X-Ray Glasses - CreepyPasta

This was a fun side project I was invited to be part of by one of my good friends and coincidentally, one of my favorite artists, Jensine Eckwall. Besides having a cool name, her work is fantastic and I jumped at the chance to be part of this zine project. Jensine and her partner in all of this Peter Schmidt plan on creating a zine to be sold at MoCCA and Toronto Comic Arts Festival and at Brooklyn Zine Fest! More venues to buy the book soon to be announced.

You can check out some of the amazing work going into the zine by some pretty fabulous artists by clicking here.

I had a blast reading these pretty bad stories. There was a couple on the top of my list but one of them screamed making a film which seemed off the plate because of the format of what we were doing but the other, X-Ray Glasses gave me enough cool imagery that I was hooked on doing it. It's a short story:

"For a brief period in 1971, a New Jersey based company sold novelty “X-ray” glasses through the mail via advertisements in the Marvel line of comic books. People who viewed their televisions while wearing these glasses reported seeing images that were “hellish” or “like hell”. It should be noted that this phenomena occurred whether the televisions in question were turned on or not. The company quickly went out of business and investigations reveal that the company’s address leads to a graveyard founded over 150 years earlier."

If you want to know a little bit more about what CreepyPasta is, here is a general definition and history about it as well and a link for you to explore more.

“The word ‘creepypasta’ derives from ‘copypasta’, a generic term for any short piece of writing, image or video clip that is widely copy-and-pasted across forums and message boards. In its sinister variant, [creepypasta] flourishes on sites such as 4chan.org and Reddit... and the Creepypasta Wiki, which at the time of writing has nearly 15,000 entries… Creepypasta resembles rumour: generally it is repeated without acknowledgement of the original creator, and is cumulatively modified by many hands, existing in many versions. Even its creators might claim they heard it from someone else or found it on another site, obscuring their authorship to aid the suspension of disbelief. In the internet’s labyrinth of dead links, unattributed reproduction and misattribution lends itself well to horror: creepypasta has an eerie air of having arisen from nowhere.”

Thank you Jensine and Peter!