Fear. If there’s one thing that unifies us as human beings, it is that we fear. Those fears come in a multitude of guises but they possess us all and our reactions to them stem from the most primal and basic parts of our psyches. In his new book, The Creeps, animator and cartoonist Fran Krause brings those fears to startling life.
Oddly enough, it all began on Tumblr when Krause posted a few comic strips he’d created. It was the perfect way to share them with the world at large. The strips were brief, only a few panels long, and each represented a specific fear. Before long, he began to receive messages. People were sharing their fears with him and the comics took on a life of their own.
Krause has been struck by many things over the course of this creative path, and he believes the anonymity of the internet has actually allowed people to speak so freely about something so private.
“I think it’s one of the main reasons people do this. It gets things off their chest,” Krause says. “I also find that when I post a comic I’ll get several more submitted that are similar. I don’t think they want me to do another comic about it. I think it’s more that they are surprised to have found someone who shares their fear.”
It wasn’t long before Krause decided to compile some of the comic strips into a print collection, and thus The Creeps was born.
The Creeps is a deceptive book.
On the surface, I found a series of comic strips, each illuminating a separate fear. They were entertaining, and some of them were definitely creepy, but it wasn’t until a second read that the book really began to make my skin crawl.
Each page of this book is full of questions.
What brought on each of these fears? What is the depth of each? Did they develop from past trauma or was it something that just occurred to them one day that grew in their minds over time?
It’s in those questions that the book earns its title. It’s in those questions that it becomes slightly uncomfortable to read.
The Creeps releases September 26, 2017, and it’s a book through which you owe yourself a trip. You can pre-order the book via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online sellers, and right now Krause is ready to sweeten the deal.
After pre-ordering the book, head over to Krause’s website and fill out the form you find there. Once the book releases, Krause will be sending out a packet of one of a kind stickers and patches to everyone who’s filled out the form!
in the meantime, you can continue to follow the artist’s Tumblr to keep up with his latest comic strip fears.
And who knows? You might even find yourself compelled to share your own…