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Back around Halloween ’09, I whipped up a little list of “six deeply creepy alt-horror cartoonists,” a list of modern masters of the macabre that included The Blot‘s Tom Neely and Ectopiary‘s Hans Rickheit. Now both artists are dealing with something even scarier than their comics: the economy. And both are looking for financial help to keep their projects going.
First up is Hans Rickheit, whose latest graphic novel The Squirrel Machine was published by Fantagraphics, and whose webcomic Ectopiary has had its praises sung by my colleague Brigid Alverson (among many others). Rickheit announced the other day that the business where he worked has closed down, leaving him without a job or income and forcing him to suspend production of Ectopiary indefinitely. “If you’ve ever considered buying any artwork or books,” he writes, “this would really be a very helpful time to do so.” You can buy pages from his Xeric-winning erotic-horror graphic novel Chloe here, pages from his steampunk-by-way-of-David-Cronenberg book The Squirrel Machine here, many of his comics direct from Rickheit himself here, or simply donate what you will here.
Next is Tom Neely, equally renowned for his hand in the viral sensation Henry & Glenn Forever (featuring the legendary romance between Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig) as for his gorgeously cartooned, self-published surrealist horror graphic novel The Blot. Neely is planning to go the self-publishing route once again with his just-completed book The Wolf, but he needs to dig up the scratch to do so first. With that in mind he’s offering several special sales and deals: Buy original art from projects he worked on for the band Isis here; buy pages from his comic collaboration with underground rock legends the Melvins, Your Disease Spread Quick, here; buy his prints at specially reduced prices here; buy a set of five of his comics at a specially reduced price here; and buy his books and prints directly from Neely himself here.
With your help, these two excellent comics creators will unleash new weirdness upon the world once again!