The Unusual Death of Gregory Biggs (Part 4)

And finally, the conclusion of the story of Gregory Biggs. I sure hope you’ve enjoyed it.

(In case you missed it, read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 first).

Possibly the most terrifying aspect of this story is that, despite this murder being sloppy, unplanned, committed in a public area, and shoddily covered up, Chante might have actually gotten away with it if she’d kept her mouth shut. Stories like this remind me that, despite all the Law & Order and CSI scenarios my brain is filled with, the good guys don’t always win, and people can and do get away with murder fairly frequently. Horrifying thought. Or I guess an encouraging one, if you’re a murderer.

On that note, I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.

The Unusual Death of Gregory Biggs (Part 3)

Here’s the continuation of the story of Gregory Biggs, a man from Fort Worth, TX who died in a very unusual, and tragic, way. This story is part of my ongoing series of comics based on the Wikipedia List of Unusual Deaths, which is, in my opinion, the best list on Wikipedia.

Read the first part of the story here.

Then read the second part.

Will Chante get away with it? No, probably not. Tune in next week for the conclusion of the story!

Also, keep checking back on Tuesdays for previews of the upcoming Hic & Hoc unsolved mysteries anthology!

Unsolved Mysteries Preview: Emi Gennis (Wait — That’s Me!)

This week’s preview of the Hic & Hoc unsolved mysteries anthology is excerpted from my own submission! “But wait, Emi,” you might be thinking, “Aren’t you the editor? Isn’t that kind of unfair?” Sure it is! But that’s life; deal with it. For the past few weeks I have been hard at work on a story about the Dyatlov Pass Incident. I’m very close to being finished, so I thought I would share a preview page with you guys. Below is page four, and you can see things are already not going too well for Dyatlov’s group (spoiler alert: it just gets worse).

You’ll be able to read this eleven page story in its entirety when the unsolved mysteries anthology is released, some time in early 2013. Check back for more specifics on the anthology, previews, and updates every Tuesday!

The Unusual Death of Gregory Biggs (Part 2)

Here is the continuation of the story of the strange death of Gregory Biggs, a homeless man from Fort Worth, TX, which you may remember from the news about ten years ago. This story is part of my ongoing series of comics based on the Wikipedia List of Unusual Deaths.

You can read the first part of the comic right here.

Check back next week to see what happens next! Also, keep checking the website every  Tuesdays to see previews of Hic & Hoc‘s upcoming anthology of unsolved mysteries, which continues to be a pleasure to edit.

The Unusual Death of Gregory Biggs (Part 1)

Here’s the first part of a BRAND NEW comic! Just for you guys! I finished this comic over the summer, and it is the latest in my series of work based on the Wikipedia List of Unusual Deaths. This one focuses on the strange and untimely death of a Fort Worth, TX homeless man, Gregory Biggs, at the hands of Chante Jawan Mallard, a 25 year old nurse’s aide. It’s a sad and bizarre story. In this piece I tried to use more dialogue and character acting to tell the story than I had in previous unusual death comics. I hope you enjoy it:

I’ll be posting the rest of this story in little bits on a weekly basis, so check back to see what happens to Gregory and Chante after the crash!

I’m also currently hard at work on yet another unusual death comic that you’ll be able read in the Hic & Hoc unsolved mysteries anthology that will come out some time in the coming months, so check back for updates and previews of that as well.

Unusual Death Comics & Clement Vallandigham

It’a been a while since I’ve posted some of my own work on here, hasn’t it? Well, I intend to remedy that. Earlier this summer I completed yet another one of my comics based on the Wikipedia List of Unusual Deaths – my longest one yet, in fact, my longest comic ever (not that it’s terribly long, but, you know, baby steps, you guys)! I think it turned out pretty well. I won’t tell you the unusual death it’s based on, lest you all run to Wikipedia and spoil the ending for yourselves, but you may be able to guess it from this panel:

Before I share with you my latest comic, I wanted to first share with you the comic where all this unusual death nonsense started. I spend a great deal of time on Wikipedia, and when I first stumbled across the list of unusual deaths in early 2010, I found Clement Vallandigham‘s story so absolutely hysterical that I just had to make a comic about it. Since then I have returned to the list over and over again for inspiration and currently have at least 38 pages of unusual death comics, not including the piece I’m currently working on. There’s a surprising amount of diversity within the unusual death stories and working from the list has given me the opportunity to draw a lot of different people and places and has allowed me to structure stories in a few different ways. Some of them are amusing, and some are true tragedies. Vallandigham’s story is one of the more hilarious ones:

I hope you guys enjoyed my very first unusual death comic ever. It certainly has taken me in an unexpected direction, and perhaps even created a monster. Stay tuned to see pages from a much more recent unusual death comic in the coming weeks! Also: More previews of the upcoming Hic & Hoc unsolved mysteries anthology I’m working on! We’re still accepting submissions through the 15th you guys!

