I keep getting excited and telling people about this wonderful world I’ve found myself in, and their eyes light up and they get excited too, but it doesn’t take long before that tricky question butts in to the conversation… Tricky because it is a question that wants to limit things, to make them easy to grasp, and limited does not describe this circus one jot!
“So…” They say, “What exactly is the Goblin Circus?”
It wasn’t until I’d rambled about the comic in response to this particular question one day and the person who had posed it suddenly nodded in understanding:
“Ah, its a book. I get it.”
Huh. Well, no, not really. But at least then I knew what kind of answer people were looking for! What tangible thing is the primary manifestation of ‘Goblin Circus’? What are you making that all the rest of it is an embellishment for?
Good questions. Except they somewhat miss the point.
The Goblin Circus is, first and foremost, a lot of fun. But I listened carefully and now I have three answers for you to pick from, depending on who you are.
The Goblin Circus is…
… an imaginative playground and a home for whimsical misfits.
… a multi-platform artwork centred on the concept of a fantastical circus where freaks and outcasts can be themselves.
… a one-woman-many-goblin circus manifesting primarily as a theatrical storytelling performance. (With supporting art, games and stories, that are actually part of the whole and which the performance would not exist without.)
All three are true, it just depends on which angle you look at it as to which is most true and most important for you. The answer I give myself?
Its a Circus, belonging to the Goblins, isn’t it?
(This answer and the rest of the FAQ lives here, in case you were wondering things like ‘Why Goblins?’ and ‘But what about the animals?!’)