Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Big emergency this morning. I sat down to draw the day's batch of pandas and I guess I went into some sort of fugue state, and when I emerged I'd accidentally drawn Abraham SuperLincoln fighting an octopus on the moon.

And to think I almost sent this to the Home Office! This kind of thing doesn't usually happen to me when I draw, though I can tell you that I've often begun writing what I intended to be an international bestseller and mistakenly ended up with a book nobody wanted to read.

Anyway, I got back on track, and ended the morning with what I consider to be a passable panda-in-waistcoat sketch.

One reader asked about my Illustratophone, seen previously. I realize I'm lucky to have one of the nice old ones. I'm told it was formerly commissioned to Clive Lumley, who of course is best known for the popular "Lumley Girl" series of illustrated hosiery ads in the 50s and 60s.

I prefer to remember him for these, and not for his slow decline into pornographic album covers in the 1970s and beyond.


David said...

Please tell me that the octopus' word balloon means that a longform Abraham SuperLincoln comic of some sort is in the works.

Peter Underhill said...

I believe the octopus might be trying to communicate with Abraham SuperLincoln via undecipherable octomind language beyond the grasp of mere readers. Or maybe you need to lick the balloon to grasp what it's saying.

Seth Christenfeld said...

I will be very disappointed if this is the last we see of Abraham SuperLincoln.

megwrites said...

I like to think of someone going back in time and presenting this post to Abraham Lincoln (preferably before he was even president).