Dyatlov Pass Photo References

I am currently hard at work on a piece about the Dyatlov Pass Incident for the nonfiction unsolved mysteries anthology I’m editing for Hic & Hoc Publications (accepting submissions until Sept. 15th!). This story is a part of a project I’ve been working on for a few years adapting the Wikipedia list of unusual deaths. Normally when researching these stories, I read about an incident on wikipedia and then search the internet for more credible articles and useful images for reference. Often, the search for photographs is the most frustrating. For the last story I finished (which I’ll talk a bit more about in the upcoming weeks) my searches yielded very little more than a few courtroom photographs, and nobody looks the way they normally do in court.

This story, however, is different. The nine hikers who died in this incident documented their adventure well, taking several rolls of film that were discovered with their bodies. The search party that found them also took tons of pictures of the area, as well as crime scene photos. I’ve found these photographs all over the internet, and some of them are really great. It’s very unusual for me to have access to this amount of visual reference, especially for a story that takes places somewhere as remote as Siberia.

I’ve decided to share a few of these photographs with you guys so you can see what I’m working on and get an idea of where I’m headed with it. Outdoor scenes and organic elements like trees have always been incredibly challenging for me to draw for whatever reason, and it’s been great to have the setting of this story so well documented. I’m excited to be working on this story for the anthology; it’s something I’ve been meaning to make a comic about for quite some time. A lot of the comics I make wind up being pretty depressing, since I tend to focus on these death stories, and while this one is more creepy than depressing, looking at these photos does make me kind of sad. Before the mysterious incident that caused their deaths, these hikers were obviously having a terrific time. You can see them goofing around in the photos, and you can see how close they all were. These make terrific reference photos because normally all I have to work with are pictures of characters after the fact, when everyone is either terribly upset, or dead. These allow me to see how my characters interacted with each other on a regular basis, before tragedy struck.

I hope you all will check back periodically to see more updates on my progress with this story, as well as others, and for updates regarding the anthology as a whole. This week I’ll start posting previews of other comics that will be included in the book, so be sure to check those out!

 

Jerome Moody

Hey everyone! I know it’s hot outside where a lot of you are, and many of you will be trying to find a way to cool off this weekend. Well, I’m here to remind you to be safe when you’re out swimming at the beach or a pool with another paranoia-fueled comic about what should be a relatively safe and fun activity. Death lurks behind every corner, y’all.

Now, I realize pools are not nearly as dangerous as roller coasters, but there is still an element of risk! Sure, most of you probably know how to swim, and there are usually lifeguards around just in case. In fact, my sister used to be a lifeguard and as far as I know she did a terrific job saving lives and getting tan. But don’t put your life in someone else’s hands! Here’s a little story about a few lifeguards who really dropped the ball:

Remain vigilant, kids! And have fun!

The Collyer Brothers in Red Flag Magazine

Earlier this week, the entirety of my nine page story The Collyer Brothers was published in the latest issue of Red Flag Magazine, available here online. Red Flag Magazine is a nonprofit online publication that calls attention to environmental and social issues. This issue of the magazine focuses on “Stuff” and features articles and other work pertaining to our relationship with material objects. In my comic I recount the story of Homer and Langley Collyer, two notorious hoarders who lived in Harlem in the first half of the twentieth century. It’s a fascinating story that I had a lot of fun researching, and I encourage you to go read it. 

If you enjoy the story, I have The Collyer Brothers minicomics available in my store for the low, low price of only one dollar!

Comics: Kim Sa-rang

Periodically I plan to post comics on here for your viewing pleasure. The following is a short comic I made this summer as part of my ongoing series inspired by the Wikipedia List of Unusual Deaths. This particular installment is my infamous “dead baby” story, and is about some pretty shitty parents. This story will be included in my upcoming minicomic SPAZ! #5.

In addition to these periodic comics posts, there will be a gallery of comics for you to read on the “comics” page of this website very soon! Check back for more updates on my website’s progress. You can also follow me on Twitter or like me on Facebook to receive updates through your social media of choice.