There's a theme racing through Sync circles right now that seems to have started with TheSyncWhole's examination of severed hands and arms and now includes all sorts of dismemberment.
In my writing I have used the image of a severed hand so often (without realizing how often I did it) that I honestly wonder if I had my hands cut off in a previous life or something. It kind of gets silly when I think about how often that comes up in my work. Even though I should now be aware of it, this keeps popping through my subconscious and onto the pages I craft. My two newest pieces are no exception. Look At All The Happy Creatures has a main character lose both hands. Squares That Touch features a one-armed woman. So this is a sync pattern near and dear to me (apparently).
A comic I did a few years ago with Rammer Martinez and Peter Palmiotti also fits in nicely here. It was for a horror anthology put out by Guild Works Productions, a publishing group that was an offshoot of The Comics Artists Guild, which refers to itself as CAG. I realized yesterday that CAG breaks down into 317, the very number of Osiris, Egypt's dismembered god. Fascinating.
As the SyncWhole team has already expertly laid out, the dismemberment theme seems to be a portent of overcoming duality. But I guess I knew that a few years ago. In a 2007 interview, I explained the concept of this "horror" comic:
Where did the idea come from for your story in GWP’s Psychosis! publication?
To be honest, I had never written a horror story before and anything that I could think of that was “scary” or “horrific” probably wasn’t what GWP was looking for. To me, the scariest thing I could think of would be to turn 40 or 50 and still be stuck in a dead-end job asking myself what I was doing with my life. So, I asked Rammer to draw something “scary.” He drew a sketch of an arm coming out of a hole in a wall grabbing at someone. We then sat down and had a long session of just tossing ideas back and forth, developing the universe where these people were trapped. The concept was heavy and much more than could be explained in 8 pages so we decided to let the design say a lot.
Together we came up with the story progression and the layouts for most of the pages then I sat down to write the script. During the writing, the concept changed a little for me, or the meaning behind it anyway, and I hope even a fraction of what we wanted to say in that piece came across. To me, it’s the classic warring of opposing ideals. Most of us see things in stark blacks and whites but the only way “out” is by meeting in the middle. It’s in those shades of gray that we can thrive instead of going on hurting those that we imagine to be different or that we disagree with.
Here's the comic. You should be able to click the images to zoom-in.
I found this sketch of an unused idea for this comic. It was meant to show the scenery viewed through the Port Hole (portal) as a face.
Weird thing is, I've been caught for the last two weeks in a pattern where smiley faces keep coming up as connected to stargates or wormholes or whatever you want to call them. Only now do I realize that the smiley face=stargate pattern goes (excuse the pun) hand-in-hand with the dismemberment theme. I'm working on getting a post out to all of you that will break this down.
Enjoy your Decemberment. I think it's going to prove to be a very interesting month.