Well, that’s it. Five years since the initial parts of The Silent Choir were printed in the pages of Strip For Me 11, the whole is finally available for you to read. Sorry about the wait.
The Silent Choir was directly inspired by a photograph. I wondered, on seeing it, what had happened to all of these happy, smiling faces. Where had their lives taken them? Was there something that kept them together or pushed them apart? The title suggested itself, and the title drove the rest of the story. As for the one hundred individual stories that make up and connect to form the story, well, who knows where they came from?
It’s been a long process, though it’s always been bubbling in the background while I’ve worked on other things. Parts of the story were written in Dundee, London, New York and at home. It was interesting to watch the story form about the names that I chose for the faces. Members of the choir made friends with each other where I hadn’t expected it, connections occurred where I wouldn’t have thought them possible. The Silent Choir was one of those things that took on a life of its own. Putting it up on the website let me putt all of those links in for other people to see. Please do have a play around with your mouse as you read – there’s plenty to discover hidden in the images.
Another thing I find interesting about seeing the completed story is the changes in art style that punctuate the piece. Now, I’ve never claimed to be the greatest artist in comics, not by a long way. I am pleased to see the difference between the earliest pieces and the last, though – it certainly seems as though there has been at least a little improvement (take a look at the page address – generally the early numbers are the ones that were done first, funnily enough). It’s certainly been important to me in the way that I approach writing, and I’ll miss having it around.
So anyway, the story is now complete, and there are mysteries for you to uncover. Please, I hope you enjoy The Silent Choir.
In the meantime, I’m going to have a bit of a holiday. Oh, you’ll still be able to find me at Elephant Words and The Rule of Death, but I won’t be updating the website until the start of October, when I‘ll be doing a bit of refurbishment. Write it in your diaries now.
I tell you one thing though. I’m not going to Paris.