A DAY AT THE PARK
Kostas Kiriakakis was born in 1979 in Greece. He was a cook in a Mexican restaurant when appreciated before his age of twenty as an artist in different graphic fields.
Kostas did not receive any formal art school training, so it is mainly because of his obvious talent, his curiosity concerning ways of expression and experimentation that he got to where he is today.
Trying his way out, Kostas spent the next decade with anything involving picture making. Books, magazines, advertising, posters, murals, storyboards, concept art as well as animation. His style reflects all of the abilities he has come to master through that versatile platform of expression. He also tried his skills with juggling and being co-owner of a nightclub as well as performing as a puppeteer.
The making of comics has come late in his career. In that capacity, he has also performed as a teacher of comics work in workshops on cartooning and visual storytelling.
The reason for me to include Kostas Kiriakakis here, quoting his on line comics ‘A Day in the Park’ is his use of antropomorph characters and a storytelling with symbolic contents, which I appreciate so much myself.
The whole idea behind the comic is very philosophic and highbrow, but presented in such a simple and yet clear and sympathetic way, it keeps the attention of the less patient reader of today. Many readers would not have followed the argumentation to the end, if the illustrations were not there to keep you tuned to his presentation.
I came across this contribution on the net, so it also demonstrates that today the digital art is as important as any art printed on paper. This comic could well be printed, but a publisher would then naturally expect a bundle of these kind of stories to go, and Kostas has not made enough for a graphic novel compilation yet. However, that might still happen. I would like to see more.