Well, why not. One must spread oneself thinly to cover ample ground and sometimes it’s nice to escape words into images (though I mostly can’t quite make myself abandon words altogether). As Arthur Koestler said: “True creativity often starts where language ends.”

I like to make animated films. Using Plotagon, I made a series of promotional videos for my novel “GISELA” (Folded Word Press, 2017). But I also dabble in the occasional paradoxical political & philosophical video arts:

“Donald Meets Kierkegaard” was submitted to the Plotagon #covfefe weekend challenge. The hashtag refers to a Twitter message by @realDonaldTrump

“The Concept of Anxiety” takes its title and one line from the essay “The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychological Orienting Deliberation on the Dogmatic Issue of Hereditary Sin” by Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855).

THIEF in FLASH FRONTIERFlash Frontier’s April 2015 issue pixel-printed my snap “Thief”. Taken from the platform of Prenzlauer Allee S-Bahn station, if I am not mistaken, some time winter 2014/15. Looking through the flash in my novel “Gisela” (Folded Word Press, 2017), I found this matching excerpt from “Jetsam”:

A man made his living by writing poems on found shells using the finest calligraphy ever seen. Whenever anyone tried to copy his fragile creations, they lost all their might. The king of his country gave 9 of his texts, consisting of 100 words each, written on the dried skinless skulls of the rare Sargasso sea turtle to the 9 chiefs of his tribes. One day a master thief stole all 9 skulls and held them ransom for a fortune. Subsequently, the chiefs with the priest-poet for 1 incredibly long hour in which he painted one letter on the nail of the right thumb of each of them. The letters spelled “never mind”. From that day on, politics in this land turned poetic and never again became the butterfly business it had been.

Olentangy Review is a beautiful online magazine that printed three of my cartoons in its summer 2014 issue (PDF), edited by Melissa and Darryl Price. I usually draw these in my notebook, then work them over for color and composition using my iPad. Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 21.52.06

Other couci-couça art work is here on tumblr since 2012. Most of it is collage, like this GIF interpretation of Flaubert’s L’Education sentimentale, using the 1973 movie:

“It’s hard to communicate anything exactly and that’s why perfect relationships between people are difficult to find.” Gustave Flaubert, Sentimental Education

Between 2011 and 2013, many of these collages were posted at Alt Lit Gossip, like this Russian soldier. I don’t know what this is, it just came up as I was sitting at my desk playing with scissors. russian_soldier

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