Posted by: Josh Neufeld
12:24pm / Nov 12, 2014
Welcome to the Bogotas Team Narrative Corpse Comix Yearbook!! And what the heck is it? We don't know! Just your normal semi-autobio fairytale with dragons and jellyfish and random references to STAR TREK, jellyfish, RMS ships, and Jodorowsky's HOLY MOUNTAIN. But here's how it came together...

We were nine cartoonists fated to spend three weeks together in the beautiful environs of the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Everyone had their individal nonfiction projects to work on, but we were all eager to collaborate as well. And so it was suggested we do a project inspired by the Surrealist game "Exquisite Corpse," a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled -- without prior planning or discussion.

Nine numbers were put in a hat (a San Francisco Giants cap, to be exact -- Go Giants!) and everyone drew a number. Joe Luby had drawn first lots and he had the responsibility of starting the narrative. Dave Kiersh was next, and it was his job to continue the story -- with nothing to go on but the final panel of Joe's page. Dave guessed what he could from that clue and continued the narrative in his own unique way. And so it went, over the course of the residency, as each cartoonist's turn came and went.

The end result is definitely surreal -- and, dare I say, quite beautiful. So, without further ado, read on. After all, as Team Bogotas member Cliodhna Lyons (and #3 contributor) expressed so perfectly: "We made comics. Comics pretty. Read comics."

-- Josh Neufeld
Comics residency "master artist"
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
October 31, 2014