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Valley of the Arkhams

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Aug 3, 2010 | 9:33 PM EDT
  • Daily 3rd Place August 5, 2010

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Author Comments

The band "The Arkhams" commissioned me very nearly two years ago to do a cartoon for one of their instrumentals, which I can finally upload now that their new album is coming! It was described to me as "us in a bunch of old-timey kid's sailor suits fighting hordes of Lovecraftian monsters at a beach." Besides the #1 Dad (one of their own in-jokes) and some monsters from the Cthulhu Mythos, I designed all the other creatures you'll be seeing. This was my first time doing so much action and movement, much less a music video, and in the time since completing it I've learned to animate at least a little better, so keep in mind it's a bit LATE to critique this. Just let me know if you liked anything! I already know I could have relied less on tweens and symbols.



Rated 5 / 5 stars


I enjoyed everything about it! the colours, monsters, characters and all the ideas thrown into it in my opinion were fantastic! nice work!

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

Too much

The animation was good, i liked how you had drawn the monsters.
BUT! for my opinion it was too cruel. There is a shit loads of animations with this kinda cruelty, i think its just too much, and it is degrading... unless "The Arkhams" asked you to make it so :D

Scythemantis responds:

Yes, they did ask for over-the-top violence, though I honestly thought this was only mild cartoon gore. Crude, cartoony people killed by monsters in bizarre ways, and most of the gore/death happening to the monsters themselves anyhow.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


This made me recall the animation Dream Theater projected playing "Dark Eternal Night", only this one is 17+. I really liked it!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very funny!

Very, very funny! The only down is that this should probably be rated 17+.

Scythemantis responds:

I didn't think any of the violence was really realistic enough for a mature rating...most of it happens to ridiculous monsters anyhow, besides the guy getting eaten by the flea really.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

An Eldritch Thing Happend at the Beach Today.

One would never think that a surf-rock instrumental song would go well with a cartoon about Lovecraftian monsters from the deep being fought off by some cute blonde-haired kids using generic toys (e.g. yo-yos, jacks, chattering teeth), and yet the music from The Arkhams and the animation and art from Scythemantis make
this a dreadful match from the very bowels of R'lyeh itself (which is to say, that it was great).