Comic 666 - 666 (by Stilldown)
30th Aug 2021, 12:00 AM in Guest Weeks!
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Microraptor edit delete
We continue the Guest Weeks with a work by Stilldown, for I asked him to draw something fitting for the Cryptida page #666!

Ariane Eldar and Peter Pech are thus doing their own interpretation of Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones.

One has to wonder what Emily thinks, seeing her ex-boyfriend like this with Ariane.
(She very much disapproves of that relationship!)

Selene Wildebees however overreacted a bit.
Understandable though, given past experiences...

(Also, it seems that Joe Meek was a pioneer in audio recording techniques, and Phantom Of The Paradise a musical in which the character speaks with an artificially distorted voice.)
User comments:
lirvilas edit delete reply

Congrats at making the Devil's number! Almost nobody gets that many pages out!

Totally appropriate guest page FTW!!! (good job Selene)
Microraptor edit delete reply
Yup, I knew Stilldown would be able to cook up something fitting to this occasion!

(And I think this is the first time we've ever seen Selene in something like a dress...)
Stilldown edit delete reply
A few comments to this.
I drew this some days before Charlie Watts left us, of course nobody had an idea this would happen. Still, it reminds me so hard that the good ones keep going, and what's lost, is lost forever, and never going to come back.
The movie "Phantom In Paradise" is I think, the true underrated masterpiece of Brian de Palma. It is very complex; it does not only merge the story of Goethe's Faust and "Phantom of the Opera", but it also perfectly nails down the moment when rock died as Glam Rock turned the original rebellious movement into a commercialized act that formed into the abominable disco movement after the oilcrisis. The moment of the movie I was reflecting to is a key scene where the tragic hero (both Faus and Phantom) has lost his voice after the cruel assasination by the villain, that now restores the hero's voice by using his "electronic magic powers" aka the sound effects provided by the sophisticated high end studio. This is the moment in history when musical talent became redundant, as it could be surrogated by the amount of money you could afford for technology. I refered to this scene here, where it shows the dilemma of rock music at the turn of events (and history) around 1973 to 75.
Microraptor edit delete reply
I didn't make the mental connection to Charlie Watts' demise until you pointed it out now - quite the eerie coincidence.

And Phantom in Paradise sounds like a quite an interesting and unique movie...
Ariane Eldar edit delete reply
Ariane Eldar
The villian Swan in the movie is also a parody of Andy Warhol, I think.
Microraptor edit delete reply
I figure someone as distinctive as Warhol is quite easy to parody...
JammyTheBirb edit delete reply
Oh! I just realised what movie you're talking about, Phantom of the Paradise? I've seen it as well. The music is very good.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Seems I'm the only one here who didn't watch it.
(Yet! I mean, if so many of you recommend it...)
Morgan Champion (Guest) edit delete reply
And also Dorian Gray.
Guest (Guest) edit delete reply
Yes, that reference is there, too.
Microraptor edit delete reply
I know the gist of the Dorian Gray story of course, but reading the book is still on my to do list!
Stilldown edit delete reply
I recall watching the black & white Dorian Gray talkie, still need the silent version.
The Warhol reference is the fact that Andy recorded literally everything of his daily life on movie (strangely, I haven't seen them turning up somewhere,) and the villain has to rewatch the movie he made while agreeing to the devilish contract every day to stay young forever. (Originally he wanted to record his suicide.) This is the connection to Dorian Grey agaim, too.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Another infamous movie by Warhol that I heard about is the one that is over 8 hours (!!) long and only consists of the unmoving camera pointed at the Empire State Building...
Stilldown edit delete reply
Yes, Empire. As a movie it doesn't make any sense, iit is done as a piece of concept art. "Slow photographic painting"
SchipLover edit delete reply
Das ist glänzend!
Microraptor edit delete reply
In der Tat, das ist wirklich wunderbar geworden!
(Indeed, this got to be really wonderful!)