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Transparent Life is a fumetti or photo-comic scripted, designed, and shot by Charlie Beck. Transparent Life began humbly in May 2004 as a series of independent comics (through Milwaukee-based CHIMP Comics) and a basic website. After a few months of poor sales and mixed reactions, the series folded and the site was eventually taken down.
In August 2005, Transparent Life relaunched with Undertoad Comics, an artistic conglomerate led by Beck himself. The series lasted five monthly issues before moving entirely to the web at UndertoadComics.com. December marked the release of The Collected Transparent Life Volume 1, a collection of the first five issues and previously unreleased material. The book experienced moderate sales.
Beck continued to produce new Transparent Life material throughout 2006 and the first half of 2007 (as well as other unrelated work), posting new items to the website once a week. However, updates ceased almost entirely during late 2007 and all of 2008.
The site was relaunched with regular updates in March 2009. Beck's next book collection, The Collected Transparent Life Volume 2 was also finally released in March, after being delayed for over two years. In June, Beck's first full-length graphic novel, Transparent Life: 1000 Miles, began serialization on the website, finally completing in late September 2010. The website resumed normal weekly updates of shorter material in November of the same year.
- Undertoad Comics official site
- To learn more about the long history of Transparent Life, visit The History of Undertoad Comics
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