Tuesday, 3 April 2012

The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred #4 - Preview

"Cut-ups are for everyone. Anybody can make cut-ups...The cut-ups can be applied to other fields than writing." William Burroughs


Right now, Shaky and myself are putting the final touches to the next Bulletproof Coffin. As promised, this is the cut-up issue. 84 panels randomly arranged, four to a page. In case you thought we were kidding, here are 76 of the panels on the floor of the studio.


You can also make cut-ups using existing comic books.
Here's Shaky about to customize a classic Kirby comic...


The work in progress...


Now why don't you try it with some of your favourite comics?


23 comments:

  1. Dude, try using a SCANNER.

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  2. Aw, I'm annoyed that when I got here, after seeing this in my RSS feed, there was only one comment by an outraged fanboy.

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  3. Hot buttons! This is ace! Dude, I'm sure Shaky sensibly scanned the comic for later reading so he was free to cut the comic up and create something new.

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  4. I gotta say....U R AN IDIOT!

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  5. Hmmm, looks like we have a couple of visitors from Bleeding Cool. Try not to lower the tone too much. You are guests here.

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  6. I have to admit, this is very difficult to look at. And it's not just about cutting up a rare comic, but it's about the whole premise of cutting up comics. I'm a collectionist who reads comics but tries to keep them in pristine condition. So to me, purposefully cutting up a comic seems sacrilegious. Even cutting up a crappy comic (I'm thinking of some of the really bad 80s mini-series here) is something I could never do. I'm sure there are some people that won't have a problem with doing it, but to me I just cannot fathom ever taking a pair of scissors even near a comic. Kudos for the innovative creation, just know that for some of us it is painful to view.

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  7. Don't forget that a comic book is not an original work of art. It is a printed copy, created to be disposable. However, by using a comic book as material for a new creation - in this case a new cut-up narrative - it does become an original work of art, unique and arguably more 'valuable'.

    I have no problem with collectors choosing to keep their comics in nice condition as long as they still read them. For me, the really pointless 'desecration' of comics is to seal them forever in blocks of plastic.

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  8. This doesn't really bother me. Carry on.

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  9. Wow, not a lot of Burroughs-aficianados, eh? I love how the cutting of Bulletproof Coffin requires only Oreo cookies and either fruit punch or juice as the creative fuel of choice, but Kirby requires the hard stuff :) Just don't let Shaky play William Tell, ok? If he hands you an apple or a plane ticket to Mexico, that's the cue to run ;)

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  10. It's amazing the transformation that comes over Shaky when he switches from Sugar Buzz to alcohol-induced frenzy. But don't worry, I keep him away from firearms.

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  11. While I can respect the intent and artistic integrity of what you're doing on an intellectual level, my frothing inner geek just has to ask the following - why in the actual Hell are you chopping up an original Lee/Kirby comic when you could just as have easily used a reprint, photocopies or a more recent issue of the FF? I can only guess that you're actively trying to get more pageviews via the flagrant trolling of hyper-sensitive fanboys - a group of which I am admittedly and guiltily a member. In any case, I would need to drink everything in that picture and a lot more if I were asked to do what you're doing to that comic.

    All that said, I am looking forward to seeing the end result in a perverse sort of way, if only to see if it was worth the psychological scarring that image has now inflicted on my psyche. ;)

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  12. Q: Why not cut up a reprint?

    A: Because cutting up a reprint lessens the impact of the work.

    Why not cut up the original & read the reprint, which has been recolored & remastered for quality? It's not like they cut up Kirby's original art. They cut up an expensive comic.

    Tyler Durden would be most pleased.

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  13. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Brilliant!

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  14. Evelyn Carnate4 April 2012 07:44

    Really looking forward to this issue. Just one small niggle : doesn't Brion Gysin deserve a mention?

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    1. Yes he does! Brion Gysin will get coverage in Destroyovski's editorial of The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred #4, and the issue is dedicated to him. This is only a quick preview I put up as a blog entry. Contrary to what some people have assumed, this was not some kind of elaborate publicity stunt, just one more day on Waiting For Trade.

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  15. rock n'roll. Kirby was a fan of cutting up his magazines to stick in FF too so a perfect choice.

    ps. I bought that issue for 99 cents on comixology. The content is not going away any time soon, no matter how many paper copies are errr radically reinterpreted.

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    1. Kirby is gone and really had no idea that much of his work would be regarded so highly--so he's in no position to "approve" of destroying real world objects that are of historic and intrinsic value.

      Using scans or reprints doesn't reduce the impact of their experiment to re-arrange the story. It's still Kirby's work. Now there's just less of the real thing in existance and the outcome is a shame.

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  16. I love it. This is what comics are meant to be. Not annual cross-over events, animated series', blockbuster movies. They're one-off, disposable "slabs of culture".

    I am now going to buy all the Bulletproof Coffin things I can find.

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  17. Evelyn Carnate4 April 2012 20:06

    I have decided to buy two copies. One to preserve and sell it on for vast profit, the other to wrench the staples from and cut up as I please. That should keep everyone happy.

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  18. Jeez, Dave. Two Bleeding Cool news in a week. You're becoming quite the controversy!

    http://www.bleedingcool.com/forums/front-page-comic-news/57332-david-hine-biting-hand-fed-him.html

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  19. Yeah, think I'll retire into my Bulletproof Coffin until the lead stops flying.

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  20. Iv'e done stuff like this although not with a comic book that I could sell for hundreds of dollars. This is why we have scanners and copy machines. Not so much object fetishism on my part but conservation of resources, some of which is dependent on the object fetishism of others. Besides, newsprint isn't archival whereas a color copy on acid free paper is. It makes for artwork that will still look nice in years to come.

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