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wow - just wow
I remember the scene, it's odd seeing it drawn though. Without prejudice, the written scene didn't convey the emotional sense this picture does. It's very clever, quite anthropomorphic. And yet again demonstrates the power of pictures. I read the scene, as one fairly fearsome animal shucking of it’s mortal coil before being devoured by engineered scavengers, an animal that may still in it’s dying throes may have the power to cause harm to an attacker. In this picture the Gabble looks as if it’s in prayer, and clearly if you know the beasts behind, then it must exude some force or presence to keep them at bay until it’s spirit (for want of a better word) has flown.Your man Sullivan is very good. How much licence do you give to humanity, when your own aliens are so alien? Just a question, it don’t need an answer.
goddamn that is suitably creepy!
fuuuuuuuck. i thought the eyes would be different. not complaining tho. here's another for the kitchen i'm going to have to print out. to die for. ha.
My opinion of this is that no, it doesn't look to me precisely as I would visualize a gabbleduck. However, Mr Sullivan has taken the idea of the gabbleduck and added to it to such an extent that I wish this was how I visualized a gabbleduck. That's art.
I've always had a HELL of a hard time visualizing the gabbleduck. No offense, Neal, as I can't even begin to imagine how you would describe something like this picture in words. Yes, all the things you said do fit this picture. But I got nowhere near this amazing a visual in my head. It's a damn site better than the previous incarnation of the gabbleduck (looked more like one of Godzilla's mechanized foes).I can tell you one additional thing - this photo does its job. I haven't read The Gabble yet, but it's now extremely high on my list.(Now if only we can get him to sketch us a heroyne...)
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