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Feb 6, 2009 | 8:06 PM EST

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This short, pointless cartoon is my first flash project using characters from my "Mortasheen" world, a realm of grotesque creatures I illustrate and develop for fun. It was originally intended for various game projects, but I never learned how to make my own. You can follow a link at the end to see all of its current monsters; over 320 I've drawn in pencil over the past few years. I'm sure you have noticed by now that drawing monsters is practically all I ever do, and nearly all of my Flash work is just another vehicle for that. I've been doing it since I was a toddler. I probably come up with a dozen creatures a day, and just wish I had the energy to draw them all.

I know this is just some dumb cartoon gags and not much of a plot or ending, but I had to make SOMETHING involving these guys. I also know the tiny eyeball guy bears striking similarity to a character from Gegege no Kitarou (one of the only anime series I respect) which I suppose is about 50% homage and 50% the simple fact that there's no easier way to draw a tiny eyeball guy.

If anybody likes this, I implore you to comment on my other Flash submissions as well. A few of them went largely unnoticed compared to some of my other submissions, and that includes a few I put my greatest time and effort into.

If you DIDN'T like should check out my other stuff anyway, because it varies wildly in tone, pacing and genre. It's still all just a bunch of damn monsters, but some of it is funny, some of it is creepy, some of it I kinda hate myself, and some of it I'm genuinely proud of.



Rated 5 / 5 stars


I totally enjoyed this cartoon! It was original and demented. I can't wait to see more.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

omg :D

Awesome =D


Rated 5 / 5 stars


I really like the crazy character designs.

Very imaginative.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

you're a true artist

this isnt so much a review of this movie but of your designs, so their going to rate this as useless haha, but anyway. I liked this movie and it serves as great way to introduce to you your incredible artwork.
Personally im not such a big fan of your comedic, not that its bad its just not my style, obviously other ppl on here like it, and i do love how cliche parts of it are i know thats on purpose. But i think Abyssal is definitely your finest work. My favorite monster of yours and one im sure your proud of is Abysmal, your take on the angler fish. theirs something so provocative and profound about the naked woman as a lure ( though i prefer the more realistic version in Abyssal over your more cartoonish sketch). That is simply genius in my opinion.
I think if you really poured effort into a Lovecraft style dreamcycle, sort of like Abyssal but more composed with smoother transitions and more focus on the main character, i think ud have an instant win. being able to create out of the ordinary animal designs is a true talent, im an absolute fan, keep it up!

Scythemantis responds:

Yeah, the thing in "Abyssal" and the angler thing in Mortasheen are unrelated monsters with the same basic idea. The concept also just cropped up in Castlevania, but not too similar enough to bother me. It's logical really, an angler-type monster would have trouble luring us with fake "prey" since we don't really eat unfamiliar things anymore, but there are some things people will fall for against any common sense.

I do want to do more straight-up horror sometime, possibly even a direct followup to Abyssal. Thanks for your really thoughtful and flattering comment!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Cute ^.^

I find your monsters to be horrifyingly adorable. I loved the ending. Very good work!

Also... I <3 your avatar pic. "AAAAH IT'S A MONSTER!"

<3 - Kimmy

Scythemantis responds:

Aw, thanks!

And yeah, one of my favorite shows and my favorite episode of said show. It actually gave me a bizarre nightmare when I first saw it, there's a whole story on my site about how it affected me :)