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The Return of the Son of the Ghost of Bedbugs


I'm embarrassed to admit that I started working on this piece nearly two years ago.  I recently rediscovered the initial sketches I made for it and decided to finish it up.  It's a Bedbug, that is to say, it's a dream image.  Not as jam-packed with hilarity as some of my previous Bedbugs work perhaps, but it was a dream so vivid and alarming I wanted to get it somewhat permenantly documented.

That cloak I'm covered with is what Melissa and I refer to as "green blankie".  The original green blankie was a Holt family heirloom, which I nestled on the couch with for years until she convinced me it could no longer withstand the washing machine.  She was overjoyed, as you can imagine, when I found a perfectly identical green blankie during my Salvation Army tenure. (And yes, that's texture from the actual blanket in question collaged into the art.)

Anyway, in this dream, I'm covered in the blanket, wearing work gloves and hammering out the Zombies song noted above in the middle of the night at my parents' house.  At this point, I am overcome with a recurring dream condition I call the Brain Melt, which is a seizure of sheer insanity, a feeling that I'm perhaps dying or otherwise being torn between realities.  I used to get the Brain Melt during out-of-body/sleep paralysis episodes, where I would
"leave my body" in my sleep and wake up in immobilized terror (I had a good bit of LSD in my system in those days).

I just love all the Freudian imagery here.  Why the family piano?  Why that particular song?  Why is green blankie my shroud?  And what up with those gloves?

This frightening dreamtime insanity took place years ago, by the way.  I'm fine now, thanks for asking.


Posted by thrdgll at 11:10 PM EST
Updated: 04/03/2008 9:29 PM EST

03/03/2008 - 7:41 PM EST

Name: "Amy"
Home Page: http://thrdgll@hotmail.com

Ash, that piece you did is beautiful.

By the way, a couple days after you lef, my friend came over and noticed your Dragnet piece, asking "That's Jack Webb and Harry Morgan, isn't it?" We forced him to watch the Crimson Crusader episode before he went home.

Speaking of night terrors and fears, I can't tell you how relieved I am that the ones I used to get when I was little have never come back. Still have the occasional nightmare, though- like the one I had about a wolf last week. That was weird, because I don't have any particular fear of wolves.

11/03/2008 - 1:47 AM EDT

Name: "Bob Row"
Home Page: http://gloriamundi.blogsome.com

Hi Ashley! Here's Roberto from Argentina (Planet Cartoonist forum, remember?). I used to visit your site from time to time but I just noticed today there's something like a blog in it, which could means:

a) I've been absent for a long time, or

b) I turned blind for a while.

In any case, it's great news you have a blog (ok, the world isn't shaking, but still). I'm glad to know you feel better now. I have nightmares of dead turtles without shells sometimes, but only after heavy dinners (I'm light regarding substances).

That's all. And, yes, I thought of you first when Evel Knievel passed away. My best.

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