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Behind the Scenes

A Look at "Perception"

 

The Concept ...

Here's the original blurb written in my notebook:

*Photos that "talk" with word balloons or actual soundbites.  Random musings or arranged story style.  Contradict words/images?  [Word balloons arranged as if characters exist but unseen?]  How the characters see and interact with surroundings?  A couple's romance/courtship?  An old married couple revisiting where they've been before "the end"?  >Not only lets the reader fill the gutters, but "sketch" the characters

 

It seems strange now, after typing the above, knowing what it's grown into.  Now that there is over 20 episodes in the series, I thought it'd be fun to look back at how "Perception" came to be, what it's "really" about and a bit on where it's going from here.

 

What is it?

I like to think that the "slogan" for the comic sums it up nicely: "A young couple gets to know each other.  Picture it."  Each strip is a series of six photos taken by my wife Valerie.  These photos are then captioned by me, creating a conversation between the two characters in the strip.  The two characters are never phsyically shown.  The characters are a young couple that I've always pictured as early/mid 20-somes, but they really could be whomever the reader wanted them to be.  I really have no idea how it reads from a LGBT point-of-view, being that I'm a straight and married white guy.

 

Where is it?

The photos have mainly been from Madison, WI and surrounding communities.  We've also done photo shoots by Baraboo, Merrimac and Janesville.  We go wherever there's an interesting setting that we can put the couple in, places they might go to hang out or on a date.  I'm planning on going back and annotating all the strips with locations, references and links to memes name-dropped.

 

How did it come to be?

The idea had been rolling about in my head for awhile.  I don't remember the original brainstorm that started it.  I'll also admit that I had no idea that Valerie would end up doing the photos.  I never considered the possibility until I started looking at some of the photos she took.  I could see a natural knack for composition and a good eye for design.  When the lightbulb went on that this was something we could work on together ... the job was all hers.

 

What's Perception Really About?

It's much ado about not much.  It's "Seinfield" with a much smaller cast (less annoying, too, I think).  It's a lot of how my wife and I interact, but idealized and fictionalized for certain.

 

Where does it go from here?

I'm honestly not sure from here.  I've always pictured it in my mind as going 50-ish episodes and then maybe going to print (gotta dream).  I've got the ending visualized as well.  For now, expect more of the same with a dash of their relationship growing.

 

Thanks for reading & Thanks for supporting "No Logic Dojo"!

-Jason

Perception:  How the Magic Happens ...

 

Here's a couple of videos showing what a photo shoot for "Perception" is kinda like.  I stand around looking dumb and offering "direction"  while Val takes hundred of photos.  Only a precious few of these actually make it into the strip.  Enjoy this little look behind the scenes. -Jason

 

 

http://youtu.be/SD-j6tjcDrg

 

http://youtu.be/JME6qbNryXY

 

The Anotated "Perception"


 

I’ve always wanted to do footnotes for “Perception”, so I figured there was no time like the present.  For the next few weeks while TPT is on a short break, I’ll be sharing bits about the locations of the photos, odd-ball references, if anyone influenced the conversation bits, and so on.  Hopefully, you find this amusing.  Here we go!!!

 

“Perception” is presented in six-panel episodes every Monday.  The notes will be in the following format: Episode # - Panel#.  “L” denotes location, “W” denotes a internet link and “R” is for random.  Hopefully, that’s easy enough.

 

1-1)  L:  Doors to the State Capitol, Madison, WI.  R: We started the strip in May of 2011 in the midst of the political turmoil over collective bargaining for public workers.  Luckily on the day of this shoot, it was a slow day.

1-2)  L: State Capitol.

1-3)  L: Outside of State Capitol, walk leading to the building.

1-4)  L:  State Street pedestrian mall, Madison, WI.

1-5)  L: State Street,  sidewalk outside of Overture Center.

1-6)  L: State Street, mural on wall of Yellow Jersey bike shop.

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2-1)  L: State Street, outside of State Street Brats.  R: My reflection is in the    window above the “See No” monkey.

2-2)  L: Library mall, UW-Madison campus.  R: Random Talking Heads and Led Zeppelin song references.

2-3)  L:  University Club building, UW-Madison Campus.

2-4)  L:  Doors to the “Red Gym” on UW-Madison Campus.

2-5)  L:  Exterior of the “Red Gym” on UW-Madison Campus.  R: Was formerly an armory.

2-6)  L:  Union Terrace on Lake Mendota, UW-Madison Campus.

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3-1)  L:  Entrance to Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison, WI.

3-2)  L:  Primate House, Henry Vilas Zoo.

3-3)  L:  Primate House, Henry Vilas Zoo.  R:  Victor (artist of TPT, artist/writer of For My City) really likes Sock Monkeys.

3-4)  L:  Primate House, Henry Vilas Zoo.  R:  It’s assumed that the male character is snapping a picture, but a female hand is holding the camera.  Someone got in the way of the shot and we used it anyway.  Three cheers for improvisation!

3-5)  L:  Outside of giraffe’s area, Henry Vilas Zoo.

