Posts Tagged ‘postcard’

Emerging from the Wreckage

Sunday, December 5th, 2010


This postcard originally bore the hand-lettered title “Emerging from the Wreckage”. I removed it from the scan because the lettering was just too small and in the wrong place. These two jolly factory chimneys appear to be the only survivors in a ghastly ruined or bombed-out landscape. It’s a common favourite of dystopians and sci-fi writers to imagine that some form of humanised machine will take over the earth. In this case, the chimneys seem to have already evolved their own personal hierarchy or chain of command, one that recognises the chimney on the right as “the boss”. Luckily, he looks reasonably friendly. Colours added by me in 2010.

Perdu Postcard

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Another in my series of surreal postcards. Here’s a fairly freakish mutoid on two spindly legs, more swollen head than man, yet his deformed state doesn’t mean he can’t feel the terrible pain of loss. He may be regarding something outside the panel, or simply recalling an unpleasant memory which only he can understand, an affliction suffered by many of us. Odilon Redon I ain’t! Many of these postcards have their captions in French, perhaps due to the large amount of French B.D. I was consuming at the time.

Sea Creature Zorch

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Here’s an old postcard from a set of postcards I drew in about 1983 or 1984. They were all surreal single-frame images plucked from imaginary comic stories that never were. Perhaps the reader was supposed to ponder what happened before and after each drawing. Here, it seems that a matelot is being menaced by a flying sea-creature on board a ship (or is it a coracle?), except that the sea creature is pretty much a distorted cat with huge arms, and not especially menacing at all. Although he does have two sets of ears.

The word “Zorch”, as the world knows, was made famous by Nervus Norvus on his 1956 rock and roll novelty song ‘Ape Call’, along with other gems of hep pre-beatnik slang.

Colours added by me in 2010 using The GIMP.