California’s Underground Dwelling, Human Hunting, Lizard Folk
Now California is famous for all sorts of things, but I have to be honest, until I caught a recent episode of Monsters and Mysteries in America I was unaware of this particular reason to visit. Ideally you all know about your east coast C.H.U.D.s and here at MBW, we’ve already drawn Gatormen, Frogmen and a few other vaguely reptilian beasts. But when I hear “ancient Hopi legend about snake brothers and their gold filled and inaccessible caverns along the Pacific ocean”… well my ears perk up.
To try and keep a pretty extensive and multi-tangented back story somewhat brief, we’re going to go with the simplest version where long long ago the southwest was devastated by a disaster… The Snake Brothers who up until this point had lived alongside the Hopi’s ancestors, decided to essentially take their golden balls and go home. In this case home being a series of caverns 1000s of feet underground along the coast of california somewhere in the general vicinity of LA. A city where legend has it, occasionally, a dog, a lady of the evening or perhaps a sleepy junkie might find themselves snatched, pulled into a rain sewer and from there, who knows how deep and for what purpose… We just know that they are never seen again.
Now I could just leave it at that, say they loosely look like Bossk (the oft forgotten bounty hunter from Empire) and let you play with drawings of reptilian Ryan Atwood punching a wall or lizards surfing while hillsides burn with the fires fed by the Santa Anas in the background… But I’d be neglecting to mention my favorite part. That if you really stretch the timeline of this story to like Jurassic times and deposit an evolving reptilian species in an environment that becomes closed due to… Oh i don’t know, an asteroid, an earthquake?… there’s a teeny tiny possibility these guys are really down there just waiting for the moment they can break free and eat us… well It’s California, so maybe they’ll just stand too close and tell us unnecessarily about their career and life path… but you know what I mean.
Here’s the bullet-ed list of descriptors for the attention deprived:
- Shaped roughly like a human with lizard skin
- Potentially has some sort of alligator-y tail
- Wide set red or yellow eyes that are rumored to glow
- A rounded bulldog like snout with fangs that go on for days
- They’re from California…
Our Judge this week is Sean Bonner. Doer of many creative and often altruistic things, lover of the internet and design buddy of mine from way back. (To properly date my relationship with him, know he taught me all the shortcut strokes in Quark, when i first met him he was impatiently waiting for a VHS bootleg of all the episodes of “Get a Life” and we excitedly saw the first Mummy movie together opening weekend) Now he’s involved in enough stuff that I can comfortably just give you a link to seanbonner.com, let you read for yourself and thank him for taking the time to play!
A quick note from our judge!
First of all I have to say as a proud Californian and even prouder Angelino I take serious offense to the suggestion that our reptilian under lords are in anyway mythical. Our Los Angeles Lizard People are a unifying point for our diverse city and unless you can 100% disprove their existence I’m sticking with the TRUTH that they are real. That aside: