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Vintage Freakshow by jollyjack Vintage Freakshow by jollyjack
"Hey, they look like Slenderman!"
"Are these inspired by the Endermen?"

That....OK, that irks me a bit. Not for any rational reason. Most weren't to know: I've been drawing my "Freakshow" pictures since 2001/2. Well before Slenderman showed up, and before me, other (better) artists were doing similar stuff. Look at the work of Edward Gorey and Charles Addams, whose art heavily inspired my "darker" pictures.
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8BitStitchPunk Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Weird but cool! :D
midnightyellow Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They're so adorable and creepy at the same time!:happybounce: 
ChaosDX1 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Somehow these are both creepy and adorable.
Jessica35588 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy sheit... Thanks for introducing me to Edward Gorey! I'm surprised I hadn't learned about him sooner. I think I have a good supply of inspiration for the next month or so. By the way... "I will not set fire to my fellow students..." That made me laugh. You have earned a new watcher. 
RoseQuory Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This reminds me of a Tim Berten movie.
LoverOfHTF Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like that little guy. He's adorable! =D
SethSorenson3 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
when I saw the fire part I giggled, I thionk that was wrong
Zardshark Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't get what was creepy about plugging in the aquarium filter and the one about getting a gumball.
ManOfTheRift Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The first one was a vacuum-cleaner and the gumball one was just about unfairness? 
Loaded-Kahones Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Was this were the Denizens in Sequential Art first started out?
jollyjack Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Yep. The Denizens were around long before SA was even planned.
sar1224 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Were they around long before you were born? Are they hiding in the shadows, waiting to conquer us all...?
Connorses Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student General Artist
I don't see any reason to argue over the who first had the idea to draw a character like that, because they're so simplistic in style that there's hardly any point. I've also seen plenty of macabre drawings... But, these were pretty entertaining so thank you. :P
roolsilver Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Edward Gorey scared the living piss out of me as a child.  So much creepy nightmare fuel.  Those were the worst.  Not the ones where something bad happened, the CREEPY ones where it was all so very normal, and yet completely terrifying at the same time.
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Jester-of-the-Clown Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Love these. I can really spot the Addams vibes, given I was such a fan of the one or two compilations I had of his work.

I just love the droll morbidity of it.
Lovensita Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The large wall one - were you representing the one in midway Palestine or is that just my misinterpretation?
Obsidiron Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
If you find the nursery one not freaky, count the baby's eyes. All of them.
BunniLuvify Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They're funny, I like the dramaticness of most of the pictures, and lurve the art style you drew them in. :D
DavionX Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Did you get depressed somehow?
superpony05 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
heha funny
TheBugKing Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional General Artist

I was commenting to myself how much like Gorey these looked. I had never drawn a similarity to Enderman or Slenderman till you mentioned it now.

It also has a similarity to some of Burton's work. Though that should not be surprising as he was influenced strongly by Gorey too.

Great stuff. I like these the best out of your work.
Hawkfire11111 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the caracter reminds me of the short animation "Zero" from youtube. i realize yours have been around for longer, but the similarities are cute to me
ensignpulverize Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
I love the denizens. I draw little ones in the margins of as many documents and books as I can. {And when anyone asks, I always credit Jolly Jack. :) )
samutaikaj Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
it looks so simple and jet so alive
samutaikaj Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
id love to be able to draw this qinda stuff... well the art style maby not the same theme.
people worry enuf as it is
ekwood Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Reminds me of Gary Larson's stuff. I'd be amazed if "The Far Side" wasn't an early influence.
Kotsuso Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I freakin' love creepy coupled with humorous and all that black comedy jazz. The "happy halloween" one with the ghost and the drill brought Pictures For Sad Children to mind (one of my favorites by John Campbell). I would totally buy Vintage Freakshow tshirts :D Sharp blacks and white accents screen printed on off-white tees, maybe? My wallet would surrender itself unto thee, good sir, haha.
Outlawbyname Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Denizen life. Never dull.
PurpleCow81 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
These make me smile :D they remind me of my Bunny Suicide books ^-^
KwartzKitten Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student General Artist
But... but these look NOTHING like Slenderman!

Anyway I love the babies pic and the odd one out. When you see it...
fuyu-oleander Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like these.
ColdIronHalo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
uuh .. even more lovely . .
Fauks Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
It's not even anything like Slenderman, what are people thinking?
Absolutely wonderful, though!
Avolendi Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Minions. So hilariously weird and suicidal ^^
KhaoShar Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A‘ight, if that‘s the kitty, who‘s actually the master in this relationship?

Luvit ^_^
WinterWolfe6 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student Artist
still some interesting stuff here. like em a lot.
BrentOGara Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work! It took me a while to find the "problem" in the nursery scene... I knew something had to be 'wrong', but I couldn't find it for the longest time... then it jumped up and hit me right between the eyes... :P

... gotta love Gorey and Addams, good to know a few more of your inspirations.
Chompie Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not entirely sure how one could mistake them as Slenderman...

When I first saw these, I could only think of your other works and go "Heeeeey! It's those guys again! Aww, look at them the creepy little bastards...."
NeonWolf95 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
dark and funny.
Just like Invader Zim and Courage :3
Teagan-Sheriti Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
are you kidding me how do they look like slender or ender
I mean they're so much more fun to watch
sorry for idiots of the world
LordFrankeh Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, these are really great. I love looking at dated digital art because many artists used the limited tools they had before them and still made some psychological, dark and surreal pieces. This was a great strip and I enjoyed grazing past your works. :D
Nikolai-Bartolf Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i LOVE Charles Addams!
But anyways, I love these ^^
My favorite would have to be the Giant Fan one. Makes me want to try that :3
Vexild Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
So grim and painfull *w* I like these a lot >=)
quentinlars Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fiendishly twisted! I like it... Gorey and Addams were absolute geniuses!! lolz
RivisIndigoEmporium Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hehe...that top one kind of reminds me of me... ^^;

Also, my Dad is a HUGE Edward Gorey... :aww:
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