Volume 1, Number 1
These aren’t the funny pages.
Not to say that there won’t be humor in our stories — but we won’t be providing the slap-to-the-forehead feet-in-the-air comics relief shtick. We’ll be using the mechanism of words-and-pictures to tell stories in a way that is thought provoking, insightful and — hopefully — resonates.
Defensively, I know that the medium is largely regarded as pop culture adolescent male power fantasies. The vast majority of American comics tell the tales of larger-than-life spandex-clad men and women fighting the good fight for truth, justice and the American way. There is a cadre of talent, however, producing great works that have been embraced by the literary community including the Pulitzer-winning Art Spiegelman (Maus), Harvey Pekar (American Splendor), Craig Thompson (Blankets), Alan Moore (From Hell) and Neil Gaiman (EDITOR’S NOTE: See Myth, Magic, and the Mind of Neil Gaiman in WRR 4.2, Sandman) among others.
We won’t be bound by preconceived notions of how the stories are presented in this medium. We won’t be boxed in by panel borders. The talent that we’re hoping to recruit for this section of the Wild River Review have the literary aspirations to tell great stories that are both provocative to the mind as well as pleasing to the eye. We’ll also be having thoughtful discussions regarding this medium (which is one of the five original American art forms) as well as conversations with creators who are renowned practitioners of this art.
In this edition we’re returning to publication my own previously self-syndicated feature Electrical Activity of the Heart. The installment featured here in this edition is a short story called Opening Books & Closing Doors. Electrical Activity of the Heartinstallments will appear here on a regular basis in future editions.
We are actively recruiting talent for future editions and look forward to the roster that we at the Wild River Review will make available for you here. You’ll note one of our recent finds here with an exciting new talent, Daniel Elisii, in a psychadelia infused exploration of mortality and the bounds of perceived reality in Insect Ash: Fantasy Over Control.
I hope that you’ll enjoy our efforts.
— Tim Ogline
Comics Editor & Art Director
A NOTE TO CREATORS
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to share your work for consideration for future editions of the Wild River Review.
Recent awards and recognitions for Ogline’s illustration work include a 2008 Graphis Gold Award as well as recent inclusions in Society of Illustrators Los Angeles Illustration West 47, Creative Quarterly 15, and Creative Quarterly 13 award shows. Tim’s illustration work has been published by a number of different periodicals including The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Wall Street Journal, the Utne Reader, Outdoor Life, This Old House Magazine, Institutional Investor, Philadelphia Style, Loyola Lawyer, How Magazine, and The Florida Review among others.
Ogline is also a former Adjunct Assistant Professor at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.
Tim Ogline in this Edition
Electrical Activity of the Heart – Money Talks
Electrical Activity of the Heart – Opening Books and Closing Doors
Electrical Activity of the Heart – Rise and Shine
Electrical Activity of the Heart – The Vision Thing