Some Suzy Spreadwell Inspirations: HAXAN, Felicien Rops, and More (Updated)
If you're following Suzy Spreadwell, and you should be if you're a discerning comics reader, you might be wondering, "Where does he get this crap from?" I assure you I am not as insane as may appear to be the case. Or maybe I am. What I'm on about will hopefully become clearer as the plot unfolds in its silly way.
In any case: a lot of the imagery is inspired by medieval witch art, and some of it came from having seen Christiansen's Haxan...
...And Russell's the Devils, for a number of reasons.
It also owes a lot to both Jack Chick's Crusaders (especially the Broken Cross and Spellbound), or at least it began as a parody of them when the idea was brewing.
...but also Al Hartley's alternate-universe version of Betty in his Christian Spire comics.
Terry Southern & Mason Hoffenberg's Candy, which I'd dearly love to illustrate one day.
Also Felicien Rops. Very much so.
And Bunuel, especially Simon of the Desert and the Milky Way.
"Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all of his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me & this pencil." --E. Blackadder, 1789 Questionable
words & pictures from John Linton Roberson