No one wants to be buried alive, but if you are… try to have a pack of smokes and a good book with you. It’s all about attitude, you know. To paraphrase Conan the Barbarian: “The grave is a great place to catch up on reading.”
The inspiration for this cartoon came directly from one of EC’s creepier covers — Tales from the Crypt Number 28, to be exact.
The cutaway section of earth in the original is pretty brilliant. Or should I say, dark. You get the idea. It was something horribly cool I wanted to play around with in a cartoon of my own.
I’m not sure how the man in the original got into his predicament, but mine is open to interpretation.
Why was the guy in the pink shirt buried alive? Why are those gravediggers so cheerfully sadistic? Is that cute little rat in the bottom right corner going to rescue him.?
My wife thinks the guy is a vampire: wrong! However, he does enjoy the books of Edgar Allen Poe, that much is clear. Maybe there is a clue there? Perhaps this is some type of horror vacation where you are temporarily buried in order to read Poe in the cemetery where Poe is buried. That would be novel.
A more likely explanation is that the man in the pine box is just as Grinsane as the men who put him there, not unlike Matthias (“Silly Person”) in the Life of Brian who counts himself lucky to be crucified:
“Crucifixion, could be worse… at least it gets you out in the open air.”
The Infernal Optimist.