Monday, November 30, 2015

Slow Tuesday Night

People made up their minds fast, and Ildefonsa had hers made up when she came.
‐‐Slow Tuesday Night

My illustration for R.A. Lafferty's Slow Tuesday Night.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Frog on the Mountain

 “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.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thus We Frustrate Charlemagne

Thus We Frustrate Charlemagne, RA Lafferty

“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.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


RA Lafferty, LAFFCON

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.

The website for the event can be found at

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.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Boomer Flats

RA Lafferty, Boomer Flats
 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.
‐‐Boomer Flats

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.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hole in the Corner

Hole In The Corner

“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.

Thus, the Hoose family is a smaller family.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Ninety-Ninth Cubicle

He saw the whole world with garish orange eyes now.
--R. A. Lafferty, “The Ninety-Ninth Cubicle”

My illustration for R.A. Lafferty's The Ninety-Ninth Cubicle, with a not-so-subtle nod to the unforgettable cover of Feast of Laughter #1 by illustrator Lissanne Lake