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Jul 20 2008 11:01am
The Leviathan

Our first original comic (or “sequential art piece,” if you will) from the talented Ms. Wesley Allsbrook. Enjoy!

 

"The Leviathan" is copyright © 2008 by Wesley Allsbrook.

28 comments
eric orchard
1. orchard
Beautiful story! Wonderful atmosphere and perfect pacing. Very original too, there's nothing quite like this in comics.
Irene Gallo
2. Irene
I'm a little shy about pointing people to my site but I'll make an exception here. I ran a quick interview with Wesley a while back and she is incredibly articulate. One of the best spoken illustrators I've ever met. For anyone interested:

http://igallo.blogspot.com/2008/02/fresh-paint-wesley-allsbrook.html
Paul Abbamondi
3. pabba
Wow, gorgeous colors! Consider me a fan. :D
Jeffrey Richard
4. neutronjockey
Irene, her other work (on your blogsite) is like nouveau after it meets the absinthe fairy. *wow*

This graphically driven story is going to take a re-read or two to sink in.

"Where are you?"

"Shrodinger's Box."

"Dead or alive?"

"Not sure yet."

:D
Irene Gallo
5. Irene
Neutron:

"nouveau after it meets the absinthe fairy."

I'd have given a small body part to have said that first.
Jeffrey Richard
6. neutronjockey
Well Irene, technically... according to the Tor.com ToS:

. ...you grant Macmillan and its affiliates a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute and display such content throughout the world in any media now known or hereafter invented.

...it's all yours. ;)

Lucky for you it's illegal to ship body parts with the USPS. >:)
Tim Walters
7. Tim Walters
I'm going to take a wild guess that, given the comic's title, Raleigh's close resemblance to Peter Blegvad is not a coincidence.
Tim Walters
8. Tim Walters
I should add that I loved it.
Torie Atkinson
9. Torie
@ neutronjockey

On the contrary!

You acknowledge that you are responsible for any submission you make, including the legality, reliability, appropriateness, originality and copyright of any such material. You represent, warrant, and agree that you own all rights to the content you post or otherwise control sufficient rights to grant the rights you grant by these Terms of Use...

It's still yours. We can just repost it.
Tim Walters
11. Julien Alday
Certainly one of the best comic I read on the net in ages, if not the greatest ! This story got such a great mood, congrats to Wesley Allsbrook, it was a blast to read. I wish be able to read many "Tor comics" if you guys plane to keep this quality and freshness. Wow ! ^^

Samantha Brandt
13. Talia
Enjoyed the illustrations. Although I must, in complete embarrassment, admit I had high difficulty following the storyline and am not sure what happened at the end. :(
Tim Walters
14. Chris Buzelli
I'm not a huge comic reader. However, I'm hooked on Wesley's epic story. Her masterful gestural drawing style creates a fluid and almost first person sort of experience for the reader. The mystery and pace of the story-line creates a feeling of being half awake and half asleep. She really deserves all the kudos that will be born from this. Congrats from a big fan!
Eric Tolle
15. ErictheTolle
Beautiful and surreal, I enjoyed this quite a bit. Her artwork reminds me a bit of Paul Pope's which is not a bad comaparision at all. All in all, well worth reading.
Tim Walters
16. Russ Rogers
The story is beautiful, strangely compelling. The art is wonderful. But I hate when a plot is dependent on supposedly smart/really stupid people doing exceedingly stupid things. Climbing up to the top of the Leviathan alone is outrageous. No scientist or explorer would do it, not without a death wish. And then going spelunking down a mysterious and seemingly bottomless blow-hole, alone, without proper equipment, including a LIGHT, that's just stupifyingly stupid, Bizzaro World stuff. Is the man drunk, high or di he have a stroke and suddenly go insane? Bizarre fantasy and sci-fi concepts I can accept. Brazen idiocy is a harder sell.
Tim Walters
17. Noah
Good stuff; reminds me a bit of Persimmon.
Tim Walters
19. Tracey C.
Hm. Well, now I know that I can't read graphic novels on my laptop. Having to scroll up and down to be able to follow the storyline (the larger panels exceed the length of my window) makes it impossible to grasp the images holistically - as a result, to me much of this was incomprehensible mush, visually.
Chris Meadows
20. Robotech_Master
It was very pretty, but just a bit, well, surreal for my tastes. I have no idea exactly what happened after about the halfway point of the story.
Tim Walters
21. odaiwai
Tracey@19: reading graphic novels on a screen, especially a small screen, is actually quite difficult. Here's an essay by Scott McCloud which touches on the issue.

http://www.scottmccloud.com/makingcomics/five_half/00.html
Tim Walters
22. Kamrom
Well, I think it certainly looks cool, but I honestly can't figure out what's going on. Could one of you posters who got it explain it to me?
Tim Walters
23. Wesley A Allsbrook
Hey all, thanks very much for the praise and input. I'm flattered that you all took the time to read this. I feel very lucky to have a place like this to show my work. Super-normal thanks to my editors, Liz and Gina, and to Irene Gallo... Couldn't have done any of this without you.
Tim Walters
24. Anthony J. Langford
Fascinating...
Lovely tones..
.. and nicely plotted....
Beautiful artwork..

It's also wonderful to see graphic work in short form on the net..

Well done to all concerned..

=]
Tim Walters
25. jimgrim
Totally incomprehensible. Loved the art though.
Tim Walters
26. tobiathan
Can any of the big-brains here explain to me exactly the meaning of that story? Or at least *something* of what it meant?

Or are those of you who said you "got it" just saying that to sound smarter than you really are?

I suspect the latter...

Very fluid and expressive artwork, even if nobody *really* understood it :-)
Liz Gorinsky
27. TooMuchExposition
tobiathan @ 26 (and everyone else who was perplexed): I certainly have my own ideas about what's going on, but I edited the piece, which is obviously an unfair advantage. I would be very curious to see what kind of explanation someone who is not me would give. :)
Tim Walters
28. Francisco G
I too became lost right after Raleigh slipped into the Leviathan's entrails... then the story becomes weird. Beautifully weird. Great job Wesley!

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