a graphic warning
The hypnotic rocking of an hour-long train ride 6 times a week brought about the doodles that would become Parahomohemorrhoid. Captions for these drawings built the structure of this character, and over the course of a couple weeks he had a face, a name, and a personality.
It began to look like a comic when the written captions were replaced by 6-cell story strips, formatted to fit on Instagram. Filtering sporadic ideas through a linear lens transformed jumbled moments into a story.
The 26 letters of our standard alphabet are used superfluously; consonant-combinations are often redundant and take up space both on paper (which we are rapidly depleting our forests for) and in the form of digital zero's and one's. No supply is infinite enough for our ceaseless demand, so a new, ever-expanding alphabet is necessary to put a small but not insignificant dent in our consumption. New characters replace combinations of old characters, shortening words and shrinking damage.
The discovery of material made from discarded plastic bags brought Parahomohemorrhoid into the tangible world. The theme of an addiction to plastic that becomes cancerous and all the more addictive was given a physical form disguised as book covers made from bags picked up off the streets and sidewalks of Philadelphia. Over 400 bags were (re)used to make 100 book covers.
Thirty-six pages of puzzles and pictures were printed (one 100% recycled paper, naturally), folded, and stapled. Parahomohemorrhoid was born.