New Comic Book Artist from Barbados hopes Image Comics will publish his new graphic novel series: Diskordia looks at Surrealism and Humour

Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio looks at dreams and how they can be warped and controlled and stolen or exchanged… Sun Tzu the Chinese philosopher once posed a riddle over what is identity using the avatars of man and butterfly, Inception challenges you are BOTH, while a Barbadian artist and writer wonders what if you’re NEITHER?

The author/illustrator Rivenis Black in a Malcolm McDowell mood a la Burgess' uber violent 70's treatise of the UK under the USSR, "A Clockwork Orange" {ALL IMAGES COURTESY AUTHOR}

The author/illustrator Rivenis Black in a Malcolm McDowell mood a la Burgess' uber violent 70's treatise of the UK under the USSR, "A Clockwork Orange" {ALL IMAGES COURTESY AUTHOR}

Via a mutual pal of singer Mandy Cummins, I was scouring the universes of Facebook and found this utterly startling and compelling work in the digital art of Rivenis Black, who was developing a series I learned and after many fits and starts – more from my end than his – we braved the rude and harsh blenders at Cave Shepherd’s coffee bistro esconced by their franchise bookstore, Pages (OMG, how non-Caribbean is Barbados? Coffee? Book-chains? Soon toddlers will ask what’s Mauby or Puddin’ & Souse?) and had a few conversations when our mobiles weren’t jangling away like maddened little infants vex their caretakers dared to spend time on others than themselves!

Did you see one of Anime Kon’s commercials? A chunk of Rivenis’ digital artwork saved the day in displaying the video, as he wanted to promote his work and organisers were avoiding copyright battles with DC, Image, Marvel, Dark Horse, or other publishing houses who are not so lenient on having their characters displayed afar for free. I reinserted the Video for you to take a peek, but visit my Video Gallery and you can see when it originally appeared.

This is the tentative debut cover for Rivenis Black's series - ponce published it should be noted the books are not for faint of heart: MATURE READERS ONLY

This is the tentative debut cover for Rivenis Black's series - ponce published it should be noted the books are not for faint of heart: MATURE READERS ONLY! {ALL IMAGES COURTESY AUTHOR}

The characters in that video emerged for the most part from Diskordia, a series which Rivenis plans to pitch to Image comics although a local publisher would be great as well, but he is aware Barbados can be a tough market especially for his kind of material {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Alice in Wonderland as interpreted by David Lynch is part of the theme of Diskordia

4 page preview of Diskordia - CLICK ON IMAGE FOR LARGER RESOLUTION: More can be found at http://rivenis.deviantart.com {ALL IMAGES COURTESY AUTHOR}

4 page preview of Diskordia - CLICK ON IMAGE FOR LARGER RESOLUTION: More can be found at http://rivenis.deviantart.com {ALL IMAGES COURTESY AUTHOR}

Films like Clockwork Orange and Donnie Darko appeal to the 28 year old digital artist who hails from Britain, (But he’s got a Bajan father and a Lucian mum) he is fascinated with the the idea of entropy as it relates to philosophy. This is reflected in the main character of Jacko Black – not Rivenis but his perspective and ‘voice‘ in the series, who one day after a particularly disgusting time spent by the Guidance Counsellor, has an amazing experience while awake – as far as he knows {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

The reader is kept guessing as to who is telling the truth or indeed if there is any truth to discern, many of the characters have their own internal logic base unlike most comics

Outside of his project Diskordia - Perhaps this is Casino Royale if 007 was a woman... Jean Bond?

Outside of Rivenis' project Diskordia - Perhaps this is Casino Royale if 007 was a woman... Jean Bond? {ALL IMAGES COURTESY AUTHOR}

Rivenis has a mind which is always on the go, he did a book before Diskordia but not necessarily in chronological order {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

The Dreamless” while the same universe as Diskordia, is not necessarily before, during or even after Diskordia – the malleability of the worlds allows Rivenis to create further possibilities

Zencii (female) & Perduu (feline) together the Pumpkin Genie, more like differing aspects of the Caterpillar than Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat

Zencii (female) & Perduu (feline) together the Pumpkin Genie, more like differing aspects of the Caterpillar than Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat {ALL IMAGES COURTESY AUTHOR}

So the next time you walk into Pages in the comics section, apart from Matthew Clarke & Mass Anthology? You may well find Rivenis Black under the Image logo and there’s Diskordia making you wonder what the hell is a butterfly or a man anyhow?

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  1. I still think the silver surfer 70’s edition from Marvel beats any other out there. It is rare but stands as the best I’ve ever read.

  2. I don’t get it. If he has the artist and writer, why doesn’t he create his own company and publish it himself? He’d be recognized more and make more money. As well as helping the industry on the islands.

  3. Publishing costs in Barbados are incredibly high, ask around…

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