This is an outline of how our site will be working for the coming few weeks and revisions will be made as we learn how to do this better.
Anyone of us is allowed to begin a discussion. Due to lack of a distinct vernacular for how we talk about comics both rhetorically and in regards to technique we will sometimes employ terms from different established fields such as film theory and critical theories in general.
When we wish to discuss a topic we will post an origin point, an article written by us that outlines what we wish to discuss and providing examples on that which we are referencing.We will post this initial article for the public to comment and speak on as well as a duplicate only visible by members of Structurant, in those comments we will discuss over a period of two weeks. Upon end of that discussion, the editors as at Structurant will compile that discussion and make it public with images.
Sometimes, during these discussions a member or two will begin to formulate a new idea, something in reference to our discussion. An experiment.
Any of us is able to post experiments, we will once again have a dual layer post where people can react to the experiment, as well as the other members of Structurant and upon end of our critique and discussion of a particular experiment we will have a composite post of said experiment, outlining it’s intentions and whether it worked or not. This lays the groundwork for others to do it better. We want you out there to expand on what we’re doing and make it work where we couldn’t. We want better comics.
Critical works: We will occasionally post critical explications of particular works that we admire or hate.
Interviews: Occasionally we will put out transcripts of interviews with specific creatives on craft and the medium .
Promotion: We will be announcing new members and introducing them as we go, and promoting the works of our members. While we are a venture to expand and perpetuate the dialogue within and around the medium we are also all creatives who freelance and would like you to look at our things and sometimes even purchase them.
The quality of this venture is intended to evolve our material and the work we make obviously informs what we have to give in discourse. So it is our hope that you support us in both aspects of this venture. When we produce Theorist Threats Volume 1 in the spring you will be seeing the culmination of the first phase of what Structurant is, on both fronts.
And a final word on our authority:
Opensource educational and academic spaces are important. In many universities conversations are stagnated by experts. People who by no means are unintelligent or under informed as to their specific fields but by asserting that authority, marginalize the masses. I believe in design for designers and design for those who are trying to interact individually with an interface and in this same way we, at Structurant, believe in our ability to speak on the mechanisms and nuances of a field as neither expert or mere readers.
Readers are anything but mere, comics are a communicative medium and if my storytelling doesn’t communicate with them then I have failed. Experts are experts by virtue of experience and in that way I will always posit that there are endless droves of folks who know more than any of us at Structurant do. In it is their work we take pride and herald their experimentation and skill. We are not the only people trying new things, we are young and brash and simply trying something.
We are trying to create a free space for conversation and experimenting where people of all levels of experience with the medium feel comfortable to contribute. Our authority exists in the work we make and we are subject or infinite scrutiny. Give it to us. We need it in order to move forward.
If you are making things and think Structurant may be something you’d be interested in, let us know at absolomgrundy(at)gmail(dot)com