Sunday, September 9, 2012

Monster Alphabet: Jabberwocky

For the letter J in the Monster Alphabet, I went with the Jabberwocky from Lewis Carroll's poem full of nonsense that appeared in his book "Through the Looking Glass".

You can see video of my coloring this piece HERE

I took it as a sort of dragon-type of monster that was to be feared when you were in the forest with it, until a hunter decided to stand up to it.

The poem reads as follows:

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves,
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought--
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two!  One, two!  And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day!  Callooh!  Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves
And the mome raths outgrabe.


Creations By Mit said...

As I commented on your FB page, I think he needs a bigger sword!!! While I admire his courage, I'm thinking that guy had better run because it doesn't look like there are many places to hide in that forest! LOVE the fearful owl, squirrel & bun!! They seem a bit more in tune to the situation! Great composition, & as always, FABULOUS line work!

Phil Rood said...

Thanks Mit! I always appreciate your insight into my work... as for the short blade? I say the guy's an optimist... and a bit of an idiot. It's a fine line sometimes