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Recensie door Almost Normal Comics (USA)

Na de aanschaf van een strip heeft W.E Elliot een treffende recensie geschreven over mijn strip.

Wat mij betreft spijker op de kop. Altijd leuk om terug te lezen hoe iemand je werk interpreteert en dat blijkbaar de boodschap voor een groot deel goed overkomt.

W.E. Elliot is een uitgever en verzamelaar van Zines, (obscure) strips etc. Zijn website: http://www.almostnormalcomics.com/

Hier is de recensie:
iObject vs iSubject is a 28-page, full size B&W silent comic with color covers. Written and illustrated by Jacco de Jager.On the surface you could look at this comic as just a couple of chicks in weird costumes with nipple guns kicking butt and ripping off clothes, but you’d be missing a much deeper story. This really is a visual representation of the dichotomy of existence.This ain’t your average indie comic, it’s an art comic with a deep philosophical question that demands more from the reader to fully appreciate the overall meaning of the images filling the pages.

  • You can wrap your mind around the duality of the human experience at http//:www.donorbrain.com/
  • The visual style used throughout iObject vs iSubject is uniform figure and background outlines with weight added through hatching. The layout and pacing are handled nicely and merge well with the art to effectively communicate the story in this silent comic.
  • As the title suggest, this comic is about the philosophical subject-object problem. It was inspired by a performance that combined Oskar Schlemmer like costumes and Transformers with professional wrestling action. In this graphic interpretation a mysterious object from out of nowhere enters a woman, bestowing her with strange clothing and powers. This sets in motion a struggle with another, yet opposite woman supplied with similar dress and powers. As the two battle the subjective and objective each struggle to contain the other.

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Recensie door Worm

De strip “iObject vs iSubject” wordt nu ook bij WORM Rotterdam verkocht. En ook nog een mooie recensie erbij geschreven:

Jacco de Jager – iObject VS iSubject
BOOB-BAM !

Yes, it’s lady-violence. But, take note ! The heroines of this story are more sparring partners than opponents. The fight is about self-affirmation and finding a balance, not letting the one element dominate the other. At the request of these two wonderwomen, Mette Sterre and Samantha Thole (picture included) Jacco de Jager made an animated sequence of their cosmic encounters. It is based on a performance entitled iObject vs. iSubject which is an artistic research into the (thus named) philosophical problem. Besides age-old feminist issues, it deals with universal sores, packaged in the aesthetics of Transformers, WWE wrestlers, and (yes, scantily clad) valkyries.

 

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First comic book: iObject vs iSubject

After almost a solid years work my first comic book is finally a physical fact! I’m so proud!
Back in october 2013 Samantha Thole asked me to think of a comic book loosely based on a performance she did with Mette Sterre.
The performance was held in and outside the Kingsgate Gallery London (curator: Tom Milnes).

Together, Samantha and Mette, performed in outspoken costumes (design: Samantha Thole).
A performance where Oscar Schlemmer’s Bauhaus costumes meets 1980s Transformers meets 1980’s WWE wrestlers. They combined Bauhaus aesthetics with female nudity and finally complete demolition of the costumes.

This performance to me had elements of transformers, valkyries, amazons and feminism.
The battle had a certain tension between rage and desperateness.
The concept behind the title of this performance was based on a philosophical issue called the “Subject – Object problem”. When looking up this philosophical issue on wikipedia we find the following: The world “out there” is perceived by the mind, and so also is the interior world of conscious events. The relation between the two is much debated:
“We consciously experience many different things, and we can think about the things that we experience. But it is not so easy to experience or think about consciousness itself…Does the world have an observer-independent existence (realism) or does its existence depend in some way on the operation of our own minds (idealism)?
Is knowledge of the world ‘public’ and
‘objective’, and knowledge of our own experience ‘private’ and ‘subjective’?”

The performance was also about feminism. To me Feminism is a force that strives to make things equal and finding balance.
Achieving balance trough force is what i tried to incorporate in the story.

Samantha gave me total freedom to shape the story in any way i wanted, which it did. At first we decided on doing 1 page but turned out at 14 pages. I started with one page and every page after was a response to the previous one, so no real planning ahead story-wise. Which might also be an extra reason why this project took me longer than i thought.

On this website you can order your own signed and numbered copy. Only 170 copies were printed.

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