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what’s so great about scabs?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Last week, I took a tumble on the pavement. I am not sure whether to be proud or ashamed that while I scraped my body up pretty bad, I managed to hold my Starbucks coffee cup upright and not spill a drop. As a result, I was able to enjoy a nice cup of hot java while I watched the blood ooze out the gashes on my knee and dribble down my leg. I’ve been sporting some cute summer dresses to show off my wounds. It’s quite the conversation starter.

The experience got me thinking about scabs and imagining forming one in the shape of the Mona Lisa or the Virgin Mother and selling it on ebay for a zillion dollars. I also wondered why you never see Vampires eating scabs. I think it would be a great on the go option, sort of like blood jerky. Jim pointed out how handy this would be camping or traveling in low populated areas. Anyway, I had about a dozen comic concepts based on scabs but couldn’t gross you out for more than a week in good conscience, so I went with this one.

Feel free to share haikus or other uses and cool things about scabs if you feel inclined. For added fun, can you name the type of dog GingerDead’s scab resembles?
Before I go, I want to share a method / genre of poetry a friend of mine is doing which he calls ‘Newsprint Prose“. Just hit that page and click the titles to view the poems which are read in the same fashion of a newspaper. His technique is to take an article and just cross out most of the words serial killer style until what’s left is a kick ass poem. It’s as if the poem was there all along waiting for him to unleash it. I love that he scans the actual article in, complete with marker cross-outs rather than retype the poem along. It makes reading it even more interesting and visually strange. I think it’s a great approach and hope he keeps going. I would buy a book of these in a heartbeat.

See you next week.

<3 calan

17 Responses to “what’s so great about scabs?”

  1. GL Says:

    I have won some scabs
    and some injuries unseen
    souvenirs are nice

  2. Adam_Y Says:

    Some sort of scabby Scottish/highland Terrier?

    I hate the wait, you know, until you can start picking at it.

    Love the Newsprint Prose… it has a concrete feel to it that I’m a sucker for and it’s also similar to how Bowie wrote his lyrics… which I’m also a sucker for.

  3. Seraphine Says:

    Haha, I *love* the scab comic and commentary.
    The scab dog is a Scotty. Do I win a scab prize?

    my hearts is a scab
    waiting for you to pick it
    delicious dribbles

    .

  4. calan Says:

    yay adam and sera – it’s a scottish terrier shaped scab.

    scab update – it’s been about a week and suddenly there is yellow goo oozing out of the largest one. the gift that keeps on giving! HOOO!

    Adam – i am not familiar with Bowie’s technique for songwriting, can you elaborate or am i forced to google. googling = effort. blah!

  5. justme Says:

    nature’s sweet solace
    biological garnets
    to adorn your wounds

  6. Tara Says:

    haha wounds do bring back memories… i had a fall when i was little and i cut up my knees and elbow really really badly, while playing with my first ever crush (i was like 8 he was 9

  7. calan Says:

    justme : your haiku is so beautiful! you made something considered ugly sound truly romantic. <3

    tara, i was crushing that young too. boy crazy since birth, really. ๐Ÿ˜›

  8. coolioness Says:

    Scottish Terrier. ^^

    Scabs are great for on
    the go fun, and a tasty
    treat for all you Vamps!

    I love how happy she is.

    Scab Flakes! For that dried-blood goodness, it’s SCAB FLAKES.

  9. Colleen Sheehy Says:

    This could be a whole new subgenre of vampire fiction. Can a non-vamp gift a beloved vamp with a bottle of scabs? Can you make flavored scabs according to blood alcohol content – tequila, vodka, etc? Can they be substituted for bacon bits in a salad? Just how do you dry a sheet of blood jerky in the oven and keep it flexible? Can you rehydrate blood jerky with coconut liquor as a substitute for plasma? Can you tell I have too much time on my hands?

    Majorly cool comic strip!

  10. calan Says:

    Lenoir loves crunching sounds. ๐Ÿ™‚

    scab flakes sound great. you could sprinkle them in soups and salads or feed them to your pet piranha! n

  11. calan Says:

    great ideas colleen! i really think scabs have been neglected in vampire lore. come on horror writers, show us some scabs!

  12. amanda Says:

    ha! it made me laugh and gag at the same time!

  13. SleepingOrange Says:

    Life force oozes out;
    Congeals, darkens, crusts, cracks, flakesรขโ‚ฌโ€œ
    Pussy sores abound.

  14. insertnamehere Says:

    greets! I found gingerdead here through the book of biff, so give him credit for sending another obsessed fan! Have to say, I agree about the use of scabs for vampires. tell ya what. If I’m ever a writer about vampires, I’ll put scabs in as a breakfast cereal or something. As for being proud of not spilling any coffee, I think you should be. now go ahead and update again soon so I can post all the stuff I’ll think about between now and then!

    p.s. my favourite character is Lenoir =P

  15. calan Says:

    welcome insertnamehere! chris is one of my all time favorite humans, not to mention comicker. ๐Ÿ˜€

    thanks for taking the time to comment – new comic is up now. feel free to join in the haiku madness.

  16. Chance Says:

    Ha. This reminded me of a picture Expletive made for her blog.

  17. vyktorya Says:

    i know this is years late, but i have just been re-reading your comic, and your story reminded me of an incident that occurred a couple years ago. i tripped over seemingly nothing, and ended up peeling back a large chunk of flesh from my big toe, a lot of blood ensued. but then when it stopped bleeding enough to keep it uncovered, i made sure to wear sandals and show off the giant flap of skin and stuff that was hanging half off my toe. i even would peel it back sometimes to make people gag. i’m rather morbid i know.

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