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“The Raft” – Get a Sneak Peek Now

August 8, 2011

You can get a sneak peek of my latests comic, “The Raft” now. There are four pages available here, with new pages arriving every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. The comic is 60 pages long, so should be finished just in time for Christmas.

Image from The Raft.

If you’re impatient, the whole story is also available in print as part of my book “The Raft and Other Stories“. You can get it directly from my shop at CreateSpace, or through Amazon.com.

“The Raft and Other Stories” available in print!

July 21, 2011

The Raft and Other Stories cover, by Ragnar BrynjúlfssonThe Raft and Other Stories” my new comic book is out! You can grab your copy here!

The book collects five of my comics, The Raft, Haul, Kamikaze, The Pillow Method and Tim, drawn over the past 10 years, in a nice 152 page paperback book. The most recent comic, The Raft, tells the the story of two boys who build a raft together and, each with their own hopes and expectations, sail it to a nearby island.

Like the other comics in the book, I’ll be making “The Raft” available on-line, starting August 1st, publishing three new pages each week. This is a bit of an experiment on my part, as I feel it’s important that gay and questioning youth, who may not be in a position to buy the book, have easy access to queer tales too.

Of course, if you like my comics, I hope you buy the book, and give multiple copies to all of your friends, thus motivating me to draw even more comics. After all, it’s much more pleasant to read a good comic book on nice quality paper, than of a harsh computer screen.

Happy New Year

December 31, 2010

My new years celebration isn’t going quite as planned. I was planning to go to a party with my boyfriend, but instead I’m sick at home with a fever, soar throat and chewing penicillin tablets. Not exactly the way I had hoped to start 2011, though on the bright side, things can only get better from now on (I hope).

Despite having been in bed for the better part of a week, and pretty much useless at doing much of anything, I have managed to finish penciling The Raft, so hopefully I’ll manage to see it to completion sometime within the first half of 2011.

My new years resolution for 2011 is simply to not go out skiing in -25C, like I did a week ago, apparently it’s not good for you health. 🙂

The Raft – upcoming comic book

November 25, 2010

Since around 2005, if I remember correctly, I’ve been working on a comic book called The Raft. You might think that it’s many pages long, since I’ve spent 5 whole years on it, or that I’m painting it in oils or some other time consuming medium, but that’s not actually the case. The real reason it has taken me this long, is that I never managed to nail down the script.

Drawing from The Raft, clambering on to the mast.

The Raft came out of another project I was working on in 2002-3, called “Lost” (before the TV series by the same name), that never saw the light of day. It was a pick-a-path comic about a couple of guys that were lost, both literally and emotionally, in a big cave. The whole idea behind the comic was that you could control the direction of the story by scrolling in different directions on an infinite canvas, like solving a maze, except with a twist. The story looped back in on itself, so the reader would never get to the end of the story, and would be as lost as the protagonists in the comic. The problem with the story was that it wasn’t one, it was an interesting structural concept, and not a story.

Gradually that comic morphed into The Raft. I had wanted to do a “chamber play” in comic form, with only a couple of characters and a limited setting. Some of the story ideas and characters I had been working on for Lost got carried over to The Raft, but not the infinite canvas nor the whole maze/pick-a-path idea.

Devon shouting, from The Raft.

I believe the fact that The Raft grew from these rather convoluted roots, is the reason I had such a hard time with the script.  Without a clear base idea, it was hard for me to find the heart of the story. I’ve written and re-written the script more times than I care to count, sketched rough layouts of several versions of the whole book, drawn, inked and discarded a small pile of pages, and shelved the whole project as a hopeless exercise in futility on several occasions, but for some reason I kept coming back to it.

Finally after five years I’ve managed to nail down a script I’m happy with, though I must admit that I’ve probably become a bit blind to the story by now. I’ve nearly finished penciling the whole story, and inking about a quarter of the pages. My plan is to publish it in book form, along with Tim, The Pillow Method and a short comic I’m working on along side The Raft (more on that later). I’m hoping to finish The Raft by the end of the year, though considering how long it has taken me so far, I’m not making any promises. 😉

If you want to take a sneak peak at The Raft, take a look at the blue pencil background used on this site. It’s all random drawings from The Raft.

Nathan chasing some fish