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Perissa's Reserved Seat

Dreamed 1997/9/13, drawn as comix 1999, by Chris Wayan.
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Cover of 'Perissa', a dream-comic by Wayan. Click to enlarge. P.1 of 'Perissa', a dream-comic by Wayan. Click to enlarge. P.2 of 'Perissa', a dream-comic by Wayan. Click to enlarge. P.3 of 'Perissa', a dream-comic by Wayan. Click to enlarge. P.4 of 'Perissa', a dream-comic by Wayan. Click to enlarge. P.5 of 'Perissa', a dream-comic by Wayan. Click to enlarge. P.6 of 'Perissa', a dream-comic by Wayan. Click to enlarge.

ON THE ART

The illustrations for Perissa were digitally tinted, but the graycale designs were originally generated by an ultra-high-resolution graphics peripheral--too hi-res for the Web, really. It has drawbacks--a clumsy interface that takes time to learn (for example, to erase, you have to turn the whole unit upside down! Unbelievable! What were the designers smoking?) but it's incredibly powerful once mastered.

The device is called a "pencil"--a silly name, just "pen" plus "silicon" misspelled (and it doesn't even contain any--if industry rumors are correct, it's all carbon-based nanotech), but what do you expect from inventors on drugs?

Anyway, remember, you saw the word here first, folks! Pencil. In years to come, we'll all be using them.

THE PAINTING

I've just finished (I think) a painted version of Perissa's tale, showing a beach vignette from the viewpoint of the dream-figure I've neglected here: Giriko.

Painted beach scene. Asian girl lying on a towel gawks at a centaur-girl talking to a human-looking boy. Click to enlarge.
The painting's meant to look like oil, but since I'm allergic to solvents, it's really many-layered acrylic glazes on a big leaf-shaped wood panel, which is mounted on a wooden oval with words telling her side of the story. As I painted, it turned out that Giriko's feelings for her friend are even more complex and ambivalent than I realized in the dream. For Giri's a minority too--just a less visible one.
Painted beach scene. Asian girl lying on a towel gawks at a centaur-girl talking to a human-looking boy, raising her tail, obviously turned on. Click to enlarge.
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