I know it’s a cliche, but the fact remains: Clowns scare the bejesus out of me. Did I ever tell you about Hector? Hector was this incredibly creepy clown decanter. It used to hold wine I think but that was way before we had it. My mom loved it because it was really old and from Italy and she probably got it from my Grandmother or considered it a great garage sale find, but once he was in, he was part of the family for good. I was just a small child and his wide-eyed maniacal grin and pointy black eyebrows really terrified me.
To make matters worse, Hector seemed to live in two places. He was either on the tank behind the toilet leering at you while you peed or he was in the linen closet peeking at you from the darkness. Both places were bad in my opinion, but at least in the linen closet I could throw a towel over his head and pretend I didn’t know what that menacing lump was.
Hector continued to freak me out well into my teens. My girlfriend and I named him Hector at some point perhaps to humanize him and make him less freaky. When I was alone I would talk to him in an attempt to fool him into thinking he didn’t scare me. I pretended I was all cool with his existence and we were pals, but all the while my heart was racing. I’m not sure whatever happened to him but at some point he just seemed to disappear. I have to admit I sort of miss him. At the very least, having his photo would be nice. I hunted all over the internet for something that resembled him, but I guess whoever else had a Hector in their life chose to destroy it rather than take it’s photo and see how much it would fetch on eBay.
Hector isn’t what inspired the comic today. Actually, drawing the comic brought him back in to consciousness. What inspired me was last night, Jim and I were googling old carnival posters to get some ideas for his website. There is some really fantastic creepy art work on those things. Maybe it also came from the fact I’m just finishing up the first season of HBO’s Carnivale. Believe it or not, I’ve never watched it until now. Anyway, I have carnivals and circuses on the brain, so you get clowns and a circus haiku.
Here’s some cool sideshow posters.