Calendar Love on the Dark Site

I’ve just finished four wall calendars for my Redbubble store. I love calendars because they are like mini exhibits that you appreciate slowly, throughout the year. One of mine, The Year in Illuminations, consists of twelve black and white drawings to be colored. The other three I’d call “Southern Gothic,” but in bright, cheerful colors. I like to think my characters open the door hospitably, but if you enter – watch your back. They bite.

My favorite calendar for 2016 is The Dark Edge, featuring twelve narrative paper cuts inspired by the fiction of Edgar Allan Poe. To develop this calendar, I selected stories with southern settings like Charleston and Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, and the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Some of these stories (“The Gold Bug,” “The Oblong Box,” and “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains”) contain references to Poe’s troubled young adulthood. All of them employ elements of the uncanny (rather than the horrific), while reflecting the topics that most fascinated Poe: spiritualism, medical science, cryptography, and urban crime.

Please check out the new work, and for more on how I design calendars, you can read my blog www.obidisms.wordpress.com

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