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The Lightning Rod Salesman. Pastel on toned tan paper.

It’s no secret Ray Bradbury made a huge impression on me and brought me hours of enjoyment with his stories. In the beginning of Something Wicked This Way Comes, a man selling lightning rods comes to town. He warns some boys, the protagonists, of an approaching storm. In Bradbury’s novel, he is friendly and entirely human — albeit a bit odd. It’s only his ominous warning about the storm that lends an air of creepiness to the scene.

This fanciful pastel rendering of him revisits one of my old Sculpey creations. Unlike the demons of 1998, he seems off-beat but not unfriendly. Maybe it’s the dreadlocks. Created in 2002 in Las Vegas, he incorporates several metal objects, pebbles, and glass found on desert excursions.

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A big chunk of Ray Bradbury stories that appeared in EC Comics are available in the Ray Bradbury archives and EC Comics archives. Enjoy!