Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dr. Seuss via Stephen Gammel

Quick interruption! I know I said I wouldn't, but I think you'll like this one.

One of my favorite blogs, the School Library Journal children's book blog Fuse #8 was asking artists to Re-Seussiffy Dr. Seuss. Meaning illustrating a Dr. Seuss in the style of another well-known children's artist. I went with one of my absolute favorite children's illustrators, the terrifying Stephen Gammel (of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark fame.)

Oh man, did I love those Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books. They came out right when I was in grade school. MORE Scary Stories, the second book, came out when I was in fifth grade. I got into a fight in the school library--an actual physical fight--over the library's only copy.

You will not find scarier illustrations in ANY book. Those pictures are AMAZING. Profoundly gruesome, nightmarish images. And they were in books meant for little kids.

If you don't know these images (and you should--the books were HUGELY popular) do a google image search for "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark." You will get an eyeful.

Anyway, here is my Re-Seussifaction via Stephen Gammel:



Link over to the Fuse #8 blog to see the other entries. There's some great stuff.

4 comments:

Mike Blake illustration said...

THey must of thrown it on after you checked. Its up on the blog now! Looks great! Well as creepy as "great' can look. ^_^

Mark Dominus said...

I saw this over at Fuse, and didn't notice then that it was from you. My co-worker and I were really pleased with it. 1f2frfbf is an amazingly strange book, even by Seuss standards, and we were glad at the way you had been able to bring that out. I also remarked on how nice it was that you had gone with the gold tooth guy instead of the much more obvious choice of Clark in the Park.

There must be an H.P. Lovecraft mashup of Clark, but I don't think I've seen it.

Nathan said...

I thought about Clark. But the thing about Clark, is that rhyme is intentionally spooky. The spookiness of "My hat is old" is unintentional.

Meredith said...

That's amazing! I love Fuse, so I can't believe I hadn't noticed this entry before.