The Jersey Devil

Jersey’s Own Horse faced and Bat Winged Demon!

So I know, you’re thinking, “we’ve never done the Jersey Devil? But that’s like America’s #1 horse faced, witchly birthed, forest demon? How is that even possible?” And maybe you’d think I’d have a good answer but mostly I don’t, and am pretty sure it would be like explaining why i didnt see my sunglasses atop my head anyways. So let’s just get in there and do this!

So first lets talk setting. For those of you unaware, or from foreign lands, even though New Jersey is tucked right in there with our most populated urban metropolis, a great portion of the state is made up of scarcely populated mostly unchanged, pine barrens. A nutrient poor acidic soil, keeps it from being much use to agriculture and hence is chock full of wildlife, oddball plants and even the occasional bears! Oh and devils!

Now for origins, basically he’s the 13th baby born to a witch… but I’m not sure I can tell it better that the legend on wikipedia so here:
“It was said that Mother Leeds had 12 children and, after finding she was pregnant for the 13th time, stated that this one would be the Devil. In 1735, Mother Leeds was in labor on a stormy night. Gathered around her were her friends. Mother Leeds was supposedly a witch and the child’s father was the Devil himself. The child was born normal, but then changed form. It changed from a normal baby to a creature with hooves, a goat’s head, bat wings and a forked tail. It growled and screamed, then killed the midwife before flying up the chimney. It circled the villages and headed toward the pines.”

And careful readers would note you just got most of the descriptors but for the rest of us here they are in a quick bulleted list

  • Body like a kangaroo or bipedal deer
  • Head of a horse, goat or similar long snouted barnyard denizen
  • Leathery batwings
  • Cloven hooves on its back legs
  • Razor sharp claws on its tiny front dinosaur arms
  • A forked tail
  • Moves like the wind
  • Capable of blood curdling screams

So there you go! Keep in mind he’s been haunting the east coast for like 300 years and we have no idea how he ages or whether he has a family of his own now, so descriptors can always change. Just have fun with it!

judgement Is Complete

The Jersey Devil Entry # 7

The First Place Jersey Devil Entry

Haha! So I’m trying to mesh the opposing interpretations here. The beast drawing fan side of me loves the silly devil hair, jean shorts, case of tiny foot and awkward posturing… but there is like a hostage negotiators level of concern in those hands and that forward lean that makes me wonder if maybe I shouldn’t check to make sure there’s not something behind me!

Judge’s Commentary – So I haven’t even checked but pretty sure its been forever since sneurat and her seanist beasts has won, and while I thought it’d get old eventually… I get proven wrong time and again. I mean… do the imaginary math on the thickness of that forearm and BEST case that nipple is 4 inches above his jean shorts waist line which i cant leave unrewarded… Plus the earwig’s tail sorta creeps me out!

The Jersey Devil Entry # 1

The Second Place Jersey Devil Entry

You know I’m not one of those folks who knows much about state flags from different regions… So I’m just going to assume that this is the New Jersey state flag… or if it isn’t it should be! Great sweater-y covered tongue btw!

Judge’s Commentary – Man the marsupial pouch and the sad cow eyes almost got you damn close to another win here, and while I’m not giving it first, I do still think it should be the state flag or at least an optional license plate upgrade!

The Jersey Devil Entry # 5

The Third Place Jersey Devil Entry

Man I wish i could make out that button.. closest I can come is “Garvey Grape” which I’m just hoping was someone’s imaginary horses name… I mean if you’re gonna imagine a horse friend why not make him drool-y and bat winged right? Also those front legs are fantastically limp!

Judge’s Commentary – This is easy, anti-grav or upside down drips of blood, drool, whatever the fluid-ish substance is… will almost always get you in the top three!

The Jersey Devil Entry # 2

The Jersey Devil Entry # 2

Haha, you know it just makes me laugh, I don’t know if he’s fleeing jersey in terror? I dont know if he’s ecstatically leaping and neighing across an interstate, or if that’s an expression of pain as his knee just really hyper extended… or do Jersey devils have alternately jointed knees? I mean who’d to know but the devil and Mrs Leeds right?

The Jersey Devil Entry # 3

The Jersey Devil Entry # 3

This is the kinda thing art historians will fight about for centuries… is it just cause I’ve recently stenciled my bathroom walls and see the value in an easy to align repeating pattern? Is it a representation of our current disconnect from our origins? Or did I just run out of paper? Maybe I don’t even know?

The Jersey Devil Entry # 4

The Jersey Devil Entry # 4

Man those are the sad eyes of a beast that cant actually touch his doll for fear of accidental, scissor hands style decapitation… I kinda love the butterfly wings! And I’m so curious if those are goaty “AA Aaaa”s or just how an englishman hears everyone from america’s east coast (I like the option later better btw!).

The Jersey Devil Entry # 6

The Jersey Devil Entry # 6

I just love that he looks liek one of those guys who no matter how calmly you phrase a questions his answer is gonna be sorta scream neighed and with waaaaay tooo much panic in there! ala “Oh god!?! OATMEEEEAAAAAAL!!!!” Also three of these guys in a circle would make a very festive witches cauldron stand!

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