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Straight for the art | Seth’s new Nancy design

Nancy and Oona Goosepimple, by Seth

Nancy and Oona Goosepimple, by Seth

Man, that’s a knockout, huh? Feast your eyes on George Sprott author (and all-around Dapper Dan) Seth’s design for Nancy, Vol. 2, the forthcoming installment of Drawn & Quarterly’s gorgeous John Stanley Library.

The image hails from this post by D&Q’s Rebecca Rosen, which you really ought to read if the cult of Nancy has been a bit inscrutable to you like it has been to me. Just for example, the above image is a Seth drawing … which graces a book containing the adventures of a character created by, and best known through the work of, Ernie Bushmiller … but D&Q’s Nancy books collect John Stanley’s run on the character from her comic books, as opposed to Bushmiller’s newspaper strips … but those books were actually drawn by Dan Gormley, working off Stanley’s storyboard-format scripts. Phew! And then there’s the role that Mark Newgarden’s abstractified tribute to Bushmiller’s Nancy, “Love’s Savage Fury,” played in the character’s popularity with cartoonists…and ditto Newgarden and Paul Karasik’s landmark essay “How to Read Nancy” … ah, let Rebecca explain it to you, and why it all matters.

Strangeways – Behind the Scenes – 01

The two weeks of behind-the-scenes features for Strangeways are going to be off to a bit of a rocky start.  For that I must apologize.  However, real life events are keeping me out of my head today, and I still have other deadlines to deal with. 

Originally, I was going to run this link (with a more substantial piece of writing attached) at the end of things, but events have crumpled up that little plan.  Instead, you get this comic (reprinted at Karswell’s The Horrors of It All.) 


The secret origin of Strangeways?

Originally, this appeared in THE CHAMBER OF CHILLS, from Marvel in the early seventies.  Only I read it in one of Marvel’s b/w horror magazines from the early eighties, and then forgot about it for a number of years, re-reading it again when I was first putting together pitches for my projects in the early nineties, just a couple of years ago.  And really, I thought, western horror.  Why not?

At any rate, read the whole story, just click on the image above.  No, I’ve never read the original.  Read blessed little Howard in prosel, and forgotten most of what I have read (though I retain Lovecraft with frightening accuracy).  I’ll try to have something more presentable by Wednesday.  I’d say “tomorrow”, but I can see how today is shaping up and it ain’t pretty.

Bonus!  The protagonist’s last name is Brill.  Take that, Ian!

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