Deviation Actions

thomastapir's avatar

How To Get Eaten

By thomastapir
I was listlessly browsing my archives while talking (listening) to a friend on the phone tonight, and ran across these pieces from one of my digital art classes at Western Washington University, circa 2002. The assignment was to create an interactive web page, which goal I found myself spectacularly unenthusiastic about. The only way I could muster sufficient motivation to complete the project was to center it on a Lovecraft theme. My concept was a tongue-in-cheek "guide" on how to get eaten by a preternatural monstrosity, based on the outrageous conceits and conventions of Lovecraft's fiction (i.e., the narrator always stubbornly ignores common-sense advice and desperate warnings from the local population and confidently proceeds into horrifying, soul-rending disaster). These are thumbnails of the final pages, composited together as a tableau. Start at the top, then read from left to right, top to bottom, for optimal continuity. Note the Elder and Yellow Signs as navigation buttons.
Image details
Image size
1541x2022px 531.45 KB
Published:
© 2008 - 2021 thomastapir
Comments34
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In
BrightOcotillo's avatar
thomastapir's avatar
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it. :)
nami-kali-ripley123's avatar
^w^ thats hilarious!
thomastapir's avatar
Thanks, I'm glad you got a kick out of it! :)
Nemesis12's avatar
This is great. But I'm sad there's a lack of reanimated how to be eaten.
thomastapir's avatar
Thanks! Hey, maybe next time around. :lol:
Nemesis12's avatar
You're welcome.
Snifbask's avatar
Niiiice! I love the first monster and the cave entrance.
thomastapir's avatar
Thanks very much!
Ftaghn! :horns:
Sphenacodon's avatar
Webpage of the Unspeakable.
thomastapir's avatar
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!
Sphenacodon's avatar
Gesundheit.
{:= (attempt at Cthulhu emoticon)
thomastapir's avatar
NICE...I've always thought the " : 3 " emoticon looks a little Chtulhoid. Or Zoidberg-esque, at least...
Sphenacodon's avatar
Cthulhu approves.
thomastapir's avatar
The Official Nefarious Housekeeping Seal of Approval!
Aww see you screwed up! *is only joking*
You made the mistake of describing the creature instead of simply stateing that it is "an unnamable abomination".
XD
thomastapir's avatar
Hah, exactly! I saw a hilarious Lovecraft-based parody of "Antiques Roadshow" once. The appraiser worked himself into a hysterical lather about the blasphemous non-Euclidean properties of this artifact he was given, concluding with "It's simply indescribable!!" At this point the owner of the object screamed, "Well why d'ya keep DESCRIBIN' it, then?!"
Stahlhelm's avatar
Excellent.

The only Lovecraft work not stolen from my public library was Shadow Over Innsmouth.
thomastapir's avatar
Why didn't you take that one too?
;P
Stahlhelm's avatar
Ah, you misunderstand. Shadow Over Innsmouth was the only one I could read because all of the other books by Lovecraft had been stolen. Since I can grasp the concept of sharing I find the idea of stealing from a library to be quite pointless.
thomastapir's avatar
I gotcha, I was just giving you a hard time. :) Working at a library, I've found that many people have difficulty with the concept of sharing. One my favorite semi-regular questions is, "I really like this book. Can I just buy it from you?"
Stahlhelm's avatar
I used to work at a library, too. It didn't pay very well, but it sufficed for high school.

I guess if they felt that strongly about it they could just check out the book, wait until it's grossly overdue, and then pay up when they're asked to replace it.
thomastapir's avatar
Exactly--I'm always careful not to plant that idea in their heads. :|
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In