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Rozologue Bagumphious, Librarian-King of the Candletoads

by Will Santino

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“On the night of ‘July 27th’, in the year of your Lord 1661, the River Thames in Londontown began to glow bright blue. Some say bright red. It doesn’t matter what color, we know now. It was probably both. This fluminal illumination caused an excitement that spread through out the city. The bells of churches woke the snoring; dreams detached & floated away. A strange many-tentacled octopus, luminous & radiating hue, was netted at London Bridge. After its capture, the river dimmed, & eventually returned to normal. This Impossible Specimen was kept alive deep underground in a large glass tank built by Robert Hooke. The Human King of Londontown who was at that time was still called King Charles the II appointed a Clubb of Natural Philosophers known as the Royal Society of London to study it & derive knowledge of its being through experiment. Maximilian Van Duult, a professor at St. Frances College & fellow of the Royal Society, was given the charge of being the Impossible Specimen’s caretaker & primary scrutineer.
Deep beneath the city in an ancient vault it swam in Hooke’s tank, pulsing, glowing, coloring the cobbled walls.
That night, the night the Impossible Specimen was netted & lifted like a drowned angel into the dirtsoot air of Londontown so that it hung star-bright above the river, oozing color, almost too bright to look at…what has been called the Night of Flaggerbash by some & by others the Evening of All Sparrow’s Eve… the night this story begins & began & will begin again everytime it is told, was the first outbreak of a stupendous pestilence which we refer to now as the Wonderful Plague. It erupted beneath a not-full moon & passed by morning. But twas a sight to see! The Rats & Cats & Dogs that lived in Londontown reported the madness to us in missives. The madness, they wrote, was unimaginable. Roving bands of singers, skippers, roar-rhymers crashed through the streets & alleys. Fishwives debated chimneysweepers, fish debated chimneys, buildings were broken into & decorated, deep secrets were professed to candlewicks, the city echoed with sobs & laughter & above in a dream-bank the not-full moon improvised at its organ. When did the not-full moon acquire an organ?
That is the nature of the Plague, you see. Maybe the organ was there all along.
By morning, the infected revelers were sober & sick & no one could say just what happened or why. Or where or when. Seven men & four women & sixteen children had drowned. Many Londoners had eaten rocks & died terribly from indigestion, & even more had leapt from high roofs. Over one hundred were dead from duels, & many more were injured. After this chaos, a number of humans were arrested by the King’s Army & hanged for their cooperation in the Madness. In the Rectangle of Tyburne, I believe. Fear of this Plague was great, for its spread was inexplicable. The spread of the Plague, I mean, not the fear. Twas odd! Walking in the streets or the open air, one might become infected at any moment, anywhere. As if socked in the face! One would tumble to their knees, laughing & crying! While the Nobility fled to the countryside, the poor population of Londontown hid in their dark rooms. Those days, some humans lived in terrible conditions. In their dark candlelightless or uncandlelit rooms they extracted clouds of confusion from their ears. This is a metaphor—humans employ metaphors, yes? The Mole of Love burrowed deep; that is a metaphor. No, for love. Look: the story of the Wonderful Plague is difficult to tell, & even harder to understand. But it must be told, & it must be understood. You’ll see.” - Rozologue Bagumphious, Librarian-King of the Candletoads, translated by Sir Oooleyipsire, premier Translator of the Toads.



