Just a character study

I’ve been working on too many longer projects that don’t give me the immediate satisfaction single gags do. So, here are two lovely characters from the early 19th century because, why not?

1820's characters

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Anti-tuberculosis Propaganda

 

I watched a documentary just now called “The Forgotten Plague.” It’s about TB in America. Once public health officials caught on to its contagious nature, they launched a massive campaign to educate people on the importance minimizing transmission. According to the documentary, men were even moved to trim or shave their beards lest they bring TB home in their facial hair.

I saw this slogan on a flyer with a baby on it and suddenly this watercolor that has been sitting around for a year made sense.
germofinfectinodrybrush

Atalanta, the badass

I’ve been bouncing the idea around of a longer work about Atalanta for years now. Procrastination and harsh self-criticism have kept me from progressing very far on it so I thought if I did it in small spurts it would be easier. The written part, however, will have to stay hidden until it’s completed.

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This is from “The Earthly Paradise” by William Morris. It’s in a super cool compilation of tales of gods and heroes from 1899 I found in a curios shop in Colorado.

Atalanta, daughter of King Schoeneus, not willing to lose her virgin’s estate, made it a law to all suitors that they should run a race with her in the public place, and if they failed to overcome her should die unrevenged; and thus many brave men perished. At last came Milanion, the son of Amphidamas, who outraged her with the help of Venus, gained the virgin and wedded her.