3-6)  L:  Walkway to Children's Zoo area, Henry Vilas Zoo.

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4-1)  L:  Aviary, Henry Vilas Zoo.

4-2)  L:  Capybaras outside of aviary, Henry Vilas Zoo.

4-3)  L:  Flamingoes across from reptile house, Henry Vilas Zoo.  W:  Flamingoes hold a special place in the heart of many Madisonians...  http://www.surroundedbyreality.com/UW/Other/Presidents/PinkF.asp

4-4)  L:  Reptile house, Henry Vilas Zoo.   W: First of many meme/internet thingie references ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMNry4PE93Y

4-5)  L:  Reptile house, Henry Vilas Zoo.

4-6)  L:  Outside of reptile house, Henry Vilas Zoo.

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5-1)  L:  Carousel at children's zoo, Henry Vilas Zoo.

5-2)  L:  Outside of train's tunnel at children's zoo, Henry Vilas Zoo.

5-3)  L:  Outdoor play area, Henry Vilas Zoo.

5-4)  L:  Deck and bridge by children's zoo entrance, Henry Vilas Zoo.  R: Fat Tire by New Belgium Brewing is a delicious amber ale.  I've taste-tested it once or twice.

5-5)  L:  Bridge by children's entrance, Henry Vilas Zoo.

5-6)  L:  Cut-out near central point of zoo, Henry Vilas Zoo.

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6-1)  L:  Bolz Conservatory, Madison, WI.  W:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqlrzI3m_s0

6-2)  L:  Bolz Conservatory, Madison, WI.

6-3)  L:  Bolz Conservatory, Madison, WI.

6-4)  L:  Bolz Conservatory, Madison, WI.  R:  The couple's first kiss.  Awwwww.

6-5)  L:  Bolz Conservatory, Madison, WI.

6-6)  L:  Bolz Conservatory, Madison, WI.

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7-1 thru 7-5)  L:  Bolz Conservatory, Madison, WI.

7-6)  L:  Bolz Conservatory, Madison, WI.  R:  Fun fact:  Game On was the name of a gaming store that Jason founded in Beaver Dam, WI in 2001.  The store still exists to this day, though Jason no longer owns it, a different Jason does.

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8-1 thru 8-3)  L:  Olbrich Gardens, Madison, WI.

8-4)  L:  Olbrich Gardens, Madison, WI.  R:  If you're reading this, you may have Google-stalked someone before.  Here's a definition for the uninitiated: to do extensive online research on someone.

8-5)  L:  Olbrich Gardens, Madison, WI.  W:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU8SqKdkZf0&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL3EF5EF7EA9EA898E Gunther, doing what Gunther do.

8-6)  L:  Olbrich Gardens, Madion, WI.

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9-1 thru 9-6)  L:  Olbrich Gardens, Madison, WI.  W:  http://www.olbrich.org/

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10-1  thru 10-6)   L:  Lake Wisconsin, Merrimac Car Ferry Colsac IV, Merrimac, WI.   W:  http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/water/merrimac.htm

10-4)  W:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avaSdC0QOUM  Caution:  Explicit Lyrics ... and silliness

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11-1)  L:  Merrimac Car Ferry, Merrimac, WI.

11-2  thru 11-6)  L:  Random park on Lake Wisconsin whose name I don't recall, Merrimac, WI.

11-3)  R/W:  Julia, Jacques and artichokes  http://juliacookstrcom.magnify.net/video/ArtichokesF6Lg-flv

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12-1  thru 12-6)  L:  Dr. Evermor's Art Park, outside of Baraboo, WI.  W:  http://worldofdrevermor.com/

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13-1 thru 13-6)  L: More from Dr. Evermor's Art Park, outside of Baraboo, WI. 

13-4)  W: Badonkadonk.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reTx5sqvVJ4

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14-1 thru 14-6)  L: More from Dr. Evermor's Art Park, outside of Baraboo, WI. 

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15-1  thru 15-6)  L: More from Dr. Evermor's Art Park, outside of Baraboo, WI. 

15-2 & 15-3)  W:  The debate rages on ... http://mirificampress.com/permalink/function_vs_form

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16-1 thru 16-6)  L:  Trail to Picnic Point, Madison, WI.  

16-1)   W:  http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WesternAnimation/YogiBear

16-5)   W:  The classic by Robert Frost  http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-road-not-taken/

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17-1 thru 17-6)  L:  More on the trails at Picnic Point, Madison, WI.

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18-1 thru 18-6)   L:  More on the trails at Picnic Point, Madison, WI.

18-1)  R:  When we went here to shoot, we honestly had no idea they were working out on the point.  Again, another chance to creatively improvise.  Also, the worker is the only other speaking character thus far in the series other than the couple.

18-6)  W:  It's that time ...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3ZAGBL6UBA

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19-1 thru 19-6)  L:  Tenney Park & Lock, Madison, WI.

19-3)  R:  Obligatory "Jeopardy!"  reference.  Why?  Not sure.

