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June 30th, 2011

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The Bleeding Mirror

(R; Horror/Psychological Drama/Social Commentary) Story and art by David Marshall. This symbolic tale serves as one response to the mass media and urban loneliness. Published in Gore Shriek, a horror anthology published by Fantaco Enterprises, Inc. Read the story overview for more behind-the-scenes details.

None of the flashback events actually happened to me, but I was sent to a white suburban junior high school in the mid-1970s. I never felt comfortable there, constantly feeling as though something like this could happen any minute. I later found out a least one really pretty girl had a crush me. How I answered her dreams is still a mystery today. Nonetheless, I’d been carrying around this paranoid vision for years. While inaccurate, it came in handy when I needed a “hook” for this story.

I so focused on form (brush technique, storytelling, etc.) that I completely forget the content can move people. A non-comics friend saw this page in mid-production asked “Did you mean for this to be read by the public?” That’s when I knew this might be a good, or at least entertaining story.

Talk Back! Most recent of (6)

Composition Rules

Che | Posted on July 13th, 2011 at 10:14 pm   

I love, love, love the composition of this, especially the build to the final horizontal panel.

re: Composition Rules

David Marshall | Posted on July 15th, 2011 at 11:23 am   

I think I was a better storyteller 20 years ago. I’m currently much better at surface-level elements these days (drafting, inking, visual reference and hand-lettering). In comics, however, the actual goal of these tools is to tell stores both clearly and in an entertaining manner. I may have sacrificed soul for accuracy. That’s my long-winded way of saying “Thanks, Che”.

For those who don’t know his work, please check out his Production 3C, Che’s excellent web comic.

Vibrant Obvious Idea

Spambot Cheap | Posted on February 18th, 2012 at 8:15 am   

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re: Vibrant Obvious Idea

David Marshall | Posted on February 18th, 2012 at 9:52 am   

You’re an exceptionally observant spambot! Our hero’s “fantastic defeat” on this page is just the iceberg’s tip! His inability to process confrontation as a teenager snowball into — at this point in his life — a bottomless, self-sustaining vacuum of anger and depression. That type of maturity comes with experience and constant self-examination, but also leads to boring fiction. Hopefully this supernatural tale of violent neurosis entertains humans and smambots equally.


Rene Schwiesow | Posted on May 13th, 2013 at 11:15 am   


Finding Time

David Marshall | Posted on May 13th, 2013 at 12:18 pm   

Rene’s is a published author, host, editor and reviewer of poetry. Show how happy you are that she found time for these silly stories by visiting her on Amethyst Arsenic, Mass Poetry and YouTube to see what all the excitement’s about.

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