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I'm still pretty happy with the way these illustrations turned out. I did what I could with my then-limited art skills. Plus, Helen in a crazy beehive!

The program book cover is based on a poster for the movie Lady Frankenstein:



I mean, how boss is that poster? That is the best poster.

The T-shirt illustration is a collage of mad-science stuff I'd collected over the years. I was into making collages for a while. The quote from Dr. Vorloff is from the Ed Wood movie Bride of the Monster, source of many great mad-scientist lines. ("Home? I have no home. Hunted! Despised! Living like an animal! The jungle is my home. But I will show the world that I can be its master! I will perfect my own race of people. A race of atomic supermen which will conquer the world!") Trelone is the scientist who creates the intelligent dog Sirius in Olaf Stapledon's novel Sirius. "Bits and pieces" is from the Oingo Boingo song, of course. And I've got a photo of Nikola Tesla and everything, so this is one classy production.

7 comments:
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Helen looks indubitably... sciencexy.
Doug Wykstra (dougthehead) says:

Using that poster as a reference is thematically appropriate, given the tagline.

Leon Arnott (l) says: Again I have to tip my hat to the amount of research you'd conducted in order to bring this mad science webcomic into being.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

So that poster make me wonder ... what would Helen do on a long holiday weekend, left to her own devices?

(TUNE: "I'll Make A Man Out Of You", Matthew Wilder and David Zippel)

Holiday is coming ...
Staff is head-ing out!
'Round the lab I'm bumming,
Gonna mope and pout!
Though the weekend's long,
My urge is strong!
Since I've got a day or three ...
Maybe I'll ... make a man ... just for me!

Joel Brackenbury (mockferret) says:

Helen totally looks hotter than Lady Frankenstein.

Paul Anderson (pmanderson) says: That's because she is; and because Shaenon has a better grasp of the Star Trek irrelevant-nudity rule of sexiness: show skin; what skin you show matters only insofar as it suggests you might show other skin. Never met Shaenon, so I can't say if this is the creator's hotness rubbing off; but how does she look in a side-slit cheongsam?
Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says:

Helen looks hot enough to drive any man mad - scientist or not....

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