Ari lives in a small town in Finland. He rarely leaves his apartment or has any visitors. He spends his days sleeping or sitting in front of the computer, chatting to his viewers and playing music on YouTube. His stream is continuous and compelling: there is something uniquely intimate about this unadulterated presentation of his self.
For over a year Muchitsch watched Ari’s live stream on Cyberman.tv. He was unaware of her project, but she interacted with him through anonymous online conversations using the pseudonym L.B._Jefferies – a reference to the protagonist of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’, who watches his neighbours across the courtyard – and embracing the analogy of Muchitsch’s own voyeurism. Cyberman is isolated in a frame on his stream as well as in Muchitsch’s beautifully painted panels on the page. The author also sits alone, in front of her computer screen, as she watches Ari through a frame and documents his life.
‘Beautiful story, beautiful artwork, very timely and prescient. We just all fell in love with it.’ – Zoe Adjonyoh
‘Addictive, mesmerising and haunting, this is an incredible first graphic novel which explores the human condition in an age of social media domination.’ – Julie Tait
‘A truly original piece… an important document of twenty-first-century isolation, exhibitionism and voyeurism. Cyberman pushed the medium of a graphic novel into areas we hadn’t really seen before.’ – Ian Williams
‘Immersed in a place where virtual and real have merged, Cyberman, with touching honesty, carries on his claustrophobic pursuit of extended space.’ – Sacha Craddock