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FIELD GUIDE TO MONSTERS by Dave Elliott by DeevElliott
FIELD GUIDE TO MONSTERS by Dave Elliott
From the Introduction to FIELD GUIDE TO MONSTERS by Dave Elliott.

Professor Abraham Van Helsing was always a man of action. He had discovered over the course of his life that it was unwise to rely on or confide in others unless out of absolute necessity. Born in the Netherlands and educated at the University of Rotterdam, he had set his eyes on becoming a medical doctor, but during his final semester, his close friend was stricken with a previously unknown blood disorder. Reported stories at the time say that Peter Hopkins had died but then come back to life. While it is likely that Hopkins merely had lapsed into a coma for three days, this does not explain the extreme allergic reactions to sunlight that he suffered thereafter. Van Helsing worked hard with the university physicians to help his friend, but they had no success. A record of Hopkins’ subsequent death can be found in the archives of the local newspaper, which published an all-too-brief account of his death. It was at the time of his friend’s death that Van Helsing decided to forego his career as a general practitioner in order to specialize in obscure diseases of the blood.

The Professor traveled much over the next forty years, studying blood disorders around the world. However, it was one adventure in particular, taking him from England to the heart of Transylvania, that moved the Professor to put down his findings on paper.

In 1890, the Professor met Bram Stoker, Irish horror writer, who at the time was the manager of the Lyceum Theatre. Stoker became obsessed with Van Helsing's stories and started to write down accounts of his adventures. It was then that Van Helsing asked Stoker to help him on a nonfiction work—a field guide to the monsters he had come across on his travels, specifically focusing on the vampire. Stoker agreed but also continued to transcribe Van Helsing's adventures for his own future prosperity.

One day, three years later, Van Helsing was urgently called to London. There had been a sighting of a vampire. But not just any vampire…this was Dracula, king of the blood-drinking beasts. Van Helsing hoped that if Dracula were destroyed, then all his subordinates would also cease to be. This proved to be mere wishful thinking on Van Helsing’s part.

The Professor’s epic battles with Dracula fascinated Stoker and he transcribed the entire story with the advantage of being able to interview any relevant witnesses—survivors, family members, and any of Dracula’s living victims who may have narrowly escaped eternal blood thirst. Stoker even had access to the Professor’s journals and diaries.

Van Helsing had assumed that all this effort was going into his field guide. By the time he realized the cruel truth—that Stoker was writing for personal fame, and not for the salvation of mankind—it was too late. Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula sold out like wildfire. Translated into multiple languages, it spread around the globe immediately. Van Helsing never spoke to Stoker again and tore up every royalty check that the writer sent him.

In private, Van Helsing condemned Stoker for dooming mankind, for he foresaw that once vampires were trivialized as a work of fiction, the incredible threat that they posed on humanity would never be taken seriously. He was proved right when a year after the publication of Dracula, Van Helsing published his own Field Guide to Monsters in 1898. The book sold well, but was treated as a work of parody and his book tour appearances were always drowned out by laughter from the audience. Dracula had done its damage.

The tour came to an abrupt end in Germany during the spring of 1899: reports from a small town outside of Bonn revealed that several young women, who had died of unexplained causes, had been seen alive again, but only at night. Van Helsing, welcoming the distraction, left his tour to investigate. Except for one trip to Hong Kong in 1905, he made no further public appearances.

With the Professor unwilling to trust anyone to document his stories again, the rest of his history is unclear. Details of his adventures in the twentieth century are sketchy at best. No recorded sighting or mention of him was made after World War I, but his body was never found nor was any evidence discovered that would allude to his passing.

The following is Professor Van Helsing’s original introduction to his Field Guide to Monsters. A gentleman to the end, Van Helsing refrained from speaking ill of Bram Stoker or his novel, but his pain is evident throughout.

This book that you hold in your hands could very well save your life.

The previous sentence sounds very dramatic, does it not, but this is no work of fiction. I wish it were. It is, however, truly meant to frighten you and I make no apologies for that. I cannot, for Monsters are real, they walk among us right now, and they threaten our very existence. I have made their eradication my life’s work.

It was only four hundred years ago that Europe was decimated, almost completely wiped out by the Plague, a disease that began in China and carried by rats across the continents—beasts so tiny and insignificant but with enough poison to kill over a third of the population in Europe. There is now a new disease sweeping across Eastern Europe that has reached even the shores of Great Britain. However, this disease is carried by something far deadlier than rats, and it will take more than another Great Fire to stop it.

This disease is carried by the Living Dead—men and women, once as alive and well as you or I, who have had their very souls ripped from their bodies. Despite having been laid to rest in sacred ground, in a Christian ceremony, these creatures of Hell blaspheme the holy name of God, and rise up to do the Devil’s work.