Andre Villanueva commented on May 7, 2012 4:55pm
Cool! Love the different books.
Will Santino commented on May 7, 2012 5:04pm
Glad to hear it, Andre :)
DevineDayDreams-aka Desirée G… commented on May 7, 2012 5:07pm
If i would be in charge herr this would be on tomorrows frontpage!
Kirovt commented on May 7, 2012 5:21pm
Great composition, very well detailed.
Skye Zambrana commented on May 7, 2012 6:08pm
Completely awesome Will!!
Will Santino commented on May 7, 2012 6:08pm
Thanks alot Desiree! I'm happy to hear it :)
Thank you Kirovt!
Catherine Holcombe commented on May 7, 2012 6:41pm
You have stretched to new heights!! This looks like a finished illustration for a very wonderful book! If only I were a publisher, I would snap you up before someone else did!!
vin zzep commented on May 7, 2012 6:44pm
Another great image Will, awesome!
Megstuff commented on May 7, 2012 6:53pm
Absolutely wonderful!
Heather Goodwind commented on May 7, 2012 7:05pm
Brilliant, I love it!
Will Santino commented on May 7, 2012 7:13pm
Catherine, thank you so much, my friend! :) Thanks alot Vince & Meg, i'm glad you like it! Thanks so much Heather :)
Ben Geiger commented on May 7, 2012 7:15pm
LOVE IT
Will Santino commented on May 7, 2012 7:30pm
Thanks Ben!!
Eric Fan commented on May 7, 2012 8:16pm
This is fantastic!
Terry Fan commented on May 7, 2012 8:57pm
Wow, wonderful work!
Marko Köppe commented on May 7, 2012 11:02pm
Great funny!
Duru Eksioglu commented on May 8, 2012 2:03am
wow! brilliant! (:
David Comito commented on May 8, 2012 2:06am
Alright, you win the prize!
Will Santino commented on May 8, 2012 3:24am
Thanks for your comments Eric, Terry, Marko, Duru, & David! great stuff to wake up to :)
tareco commented on May 8, 2012 3:30am
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Calvin Wu commented on May 8, 2012 5:59am
awesome work
rjm2 commented on May 8, 2012 6:18am
Wow really complex and detailed...both composition and print....very enjoyable...really great.
Will Santino commented on May 8, 2012 2:05pm
Thanks alot Tarer & rjm2!
Hugo Barros commented on May 8, 2012 2:20pm
great.
Aiko Tagawa commented on May 8, 2012 2:37pm
Fantastic! This is my favorite:)
Will Santino commented on May 8, 2012 3:36pm
Thanks Hugo! That's awesome, Aiko! :)
Pegeen Shean commented on May 9, 2012 7:22pm
Wow! Fantastic!
Will Santino commented on May 10, 2012 6:59pm
Thanks Pegeen!
Lisa Argyropoulos commented on May 12, 2012 12:41pm
Oh my gosh! This is so cool and amazing! Love!!!
Eternal commented on May 17, 2012 3:01pm
Awww Love It!!!
zoe quixote commented on May 23, 2012 6:19am
oh, he's fantastic!!!!
Will Santino commented on May 28, 2012 3:16pm
Thanks Lisa, Eternal, & Zoe :)
Matthew Wade commented on May 30, 2012 8:58pm
Rad work. Dig your colors!
Sens commented on June 5, 2012 4:51pm
Love It!
Will Santino commented on June 5, 2012 5:26pm
Thanks alot Mathew & Sensitive!
PAUL PiERROt commented on June 15, 2012 9:44am
:)
Fabian Gonzalez commented on June 17, 2012 9:00am
outstanding illustration Will!
Will Santino commented on June 17, 2012 9:18am
Thanks alot Paul & Fabian!
Angelo Cerantola commented on June 24, 2012 11:01am
Love all those details, great work!
Will Santino commented on June 28, 2012 11:24am
Thanks alot Angelo!
Sharon Turner commented on October 4, 2012 4:18pm
your work is so fabulous! love it!
Will Santino commented on October 5, 2012 1:09pm
Thanks alot Sharon!
Tummeow commented on October 6, 2012 8:08pm
superb *0*!!!
José Luis Guerrero commented on October 9, 2012 8:07am
Fantastic!!!
LudaNayvelt commented on October 16, 2012 7:51am
fantastic
Will Santino commented on October 23, 2012 3:50pm
Glad you like in Tummeow, Jose, and Luda!
SuzanneCarter commented on December 19, 2012 8:23pm
hey Will your work is amazing and I am a new fan, love this! xox
Rob Cropper commented on December 21, 2012 5:35pm
Love this. Reminds me the book " wind in the Willows"
Amy Fan commented on January 27, 2013 4:46pm
Great art!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on February 14, 2013 9:10pm
It's an adorable frog. Therefore, I love it!
Pazu Cheng commented on March 25, 2013 10:19am
great!
Ming Myaskovsky commented on April 23, 2013 4:11pm
Exceptional talent! ;)
Rudolf Brancovsky commented on May 12, 2013 1:40am
nice, good
Pom Graphic Design commented on April 11, 2014 8:25am
excellent work!