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only eyes

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

There’s a lot of eyeball plant references on the internet but nothing quite as awesome as this video by design studio: 1st Avenue Machine. My friend showed me this video about a month ago and explained that at first glance he thought it was real. I don’t know about real, but it’s certainly awesome and perhaps partly responsible for my latest finger puppet.

I call him EyeGore (also a reference to an old favorite film of mine Young Frankenstein) –


Speaking of Young Frankenstein, here’s another finger puppet I’ve recently finished. It’s little Frankenstein in his pajamas! (Remember the haiku comic about him?)


By the way did you know there really is an eyeball plant? It’s also known as the peek-a-boo plant or spilanthes oleracea . Here’s a photo:


Not as cool as you were hoping? I know, same here. It doesn’t blink or anything! Here’s something more our speed – A peek-a-boo plant by the lovely Ghoul Friday (with tips on making your own!)

Eyeball Plant or Peek-a_Boo Plant by Ghoul Friday

Eyeball Plant or Peek-a_Boo Plant by Ghoul Friday

By the way, today’s comic will certainly end up as a greeting card in the near future. I’m working on some fancier printing on fancier paper and once that’s officially sorted out, I’ll be releasing the newer designs. Latest news will be on CalanRee.com/blog.

13 Responses to “only eyes”

  1. Amanda Says:

    I used to have nightmares about eye ball plants specifically the kind you see in the movie Labyrinth. -Shudders- My birthday is on thursday this week and i’m on vacation till next tuesday hopefully i’ll be getting my drivers liscence today so while my mom is out of town i can get my tattoo and stuff taken care of!

  2. Jim Says:

    Good gravy! You are a rock star Calan! I love the new finger puppets soooooo much my eyes almost popped out! That’s where a bucket of extras would’ve come in quite handy. 😉 more more more please!

  3. Seraphine Says:

    an eye for an eye
    a lime green for a nice brown
    like trading kisses

  4. Heinrich Says:

    looking forward to
    my october hobbies now
    because of eyeballs

    guh halloween is the only (good) excuse i can find for putting significant amounts of time towards this stuff. too much else to do…

  5. calan Says:

    happy bday amanda!!!

    jim – your love and encouragement fuel my puppet making fingers

    ty for the haiku sera. i’ll trade you brown for a lime green any day.

  6. Peanutgnome Says:

    I have a Peek-a-boo Plant from Ghoul Friday called… Eye-gore…

    Another great panel (punny too!) and another great post. Thanks!

  7. calan Says:

    peanutgnome – no way! well we’re both weirdos, so it kinda figures. 😀

  8. Gabe Says:

    I can not escape
    the feeling of being watched
    damn eye collection

  9. calan Says:


  10. Ghoul Friday Says:

    I JUST recently learned there was such a thing as peek-a-boo plants. Was a little disappointed in the real thing 😉 Thanks for highlighting my creepy creation.

    Oh young Frankenstein
    Stripey pjs makes me smile
    Wish I had a pair

  11. Demee Says:

    Wow! I came on here to leave a haiku but everyone else did such a great job at them already!

    Love the eyeball plant! Only Calan would know about such flora : P

    I got a surprise for you today…you’ll LOOOVVVEEEE it – Hope to give it to you Monday or Tuesday!

  12. calan Says:

    GF – thanks for having the perfect creation to highlight. i was simply googling eyeball plant to see if anything remotely related came up and was laughing when i saw you were one of the first links to come up. i thought, ‘of course!”

    oh demee – haiku are like jello, there’s always room for more. hooray for surprises! i’ve been painting another finger puppet for show and tell next week. 🙂

  13. Seraphine Says:

    keep your eyes peeled, said frankentein to his mistress
    (because they’re easier to chew that way)
    i only have eyes for you, she replied.

    but but but, if you give me your eyes, frankenstein bawled,
    they will call me four eyes!
    not if you wear them on the back of your head, his mistress cooed.

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