Story: The Seven Ravens
Author: the Brothers Grimm (Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm)
Genre: Dark Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Setting: Munich, Germany
Rated X (NC-17)
Summary: In this modern alternate universe everything takes a drastic turn where all of the characters that you know and will get to know undergo horrifying deformities, mutilation, deaths, torture. Anything that you can imagine happening to the characters will not be for the faint-hearted. Ten years after the event of the “missing” seven brothers their father (a former scientist throughout the experiments of MK Ultra) tells his one daughter who was the youngest of the siblings, “you have brothers you’d never met. You can find them at the castle that stands on the glass-mountain. Godspeed you for the twisted horrors you will witness.” She takes the journey onward, discovers a key throughout her two days and approaches the entrance of the castle. At the castle she discovers it is no ordinary castle but a prison and research facility where her brothers have been imprisoned where they are tortured, exposed to radiation poisoning, mutilated, deformed and drugged by the scientists (whom Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm are one of many) to control their mutation (their development of growing wings that resemble that of a raven’s.)
Setting: Central City, USA
Summary: In this alternate reality the seven brothers who are your typical adolescent individuals are given a request by their father to head on over to the supermarket to get food for the house. the boys get dressed and are laughing and joking until they catch the arrival of an oncoming meteorite at the late evening sky. The meteorite lands towards a nearby forest and the curious youngsters run towards the crash site and discover it having vibrant-colored crystals from its interior. The boys are astonished but then begin to feel weary and pass-out from the radiation. Waking up minutes later they discover themselves each having wings as black as ravens and wings as big as cows. Amazed by their transformation they all fly home and crash through their roof onto the living room floor scaring their parents and baby sister. Excited and happy, the boys laugh and their parents confused as to what had happened.
A few things that I like about Orson B. Lowell. 1) he knows how to get your attention. 2) his technique of presenting satire throughout his compositions have been successful. In his illustration, “Drunken Man Speaking to Table” where he demonstrates the drunken state of the man. The legs of the table and chairs are seen a bit wobbly just like the man’s to present how drunk he is. The anomaly of Lowell’s illustrations can really catch your eye.
Another work of Lowell I’d like to talk about is his illustration, “Poor Old Thing! Strange That His Case Has Never Been Correctly Diagnosed.” Despite the long title this is a very powerful cartoon expressing how women have desired a meaningful career throughout the world where man had viewed their choices as pointless and stupid. The woman with the graduation cap and gown is feeding the man (Earth) with pills that may change his views on equality. This is a very deep illustration and again, Lowell has succeeded.