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20-1 thru 20-6)  L:  Tenney Park & Lock, Madison, WI.

20-1 & 20-2)  R:  These two panel represent the strip on our new sampler/primer for No Logic Dojo.  Kinda sums things up.

20-5)  W:  A fun way to get to know Bob Ross  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLO7tCdBVrA&playnext=1&list=PLDFE29EDE966D3D2B&feature=results_video

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21-1 thru 21-6)  L:  Tenney Park, Madison, WI.  R:  We (Val & I)  now live just a couple of blocks away from Tenney Park.  At the time of the shoot we were living on the far North side of Madison.

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22-1 thru 22-6)  L:  Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI.   W: http://rotarybotanicalgardens.org/

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23-1 thru 23-6)  L:  Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI.

23-2)  R:  Obligatory Wizard of Oz reference.

23-4)  R:  Has always been a strong opinion of mine.  I'm not very materialistic, so I would much rather have memories than stuff.

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24-1 thru 24-6)  L:  Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI.

24-3)  R:  To rid yourself of bad spirits, cross a crooked bridge. Bad spirits can only travel in straight lines.

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25-1 thru 25-6)  L:  Chazen Museum of Art, UW-Madison Campus, Madison, WI. 

25-1)  R:  I believe this is the first time that the couple are referred to as students.

25-2)  R:  "Pop quiz, hotshot" references Dennis Hopper's character in the movie "Speed".

25-6)  R:  Due to having a reasonable, functioning brain, an obligatory jab at Fox "news".

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26-1 thru 26-6)  L:  Chazen Museum of Art, UW-Madison Campus, Madison, WI. 

26-6)  R:  This was literally a solid-colored canvas with slight hints of gradient.  Art indeed.

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27-1 thru 27-6)  L:  Chazen Museum of Art, UW-Madison Campus, Madison, WI. 

27-2)  R:  Some of my favorite jokes in the whole series thus far are contained in this arc starting with episode 24.  But "DEMON BABY!!!" is one of the best.  Why?  Dunno.

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28-1 thru 28-6)   L:  Chazen Museum of Art, UW-Madison Campus, Madison, WI. 

28-3)   R:  I'm a huge pro wrestling geek, if you didn't know.  It's also why there is so many wrestling references in Three Panel Throwdown as well.

28-6)   R:  Obligatory Copa Cabana reference.

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29-1 thru 29-6)   L:  Chazen Museum of Art, UW-Madison Campus, Madison, WI. 

29-5)   R:  I'm not very well-versed in art, but this piece is my absolute favorite in the Chazen's collection.

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30-1 thru 30-6)   L:  Williamson or "Willy"  Street, Madison, WI.

30-5 & 30-6)  R:  More of Dr. Evermor's metal sculptures, there are actually quite a few of his works around Madison.  There's an unconfirmed one in our neighborhood, it has a VW hubcap for a sternum.  It's rad.

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31-1 thru 31-6)  L:  Williamson or "Willy"  Street, Madison, WI.

31-4)  R:  This is a cousin of the idea "If it ain't Baroque, don't fix it."

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32-1 thru 32-6)  L:  Williamson or "Willy"  Street, Madison, WI.

32-3)  R/W:  Obligatory Chad Vader referrence  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrgahSUbVRk

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33-1 thru 33-6)  L:  Williamson or "Willy"  Street, Madison, WI.

33-5)  R:  The mural pictured here is on the side of the building featured in the next panel, Mother Fools Coffee House.  There's many murals and all sorts of funky style in this neighborhood.

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34-1 thru 34-6)  L: Chazen Museum of Art, UW-Madison Campus, Madison, WI. 

34-5)  R:  This painting had not been hung yet.  They were doing a bunch of rearranging on that floor while we were there shooting.  Also, we could not shoot any of the travelling/temporary exhibits, only items in the Chazen's own collection.

34-6)  R:  Another piece that really made me question what constitutes "Art".

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35-1 thru 35-6)  L: Chazen Museum of Art, UW-Madison Campus, Madison, WI. 

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36-1 thru 36-6)   L: Chazen Museum of Art, UW-Madison Campus, Madison, WI. 

36-2)  R/W:  Thinly veiled musical reference #1  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByCIsHtFAj0

36-3)  R/W:  Thinly veiled musical reference number #2  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcbLXMNbimE

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37-1 thru 37-6)   L: Chazen Museum of Art, UW-Madison Campus, Madison, WI.

37-2)  R/W:  Anyone remember this??  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7RuIga3vdk

37-6)  R:  It's true.  I asked a couple of cows from California if they were happy.  When they found out I was from Wisconsin, they begged to come back with me.

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38-1 thru 38-6)  L:  Chazen Museum of Art, UW-Madison Campus, Madison, WI.

38-2)  R:  North Platte is the rough halfway point between Madison, WI and the California border.

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39-1 thru 39-6)  L:  Chazen Museum of Art, UW-Madison Campus, Madison, WI.

39-5)  R:  Referencing waaaayyy back to 2-6.

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