Originated in Transylvania, the disease was reported to have affected the Eastern European dictator Vlad Tepes, the son of Vlad Dracul, a Wallachian. His thirst for human blood was an immortal curse and after he was struck down mortally, dying in a fierce battle, he rose three days later from the dead. Vlad assumed his father’s name, and from then on, was known only as Dracula. He had been spreading the disease of blood thirst ever since.

And I pause at this juncture to warn you most strenuously—this is not some fickle work of romance and horror. This is not some dime novel bit of poppycock, designed to frighten young women and entertain their swains. This is the unrelenting, unforgiving truth. Dracula has spread his disease of blood thirst across Europe. He has infiltrated entire populations. And, unless we act now, we are all doomed to become enslaved by the same monstrous thirst for human blood. Imagine for one moment, never again being able to walk in the sun. Imagine a life without feeling, without emotion or warmth, without kin, without the light of your immortal soul, or the warmth of the Savior’s love within your breast.

While I myself saw Dracula’s vile form purged from this world, this victory proved to be a small battle won in an ever-growing war. Much to my horror, Dracula’s death did not stop or even hinder the spread of vampires in the world. And, there are other monsters walking the secluded wildernesses of the world, such as werewolves—men, who on the night of the full moon, shed their skins for fur and prey upon mankind for blood and mayhem. While I suspect that there may be some correlation between the werewolf and the vampire to explain their thirst for blood and the importance of the night by which to do these heinous acts, I have only begun to understand these dark mysteries.

But there are far more. There are harpies, witches, demonic lizards, and all manner of things of the air, land, and sea that live to hunt man. It also behooves me to warn all about the “Monster” created by a mad doctor, by the name of Victor Von Frankenstein. I have only made its acquaintance twice and knowing its story, related to me by the late widow of Percy Shelley, I took pity on it. But it is an irrational creature at best and is capable of causing great harm.

Please, I urge you to use this book wisely and do not permit yourself to be deceived by those wishing to terrify you for the sake of entertainment. All our lives depend on it.

We must awake the living before this vile disease awakes all the dead.

Abraham Van Helsing
London, 1898



Nearly 200 pages of everything you wanted to know about MONSTERS. From the biggest to the smallest. All in glorious color (except for the bits that are in black and white). ;-)

This is a fun book for everyone.

FIELD GUIDE TO MONSTERS © Dave Elliott
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Whaat? by DAVE GIBBONS for Image Duplicator by DeevElliott
Whaat? by DAVE GIBBONS for Image Duplicator
The above piece was produced by Dave Gibbons for the event IMAGE DUPLICATOR, an exhibition and movement organized by RIAN HUGHES to highlight the appropriation of artists work by other artists without credit or renumeration.

This piece of at is based upon a panel by the comic artist IRV NOVICK from a DC Comic. As you can see Dave has credited the original artist something that Roy Lichtenstein didn't do when he appropriated the same image.

Artwork © Dave Gibbons 2013-2014
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Arlen is an amazing lecturer on comic book history and its key creators. Look for some great journals coming your way!
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Art & Comic Book Art 11-page verbal/visual essay
DISCLAIMER #1!: This is not an official DeviantART project and DeviantART will not be involved in making selections or in processing any royalty payments.

I have always loved anthologies.  Growing up in Britain 95 percent of the comics were weekly anthologies so it has been firmly ingrained in my psyche.

I've always felt that anthologies are a good platform for experimentation, trying new ideas and styles, introducing new talent and especially good to read in the bathroom.  I'll never forget the impression Heavy Metal had on me when I first saw it.

They're perfect for those moments when you've read through the 100 comics you've bought that month and realized there wasn't a single complete story in the pile.  ;-)

I've recently relaunched two previously successful anthologies, A1 and MONSTER MASSACRE.

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I have also been enjoying working on Heavy Metal.  Check out my previous journal as I'm sure you will find it of great interest if you like the magazine. 

deevelliott.deviantart.com/jou…

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Sooo... DeviantART... We all love it here. For years it has been the art communities greatest secret.  Finally the word seems to be spreading and more and more people seem to be hearing about it.  If you have been to San Diego Comic-con how could you come away not knowing what it is and the effect it has had on the artists in Artists Alley by supporting Clydene Nee and the convention committees efforts there. 

I'd like to have a go at helping spread the word myself.  The format that comes most natural now to me would be a nice big thick book.  But how do I go about editing a selection of the biggest, greatest, art community in the world into a mere 200 page book?  

DeviantART is a community of artists of every kind.  Not just comics and manga.  Concept and videogame design. Sculpture and 3D modeling. Cartoons and anime.  Writers and fine artists.  Photographers and film makers.  Models and cosplayers. Jewelry and tattoos.

I don't know what shape this will take yet.  I'm hoping I get some kick-ass submissions as well as pieces and sets that I'll be reaching out to the community for.

I'm currently planning on the book being approximately 200 plus pages, hard back, 8 x 11 inches and color, although you can still submit work in black and white. I can add more pages but I think it is important to keep the price point to where people can afford this easily.  It shouldn't cost more than $25 dollars.

