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Dreamtales--the Gif Series

Dreamtales are a series of comics telling dreams. There are two series, an early "Gif Series" and a later "Jpeg Series".

THE GIF SERIES ran 1990-1994, each issue cartooning an epic dream; they were some of the first purely digital comics, i.e. not scanned but drawn with a mouse or pen & tablet and saved as GIFs with low resolution and just 8-16 colors. I didn't call them "the Gif Series" then, but their look is quite distinct. They were meant to be zines. Remember zines? But since their filesizes were modest, they were ideal for the early Web, and I soon uploaded them.

THE JPEG SERIES: From 1994 on, I drew in pencil, then scanned, tinted and shaded. Intricate and flowing, they look a bit like some of Shaun Tan's page-spreads in The Arrival. These very different comics, which I now think of as "the JPEG series", were meant for paper publication only--they were just too high-resolution and detailed to post on the early Web. I'm only publishing them online now (2017), twenty years after drawing them! I've included, on the list below, the first two Jpeg tales, A Sphinx's Sketchbook and Wing It!, since they were numbered as if part of the Gif series. I hadn't yet faced that I'd stumbled into a very different thing--not zines, more fine art. For the whole Jpeg Series see Dreamtales.

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#0 (test run) a surreal but nondream comic
SAX: by Wayan; 300K total, 8 pp, 1991/5/31, a digital comic--a true story.
Alone in my blue room, I heard sax music. Two sunbathers were jamming outside my window...
CAUTION: SEX AND SAX
#1
BROWN DRESS: by Wayan; 1984/2/11, 9-page digital comic of a sexy healing dream.
A champion swimmer tells me how she turned a sexual humiliation into excitement and liberating power...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEX, SHAME, PSYCHOLOGICAL COMPLEXITY
#2
MY THREE HUSBANDS: by Wayan; 1981/2/26 furry polygamy dream drawn as a 15p comic ten years later
I'm three women who marry a unicorn, a goat philosopher, and a magic cat. We start a commune, but the police quarantine us...
CAUTION: INTERSPECIES MARRIAGE, UNDERAGE SEX, FRAGMENTED DREAMER and BAD COPS
#3
A KNIFE AT HIS THROAT: by Wayan; 1991/1/1; a political dream-cartoon-fable
A courtroom hostage-drama where I'm forced to commit... tracheotomy! And then the Gulf War begins...
CAUTION: CARTOON VIOLENCE
#4
RABBIT WORLD: by Wayan; 260K total, 6-page comic of a 1990/9/26 dream.
I'm a telepathic rabbit defending our world from space-laser attack. We do, but do we modernize too much?
CAUTION: IDEAS
#5: MANTA, BRIDGE, PROGRESS: three short tales
MANTA MOTHS: by Wayan; 1990/10/3, a transcendental nightmare tinged by a dream eight years earlier, 1982/1/22.
Our expedition into the mountains shrinks as Manta Moths pick us off... or do they? An old scroll spoke of fear leading to transformation...
THE BRIDGE: by Wayan; a 3-page comic from two linked dreams, 1989/5/28 & 1989/10/1.
The Hunt of the Unicorn (yeah, guess who I am), as I fly through the worlds fighting Reaganism...
CAUTION: MOCKS THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR
MAKING PROGRESS STANDING STILL: by Wayan; 1990/10/1; a healing dream cartooned.
I dreamed I slowly climbed out of guilty longing to an exciting climax on the Escalator of Love...
CAUTION: CARTOON SEX, NUDITY, GENDER POLITICS
#6
FIVE HEARTS: by Wayan; dreamed 1989/1/11; sexy psychic unicorn dream-comic (text only: FIVE HEARTS)
I'm a nurse pulled through a glowing well to a world ruled by a five-hearted unicorn, who wants me to...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEX FANTASIES, LONGING, MELANCHOLIA
#7
I GOT OUT: by Wayan; 1992/1/4, a psychic dream; 9-page comic, 500K.
I flee our love triangle when Abe turns mean. He's telepathic, but I have a plan: the goldfish, the snakepit, the caves...
CAUTION: THREESOME, SNAKES, MOTORCYCLE FATALITY
#8
I MIST MY SISTER: by Cory and Wayan; 212K, 1992/9/20; Cory's healing dream triggers one by Wayan.
My friend Cory's sore back is healed by a dream. So I ask for the same, and get this dream of incest...
CAUTION: KARMA, SEX/NUDITY, INCEST ISSUES
#9: last Dreamtale composed digitally on screen with no physical art, with limited colors, saved as GIFs.
GOLD EATER: by Wayan; 560K, 9-page comic of a 1993/1/15 dream.
I'm an orphan shapeshifter enslaved by a gold-eating monster. But I meet a cat-girl with a hammer...
CAUTION: BAD FOSTER-DAD; CAPITALIST MONSTER; VIOLENCE TO INNOCENT VENDING MACHINES
#10: the first piece with physical art: pencils scanned, tinted and deepened digitally. This hybrid method became my default.
A SPHINX'S SKETCHBOOK: by Wayan; dreamed 1994/7/2 & 7/19; a 23-page dream-comic
I find the sketch-journal of a beautiful winged sphinx who left her mythic isle to explore a city of crazy bipeds, called San Francisco...
CAUTION: SPHINX SEX, SPHINX ATTITUDE
#JAM: first nondream comic of any length, further testing pencil technique.
WING IT: by Wayan, 1995/12/29-1996/2/14, a 9-page improv comic.
An art experiment--the only rule is DRAW--no models, no ideas, no plans, not even dreams. Drawing from the void!
Dreamtales had clearly entered strange new territory: the Jpeg Series.
DREAMTALES: by Wayan; 1996-2006, a 250-page collection of dream comics
"I've always dreamed other lives. Other bodies. Other times. Other worlds. I draw my lives..."


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