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lafayette cemetery

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

I hope you don’t mind the photo today instead of a normal strip or haiku. I thought I’d take an easier road as I’m pretty run down from the trip but I ended up working on some photo montages of Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 for you, so it took me just as long as usual. Silly me, but I’m glad I did because I think you’ll love them.

So, New Orleans rocks. Seriously. I can’t begin to tell you everything that is wonderful about this city or the time I had. Here, I’ll try to do it in sentence fragments or something:

above ground tombs
smuggling absinthe into the green room at the House of Blues
Jim playing at the House of Blues, the Louisiana Music Factory, Dragon’s Den, Cafe Beignet on Bourbon Street and the Spotted Cat
learning quickly Bourbon Street is over-rated and super touristy and the locals are all on Frenchmen Street, just on the edge of the French Quarter
Voodoo Shops
Beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde
Cutting Edge Music Biz conference
snarfing down gumbo file, jambalya, crawfish etouffe and bread pudding daily at Mother’s
crumbling old buildings
wrought iron
cocktails in to-go cups
music everywhere
street cars
friendly weirdos
art on Royal Street (except the retarded gallery selling Tod Goldman’s frauds)
beads in trees
searching for stone angels
sleeping with a heavy down comforter
john at road kill 13 goth shop buying my Ennui xmas cards to sell
john at road kill 13 buying jim’s chainmail to sell
being swindled by hare krishna lady

I have so many pictures but it will take forever to prep them and post them here so I’m just going to show you Lafayette Cemetery no. 1. Established in 1833, this cemetery is made up of above ground tombs or vaults and has been described and featured in Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire among others. I have been dying to go here for about 10 years now and it didn’t disappoint.

I tried to find the angel in Interview with a Vampire and the particular tomb they sat in, but to no avail. It was hot as hell and after an hour, we really had to get Jim to the convention as that was the main goal of the trip. There is always next time. Oh, I did get some hunks of the wall that surrounds the cemetery. I didn’t pull them off or deface it in any way. There just happened to be pieces on the walkway outside the cemetery so I took them. I figured I could use them in an art piece at some point.

As for the photo I used in today’s ‘comic’, yes i did crawl inside an open vault. I figured it was empty so I wouldn’t offend anyone too much. I just couldn’t resist the photo opp. Strange that it was empty. It’s not like it was a brand new vault. People must have been walled in there at some point. Perhaps they were evicted? O.o

Okay, without further adieu here’s the photos.

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

New Orleans Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

I’ll finish covering C-14 next week. This post is long enough.

<3 calan

15 Responses to “lafayette cemetery”

  1. Seraphine Says:

    You hope I don’t mind. I *do* mind that
    you have the most beautiful comics, including
    this one! Awesome, Calan.
    I remember beignets, the cemetaries, the swamp
    tours, walking into a bar on a hot hot day and taking
    twenty minutes to finally cool down. The little alleys,
    courtyards and hidden gardens that dot the french
    quarter. My fascination with voodoo.
    Great pics. and awesome comic.

  2. matthew Says:

    Man, just seeing the images brings it all back. I do love that city. I have got to go back in the next year or two. I knew you would have a great time. If any city can be called lively its that one. Love the pic and addition of the characters.

    wondrous New Orleans
    mysterious, beautiful
    city of my heart

  3. calan Says:

    aw i’m so glad the images brought back personal memories of new orleans to both of you. i’m ready to go back already. there was still so much more i wanted to see and do.

  4. Gabe Says:

    Great pics 🙂

  5. calan Says:

    thanks gabe. doesn’t anyone notice there is something very wrong with that vault picture?

  6. Chance Says:

    I demand hare krishna story!

    Re: “something very wrong” – There is no pillow.

  7. calan Says:

    i’ll never tell!

    pillows are nice, but that’s not it. 😛

  8. matthew Says:

    hmmm…you mean how LeNoir is doing a one handed hand stand and her dress is still in place? I guess that could be it hehe 🙂

  9. calan Says:

    nopes 😛

  10. calan Says:

    oh wait, you said hand stand? hehe, i think you see it. 😉

  11. Chance Says:

    I see what it is. The girl in the tomb isn’t dead?

  12. calan Says:

    says you

  13. Evilness Says:

    Sweet pics. I have family in one of the Lafayette cemeteries, but I can’t remember which. The tomb was probably empty, because after Hurricane Katrina some people had their family members moved, but sadly some were evicted by the storm.

  14. Emily in England Says:

    This is the first time I’ve posted a comment here, although I check for updates all the time. ^_^ Your comics are positively delightful.

    I was wondering how you managed to appear to be defying gravity – by lying on the underside of the tomb…

    defying physics
    lying in an empty tomb
    trick photography?

  15. calan Says:

    hiya emily, thanks for posting.

    upside down photo
    gravity still unbeaten
    glad someone noticed


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