WHAT IS RUNNER’S PARADOX?
Creator Steve Peters explains:
“Runner’s Paradox was a 24-Hour comic, started at my brother Jeff’s comic book shop, Commuter Comics, in South Orange, New Jersey. In the terminology of 24-hour comics aficionados, it was a “noble failure” in that it wasn’t finished in time, and never reached 24 pages. I completed 18 pages in New Jersey, then went home to Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and rested, then did 3 final pages on Sunday night. It was probably a bit too ambitious for a 24-hour comic, considering the amount of information and detail I was trying to get in there.
“The color tones were added later, of course, using Photoshop, as were areas of solid black. There are song lyrics which appear between each row of panels; those are from my Paradox CD. They were handwritten for the CD liner notes; as I did the 24-hour comic I pasted xeroxes of the lyrics into place.
“Several years ago, I started an autobiographical Paradox comic that I eventually abandoned because the story proved to be too difficult to tell. There were events that were too painful or embarassing to share with the world, and there were certain people that I knew would see the comic that I would rather they didn’t.
“I eventually realized I could get around this problem by using my character, Runner, from my Everwinds comic, in place of myself. By hiding behind this character, I was able to tell the story. I didn’t feel obligated to depict the events exactly the way they happened, and since it was set in a fantastic environment, I was able to make some things more abstract.
“Much like the award-winning Chemistry comic and CD Soundtrack, Runner’s Paradox the comic was conceived as a companion for my Paradox CD. It tells the story behind the songs, which chronicle a turbulent period in my life. Like Chemistry, Runner’s Paradox is broken up into chapters, one for each song, and each song reflects the moods and events of its corresponding chapter. Together, the music and story reveal a tale of crushing heartbreak and spiritual redemption.”
PRAISE FOR RUNNER’S PARADOX:
“Much like the award-winning Chemistry comic and CD Soundtrack, Runner’s Paradox the comic was concieved as a companion for my Paradox CD. It tells the story behind the songs, which chronicle a turbulent period in my life. Like Chemistry, Runner’s Paradox is broken up into chapters, one for each song, and each song reflects the moods and events of its corresponding chapter. Together, the music and story reveal a tale of crushing heartbreak and spiritual redemption.”
“Wrapped in musical lyrics that tie into his Paradox Soundtrack CD recording, Runner’s Paradox is Steve Peters’ charming graphic expression of longing, guilt, and unrequited love on the artist’s journey… through the veil of archetypal cartoon characters.”
—David Mack,Kabuki, Daredevil, Se7en
“If you are one of the tiny percentage of human beings who deplore the hypnotic techno-media mass enslavement of modern consumer society, then you’ll surely recognize something vital, spiritual, touching and very funny in Runner’s Paradox and in the comics of Steve Peters. The rest of you, go back to your regular programming.”
—Rick Veitch, Can’t Get No, Rare Bit Fiends
“I really liked Steve Peters’ Paradox Soundtrack CD. It’s just like his comics. Also, it reminds me of ’80’s Maryland/DC band 9353 and Victor Banana who did the Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron soundtrack.
—James Kochalka, American Elf, Super F*ckers
RAY MILLER’S INTRO TO RUNNER’S PARADOX
(Appears on the inside front cover of the comic):
“Followers of Steve’s works will find that Runner’s true paradox is that it is complex, yet wonderfully simple. Steve’s comic world is full of simple,everyday moments and exotic pieces of colorful life that fit together into a complex, interchangeable whole. Steve and Runner follow their muses in wonder, their lives touched by fleeting moments of love, epiphanies, and extra-dimensional entities that drive them ever onward to collect them all and build them into something truly amazing.
They’re brilliant and colorful, all these parts! His work is a micropolis of exotic characters and places. His aliens, ghosts, lady commanders and organic sojourners play out their adventures in both the outer planes of the mind and the innerspace of the soul. Steve ties them all together with art, words and even music into a beautiful toy box where the self-reflections of adulthood play side-by-side with the joyful gems of childhood.
Runner’s Paradox is just one playset in an amazing collection! Figures included! Collect them all!”
—AcroRay, Micropolis Embassy