This will be a book about the dA community.  About the length and breadth of the talent that oozes down the cables onto computers screens around the globe.  I hope this does well enough to achieve two major things.

1/ I hope this becomes a regular series for you.  An annual that takes a snapshot of the community.
2/ I hope this sells well enough so that those that contribute earn a royalty.

See, I don't want anyone to not get paid for their work seeing print, but at this stage I'm not in any situation to pay rates.  My thinking is this, I'll be editing the book but the royalties will go to the artists whose work graces the pages of it.  I also won't have the time to send out royalty checks for single pages where the amounts could be $10, so there will be some rules.

A/ I'll be looking for contributions of 6 or more pages for the book.  This will limit the amount of Deviants but will give those included more room to show off their work and promote it effectively.
B/ There will be no upfront payment for the inclusion of your work but all deviants will share equally in a royalty that will be 8% of cover price.  Whatever royalty comes in will be divided by the amount of pages in the book to work out how much each person will earn.
C/ I will update the entire community so everyone will know how many copies of the book is sold and what the payments will be.  This will be done through an updated journal.  Royalty statements are usually issued every six months after the book has officially gone on sale.  If we sell 2000 copies in the first 6 months that'll be around $3600.00 dollars in royalties to be divided among the contributors.  Not much but if more books come out and the earlier books are kept in print, that could build up nicely over time.  Royalties will only be paid once the print and shipping costs have been recouped.
D/ Complimentary copies cost money so there will be 3-5 copies per creator upfront for free and then additional copies will be available for purchase at a little over cost. Don't forget, postage and handling costs money too.

Any one who either has experience of book design or wants to be a book designer can also pitch their ideas for the design of the book.  I'm open to help and ideas to get this done.

I'll keep adding to this as I think of anything else.

DISCLAIMER #2!!: This is not an official DeviantART project and DeviantART will not be involved in making selections or in processing any royalty payments.

Please remember that whatever you submit must be yours.  You can't submit artwork or stories that incorporate elements or characters or artwork that are owned by others.  No Batman or Wolverine or Harry Potter stories please or My Little Pony pin-ups.  Also, only submit if you genuinely feel your work is ready to see print. I know it is tough assessing your own material, be brutal with yourself.

DISCLAIMER #3!!! I work for a living and in the comics industry that means you work hard for little money and rarely get a break.  If I like what I see I will tell you but I won't be able to reply to everyone about why I couldn't use your work and/or give a critique.  You will find that very few editors ever have the time to get back about submissions.  Sometimes if you're lucky you'll get a rejection slip in with your returned submission.

In this case either post below or send me a message with a link to the pieces you want to submit.

Also, this isn't a race.  I want to give as many people the chance to see this as possible.  Think hard about what you want to submit or do for this.  I'll update this journal when I have set a firm deadline.

I'm not setting a deadline for submissions at this point as I want as many people to see this as possible.  I'll probably set a deadline around the end of October once people have had a chance to think about this.  By then I'll have all the points finalized and be able to give you all the details. I should also have an approximate on sale date for the book.

NOTE: THERE IS NO DEADLINE SET AT THE MOMENT!

DISCLAIMER #4!!!! This is not an offiicial Deviantart project and deviantart will not be involved in making selections or in processing any royalty payments.

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There's a lot to go through, but if you're up for it there is an interview I did for Orbital Comics in London that you can listen to here;

www.orbitalcomics.com/2011/03/…

And an interview I did for Comics Bulletin here;

www.comicsbulletin.com/feature…


There's an older online Newsarama interview here;

www.newsarama.com/comics/02090…

Current Residence: In the belly of the beast.
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Email: DeevElliott@gmail.com
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salo-art Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
awesome work man! the best ;)
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Thanks Salomon!

Gotta update my sorry-ass page. Been too long.

- Dave
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salo-art Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
 no problem man,
I love the range of artist with whom you work.

hopefully one day we can work together.
portfolio: saloarte.blogspot.com/ :D:D:D:D:D:D
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gph-artist Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Dave,

thanks for the +Watch!

It was an absolute pleasure sitting by you at SDCC.  Thanks for all your insight and direction.

We are holding off on gifting the children all our SDCC take-home gifts (including Weirding Willows until everyone is back at home this weekend.  Thanks a million!

Until the next show!
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Big thank you for being such great booth neighbors! Love to hang out next time!!

See you soon.

- Dave
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kozispoon Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student General Artist
:wave:
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Howdy!

:-)
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Kynamh Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1) I really like The Weirding Willows comic 2) That orange-walnut chocolate bar was awesome so you have my full and unstinting endorsement! 10/10 would buy again! Haha :)
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Thank you!!

Next time try the Coconut, Bacon, Milk Chocolate drops in Dark Chocolate.

:-)

- Dave
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Cheneytoons Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
I think I might know you...did you ever edit cartoons for Penthouse?
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