This was another of the earliest Big Something posts and, because we fear you may have missed it, we want to present it you again as we implore: You should read this comic book by Colorado Springs native Kollin Strand!

Here’s the original post from this past May:

If you don’t mind us saying so, this complete comic book by native Colorado Spring artist Kollin Strand is pretty amazing! (To get the full effect, we recommend viewing it in “full-screen” mode by clicking on the arrows in the lower right hand corner). As Kollin rightly points out below, “COMICS ARE HARD WORK!” The fact that he managed to produce this by himself and to do so with such visual elegance is pretty remarkable. Kollin currently attends the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he produced the comic. Here’s what he has to say for himself:

I am 29 years old and live in Chicago. I attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for painting and drawing and work as a freelance illustrator for anyone that will have me. I spent 21 years in Colorado and was fortunate enough to study under some of the local greats. I think they’re great. Floyd Tunson while he was teaching at Palmer, my oldest brother Kel, and Rob Olson at PPCC were the most influential people in the development of my art practice and philosophy. Actually, I don’t have a specific philosophy regarding art as I am stll deciding what the function of art is. I illustrate, a function that is much easier to define. I am drawn to the grotesque and weird for subject matter, although the “Story of Fire” may not reveal that so much. This is the second full length comic I’ve drawn and consider it to be far more successful than my first attempt. My third comic will be a series of short stories that I am still in the process of fleshing out. I hadn’t realized previous to drawing comics how much work they are and how easy it is to have the crucial elements fail to gel. COMICS ARE HARD WORK. Recently I have attempted to expand beyond this style of drawing with experimentations in automatic drawing, light table collaging, and image manipulation that is for the moment completely non representational. I like to make lines, regardless of what the image ends up being.

You can check out more of Kollin Strand’s drawings at his Flickr page HERE.

 

2 Responses to Big Something Encore: Kollin Strand's Amazing Comic Book

  1. Donovan says:

    such a wonderfully uplifting story. and beautifully illustrated

    you are a rare talent, kollin strand. i don’t know how you get all that out of your head and onto paper. right on.

    cheers!

  2. Ben Brunson says:

    Excellent work–I enjoyed it.

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