Monday, December 19, 2016

Sugar Forest Fire - free download

UPDATE: As part of the continuation of this project, I've taken the links down for the time being. If you're particularly keen, email me at

Over the past few months I've been working on a graphic novel called 'Found Forest Floor'. From that, I took a sample of pages to make a mini-comic/zine called 'Found Forest', which I've been working over with inks and paint to make something new, which is called 'Sugar Forest Fire'. I've made the PDF available for download here:

I'm planning to continue this process over the coming month, continuously redeveloping the original pages, just to see what happens, really.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Jean Caillon - le moment de tuer

Hello everyone,

just a short note to show show you an image an old (1972) "proto-abstract comic" (for lack of a better word) Maël Rannou made me discover some time ago. Each page contains a unique image similar to this one:

Maël has published 2 thirds (EDIT: the third part is also available) of this 22 (EDIT: 28) pages book on its tumblr, the first part is here:

Despite an unfortunate twist in its last page, which renders the story much more down to earth, I still find it a very interesting example of early (almost) abstract comics. 

But actually I feel a bit awkward talking about it myself, since Maël knows this work and this author much better than I do, and since he moreover regularly emails me with other such examples, I think it would be a better idea to simply invite him to contribute to this blog. (Maël is also a small press publisher and did produce some zines of its own.)  

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

AC on AC 7

1967 - Music at MIT - Verdi Requiem
Cover by Jacqueline S. Casey

(Similar cover here)

1968 - Grażyna Bacewicz - Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
Cover - Uncredited

1972 - Witold Lutosławski - Preludes and Fugue for 13 Solo Strings 
Sleeve illustration and design: Stanisław Żakowski

(Last two found here:

1982 - Romeo Void - Benefactor
Photography by Peter Woods / Illustration and design by Frank Zincavage

2009 - Tortoise – Beacons of Ancestorship
Photo clusters by Andrew Painter

2013 - Buke and Gase - General Dome
Artwork by Buke and Gase

(Found by Gareth A Hopkins)

2016 - Doms & Deykers - Dedicated to Those Who Feel
Artwork by Jeroen Erosie

Other entries in the Abstract Comics on Album Covers series:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Creative AI and Abstract Comics

Finished a project titled "42" that mixes abstraction, narrative and some representational imagery. It applies creative artificial intelligence (machine learning) in the form of style transfer to build many of the layered collages that form the backbone of the panels. I also used glitch video, abstract photography and traditional ink drawings as inputs into the process. There is even a well hidden 3D fractal. The work narrates a meeting of two individuals in 42 panels, counting down to the meaning of life, the universe and everything.

A few non representational panels below, you can see the full project here.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Abstract Sequential Art Blog

Hello, I have been working on my blog and now have four comics books to share. I hope that you like them. Thanks, Kym.   Please go to

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Found Forest Floor

For Small Press Day 2016, I've collected some of the pages from the book I'm working on for Abstract Editions and called it 'Found Forest Floor'. I've printed off a few versions in various grades of quality and individuality to give out at the various London stores I'll be scooting between on the day, but there's a freely available PDF version for download here: LINK

Here's some of the pages included. Maybe of note is that where for the past few years I've been recreating pre-existing pages for the most part the pages in Found Forest Floor are all my own work, in that I've dictated the page layout and flows etc. Although having said that I've just noticed that the first two pages I've selected as previews here are reworkings, from 'Doc Dino' and 'The Complete Don Quixote' respectively, which is almost embarrassing.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Panel dance with neural implants

Found in the wild and painted with a neural network. Choose your own narrative.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Comics Conference

Here is an opportunity to present a paper about Abstract Comics, unfortunately I can't make it.

Monday, June 6, 2016

This has just been posted in the Laydeez do Comics emailed newsletter. Enjoy their blog @

Abstract Comics 
This is a call out to creators of abstract comics who want to share their work with other like-minded people. Abstract comics are wordless abstract books, mini-comics zines and wall-hung artworks that use comics conventions to present abstract subject matter across a series of panels and pages with the intention of creating a narrative rhythm, rather than an identifiable story. They came to my attention when I found the seminal book Abstract Comics: the Anthology by Andrei Molotiu (2009).I was captivated that I had found a host of new luminaries that I could appreciate and admire. If you are another abstract comics artist please make yourself known through the Abstract Comics Blog  Happily the number of women abstract comics artists is steadily increasing, so come join this global phenomenon.
Kym Tabulo is the author of The Drift of Impure Thoughts - an abstract Graphic Novel (2014) and What Would Paul Klee Say – an abstract comics book (2016) at

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

AC on AC: Autechre

2013 - Autechre - Exai (cover, inner sleeves and disc art)
Design by The Designers Republic

(One of the above scans was found at:, which houses a nice collection of album art.)

2016 - Autechre - Feed1 single
Design by The Designers Republic

2005 - Autechre - Untitled (cover and unused designs)
Art Direction and design by Alex Rutherford 

2008 - Autechre - EP
Artwork by The Designers Republic

In case you missed this on Sunday…
[ Abstract Comics on Album Covers: The Brian Eno Edition ]