What is this?
Road of Knives is a "battle blog" wherein Shawn Cheng, Matt Wiegle, and other artists take turns drawing monsters fighting each other.
So this is how it works: Shawn draws something. Matt draws something that will fight it. Shawn draws his thing fighting back. Matt draws his thing fighting back and maybe tripping over a statue. Then maybe Shawn's thing kills Matt's with the statue's head. Then Matt draws a new thing. Shawn's surviving thing attacks it. And so on.
Though not exactly an exquisite corpse, it is exquisite, and there are many corpses.
This has been going on for a while, huh?
Zak and Shawn started things off back in 2006, and Nick joined in the following year. There was a "reboot" at Move #22 and an art show at Move #82. Then things went quiet for a while, and now Shawn and Matt have picked up where things left off, starting at Move #120. And here we are.
When is this going to end?
The idea is that it goes on in perpetuity, as long as we don't run out of monsters to draw or become too old and decrepit to hold a pen. It might lie fallow while one or more of us become bored / distracted / incapacitated by other things, but the story itself will never end.
Is there going to be a book?
Yes, probably, at some point, but there are no concrete publishing plans at the moment.
Shawn lives and works in New York City. He is a member of the comics / art collective Partyka. His self-published mini-comics include The Would-Be Bridegrooms, Vengeance at Cackling Mountain, and The Good Samaritan. His story "The Monkey & The Crab" was included in The Best American Comics 2008.
Matt lives and works in Philadelphia. He is a member of the comics / art collective Partyka. Matt is the author of the comics The Four Husbands, and Ayaje's Wives. His short story "The Orphan Baiter" for the anthology Papercutter earned the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent in 2010.
Zak lives and works in Los Angeles. His paintings have appeared in the Whitney Museum, the Walker Art Center, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has published 3 books: Zak Smith: Pictures of Girls (D.A.P., 2005), Pictures Showing What Happens on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's Novel Gravity's Rainbow (Tin House Books, 2006), and We Did Porn: Memoir and Drawings (Tin House Books, 2009).
Nicholas Di Genova
Nick lives and works in Toronto. His art has been featured in New York's Armory Show and in the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, as well as exhibitions in Singapore, London, Berlin, and Paris. His books include Die Young 005: Nicholas Di Genova (Belio, 2008) and WunderKammer No1 (Koyama Press, 2009).