Friday 15 August 2008

an anonymous commenter wrote: "Re: performing comics in public, maybe it would work to project the pages on a big screen while you read the words."
NO, I say, a thousand times NO!

It should be done like this: (as described by Nicki Greenberg)
"Bernard and Bruce perform a huge cast of characters, as well as playing and singing the music (beautiful) and doing all the cleverly minimal props and the lighting and sound. And they do all this with a level of energy, perfectly pitched emotion, comic timing and expressive physicality that is really amazing.
One of the things that made me want to leap out of my seat and cheer was the frame props. In some of the rapid-fire "voice over" narrative sequences, the guys used a pair of flat, brightly coloured rectangular frames to - well, to frame characters' faces or bits of the action. They were living, moving (fast moving!) comic book frames!! Brilliant! That is adaptation working for its keep - using the idiom of one form and making it talk in another form, in a new and exciting way."

She is describing
Miracleman: the two man show
adapted and performed by Bruce Woolley and Bernard Caleo
from the comic book written by Alan Moore and drawn by Gary Leach and Alan Davis.
It played at The Croft Institute in Melbourne, Australia, during the first couple of weeks of July, so this is a retrospective glance alas.
On his own blog my old pal Bernard also describes it:
Two men, two wigs, a doll, a guitar... it can only mean one thing. That's right, the stage adaptation of the comic book 'Miracleman' is back in town. Bruce Woolley is fresh from Berlin, and Bernard Caleo is fresh from turning 40, and they're doing a re-vamped, amped-up version of their two man show with more amplitude than ever before!



Blogger Yoga Gal said...

This question has nothing to do with today's blog remark but here it goes. When you told me about your story about the sex life of a celibate middle-age male my first thought was;"How delightful, it sounds like a sexual "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". James Thrurder is considered a national treasure and received many literary awards during his life time because of his witty drawings and his subject of exploring the complex nature of male /female relationships. However, he gave more text than drawings. Your works remind me of Mr. Thruder's writings and drawings. I couldn't help but wonder if your protagonist is married or single. Still the plot idea sounds wonderful. I thought about your story when I was reading a review of Woody Allen's new film and he stated that he believes true romance is desire unfulfilled. Once been there done that happens , passion goes out the window. I know I must sound jaded but my view on marriage is that it's a great institution but who wants to live in an institution?
Still, I can't help but think have you considered writing more text and making it not so much a graphic novel but a novel with pictures?namaste - geri

15 August 2008 at 22:00:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Hayley Campbell said...

No one pays attention to a man with a Powerpoint presentation.

16 August 2008 at 04:41:00 GMT-5  

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