Dec 12

Hey!!! Whoever is grabbing my ass... not cool dudes... not cool!Click for full image

Colette’s Art Direction: I want a colony of giant lavender termites- all with the same goofy facial expression- dragging an extremely khaki couple into their underground nest. Try and make the tunnel seem as reminiscent of a human colon as possible, as subtle subliminal foreshadowing of where a large purple ovipositor may soon find itself.
Published 1980

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of artI would touch it without protective glovesI have seen worse. Far, far worseInteresting, but I would still read it in publicMiddling: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lamé picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show, Sir.... Good Show! (Average: 8.82 out of 10)

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14 Responses to “The Grotto of the Formigans”

  1. Phil Says:

    Human colon, eh? I thought it was Irwin Allen’s TIME TUNNEL.

    Formigans sound ever so slightly Irish. If those critters are on the cover are Formigans, I think I like them!

    Is this the first recorded instance of crowd surfing?

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    By Al Capp

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to Earth we go…[whistle] Hi-ho, hi-ho!”

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    That grotto looks grotty. Did the Formigans invent Formica?

  5. Nix Says:

    If the intent was to make the Formigans seem creepy, it failed. They’re *cute*. The Nac Mac Feegle are much scarier-looking (as well as doing the crowd-surf thing to entire herds of cattle at once).

  6. Jaouad Says:

    On seeing this cover I would immediately assume: children’s book.

    On another note, some classic white-washing appears to have been going on here. The male protagonist is black, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from the cover.

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    @Jaouad: I dunno, they didn’t have any problem putting purple people on the cover!

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    On a side note: Thank God these little critters are not Hobbits! Because if they were, the comments would quickly degenerate into terminal fan-w***king.

  9. Joachim Says:

    haha, I didn’t laugh until I read the caption — termites, haha… colon…

  10. drlemaster Says:

    And I thought I had trouble getting to Solla Sollew.

  11. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    @drlemaster: Tea spit take. Solla Sollew!

  12. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    All the little Formigans seem to be smiling except for the ones carrying the woman. I wonder why those ones are so upset….I suppose it’s possible that, out of nervousness, the woman released a little pent-up gas?

  13. Dano Says:

    I thought this cover looked pretty cool when I was a kid, but not cool enough to get me to pick up the book and read it.

  14. Tom Noir Says:

    The… Formigian? between the guy’s legs looks a little TOO happy.


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