Hitting On All Sixes… Speakeasy Style

29 Nov

“Well you walk into a restaurant, strung out from the road, You can feel the eyes upon you as your shaking off the cold You pretend it doesn’t bother you, but you just want to explode… 

Say, here I am, on the road again. there I am, up on the stage. Here I go, playing star again. There I go, turn the page… “

* Bob Seger, 1973

The act of creation.

The act of bringing forth something new into the world, this is often taken for granted. When we set out to create, we should keep in mind that we are the torchbearers of a long and wide spread tradition. The artists, writers and bards of mankind’s colourful [and often tragic] history gaze down on us from heights.

In order to do them any semblance of honour we must recognize our connection to them and our responsibility to those who will one day follow us. Creation is not a fancy… it is not a hobby… it is not a childish thing to be put away when we are no longer children ourselves but rather have children of our own.

Creation is the god within us all.

It is the spark of the divine. I am not saying a specific faith or deity has a part… I am saying that the essential element present in each and every human being, that sets us apart from the beasts, is expressed when we create.

We owe that spark a duty of care. When we step onto stages in spotlights [both virtual and actual] we are sharing that spark of ours with the world. Our creations shout out. They reveal the hidden mysteries of our own identities through symbols and imagery.

This is a powerful realization for many artists. Some embrace the perceptions of audience and relish the opportunity to share their work [and thus, themselves]. The possibility of rejection for our creations is the possibility of rejection for [a part at least] of ourselves. Some creators, insecure, never send creations out into the world…

Imagine that.

A cave drawing never found. An epic romance never read. A beauty never celebrated. A tragedy never performed. Cloistered, these unknown works do not add to the Grande Tapestry of Human Expression; their threads never added to the loom.

What we set out to create, with Speakeasy Primates, is a “studio atmosphere” within our little corner of the web. For all intents and purposes Speakeasy acts as a creative workshop for the artists and writers involved. Social networks have allowed us a “virtual studio” if you will, in which we could brainstorm, refine and produce our collaborative works. Finished comics, works of art, poetry & prose that have been crafted by individuals separated, in some cases, by vast distances – made irrelevant by the wonder that is the internet. Take the following sci-fi comic for example. Revamp [also known as Thunderhide] was written by a talented bloke in England, Scott Claringbold; penciled and inked, fantastically, by José Luis Gaitan from Spain; coloured initially by one Giorgos Tsopanos from Greece; finishing colours [shading & tones] niftily applied by Jon Biermann from Edmonton & finally lettered by my good pal David Marshall up in Ottawa. This sort of collaboration would not have been possible in years gone by.

The image of a publisher’s ‘bullpen’, from the editorial pages of the Marvel Comics we read as kids, was this workshop full of writers and artists brainstorming, exchanging pages and building upon one-another’s work. Now with the ability to upload and send eachother massive files, while simultaneously providing one another with instant feedback via comments and chat, we are able to replicate and improve upon that image from our childhood.

Until next time,

r. j. paré

PS – feel free to leave us comments & critique below; we thrive on feedback!


3 Responses to “Hitting On All Sixes… Speakeasy Style”

  1. Assunta Predmore December 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    Is there a Method?


  1. Ashcans Adventures… « speakeasyprimates - December 5, 2011

    […] since I discussed the history and intent of the studio in an earlier [Nov 29, "Hitting On All Sixes… Speakeasy Style"] post, I figured this time around I would share with you how we proceeded from that […]

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