Leviathan League

Freelance Illustrator and visual artist in Seattle. Dinophile. Globetrotter.

​I made this short comic inspired by the book Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. It’s a great read full of amazing examples of how salt has shaped history and culture, the whale recipes being just a small example within the larger context of medieval economies. 

As someone who’s been obsessed with whales from a very young age, I’m strongly against hunting them for any reason, (I was that kid with the ‘Save The Whales’ t-shirt in first grade).  However, I’m completely fascinated by the long and notorious history of whales as food source and economic commodity.

Along with the Kurlansky book, other sources include: 

The Whale As Food: by Octopus Gourmet

12 Items at the Feast of Henry VIII

Saving the Whale (and Eating Them Too?)

The Wikipedia entry for Whale Meat is also pretty interesting (and sad).

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In honor of Her Royal Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, (which, we can all agree is the ONLY important thing in the world right now) I’m already looking forward to Platinum milestone. Watch out, Victoria. Liz is coming for your record. 

In honor of Her Royal Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, (which, we can all agree is the ONLY important thing in the world right now) I’m already looking forward to Platinum milestone. Watch out, Victoria. Liz is coming for your record. 

This is one of the new pieces I made for the Heroes, Vixens and Villains show at Tasty in Seattle. I’ve been on such a kick with the historical costume dramas that I wanted to translate the same sensibility to a slightly absurd vision of the future; one in which not only titles and estates hang in the balance, but entire planetary systems. She’s already a bit of a recurring character, so expect to see much more of Astro Dame in the future.

This is one of the new pieces I made for the Heroes, Vixens and Villains show at Tasty in Seattle. I’ve been on such a kick with the historical costume dramas that I wanted to translate the same sensibility to a slightly absurd vision of the future; one in which not only titles and estates hang in the balance, but entire planetary systems. She’s already a bit of a recurring character, so expect to see much more of Astro Dame in the future.

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