see, the other featuring the qualities they least want to see. The Survey period is drawing to a close; I will be taking it down after this Friday, August 4th.
Yesterday, June 4, was supposed to be the last day to take The Survey, my online poll for determining the most commercially appealing style and genre possible for my next comics project based on your responses (as well as another comic guaranteed to be unpopular because it will have all the features you say you least like), but I have decided to extend the deadline another two months, partly because many of you may only be learning about it now, partly because I am deep in the throes of another comics project that I can’t talk about (yet), and partly because August 4 is my sister Anny’s birthday.
David Chelsea is listening to:
by Jake Shimabukuro
Continue reading The Survey Extended!
I had a chance to pass out copies of The Survey to attendees at Stumptown Comics Fest last weekend, and the results are somewhat surprising. I was expecting the overwhelming popularity of superhero comics to be reflected in the voting, but actually Superhero ended up in a three-way tie with Pirate and Humor for fourth place in the Genre category, behind Fantasy, Sci-Fi and History. Least-liked genre? Funny Animals.
David Chelsea is watching:
with George Clooney
Continue reading The Survey: Early Returns
It’s very early days on The Survey, my new project to pick the brain of the great comics buying public by polling readers on what kind of stories they most want to see, in which style, even down to details of lettering and coloring technique. Based on their answers, I will produce two stories- one, assembled from elements that respondents say they most want to see, the other featuring the qualities they least want to see. (Full disclosure: I was inspired by Komar and Melamid’s People’s Choice painting project, in which they commissioned a poll to determine what qualities people most wanted and did not want in a painting, and then created two paintings with just those qualities.) In case you missed my previous post about it, here is The Survey:
Continue reading The Survey Is Online!