Issue 293 of Heavy Metal — currently available in comics shops and the Heavy Metal online store — is our “Beyond the Darkness Special.” We love darkness, don’t you? But it gets weird when you go beyond the darkness. You might find yourself in a strange land where dark is happy and happy is dark, witnessing scenes like these, visions from the shadowy noggin of Danish artist John Kenn Mortensen. We’ve included a selection of Mortensen’s macabre drawings as a featured gallery in the issue, along with an interview with the man himself. We asked why his drawings depict so many threatened children. He replied:
The scariest and worst thing in our world is children dying. Bad things happening to children is also a bit funny as well, isn’t it?
He’s not wrong, but saying it out loud is just sort of — wrong, you know? And about the giant empty ghostlike figures who are swallowing up the kids in some of his pictures, he says:
Being consumed by unending empty space is absolutely horrible! That is even worse than children dying.
Let’s hope we never find out. We won’t give away any more of the interview — it’s in issue 293, remember — but we will point you to John Kenn Mortensen’s online store and his Instagram page, where these images were initially posted. The pictures here are a completely different selection from what’s in the magazine, and the captions are Mortensen’s own. Enjoy the darkness.
Where is your head at?
Leave me alone
Have a look
Mimes from hell
Illustrating The Brothers Grimm. The Girl without hands.
Sk8 to death
Seven sinister sisters
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