Why? Because history is funny and tragic and stupid. It is impossible to read an old newspaper and not laugh at the ridiculous and beliefs and customs of earlier generations. The brutality and ignorance illustrated on every page of a history book is a reminder of how wonderful it is that we can laugh at our ancestors’ idiocy. These comics cannot hope to match the hilarity of the past. However, they can expand upon the hyperbole of prior convictions and reflect our own current stupidity.
The ideas are mine and sadly reflect my internal dysfunctions. Some thanks or condemnation can also be placed on friends.
Most of the illustrations are excavated from newspapers archived between 1836 and 1910. Except for a few who alchemically replaced their blood with mercury, the original artists are all dead. And they were rarely noted by the ragsheets, anyway.I will be posting a list of those sources shortly. In the meantime, if you would like to know what those sources were, just ask.
Recently, I’ve begun drawing more of them myself, using the illustrations for instruction.
As the comics have progressed, I have begun drawing more elements into the panels, and more of the entire comics, with the hope of eventually generating all illustrations by my own hand – by which I mean with pens and pencils, not the blood within the hand. I tried blood for a while, but had too much trouble fixing the contrast in Gimp.
I was born in a swamp along one of the largest rivers and found myself trapped by the humidity for the first two decades of my life. I then escaped to mountains, the desert, the eastern hemisphere, and followed up with the southern hemisphere. I’ve worked in archaeology, paleontology, a bookstore, a hotel, and multiple museums. At no point have I grown up.
My wife is a chemist, which, as we all know, is simply a nice way of saying “bartender of poisons”.
For no real reason, I have degrees in anthropology and mathematics. I have written papers on ridiculous and useless topics such as auditory exostoses, dynamical systems, Charles Dodgson, and soil ‘puddling’.
The Other Stuff
The font used is HPLHS Oldstyle1. It is
spectacular tentacular quite remarkable indeed, as are all the fonts made by the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society.
Everything on this domain, unless otherwise stated, is from my mind. All the comics and images are registered Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.5) . Please feel absolutely feel free to copy the images as much and as often as possible. Make your own comics and creepy collages from them. Just give me credit and don’t make money off of them (unless I give you written permission).
I highly recommend all of the above.