I had a math teacher who once talked about “Wide Knowledge” verses “Deep Knowledge”, and ever since his lecture, I’ve thought about this in regards to art and storytelling. In this work, I seek to explore telling a simple “wide” story that has an underlying history under it, that if the reader should so choose, they can use it to “deepen” their experience. Not all readers will want to do this, but some readers will (I hope) really enjoy the experience.

Some of the other influences are:

Fallout 3
A video game which allows a player to either play as a straight shooter, or as an explorer who pieces together the history of “What Happened.”
Dionaea House
A web-based story (possibly a net.art piece) that spans several different social media to tell the story of a haunted house that mimics the Venus Flytrap plant.
House of Leaves
Which is a text based book that as the reader goes through the story, they realize that the book itself hides riddles that if the readers cares to do so, deepens the story and adds another layer of “What the heck is going on here?” to everything.
Butler’s Parable of the Sower
A post-apocalyptic book that is super intense. I’ve never had the guts to read the second book in the series; I prefer to believe that things end happily ever after, although I have to admit, the thing I like best about the book is how bleak and forsaken the book paints the world.
The Strugatsky Brother’s Roadside Picnic
Another post-apocalyptic book. The book really drives home the strangeness and unreliability of a world that has been visited by (and abandoned by) aliens. The book combines exploration both in the terms of “scavenging” and in the terms of trying to figure out how to use the artifacts that are found in the forbidden alien “zones.”

About the text

I originally used Lorem Ipsum for all the text, as a way of turning the text into yet another art object, but I will probably end up rewriting all the text to tell an actual story. For now, the story is told through the art alone (which is a lot of pressure to put on an artist).


Read the comic here. The main pages are set up in a common webcomic setup, just use the “next/last” buttons to navigate. The secondary pages are all under the primary pages. In an ideal world, I’d hide the links as Easter Eggs in the primary pages, but I’m too lazy to figure it out, and I’m really dying for time, trying to get stuff together before my thesis presentation.

Check out the photos of the gallery show if you’re into that sort of thing!