More Bait-spiration

Ever heard the expression “worse things happen at sea?” Well, here they are, happening, at sea. This illustration is reblogged from this 15 March 2015 post at Infernal Wonders. It is Sea Food by Ted Hammond, a Canadian artist who appears to have a splendidly morbid sense of humor. In addition to his DeviantArt site, Hammond’s work is promoted through the Pinup/Cartoon Girls site and at ArtWanted.com.

Bait now has a really permanent home

I am pleased to announce that my (very) graphic novella Bait has a permanent Internet Archive home:

Here is the link to the archive page, where you can download the whole graphic novel and all of its pendant art in either CBZ (a comic book archive format similar to ZIP) or as a single big PDF document. You can also read the comic in a nifty screen reader the archive provides (also embedded in small size above). The archive has also auto-converted my uploads into a variety of other formats. The completeness or reliability of these versions is a bit uncertain, but I would welcome reports from anyone who wants to look at them.

At 113 pages and with no fewer than five contributing artists, the assembly and uploading of this version of the comic was an unusual challenge, and it pleases me no end that this particular phase of the Bait project is now complete!

Jelly eats you!

This illustration is Enjoying the Ride by Diana Maxwell. It is reblogged from this 9 February 2015 post at Infernal Wonders. Diana did a lot these sorts of art, serving as the first-person heroine of her own vore stories, and as such she doubtless deserves credit as one of the inspirations for the heroines of Bait. She gives this narrative in conjunction with the picture:

While skinny dipping in the surf one warm summer morning, a giant jellyfish sucked me up inside his gelatinous belly. Being a kind and gentle fishy, he allowed himself to wash ashore so that I could fully enjoy myself before he took his turn in fully enjoying me!

Diana’s DeviantArt site hasn’t been updated in many years, but it’s still there.

Possible Bait inspiration

We’ll be returning a bit to the subject of Bait in a few days, but here I just wanted to dig up what was probably one of its inspirations. As with so many things, Bacchus of ErosBlog has provenance:

These are two images from a set of at least four (others are here and here) featuring an encounter between Ingrid, a character from the Street Fighter game franchise, and Shuma-Gorath, a monster from a Robert E. Howard story later used in several Marvel comics. Artist information for this series could not be discovered.

Reblogged from a 16 January 2014 post at Infernal Wonders.

Prey, Watched

a spider's prey, watched by a large ominous eye

At its original Tumblr-post source (see final paragraph of this post for details) this artwork was identified by tags and captions as “Empire Pictures movie poster: Catacombs (1988), Concept Art, Empire Pictures.” Despite the “concept art” reference a poster or cover-art version of the artwork is available:

catacombs cover art

According to Wikipedia, the 1988 production date for Catacombs that we see in IMDB is somewhat misleading. Empire Pictures had credit difficulties during production and was seized by its bankers; the film was not released for five more years, and came out direct-to-video under the title Curse IV: The Ultimate Sacrifice. So it’s rather unclear the extent to which the Catacombs promotional artwork ever would have seen commercial use, perhaps helping to explain the “concept art” labeling. I can, however, confirm it got used as part of a double-feature release on Blu-Ray:

catacombs art blue-ray cover

Who, you may well wonder, is the artist responsible for our carefully-observed heroine and well-wrapped spider-snack? A solid artist credit is not easy to obtain in this case, but a random commenter at a random LiveJournal post offers the name of Giovanni Natalucci, who, in turn, is credited by Allmovies.com as a screenwriter and production designer for Catacombs. This brief bio and extensive filmography as a set designer (in Italian, on Italian Wikipedia) include a lot of fantasy films that may be familiar to readers, perhaps the most famous being 1985’s Ladyhawke.

This post is a reblog with added provenance from a 19 November 2013 post at Infernal Wonders. The image source at that time was this post at the お前達には失望した tumblr. (It machine translates to “I was disappointed with you” and has the English subdomain at Tumblr of “humongous”.) Here is an Internet Archive link in case the Tumblr link should fail in the future, as so many do.

Dagon Is Hungry

snacking on women

This image is named Dagon, by the artist Tim White. White is a British science fiction artist with an extremely extensive listing of works in the International Science Fiction Database, mostly dating from the 1970s through the 1990s. The Dagon painting was used for cover or interior art on more than 10 different publications, most of them different editions of an H.P. Lovecraft omnibus:

dagon lovecraft book cover

As recently as 2015, Tim White had an official artist website; it’s gone now, but seems well-preserved by the Internet Archive. He is also the subject of a fairly detailed entry at the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, which somewhat unkindly opines that his work subsequent to 1990 “generally seemed less inspired.”

This post is a reblog with added provenance from a 16 November 2013 post at Infernal Wonders. The original image source at that time was this post at the Science Fiction Gallery tumblr, where the artwork is identified simply by name and artist, with no additional details available.

Occult ingestion

A tender morsel is ingested by the tentacle monster

We present another pendant illustration to Bait, this our second illustration by Faustus Crow. There’s a great depth of occult symbolism in this illustration, but rather than pedantically spell it out, I invite you to gaze on it for a while and interpret.

If you’re interested in Faustus Crow’s work you can find a blog by him here (“Faustus Crow: Shaman Chaos Magick”) and a book website here (“Goetia Girls”). If you want a list of his books you can buy there is one at Goodreads or you can just search for his name at Amazon. You can also, as I do, support his extraordinary art on Patreon.

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The illustration above is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Please keep in mind that any moral rights the artist has remain intact under this license.