Welcome to Kees Comics and Craft! My name is Kees (aka Ken) Her and I invite you to check out my comic book stories, illustrations, photos, videos, and critical musings about films that have piqued my interest over the years.
Comic book-style sequential art has been a passion of mine ever since I started reading comic books as a youngin. It's hard to beat the emotional/psychological economy of comics--they can take on any theme or subject matter, deliver tear-jerking drama or comedy, and be consumed anywhere at any time in bite-sized chunks. It doesn't get more accessible than that.
To say that the economy of film as a sequential narrative medium is different from comics is an understatement. The viewer's engagement is a delicate and precious commodity not to be wasted--time is of the essence. The manipulation of light and shadows can result in experiences that usurp reality and fantasy alike. The cost of such magic ends up somewhere between a few hundred dollars and the GDP of small nations depending on whether you are an amateur YouTuber or the producer of a studio blockbuster (with no direct correlation between budget and quality).
Despite their differences movies and comics both depend on the strange things our minds do when images are juxtaposed in time and space in a specific order. They invite us to construct narratives within ourselves using the bits of phenomena injected into our psyches. We stitch these pieces together to sew meaning and truth into our stories and our lives. These mediums have the power to make us recognize our complicity in the production of narrative. The best examples make us look at the gaps over which we leap in order to make sense of these stories that make up our world(s). They make us ask ourselves not only how we connect the dots but also why.
So here I am asking about the how and the why and sharing my results with you in the form of comic book stories, film essays, and more. My hope is that these explorations will help you appreciate the art of storytelling just a little bit more.