Swatted is a series of short comics about a fly who dies in every story, created during my RCA MA.
I chose a fly as my main character. We struggle with flies in human spaces: we find them disgusting, they have a reputation of spreading diseases, and they’re constantly in conflict with human beings, making them ideal for driving story conflict.
Rules and gaps
Rules shape behaviour and outcome, and a missing rule (something undefined) is an opportunity for emergence. An emergent comic strip uses a computational approach to authoring a story, where a human plays the role of a computer following a program: with the fleshy, flawed ability to iterate on a storyline in a way computers cannot.
- Six panel stories
- The fly dies in every story
- A roll of the die determines the panel at which the fly dies (1-6)
- The fly is always relentlessly optimistic despite the circumstances
- The fly appears to be refined despite his true status
- Often a second story is happening in the background
- The primary voice is the fly, who always speaks directly to the camera
- After the fly's death, there is silence, though events may still be occurring