Jeremy and Megan and I got talking about Australian species of griffins, so I drew some.
Then somebody pointed out that the platypus is a real-life griffin.
I’m sick and headachey and customer service is hard and waah but oh look my comic somehow still updated on time…
…I’m getting better at this whole “effectual human being” thing.
Elain asked me some time back to create some art based on “Streets of Whiterun" from the Skyrim soundtrack (neither of us have ever played the game, it’s just lovely music).
Been meaning to try some more little dioramas like this, so stay tuned. This is all cut paper photographed with macro tubes - the entire scene was created on my desk and is maybe 10cm square.
I donated to Dylan Meconis’ kickstarter in 2012, and after meeting some particularly delicious stretch goals she started sending out parcels early last year. In the meantime I got a job and got thoroughly distracted, and US international postage procedures changed.
Cut to October last year and my realisation that my parcel had never shown up - so I emailed her. Not only was Dylan kind enough to send a replacement parcel, she refused any payment. When I tried to buy volume one of her excellent comic Family Man to come in the same parcel and save postage, she sent it for free… with a sketch. That was vastly more than the level of customer service I was expecting.
Seeing as I have pleaded in vain to throw more money her way in gratitude, I’d like to tell anyone reading this blog that you really ought to check her work out - it’s brilliant.
My favourite of her works is Family Man, which is set Germany around the time of the Enlightenment. The main character Luther is a stubborn scholar of theology who has been thrown out of his doctorate program. He is caught up between Judaism and Christianity, but perhaps spiralling towards atheism. Given the opportunity to lecture in an obscure university in a distant town, he jumps at it and becomes entangled with the Rector’s stern librarian daughter Ariana. But Ariana and her family are keeping some rather beastly secrets from him.
The comic isn’t completed yet but it’s just reaching what I think is the climax. Now would be an excellent time to get on board! It features excellent characters, strange transformations, theological debates, and an extensive notes section so you can follow along with the bits of 18th century theology you’ve never heard of before.
If you want something shorter to read and enjoy the darkness of Brothers-Grimm-style fables and folk tales, you should look at Outfoxed. It’s available online but it’s very much worth buying a print copy because the book is a beautiful art object as well as a great story. That’s it open in my photo above - look at that art!
Her other comic is Bite Me, which I haven’t yet read. But if you’re an extremely silly person who knows a little about the French Revolution and feels that it could be improved by vampires, I think she has you covered.
If you look at nothing else of hers, at least go and enjoy her Danse Macabre 2.0 drawings.
Thanks very much, Dylan!
Happy 2014! Joe got me on a Greek mythology jaunt. Now I’mma let myself finish, but Norman Lindsay did the best sphinxes of all time.
I imagine this one is boasting about who she ate to get that necklace.
Messing around with some coloured inks Eri gave to me (thanks Eri!)
They’re not like anything I’ve used before. It’s nice to have such vibrant colours to play around with right out of the bottle, instead of having to layer and layer!
Didn’t some saint or other have visions of a deer with burning antlers? Or maybe it had a crucifix up there, I can’t remember. The latter is not nearly as metal.