Issue 4: The Ghastlytrump Tinies
an alphabet book by Mike Selinker and Basket of Adorables
"I WANTED TO SHOW YOU THERE'S MORE TO THE ISSUES
THAN WISHING THAT TRUMP WOULD USE SOME MORE TISSUES."
Learning the alphabet is a tricky thing. The easiest way to remember it is to attach its sequence to something memorable. Like, for example, a pack of ravenous wolverines. If you were pursued by 26 wolverines, you might label the first one as Alphonse, the second Boris, and so on. This would give you something to recite as you were disemboweled on a snowbank.
This is a roughly similar experience to perusing Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies at a young age. A singsong recounting of 26 waifs, each dying a more horrid death than the last, is delightfully memorable. “A is for Amy who fell down the stairs” starts off plain enough for childhood trauma, but “B is for Basil assaulted by bears” kicks it far into the realm of the bizarre. It’s catchy enough to stick deep in your brain and make you turn on the hall light. Embrace your night terrors, the winsome Gorey said, and at the very least you’ll remember the alphabet.
Speaking of night terrors, the 2016 United States presidential campaign has produced its share of them. Whilst listing all of the issues that depend on people voting in this election, I wondered, "Why don't people remember these things?" And then I thought perhaps it was because they didn’t have a mnemonic to remember it by. Something catchy. Something horrifying.
And so this book. Each page is a thing we love, which could be taken away if we don't vote to protect them. I rallied many of my favorite comic and fantasy artists to do a panel apiece, in a blend of their own and Gorey’s style. You can get a printed version here, or PDFs of the book (in regular and annotated form) and the audiobook featuring the Doubleclicks, by clicking the buttons below.
Enjoy, and kindly terrify your children with it. That’s the Gorey way.