ThomasOfUrizen Profile

Full name: Thomas Drinnen
Handle: ThomasOfUrizen
Rank: Level 1 Rookie (Law and Order)
Joined: 9/16/2009 13:18
Birthday: 12/18/1981
Location: Dallas, TX, United States

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Email: Private


Thomas, and his brother, Daniel, had been itching to release a comic and/or webcomic of their own into the world for many moons.  Having briefly contributed to the trend of stick-figure-based strips that now engulfs the interweb tubes, the brothers realized that they must either cultivate a unique style of their own, or admit to their lack of creative energy and quietly disappear into the annals of uninspired mediocrity.  They chose the latter.  Wait… no!  The former!  The FORMER!!!

An initial idea arose to create a comic based around 8-bit style sprites as central, recurring characters, but this idea faded away and was ultimately abandoned.  The concept of using pixel art in creating a comic, however, remained…

Travel even further back in time to a point of “cultural exploration” on Thomas’ part, when readings on Zen and Eastern religions led him to the ancient art of haiku.  Although haiku was a style of poetry familiar to Thomas, he  never fully appreciated it until he unearthed the poems of many true haiku masters.  These poems were, in turn, passed along to Daniel, who authored a series of haiku of his own.

This finally brings us back to Thomas, and his endless commute to parts unknown, with Daniel’s haiku running through his mind.  Suddenly, he was revisited by the ghost of the pixel art style… comic… idea, and a collision of cerebral neurons poured forth a creative bounty!  Aided by Daniel’s elegant words, Thomas would attempt his very first LO-KU that night.

The limitations enforced in making a LO-KU strip, perfectly embody the nature of the haiku! For each line in the haiku, a 32 x 32 pixel image is created using only the basic NES color palette (52 colors with a few redundancies). This makes one’s ability to visually express a poem particularly tricky! Often the three panels will rely on each other in order to overcome the inherent limitations of the pixels. This allows Thomas and Daniel to convey things such as human expressions, scale, depth, emotion, location, thoughts… anything!  Colors must be chosen extremely carefully in order to create visually appealing and coherent final product! As many of you on this site will realize, working with such large pixels (an oxymoron?... "large pixels") is no easy task!

A LO-KU strip can be anything: Funny, sad, stupid, absurd, touching, ridiculous… even occasionally offensive! So come now!  Join these two men in their eternal journey towards enlightenment (or their first 100 strips, whichever comes first…).  No one knows what may happen along the way!

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