I’ve seen many intriguingly bizarre crossovers in my day (I’m a Sonic fan, I’m resting) but nothing could have prepared me to see Boomhauer from king of the hill muttering about how a hole was his damn hole because he was in a Junji Ito story now. Fandom is such a frighteningly wonderful thing.
The crossover we’ve all been waiting for
First reported by Andy Davis over at Screen Rant, the crossover art that combines king of the hill with Junji Itos The Mystery of the Amigara Fault is by Woodrow White, a visual development artist for Seth Rogan’s upcoming project TMNT Movie. The history of The Mystery of the Amigara Fault focuses on the discovery of human-shaped holes along the surface of a rock exposed after an earthquake. In typical Junji-Ito fashion, things take a strange turn when people claim they saw a hole that looked like a silhouette of themselves when the earthquake story was on the news. They are forced to find their hole and go in, resulting in some very morbid imagery in which the person’s body is twisted beyond recognition, but somehow they are still alive.
You may have seen the “this is my hole” part become a meme, which downplays how disturbing the end result is (as to be expected with a good meme). White on the other hand is, um, kind enough to show the story’s gruesome ending in another tweet. Poor, poor Boomhauer.
But damn, that’s not the only Junji Ito story White has done this with, after all, no Junji Ito crossover would be complete without it Uzumaki, the story of a city cursed by spirals. This is one of those stories where you read the synopsis and you’re like, “Really cursed by spirals?” Then you read the manga and you’re like, “Oh holy shit.”
Is it weird that I can hear these panels in the character’s voices? That’s weird, isn’t it? Here’s another one that captures Luanne’s “perfect likeness.”
For this piece, white refers TomieJunji Ito’s debut work, which will be part of an upcoming anime anthology to be published by Netflix.
How was this done?
Like all really nice “WTF” moments online, this whole thing started with a joke tweet White did in April.
“Junji Itos The Mystery of Arlen Fault,‘ the tweet begins, followed by Hank Hill speaking to Peggy. “I don’t know how to explain this, Peggy, but this whole thing was made for me.” Insert a twangy country guitar sound, followed by Hank Hill opening a beer can. Funnily enough, White’s pinned tweet currently reveals how these panels are created. “For the curious, I made these parodies in Photoshop on my lunch breaks, with Junji Ito’s illustrations and screenshots of KOTH, with a few little drawings here and there by me,” says White. “There is no major manga planned, sorry!”
What a way to spend a lunch break, tell you what.
(Featured Image: Junji Ito/20th Television/Edited by Briana Lawrence)
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