It’s always easy to overlook the hard work of our mothers who brought us into this world and dealt with the countless horrors of raising us (mucus, diapers, children’s television programming). But no mother is more neglected in this regard than the host mothers who endure the pains of pregnancy only to realize later they have given birth to aliens, Children of the Damned, and occasionally, the Anti-Christ himself.
This Mother’s Day, take a [brief] pause from celebrating your own mother and raise your jeweled chalice to the forgotten horror moms who have done so much to bring forth the Apocalypse, both alien and demonic. Host mothers, your hard work is appreciated!
Smells like rotten human, dead cat, and radiator fluid. Kind of like a port-o-potty at a NASCAR race.
I based this comic on the iconic scene from Alien 3 where Ripley comes cheek-to-face with her biomechanical nemesis (a xenomorph, in the Alien parlance). However, instead depicting the bald, military Ripley from that film, I drew her more like the original Ripley – with her amazing mop. I wasn’t going to let the question of cinematic accuracy distract me from the pleasure of cartooning a fantastic hairdo.
CERTS IN SPACE
Shaving Ripley bald may have been the first mistake of Alien 3, a notorious box office flop. Actually, I think all but the ending of the movie (heresy) is plenty okay, especially compared to some of what has followed. Truly the Alien franchise is a classic example of “nothing beats the original.” However, the “Alien kiss” scene in 3 has definitely transcended the movie it was hatched in and withstood the test of time, not to mention sending a message to future astronauts: bring extra breath mints.
This cartoon was a last minute addition while I continue work on my epic “Attack of the Late Summer” ants series (three thematically related cartoons detailing my ongoing battle with the sinister ants who keep invading the house).
Thank you for reading! Check back next week for another horror comedy episode of Grinsane.
The two astronauts in this cartoon have been away from Earth for several years now. So imagine the excitement they feel discovering a jelly bean trail on a strange purple planet right around Eastertime. Logically, they assume some benevolent extra terrestrial bunny is working hard to make them feel welcome. Oh, how wrong one can be…
These guys may seem foolish, but are they any more ignorant than Officer Kane in the original Alien movie? I’m still not sure why one of the Nostromo’s top crew members had to place his face so close to a pulsating space egg. The thrill of scientific discovery may have gotten the best of him, or maybe he was thinking about turning one of of those eggs into a breakfast omelette after just waking up from suspended animation.
The original Alien movie is one of my favorites, as much for design as for story (hail Mobius, hail Giger), so it was fun to dork around with its classic iconography. And who doesn’t like painting Easter Eggs?
This weekend is Easter, of course, so keep an eye out for Ovomorphs (the nerd name for Alien eggs) and other eggy alien life forms that tend to show up in Spring. If you are still alive next week after your candy binge, please return to Grinsane for more horror comedy comics!
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