I am delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for Preceded by Chaos Volume +1 with a guest post from the illustrator, Brian Bicknell …
Graphic novels? F>:/ YEAH!!! Because they are awesome.
Many people have affinity for learning through visual imagery and, in the same right, some are also more readily entertained visually. Graphic novels are amazing because they cater beautifully to this type of entertainment format. One positive about graphic novels, for the reader, is that they are fast moving. Which is great for people with not much spare time, or attention span, for reading long novels. GNs also allow authors with a specific vision a way to convey the visons to the reader with very fine detail through specific imagery, while not being limited to words. Such is the case with one of my all time favourite GNs, Old Man Logan, which is a post-apocalyptic superhero piece. The imagery in this piece is key because it takes some of your favourite superheroes, and villains, and places them an environment that you may not be used to envisioning them. In this instance the visuals given by the GN are reimagining and recreating previously established constructs which is super cool for the reader. The imagery of a GN can also give the author an alternative approach to presenting difficult subject matter. Like with another of my favourite pieces, Maus, which is a graphic novel about Holocaust. This GN takes extremely sensitive material and imaginatively presents it in a way that makes horrific atrocities, which could easily overwhelm, bearably to the reader by drawing the characters as common harmless creatures.
Me, myself, I write illustrated short stories using images that are created in a graphic novel style. I use this style because since the day I could pick up a writing utensil I would draw and write. And soon, when I was in elementary school, I began writing movie scenes and making illustrations that would give more detail to the physical environment of the script. As a child, and still today as an adult, I never could define a sharp line that would separate illustrations and words when it came to expression. With this in mind, I found illustrated short stories were the perfect way to allow both passions to coexist. And my approach is best demonstrated in my current project, Preceded by Chaos Volume +1, where, compared to PBC Volume 0, I have increased the frequency of transitions between written and illustrated message throughout the piece.
Well that’s my take on the graphic novel thing… Love em! In fact I have one waiting for me at home and I can’t wait to dive in. And of course I plan on reading Preceded by Chaos Volume +1☺ I recommend you do the same. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and check us out at www.precededbychaos.com.
Thank you for your interest.
Here’s the blurb …
The protagonist, Mitchell Weaver, is a young Emergency Medicine doctor. Mitchell has entered a high stress, distinguished profession with the burden of a variety of particularly disturbing personal demons that he must battle every day in order to maintain the facade of sanity and control. The second instalment of the series, Volume +1, documents Mitchell’s state of mind as he tries his hand at decency and sobriety. Whether he finds himself at his job in New York or volunteering in the Dominican Republic, he struggles to suppress hedonistic urges and restructure awed philosophies. Although his attempts to gain control of his life are genuine, the question remains, “Is Mitchell gradually gaining control or is his life slowly falling apart.”
You can get your copy over at Amazon UK now!
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About the author …
Wheeler held an eclectic series of jobs – including working as a studio engineer and a teacher –
before he entered medical school in his thirties. During his residency while living in New York City, he wrote his first two books which would eventually become the Preceded by Chaos series. Wheeler travels extensively for his job but currently lives in Miami.
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