Friday, September 20, 2013

R.I.P. Seabrook

So, today is the anniversary of the death of William Buehler Seabrook by suicide in 1945, 68 years ago. Seabrook was an explorer and adventure writer who is credited with introducing the word zombie to the english language. He was a complicated, twisted individual who is most often reduced to the short bio of, “alcoholic, sadist, cannibal, suicide.” All of which he was, but it's definitely not all of his story. He was close friends with a plethora of the royalty of American and European arts and letters in the 30s and 40s from Man Ray and Gertude Stein to Aleister Crowley and Jean Cocteau, yet he died in relative obscurity and none of his books remain in print today.
That's his photo and that stack of papers is the rough layouts for a biography in comic book form that I've spent the last 7 years researching. It's the next project I'll be starting on.  I just have to sit down and draw and do justice to this guy's life. Check back in several years… Anyway, rest in peace, old Bill Seabrook. 

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