Varoom! = Kaboom?

Comics, Varoom!
Photo: courtesy of Martin Colyer.

Photo: courtesy of Martin Colyer.

I’m thrilled to announce that the self-initiated comics adaptation of Kafka’s A Fratricide that I worked on earlier this year has found a happy home in the pages of Varoom!, a magazine devoted to contemporary illustration published by the Association of Illustrators (AOI) in the UK. It came out this past June in issue #22, dedicated to experimentation.

Not only they’ve published the eight-page comic in its entirety, I also got to fill out a fun behind-the-scenes questionnaire. Just got hold of my copy of the magazine, so here’s the article’s text in its entirety. Many thanks to Martin Colyer for the kind words and for making this happen.

Kafka in the Funny Pages

Comics, Personal work

For close to five years now, I’ve been wanting to do a comics adaptation of Franz Kafka‘s short story A Fratricide. It was one of those projects that I kept pushing into the back-burner due to lack of time (and a secret fear that I would fall embarrassingly short of doing it justice). During three weeks this past February, I finally gave in to temptation, and I’m pleased to say I’m quite content with the results.

Here’s the 8-page, mostly wordless adaptation in its entirety, starting with the first page at the top. (Feel free to click on each page to see it bigger.)

Comics adaptation of "A Fratricide", a short story by Franz Kafka.