Posts filed under ‘Geek Love’
posted by : Laura Park
Book: Geek Love
Oly follows her daughter to the Glass House Club, a private establishment specializing in “Exotic Features”. Dancers strip for an enthusiastic crowd who prefer performers who offer something special. Girls like Denise with her knee-length mane of pubic hair, or buxom Paulette whose g-string hides a shriveled penis, and her daughter Miranda who has a tiny tail curling out from the base of her spine.
WARNING for those with sensitive eyes, the following illustrations contain nudity. Look away if you don’t wanna see!
Miranda later follows Oly to work, cornering her and convincing her to pose for a drawing. When not stripping at the Glass House Miranda attends art school, studying technical and medical illustration. While sketching she talks about the Glass House, specifically about a strange patron with a kink is changing people. Miss Lick pays Glass House performers generous sums to have their ‘specialties’ medically removed. Paulette was given the funds to finally transition and Denise was paid handsomely to allow her pubic hair to be burned off. Miss Lick is after Miranda’s tail and has made her a tempting offer that she plans on accepting.
I really had to scramble to get these done in time, full apologies for any sloppiness.
Posted by: Laura Park
Book: Geek Love (purchase on Amazon)
The story flashes to the present day Portland. Lily has lost most of her eyesight (and mind) and acts as the manager of a rambling Victorian rooming house. Oly (now known as Hopalong McGurk) works narrating dramatic stories on the radio and resides in Room #21. The room allows her to keep an eye on Lily and also on the resident of Room #35. Miranda Barker (Room #35) was raised in a convent believing she was an orphan, she has no clue that the albino dwarf in #21 is her mother. And Oly plans on keeping it that way.
“Lily chose to forget me and I choose not to remind her, but I am terrified of seeing shame or disgust in my daughter’s face. It would kill me. So I stalk and tend them both secretly, like a midnight gardener.”
That paragraph was quite a tangle! I hope readers of Geek Love enjoy the illustration and I sure hope it perhaps encourages some new folks to pick it up. More next month!
Posted by: Laura Park
Book: Geek Love (purchase on Amazon)
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A chance encounter with a garden of experimental dual colored roses served as the inspiration for Aloysius Binewski’s ‘dreamlets’.
“The roses started him thinking, how the oddity of them was beautiful and how the oddity was contrived to give them value. “It just struck me – clear and complete all at once – no long figuring about it” He realized that children could be designed. “And I thought to myself, now THAT would be a rose garden worthy of a man’s interest!”
Geek Love is the story of the Binewski family, both of their past glory and of what remains of them in the present. Former geek Crystal Lil and ringmaster Aloysius run Binewski’s Fabulon, a traveling carnival. Their children, who serve as the Fabulon’s main attractions, were designed as human wonders through a variety of experiments involving drugs, chemicals, and radiation treatments. There is Arturo the Aqua Boy, the firstborn with fin-like hands and feet. Next are the violet-eyed and musically talented Siamese twins Electra and Iphigenia. Our narrator Olympia is a hunchbacked albino dwarf, deemed too ordinary looking to be much of an earner. Lastly, there is Fortunato (called Chick) completely normal in appearance but gifted with secret talents. The Binewskis are a tight-knit family and each ‘dreamlet’ is fiercely proud of their abnormalities.
It was a hard time choosing how to start this project. There’s a wealth of inviting images to pick from. The main tragedy of Geek Love is the loss of family, and I thought it best to start off with an image of better times. So here they are, before things got complicated. Papa Al, the dreamer surrounded by his dreamlets.
posted by Laura Park
Last day of intro posts, but get ready to see some exciting additions. I updated Daniel’s post with his bookplate too, check it out! And remember, we kick off the illustrations on Monday (with a little bit of Alice embarking upon her journey! So far it looks crazy!) so please keep your eyes peeled!
First up, the lovely Laura Park.
- Who are you and what do you do?
I’m a cartoonist and illustrator living in Chicago with a sleepy cat and a cranky pigeon. In a box I have a load of documents that say I’m ‘Laura Park’ but sometimes my shoes don’t fit and I find strange trinkets shoved in my pockets. Once I found the initials “SJ” stiched in green near the collars of my pajamas. But that was a long time ago. Currently I’m fond of collecting colorful inks and hoarding Lady Falcon pen nibs. One day I hope to be less lousy and own an observation bee hive.
- Why did you pick the story you chose?
Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love is an old favorite. When I first read it I filled many a sketchbook with doodles of Oly and the rest of the Binewski troupe. In general carnivals and the further varieties of human anatomy are of interest to me. To me the most singular thing about Geek Love is how all the more grotesque elements soften and become dim compared to the depictions of burning devotion and family dissolution. I am excited and a bit nervous to try doing it justice with ink and paint.
Laura’s comics, illustration and lettering make me so happy, it’s hard to explain. Every time I see something new from her, my first thought is “All right!” But as Geek Love is another favorite of mine I can’t tell you how excited I was to find out that was her choice. When she shares her first illustration on February 24 , I’ll be prepared for that awesomeness. Maybe. In the meantime you can see lots more on her Flickr photostream.
Next up, the wonderful Phil McAndrew!