The earliest comic of mine that people are allowed to see is The Lives of X!Gloop. Started in 1989, I put it online in the mid-2000s when I was considering resuming it after a 13-year break. The comic, available at xgloop.webcomic.ws
, features the adventures of a young man in a Moebius-inspired fantasy universe, who is eventually condemned to die a thousand deaths. Naturally, this means he has to live a thousand lives. Two of his comrades, the alien John Longcoat and the woman who got him into this situation, Ahasveros or Why Man Has Two Eyes, find themselves living out extra lives of their own. The comic was badly drawn but I am still fond of the writing, which had a great sense of the absurd and flirted with metafiction in a way that I still think is a lot of fun. The metafictional aspect allowed me to show X!Gloop in a number of other comics, including Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan.
It is late 2015. I am 44 years old, and I am once again thinking of bringing back this comic I started the day before I turned 18. I have created some new art and a number of Facebook pages in which the metafictional aspect of The Lives of X!Gloop can be expanded. And so, here's a new portrait of one of the characters: Ahasveros or Why Man Has Two Eyes. Her Facebook page will be here: www.facebook.com/Ahasveros-or-…
The portrait is inspired by the Humanae blog on Tumblr, which highlights the endless variety of human skin tones: humanae.tumblr.com
- and I tried some new (to me) techniques in it.
If Ahasveros or Why Man Has Two Eyes looks familiar to you - ask yourself why. She is who she is, and yet she is not who she is.