COMICS ONLINE! From a distance the city appears as an anonymous machine fuelled by an endless crowd of unidentifiable denizens. As we are pulled into the madness the crowds begin to introduce themselves; it is not an amorphous monstrosity but rather all sorts of strange and unique characters spiralling through the cogs. In the background faceless bubble people can still be seen entering the buildings making the metropolis go round, but at street level each one presents a different face, background, interest... a different story. However despite the unapproachable diversity some strange force runs rampant all throughout.
Strange technological tentacles have attached themselves to the citizens. These extraterrestrial devices seem to be pumping the crowds full of euphoric distractions. Using weird hypnotic sounds waves, reductionist language and infinitely mesmeric gossip the electronic entities are rapidly assimilating mankind. Despite the nature of our differences a single thought, religion, ideology is being transmitted like an evolutionary disease to the unsuspecting citizens in the City of Gears.
HEY APATHY! Book 1 was originally published in 2005 while I was working as a full time street artist. I made the whole book while sitting on the sidewalk under a tree in downtown Toronto's busy fashion district. I had been doing a lot of live mural painting performances featuring characters being overtaken, morphing or even being destroyed by electronic devices. Oftentimes I'd add a little superhero to the paintings especially when children were in the audience. This was a great way to say hey the world is messed up but there is always hope. Coincidentally or otherwise that symbol of hope appealed most to the younger generation. At the end of the summer I decided to use these symbol and characters in a more linear format and scripted this tale of a tiny superhero with eyeballs on his cape as he tries to defend humanity against a parasitic electronic invasion entitled “The rise and fall of Studabaker Hawk!”.