Frankenstein versus Frankenstein zombies

I originally blogged this image in this 1 December 2013 post at Infernal Wonders, and found it at the tumblr Space Ghost Zombie, now defunct like so many other good things that once were on Tumblr, but at least partly preserved in the Internet Archive. I don’t know the exact provenance, but the artwork looks very much like that of American comics artist Bruce Timm (b. 1961). The image you see here is larger (click through if you want) than the original; I found it at the site PornHugo (warning: various popups).

It came from above the bathtub

This image came from a now-deactivated tumblr Hella Bad Ass Shit, which is at least partially preserved in the Internet Archive. It is a reblog from a 26 November 2013 post at Infernal Wonders.

The original tumblr posting attributed this image to “David Miller.” A little searching shows that he is an artist in Phoenix, Arizona with a neat site, Primordial Creative. On his “About” page he has a neat, succinct statement about the origins of his inspiration:

As a child of the 70s and 80s, I was raised in a time of relative stability where the television acted as a surrogate parental figure. It was an era of practical special effects, educational puppetry, sugar-fueled Saturday mornings, Nintendo and anime introducing Japanese pop culture to Americans, and moral codes learned from superheroes rather than preachers.

The steady diet of childhood unreality led me to consider as an adult that such imaginative concepts found in entertainment have as much creativity, soul, truth and real-world effects as the most straightforward documentary project. The imagery and stories told in fantastical art pieces reflect the mass mind and history as much as any dry think-piece do. My artistic intent is to explore the fertile ground between Pop Art consciousness and Surreal unconsciousness with all available creative tools- digital software, chemical alternative processes, moving and still imagery, sound and sculpture and animation.

Preach it, brother!


Back in 2010, when this site was just starting out, I had occasion to blog about the work of an obscure outsider artist who called verself “Atomica.” Atomica’s work consisted largely of photomanips of existing porn bring them into the imaginative world of the artist, a world of melting women, mad science experiments, and vore. Looking through the sixty or so extant images, one has a sense of glimpsing fragments of an imaginative universe rather larger than the small artistic catalog suggests. In this world there is some sort of cosmetic/drug/aphrodisiac called “liquid skin,” a flesh-liquifying substance that women play with for sexual pleasure, as well as dangerous insect-like creatures that might eat you alive, or into which you might turn if you play around with too much liquid skin. Here is an example of Atomica’s work:

Most of Atomica’s work is heavily captioned like that. That many of the internal captions appear to have been written by someone with an imperfect command of standard English is atmospherically effective, contributing to the general sense of outsider-art strangeness of the whole project.

Atomica’s art appears seems to have been done by or before 2002. When I was writing the 2010 post all I had of Atomica were a handful of images and some notes I took in a journal written in about 2005 or so. (I’ve been at all this for a while, you see.) The site hosting Atomica’s weird art appeared to have vanished off the Internet, destined to be but a wistful memory of an age when the Internet was a fun place for creatives and eccentrics to let their freak flags fly, rather a string of big ugly malls patrolled by corporate goons.

This past weekend I was working on a project to create archival editions of old posts and came across the 2010 post. Since I was busy fixing broken links (link rot being the bane of anyone who keeps a site) I decided to take a whirl at finding the old Atomica art at the Internet Archive, that mighty and wonderful resource, which appears to me to have gotten easier to search as of late.

Within fifteen minutes I had found the Atomica archive on the Wayback Machine. I couldn’t have been happier: crude as it is, this is formative art for me, a real find back in the day when I thought I was just a weirdo having strange erotic thoughts that no one else could have been having. I won’t blog most it it here — much of this material is sufficiently squicky that it merits discussion mostly at Infernal Wonders — but you should feel free to peruse the archive and, for that matter, the other weird material at the fan site that my Archive heroes have preserved.

And if you can contribute, please consider donating to the Archive. It preserves our collected heritage!