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The Exquisite Corpse as Applied To Comics


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I’ve long been intrigued/interested by Dada and Surrealism. When the TODCRA comic strip, Film Funnies, was being created, we’d often do a comic based on the idea of The Exquisite Corpse. The Corpse is a dada/surrealist parlor game, where a narrative is constructed by several people, one sentence at a time. One person writes a sentence on a paper, folds it over, so the next person can only see a small portion of it. The next person then sees that small portion of the sentence (say, maybe the last couple words) and then writes the next sentence of the story, based on what bit of the previous sentence they see. They then fold that bit of the paper over and pass it along to the next person who does the same thing. This continues until everyone decides to end it. The result is a nonsensical story that still has a sense of flow to it.


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