“Papa Garamask,” Chavo chortled in a booming giggle from above, “fear you nothing. I will roll boulders down on Sinek and kill him.” ---Frog on the Mountain by R.A. Lafferty.
Illustration by Anthony R. Rhodes.
“Oh, no, no!” Valery forbade. “Not again. That way is rump of skunk and madness.”
‐‐Thus We Frustrate Charlemagne
My illustration for Ray's classic time travel tale, Thus We Frustrate Charlemagne.
This might be, at least as far as I am aware, the first attempted visual representation of the Institute for Impure Science. Also referenced here: Tron, Lafferty's door, and of course, rump of skunk and madness.
Tomorrow is to be the official press release for LAFFCON1, the first conference dedicated to R.A. Lafferty. Normally I would never jump the gun on something like this. But today I have the liberty of being unwatched, hidden from view, shouting from an abandoned hilltop into an empty valley. So, what the Hell? Might as well.
There were three rough sketches created for the poster.
The organizers went with option #3. Which was a good choice.
They opted to remove the shadowy figures from the final version to avoid confusion, but here it is as originally intended, purple ghosts and all.
They lay down in the red roaring river, and one of the giants set a heavy rock on the breast of every person of them to hold them down.
An illustration for R.A. Lafferty's climax to the short story Boomer Flats. Originally intended to accompany a particular essay in Feast of Laughter.
I decided while sketching this out that I would try to draw characters that reoccur in the stories, like the various members of the Institute of Impure Science, as consistently as possible across illustrations.
I don't plan on overtly identifying who is who, but over time I suspect people will be able to put faces to names.
“Shriek, shriek,” said Mama Regina, but her voice was muffled.
‐‐The Hole on the Corner
Hands are busy finishing up the fine details of the next Feast of Laughter, the R.A. Lafferty bookzine. To celebrate their hard work and as a belated hurrah for Lafferty's birthday (Nov 7), here is an illustration of Ray's classic short story Hole in the Corner.
This was my second illustration still learning the basics of Inkscape. I remember going to a lot of trouble to get what few details there were of the monstrous Homer into the illustration.
Only after I had finished did I realize I'd made the human legs short.