THE WORLD DREAM BANK ON CD-ROM
I'm in a band called the Krelkins--Nic Griffin on drums, Mike Marrelli on guitars and bass, Andrew Page on keyboard & guitar, Chris Wayan on keyboards; all sing. We compose all our own songs, many of them from dreams. We aim to be the next Beatles. (Of course I'm also painting dream-art, working as the handyman for our co-operative house, trying to print out the last pages of a graphic novel (Dreamtales), and tapping out code every night for these !#$*!! webpages too...) The equipment's there, the music's written, the songs are (mostly) arranged, the band is recording (eight good tracks now--Jan 2012) but everything takes time. Daily do I offer up prayers to my savage deity: "Great Goddess, let this be the last take!" And lo, it isn't.
Tentative songlist for Meet the Krelkins:
I'm listing this CD prematurely because I want people to nag us so we'll finish sooner! Come on! Nag! Nag! Nag!
You can nag better than THAT.
Other unrecorded dream-songs are on the site as lyric-and-chord sheets, like Anarchy Fair; others are like The Busy Ness Man, presented as prose. We're working that one up as a sort of five-minute micro-opera in six voices (yeah, there are only three of us, but we're all schizoid, so that works out neatly.)
Hey, if you've recorded a CD, and have hard-won advice (sound studio versus do it yourself?), we'd love to hear your experiences:
I've always lived other lives in my sleep. Other bodies, times, worlds. Each tale is such a life.
coming as soon as I find a publisher or save up enough to print it myself.
250 pages of COLOR dream-comics! Includes full-color editions of:
BIRDS AND BOYS (see below)
A SPHINX'S SKETCHBOOK (see below)
OPEN YOUR CAGE (see below)
FISHER GIRLS (for a low-resolution web version, see: Fisher Girls)
THIEF OF DREAMS (see below)
BRAVE NEW MILLENIUM (new stuff nowhere else)
2006, approx 8x11", 250 pp.
|Dreamtales 7: BRAVE NEW MILLENNIUM:
The Faerie Queen steals me to nurse an anti-changeling
Polar bears vie for power in the new City Hall
A rabbit-shaman's apprentice screws up
A dryad filmmaker flirts with the wrong Xena extra...
52 pp color comics. Just done. Don't know about printing/binding/cost yet!
|Dreamtales 6: THIEF OF DREAMS:
Just another lesbian gothic mermaid detective dream...
24 pp comic, 8.5" by 11"; FULL COLOR. My longest, most ambitious dream-comic ever. $24.
|Dreamtales 5: OPEN YOUR CAGE: a collection of a dozen dream-comics, including:
Elmer Fudd as Frankenstein,
Perissa the centaur exhibitionist,
an army of anorexics and the world's only all-bulemic band. (Uh-oh, just lost some fans).
psychic dreams about fox-spirits and
a volcanic guitarist,
and half a dozen more.
1999, 40 page comics collection, $8
|Dreamtales 4: MONEY TALKS:|
Thirty-one short dreams about money and financial advice, with COLOR illustrations. Buddha's vending machine, demon poker, Trump on the run, utopias on Saturn... To my surprise, they added up to a dream-philosophy about money and prosperity in general.
1998, half-size (about 5.5" by 8"), COLOR, 28 pages, $8.
|Dreamtales 3: BIRDS AND BOYS:|
BIRDS AND BOYS, like OPEN YOUR CAGE, is a collection of pencil-shaded comics too detailed for the Web, including:
A dream-statue garden and the Cat Guru's skate-athon on the moon.
Were-Girl gnaws on my gate, explains life, moondances, and draws us her interpretation of a Dickinson poem. Emily rules!
How I became a swan.
Petting the cat gets out of hand.
Why I draw more dreams where I'm a girl than a boy.
I face death by gang-rape or by Kafka Bug.
A confidential dream-report on our newest national park: the Sex-Reefs of Utah.
The happy tale of Octopus Esthetics.
I'm a sexy singing beast freeing the Prisoner from REM's Moral Kiosk.
I'm the first woman baseball commissioner, and a team of monsters want a franchise.
First psychologist on the moon--or is he a groundhog?
32 pp comics collection $8.
|Dreamtales 2: WING IT!:|
A non-dream experiment--a solo jam in which I don't copy life, dreams, plans, ideas--just draw from the spontaneous void. Images and characters emerge, take over, and evolve... It'll get you doodling.
1996, pencil, 12 pages, $3.
|Dreamtales 1: A SPHINX'S SKETCHBOOK:|
An artistic sphinx plays tourist in San Francisco, draws the natives, and falls in love... A tribute to Gauguin's journal of Tahiti.
This was my first nondigital comic, drawn in lush and intricate grayscale with an exotic new art tool called a "pencil". 1994-5. 24 pages, $5.
|Books of dream-comics and illustrated dream stories, ALL COLOR, trade paperback size (about 5x8"). Many of these dreams can be found scattered through the website, but if you're teaching a class on dreams and want ref materials, or if you just plain prefer print...|
|DUMB DREAMS: pointless dreams of pigs, poets, pregnancy, precognitions, penises, Persians, and other unspeakable subjects. A sampler from the dream humor page. Illustrated dreamtales, early 2001, 16 pages. $5.|
|HIS DEER WIFE: I'm a slave, a scribe in the house of a captain of the New Aztec Empire, when he brings home a wife... 16 pp., illustrated dream-story, 2000, 16 pages. $5.|
|BIRTH DREAMS: A book of eleven illustrated dreams of pregnancy, birth, otters, breastfeeding, runaways, monkeys, menstruation, marsupiality, and other taboo subjects. 1998, 16 pages. $5.|
|I MIST MY SISTER: Unrequited love's even harder when it's incest. A healing dream. 1993. 10 pages, $4.|
|MY THREE HUSBANDS: I'm three women at once! We marry magic animals from other worlds and form a commune. A dream of sexual wildness and censorship. 1991. 16 pages, $5.|
|BROWN DRESS: I'm a 12-year-old girl growing up in a slum, turning shame and sexual trauma into courage and excitement. My favorite early work, and my most personal. 1990-1, 10 pages, $4.|
CAUTION! These are uncensored dream stories for mature readers. Your brain may fry, your mom may turn purple, your government may fall. Cultural and legal codes are a chaotic patchwork, so I can't predict local reactions to this stuff.
What's "mature" mean? If you can handle the website, the books are similar: some sexy scenes, rather casual nudity and swearing, green feminist queer politics, and cheerful pagan blasphemy.