Monday, November 17, 2014

Over the Garden Wall? Nope, Star Wars.

I've been wanting to draw Star Wars stuff this week, but I've also been REALLY enjoying repeat watchings of OVER THE GARDEN WALL, a truly wonderful animated miniseries with spectacular music.  So I split the difference and drew this.

I also made a shirt, because I guess people like shirts:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Alligator Horses

Happy Veterans Day! Here's a vet drawing for with a fellow from two hundred years ago.

We got our rear ends handed to us in the War of 1812, but were able to salvage a modicum of military dignity solely on the virtue of our performance in the Battle of New Orleans.  Though Jackson's artillery was the most important factor in the win, it was Henry Clay's Kentucky Riflemen that faced the harshest conditions and the toughest odds, and garnered our state with its national reputation for toughness and tenacity bred of rurality and a youthful reliance on the violent arts.

"We are a hardy, free-born race,
Each man to fear a stranger;
Whate’er the game, we join in chase,
Despising toil and danger.
And if a daring foe annoys,
Whate’er his strength and forces,
We’ll show him that Kentucky boys
Are alligator horses."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

October Monster Drawing #17: Florida Skunk Ape!

Or Florida Swamp Ape.  Different folks call it different things.  Me, I reckon that, like the monkeys of Silver Springs*, it was an animal (I'm guessing an orangutan, or more than one) left or escaped during the filming of a B jungle picture and set up shop along I-75.  Though I also dig the idea that it's an indigenous species that attacked conquistadors when they came to close to the fabled fountain,  Either way, Pee-yoo!

*yes, I know the Tooey version of the monkey story, I prefer the Tarzan version, anachronistic though it may be)

October Monster Drawing #16: Graveyard Zombie!

After Voodoo zombies held sway in the public imagination, but before virus-based zombies turned the notion into a pathogenic one, the idea of dead folks just gettin' up and walkin' around was at its zenith.  Whether they were just shambling around trying to get people (like in Night of the Living Dead), or seeking revenge against their murderers (like in any number of old EC horror comics), these guys are hands down the creepiest.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

October Monster Drawing #15: Cthulhu

From the truly terrifying 1926 novella "The Call of Cthulhu," by H.P. Lovecraft.  Super giant underwater monster awakened after centuries of slumber.  I can't remember if the book describes it as being green, that's sort of the default color folks generally use when drawing it.  If not, I'm lazy!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October Monster Drawing #13: Hopkinsville Goblin!

These little guys cause all sorts of mischief in my hometown back in the 1950s, and have the distinction of being the cryptids/aliens(?) with the most witnesses to their existence, including police and fire departments. 
The air force investigation suggested that the most likely explanation was that the farms had been attacked by escaped, shaved circus monkeys that had been painted silver(?????). 
UFO enthusiasts have latched on to the alien theory, but I always figured that they were Tommyknockers driven surfaceside by strip mining.

Monday, October 13, 2014

October Monster Drawing #12: Ghost Rider in the Sky

Their faces gaunt, the eyes were blurred, their shirts all soaked with sweat
They're ridin' hard to catch that heard but they ain't caught 'em yet
For they've got to ride forever on that range up in the sky
On horses snortin' fire
As they ride on hear their cry

Saturday, October 11, 2014

October Monster Drawing #11: Genie!

We mostly think of the lovable Robin Williams Genie, but Djins are scary, man.  There have been good spooky ones in a variety of stories, from the original Arabian Nights to Thief of Baghdad to TV's Supernatural to Pierre Alary's Sinbad comic, to which this design probably owes something.

Friday, October 10, 2014