Early! Well, what now explains how a bucket-o-muck can reanimate? And wasn’t Ned right about it?
KNEW they should have flushed him!
C’mon Walter, kick her ass!
Larry I am in LOVE with these black and white sequences I’ve been meaning to tell you for weeks, just so well done!
Yikes, slop bucket of evil!
Also let me chime in about the gorgeous b/w artwork, I think today’s is the best one so far. Luminous!
Is it actually harder to draw?
Way back–kids, gather ’round and pour me a whisky while I tell you tales of “CDs” and “Failure to Rewind Fees”–Waterson of Calvin and Hobbes fame noted that one of his hardest comics to draw was the faux noir “Tracer Bullet.” Like this sort of a reverse/negative black and white.
Is there a connection between the Slop and the mother in these panels?
The drawing itself is the same no matter what. But when you are trying to make everything read clearly, you have to spend a lot more time designing the panel so that the black shapes and the white shapes define one another. I guess I’d say it is conceptually harder, but the actual pencil mileage is no different.
It’ kind of convoluted, I admit, but it goes like this: a fake Lovecraft used Henry Wilcox to kidnap Nan. Wilcox was paid with a white powder that turned him into his gunky bucket o’ self. The fake Lovecraft was in the employ of Mummy. Thus, Mummy controls Slop Henry.
Something that makes a nice change from the taste of the original HPL canon is that in Larry’s story arc humans are *not* completely helpless playthings – we have teeth, bravery, ideas and even the nastiest nightmares aren’t completely down with the idea of getting a brick or a bomb in the back of the head.
Like I said, a nice change…
(BTW, Larry, this got me to recalling a book I read years ago along a not entirely dissimilar theme – ‘Black Easter’ by James Blish. Go wiki it, perhaps it may intrigue you enough to pick up a s/h copy.)
Thanks much for the comment….but are you SURE they aren’t completely helpless playthings? (Just yanking your chain — can’t resist.) I’ve never heard of the Blish nook, but I’ll look it up.
Yes, the bucket of Henry was still animate … but you seem to be showing more volume than the bucket can account for. On the other hand, when we went to pick up that bucket there was a lot more volume there, so maybe Mummy’s helping him pull himself together, as it were.
I presume everyone is aware that tor.com has posted several of Charles Stross’s short stories in the “Laundry” universe (I’m trying very hard _not_ to refer to it as the laundry cycle), which are a sort of spy/sorcerer-agency-versus-Old-Ones mashup. Early tales in that sequence were darkly humorous, but as the critical dates approach it has been getting progressively darker (though still with some black humor to take the edge off). More action than traditional Lovecraft, since we’re watching an agency tasked with trying to find ways to fight back, but still strongly rooted in the Lovecraft mythos. Very well written, and recommended.
HOWEVER: I need to say here that the warning before the most recent story (Equoids) is definitely called for. It’s not inappropriate to the story line, especially given the influences Stross indirectly acknowledges in the story itself, but it may be triggerish for some folks. Let’s put it this way: It definitely doesn’t pass Comics Code.
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