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Blade Runner Comic


“Blade Runner” (Marvel Special Edition) is readable online—(via @klaustoon)

One of the well known tie-ins to the Blade Runner film is the Blade Runner comic. It was issued in two volumes and a combined edition. 

The Blade Runner comic is very interesting for its interpretation of the movie. Quite obviously, they can’t possibly do the same in a comic as in a 2 hour movie, so one expects that some dialogue will be trimmed or even slightly changed and details in the action will be curtailed or perhaps adjusted. One of the things I find most interesting is that some of those differences from the original movie version are referencing the shooting script! So, while there is some interpretation and a particular perspective present, it is in some ways almost like a different cut of the film.


One 258,226 word sentence begins on p.11, continues on p.205, and ends on p.592


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One 258, 226 word sentence passes through three novels. A trilogy (from Greek τρι- tri-, “three” and -λογία -logia, “discourse”) is a set of three works of art that are connected, and that can be seen either as a single work or as three individual works. They are commonly found in literature, film, or video games. Three-part works that are considered components of a larger work also exist, such as the triptych or the three-movement sonata, but they are not commonly referred to with the term “trilogy.”

Van Buskirk was attracted to the ‘three novel’ book format through Samuel Beckett’s The Trilogy, consisting of three novels, Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable. Taken together, these three novels represent the high-water mark of the literary movement we call Modernism. Within their linguistic terrain, where stories are taken up, broken off, and taken up again, where voices rise and crumble and are resurrected, we can discern the essential lineaments of our modern condition, and encounter an awesome vision, tragic yet always compelling and always mysteriously invigorating, of consciousness trapped and struggling inside the boundaries of nature.


A single sentence question is placed five lines below…(a novel)


A single sentence question is placed five lines below the last sentence of “Fragment of a Novel” on p.114

(a novel)

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Is the title a proposal that two texts are differentiated by space? One clue is the fact that there is no attribution of author for either the last sentence of “Fragment for a Novel” or the single sentence question. The title of the novel explains the reason for the existence of the novel, but upon looking (inside the book) at p.114 other curiosities emerge. Text is also seen on p.111, 112, and 113. The font used for the text used in the last line of “Fragment of a Novel” is a different size than the text used for the single sentence question.

The title “Fragment of a Novel” appears in the title on the cover, referencing the last line of “Fragment of a Novel” on p.114. Because the font size of “Fragment of a Novel” is the same size as the text which begins on p.111, it can be concluded that the text from pages 111-114 is also a part of “Fragment of a Novel.” The fact that the question text is set with a larger font confirms this idea. It’s also not clear why the question is placed FIVE lines under the last line of “Fragment of a Novel.” If the question itself is not part of the text of “Fragment of a Novel” it makes sense it would be separated by five lines.


Single Sentence Question……………………………p.114:

“Fragment of a Novel” (by Lord Byron)………………………………..p.111

Bridge to Indians (a novel)

They publish books of Conceptual Literature, whose titles describe the content in detail.


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To create “Bridge To Indians” Todd Van Buskirk navigated to the now defunct “Smile Shop” website and found a section called “Notable Quotes” collected from certain key players involved in the drama of “SMiLE.” The author took these quotes, word for word, and expanded and mixed the text with a Markov Text Synthesizer to construct a dreamy narrative culled from the actual dramatis personae involved in the mystery that is “SMiLE.”.

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The story of Leo’s death


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There is a man who has died. His name is Leo.

This is all we know for the moment.

Todd Van Buskirk’s journey into conceptual art began with reading comics as a kid.

A keen memory from Todd Van Buskirk’s childhood is that of being intrigued by a Garfield comic strip, by Jim Davis. On this strip, 2 or 3 panels were repeated—the same drawing—over and over. The next time Van Buskirk noticed this effect was in Frank Miller’s work for Marvel Comics and in Miller’s graphic novel, “Ronin.” A couple years later, while working at the Rochester Public Library, Van Buskirk accidently came across David Lynch’s “The Angriest Dog in the World.” This strip uses the same drawing in each panel, the difference being the drawing in the final panel and the changing dialogue.

As Van Buskirk expanded his knowledge of art history over a period of twenty years, including a Bachelor’s in animation graphics, he relished the element of repetition within abstract expressionism, color field painting, pop art and minimalism to name a few. The element of repetition was the one element of art he was most interested in.

In his third graphic novel Van Buskirk continues to be interested in repetition, a process also explored in many of his prose novels, such as “A world where the sun is eternally locked in an eternal sunset” and his first two graphic novels. Van Buskirk calls this type of literature his “color field” writing. Van Buskirk attempts the same with the comic book, such as the sequenced comic book offered here for your consideration.

Van Buskirk set up a few limitations before he started on the graphic novel:

1. No original art allowed. In place of original art, find a clip-art drawing.
2. Only one image is allowed in the whole graphic novel.
3. Space (negative and positive) is an element that can be changed or modified.
4. The panel itself can be modified, either through different placement of each panel, or the ability to modify the panel itself.
5. Only four page designs are allowed. This means there will be numerous repetitions of each page in order to have enough pages for a complete graphic novel.
6. The title, copyright content, and name of author is the only text allowed to hint at a textual narrative.

Artist Mark Leach made a tribute film for Leo’s Dead. Check it out! Sincere thanks to Mr. Leach.