I’d been wanting to do a horror-themed calendar forever, and had been revisiting a drawing of Dracula with hairy nipples since maybe 2008? But horror is already either subliminally or overtly horny, and so it took me 15 years to figure out how to make a calendar that wasn’t well-worn territory. Drawing Captain Howdy is very scary!
Trying to imagine a future that rocks… inspired by Gustave Doré’s illustrations for Dante’s Inferno,
also Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland (always)
This year Oddities Prints published the calendar, meaning I could really go nuts on four-color layouts. Thanks Oddities!!!
I realized a lot of my favorite fiction riffs on time travel and a holographic past, present and future: T1, T2, the Invention of Morel, the Secret of Omm Setty, Chris Marker’s La Jetée. The centerfold is inspired by the Voyager record, as am I.
I love ghosts, ghost stories, ghost tours, whatever. The connection between spirit photography (via double exposure) and Risograph really excited me.
2016 was inspired by my love of the Catholic saints and their tormented lives. I can’t help but notice a lot of saints were digging out eyeballs and severing breasts to avoid marriage.. something to think about. I love the slant rhyme of saints’ stories and their patronage, like how Margaret, who burst out of a dragon, is the patron saint of childbirth.
This year was the first year I didn’t trace anything.