#47 – Where Everybody Knows Your Name
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Five Years Ago…

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It was five years ago this month (July 2011) that I began preparing for my second New York Comic Con appearance. I had decided beforehand to dedicate the entire summer to getting new work ready. This included new prints, my first (and, to date, only) sketchbook (for sale, that is) and a collapsible banner to draw people to my table. Amongst the pieces I created that summer were an unused cover idea I had wanted to submit to Planet Lovecraft Magazine (before it closed its doors) of Cthulhu sitting in an armchair in Victorian attire, reading a copy of the magazine and an acrylic painting of a nameless Indian female warrior. Read more… ›

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Thank You for Your Support!

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We did it! Yesterday evening, Rosarium Publishing (the publisher for my comic, Chadhiyana) reached the goal for their IndieGoGo campaign, the funds of which are, in part, going toward print runs for a number of upcoming books, including the first Chadhiyana trade! Read more… ›

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Two Big Announcements from Rosarium Publishing

Rosarium_Publishing_SunTzu_quoteToday is a very special day for me and Chadhiyana (my medieval Indian assassin comic–also my main creative project). Not only has Chadhiyana #4 been given a release date of April 27th, but Rosarium Publishing (Chadhiyana’s publisher) has launched a massive crowdfunding campaign in order to reach the next level in its growth as a publisher: indiegogo.com/projects/rosarium-publishing-the-next-level (appropriately named Rosarium Publishing: The Next Level). Read more… ›

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Lovecraftian Merchandise Now Available!

Cthulhu Taking TeaAs announced yesterday on jmdesantis.com (my main website), I have recently opened two new online stores on both Society6 and Zazzle. Amongst the designs being offered on various types of merchandise are two popular Lovecraftian artworks of mine including Cthulhu Taking Tea–the piece which inspired this very web-comic!

As I wrote in yesterday’s blog piece (you can read the full thing here), I’ve opened up both stores after much debating and after trying to figure out which services I like best. After all, I’ve heard great things about both print-on-demand stores, and each offers a few different items than the other.

For now, I’ve started out with three of my most popular works, just to test the waters a bit. In the future, I’d like to add more designs–especially relating to Gentleman Cthulhu. Read more… ›

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#25 – The Primordial One

Exactly eighty-eight years ago this month, “The Call of Cthulhu” was published in Weird Tales Magazine, and so the world was introduced to the most famous of the Great Old Ones and what would later be termed the Cthulhu Mythos was born. Of course, I don’t know the exact date of publication of the February 1928 issue of Weird Tales, but it is enough that this particular post and comic are coming in the month it was published. More, it is the 25th of the month, and this comic stands as the 25th on the site (well, 28th, really, but it’s the 25th by number). So, it’s something of a milestone comic as well. Read more… ›

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In Memory of David Bowie

I saved the David Bowie dedication comic for last not because his death was any less important or felt, but perhaps (and you may judge me misguided for this) because I felt David Bowie’s death was like to get the most attention of all of last month’s celebrity deaths, and my small voice did not need to be added to the noise. That said, I did not wish to go without honouring him, and certainly Bowie’s career made him a prime candidate to be included in a Gentleman Cthulhu. Read more… ›

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Groundhog Day

For those non-Americans, un-Americans or anyone who hasn’t seen the Bill Murray movie of the same name, Groundhog Day is a traditionally unobserved holiday in most areas of the country, where, according to folklore, a groundhog will emerge from its burrow on February 2nd and essentially predict an early spring or a long winter. I write traditionally unobserved because where I live the holiday is hardly regarded at all. Though to be fair, in certain places in the United States Groundhog Day is a major, celebratory event–places such as Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  Read more… ›

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In Memory of David Margulies

I have to admit, I had no idea who David Margulies was other than by his role in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II as the mayor of New York City, Lenny Clotch. I never watched the Sopranos (as an Italian-American, I think mafia-based entertainment is just stupid), and I’m not a theatre goer. However, in the midst of the recent string of celebrity deaths (or semi-recent, as these dedication comics are still on Gentleman Cthulhu’s weekly posting schedule), a friend of mine posted that Margulies had died, and immediately I decided to add a comic for him as well. Read more… ›

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In Memory of Alan Rickman

It seems a strange thing to be writing about a man who I never knew personally, especially because now with the advent of social media, so many personal friends and acquaintances of celebrities can take to the internet and share their thoughts and memories in honour of such a person’s passing. Still, I could not help but share a few thoughts on a man who’s on-screen presence was such that his death leaves a hole for those who appreciated his talents and work.  Read more… ›

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In Memory of Angus Scrimm

Angus_ScrimmWhen I originally wrote the following blog piece, and conceived the idea of bumping this week’s planned Gentleman Cthulhu for a dedication comic to Angus Scrimm there had been only one other death reported: David Bowie. Scrimm’s role as the Tall Man in the Phantasm series seemed to fit the theme of this comic better, so I went with him. But then, as I was finishing the work on today’s comic, I saw the news about Alan Rickman. More, a friend of mine (who’s Facebook post was originally how I found out about Scrimm’s death) posted that David Margulies died as well (known for his role as Mayor Lenny Clotch in Ghostbusters).

I have seriously considered creating dedication comics for all three, not to be crass, but rather because I don’t want to be remiss in honouring only one death and not the others, especially because of the iconic roles they played and films they were a part of (even Bowie, who’s better known for his music). My only regret is that I can’t put the comics out faster. But today’s is about the Tall Man. We’ll see if the others follow. Now, as I had originally written… Read more… ›