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Step Into the Time Machine: MMOW, the Graphic Novel That Never Was, Pt.1


MMOW, aka Music Makers of the World was a graphic novel project I had conceived between 2009 and 2011. MMOW was supposed to take place between fact and fiction and be a mix of interviews and real-life stories, embedded in a fictional narrative frame. Unfortunately the project never came into existence, but I did make a few interviews and draw some preliminary short stories, which were published on magazines.

I really like how some of the stories turned out, so I’m now giving them a second life by re-publishing them here.

This one is based on an interview I had made in 2011 with Patrick McCarthy from Roth Mobot, a band that plays only with self-made circuit-bent instruments. This was originally published on the small-run, local magazine Pills. Here’s the comic, re-layouted for the occasion, to be more readable on smaller screens (I hope it’s ok if you are reading this on a smartphone, you can click/tap on the images for a bigger version).

I don’t know if Roth Mobot are active anymore, their website went silent a couple of years ago. But of course, you can still find them on other platforms. I can totally recommend this album of theirs on Bandcamp:

And there’s a some videos of their live performances on Youtube, here’s a random one:


Graphic designer, illustrator and soundmangler. He makes music as kurodama and as part of the electronic music duo kvsu. Together with his wife Elizabeth he runs Papernoise, a small design studio located in northern Italy, specialised in graphic design for the world of music.

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  • Prof. Patrick McCarthy
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    Prof. Patrick McCarthy Prof. Patrick McCarthy

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    This was such a fun, imaginative, and inspiring project. It’s so great to see it resurface.

    Here are a couple of Roth Mobot updates.

    Tommy and I (Patrick) had a great run from 5/5/05 to 5/5/15; a decade marked by art, recursive jazz, and great friendships.

    Since then Tommy still creates instruments, occasionally performs, and is a full time dad. I took the academic route and am a part-time professor of audio electronics at Columbia College, and a full-time Coordinator at the Museum of Science and Industry’s Fab Lab.

    We may reunite and start a new phase in our work.

    “Only time, whatever that is, will tell.”
    ~Stephan Hawking

    • Hannes
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      Hannes Hannes

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      Hi Patrick! Thanks a lot for the update! It’s great to hear from you!

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