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Vengeance of Sailor Witch Ahab

Once upon a time, there was a magical girl named Sailor Witch Ahab. She was cheerful, kind, and happy as she did the sort of things magical girls do: saving cats from trees, helping the elderly cross the street, and fighting crime. Life was good, and Sailor Witch Ahab was content.

Then the elder gods returned to the world. These primordial forces had been dormant for ages, and only now have they begun to return. Something had to be done, and Sailor Witch Ahab answered the call. She wasn’t the only one to do so, but Ahab was special due to her ability to successfully fight – and kill – these elder gods. One by one they fell to Ahab’s magical heart harpoon, and her legend as a godslayer began.

Everything changed when Sailor Witch lost to an elder god of the ocean. Ahab was left battered and beaten, even losing her left leg during the fierce battle. Despite all the physical injuries she suffered, not one of them was as deep as the mental blow of being defeated by an elder god. This was her first time she lost to an elder god, and this defeat was just too much for her. Ever since that day, she no longer sought to save the world from these ancient forces – now she was going to fight for revenge.

When her wounds healed and her health recovered, she began forming a team of magical girls willing to join together to fight these foes. It was easy for her to gain followers due to her reputation as a godslayer (even with one loss she still holds an impressive track record). With this army at her back, she announced the group’s primary objective: to track down that elder god of the ocean and slaughter it.


This is my contest entry for the Seventh Sanctum’s Classic Conversion Contest [[link]]. The Generator result I used was: Moby Dick (Herman Melville) with elder gods versus magical girls!

I decided to make Ahab a girl instead of a guy, since I didn’t really want to draw a picture of a bearded old guy in a magical girl outfit (which would have been funny, but disturbing). The name “Sailor Witch” is actually a result from the Magical Girl Title Generator, since I thought it would be a better rank/title than “Captain Ahab.” (It turns out that we never learn what Captain Ahab’s first name is in the book, so there was no need to change his name). I wanted to present Ahab as once being a classic magical girl who has fallen to the dark side.

I hope that Moby Dick still looks like a white whale (I had to discard a few earlier renditions because they didn’t resemble a whale at all). As for the Elder God aspect, I looked up “elder god” on wikipedia (I’m not a fan of H.P. Lovecraft, but I’m aware of his work). It turns out that an elder god isn’t a creature of insanity, but rather primordial deities that were around before humans. This is why the white whale doesn’t have a squid head (and besides, Ahab was after a whale, not a squid).

Since the whole point of this contest is to put a “cool” spin on classic literature, I decided to primarily use the brush tool to make it resemble a painting. While it’s a fantastic technique for drawing wrinkles and small details, it is also very time consuming. In the end, I’m glad I spent the time to work on this project without trying to rush through it. I learned a lot while drawing this picture, and I got to draw things I normally wouldn’t.

UPDATE: "Vengeance of Sailor Witch Ahab" won the runner-up prize in the Seventh Sanctum's Classic COnversion contest!

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Wintereye111's avatar
This thing is gorgeous, like an eastern take on Shadow of the Colossus almost.
Demialc-neeb-sah-em's avatar
Okay, this is just awesome, although I like the 'whale' as much as that ahab
Henrik182's avatar
Well, when I found that Seventh Sanctum site, I thought that the dark day when all our jokes would be computer-generated is nigh.
But then i saw your art (and the Quixote art), and understood that the computer is still just an assistant to our imagination. Also, that the best joke is the one done with serious face.
Really good take on the elder god, too.
IlluminatedNewt's avatar
I honestly don't mind that this drawing won as runner-up. I like what ClockworkFuturism did with the Quixote drawing, both the way it which it was drawn, as well as the cleverly written summary of turning Don Quixote into a story about rock & roll.
However, I do realize that I tend to downplay my own work. It's also hard for me to compare my work with someone else's if I really like what the other person drew. Out of all the contest entries for this contest (not including my own), my absolute favorite was the Quixote picture, no doubt about it.
In the end, who really cares. It was fun, and we got to learn new things in the process. I have no regrets.

And by the way, Thanks for your support of my drawing. It's always nice to hear that my work is appreciated.
Clan-de-Paris's avatar
This should have won. The first place lacks something I can quite put my finger on... Oh yes, A GIANT MOBY DICK ELDER GOD.
MarcusSmiter's avatar
The second I saw this, I saw any hopes of winning that contest dashed from my mind. A well deserved placing, though I would've voted this for first. Awesomeness.
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CabbyHat's avatar
This is fantastic! I LOVE what you did with the concept - the picture looks amazing, and I would definitely follow this story. :) The elder god looks amazing too; you can definitely tell the inspiration of the white whale, but it looks exotic and otherworldly enough to be interesting. Best of luck in the contest!
andronykus's avatar
awesome concept of Moby Dick!
DragonScholar's avatar
I'm almost surprised no one in Japan has tried that . . .
Peegees's avatar
Haha she's like "look at my face! Im so angry at you!"
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