Saturday, December 08, 2007

Monster Brains Presents.. Krampus!
The following collection of illustrations depict a demonic companion of ol Saint Nick.

Modern Krampus

Fred Stonehouse - Gruss Vom Krampus One

Fred Stonehouse - Brav Sein One

Fred Stonehouse - Brav Sein Two

Travis Louie - Krampus One

Marc Burckhardt

Travis Lampe - Enter the Krampus

Travis Lampe - Return of the Krampus

Ryan Heshka - For Your Sins

William Basso - Gifts for Ill-mannered Children

All of the above Krampus related artworks were part of a Blab! art show at the Copro - Nason Gallery. More pictures of Krampus from the show can be seen in the online gallery of the exhibit here.

I found the above work on photobucket. I don't know the name of the artist but it appears to be on the work although I can't make it out myself.

And lastly, the above is a scan I took of a Christmas card I received this week from my pal Sean Aaberg aka Goblinko.

This concludes Krampus Week!
The Devil In Design

I mentioned this book earlier but wanted to bring it up again. Monte Beauchamp, the editor of Blab, has collected over 150 of these strange Krampus postcards in this book. I don't know what of the previous works I've posted appear in the book as I don't have it myself but I can only assume the best of them. The page at Amazon has a selection of the Krampus artworks that appear in the book, below I've posted some of what is shown in the Amazon preview. Obviously if you're a fan of Krampus, this book is a must have. Buy it from Amazon or Fantagraphics.

There is another book titled "Devilish Greetings" that is the sequel to the Krampus collection. This book collects vintage devil postcards however these would seem to be regular horned devils and not of the Krampus variety. Get it from Amazon or Fantagraphics.

This sums up my presentation of vintage Krampus imagery. Tomorrow, for the last day of Krampus week, I'll be posting works from modern day interpretations of Krampus.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Passen Sie auf! Krampus Kommt!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Krampus Cookie!

Or maybe it's a pretzel, I don't know but it looks edible all the same. Here's another Krampus cookie. Below are a few other Krampus...things.


Similar to the Halloween cards I posted awhile back there seems to be no end to the variety of bizarre scenes of Krampus in these old postcards. I've posted some of the more interesting ones that I've found but there are many more on display and for sale at Old, Ruby Lane, and of course Ebay.
Check out this really bizarre animated contraption of two Krampus figures dancing attached to a painting. There's a short animated video of it here.

And this is still the tip of the demonic iceberg, there are many more postcards that I'll be posting in the following days, many of which can be found in Monte Beauchamp's amazing "The Devil In Design" book which includes 147 vintage images of Krampus. If you dig Krampus, you gotta get this book.