Serial Artist is a graphic novel originally published by UK based Markosia Enterprises on March 15th 2014 and as of July 25th 2017 is now available exclusively as a Deluxe Edition on Kindle Direct Publishing.
On the surface (at least), it is the story of a fine arts gallery painter who has claimed the subjects of his paintings are his murder victims, that all the clues necessary to solve his crimes are hidden in his work, and he has challenged the world to catch him. I am the author, and I also created many of the paintings attributed to the titular character in the book. Done in a fumetti style, the interior artwork was created by the talented Kevin Storm who gave years of his life to the project. Here is a seven page preview of the book.
If you’d like to know more, you can read a full interview Kevin and I did concerning the book here (He is the Thing that Shouldn’t Exist – FINAL.BEN.doc), but if you’re actually interested I’d rather you read the book first so you don’t spoil anything for yourself. It’s only $5.99 on Kindle, and you can find it other places (even out of print copies) other places as well…
Concerning the work, I think Serial Artist is an accurate reflection of the anger, frustration, and disdain many people feel about the state of the world we live in. I also feel like I was able to successfully convey the message I sought to with this book, and in a way that was both poignant and entertaining. I think I lob some pretty scathing criticisms directly at the sorest spots of their targets, and for the first time in a long time I think I’ve produced something that actually really talks about art, and what it means to make art, and the dangers of careless art devoid of value (either through fraud or for profit/ratings). I am unusually proud of this book, and it’s rare for me to continue to be impressed by something I’ve made. It’s also my “bridge” book, as I didn’t think of myself as a magician when I started working on it, but after all the synchronicity surrounding it and the channel of my life, by the end I’d realized I was.
Here is a collection of praise and reviews the book has received from critics and professionals alike.