Monster Friends 2

Monster FriendsThe Phoenix is a supernatural creature who celebrates 1,000 birthdays before starting a BBQ and throwing himself on it. Once the screams/flames die down, the Phoenix rises from the ashes, needing a shower, and lives for another 1,000 years. (Geez, all he had to do was push his face into his birthday cake – with 1,000 candles on it, that thing counts as a four-alarm blaze.

El Chupacabra is a cryptid (rejected by scientists, worshipped by Mexicans) that attacks delicious goats and sucks the barnyard chi right out of their fur. El Chupacabra also enjoys a brisk, branded merchandising business, with T-shirts, lunch boxes and stuffed animal plushees keeping Chupie in mucho pesos.

The Leviathan is a sea monster who was first introduced to us in the Bible. I haven’t read the Bible (too many words), but from what I’ve been able to dig up, Jesus used to ride the Leviathan back and forth to work. Leviathan, church dudes will tell you, is one of the seven princes of Hell and its gatekeeper. Yep, I totally believe that with all my heart and soul.

The Behemoth is a roller coaster in Southern California. It’s also any creature that’s bigger than other creatures. In this instance, it’s a giant cow, swinging its udders of doom around like it was at an alternative lifestyle glo-stick party. I can’t verify this, but I think its horns act as lightning rods and some sort of atomic gas shoots out its ass. I can dream, can’t I?

These monsters are the subject of the Family Tree Design & Illustration artist collective. Second in a series (the first batch depicted The Kraken, Loch Ness Monster, Yeti and Sasquatch), these kick ass designs are printed on 100 lb. matte poster paper and measure out to 12” x 18” inches. And they’re as limited as the scientific community’s belief in these creature’s existence.

The Phoenix (by Alex Pearson), El Chupacabra (by Julian Baker), Behemoth (by Jim Tierney) and Leviathan (by John Solimine) come in two versions: the ones you see in the example for $25, and a snazzy glow-in-the-dark version for $35. I know that look – you want the glow posters, don’t you?

I did a blogamajig on the first series (type in “Monster Friends” in the search-o-matic box on the right) on September 2nd, 2010. As I recall, it was a hazy afternoon, with winds coming out of the east. And my toaster quit working. What does that have to do with monsters? Not a lot, as it turns out.

Show your support for independent art and all things cryptozoological (things that exist, but have yet to be acknowledged by butt-hole scientists in lab coats) by clicking HERE. And stay away from giant cows that spray atomic gas out of you-know-where.

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