Webcomic Wednesday: The art and comics of Uno Moralez
The first Webcomic Wednesday entry not about an ongoing series is also the first Webcomic Wednesday entry not about…the person it’s about. Strictly speaking, there is no “Uno Moralez.” “Uno Moralez” is the incongruously Iberian nom d’art of a 44-year-old digital-media professional hailing from, I discovered when I interviewed him, the Russian republic of Bashkortostan. But you don’t need to know Moralez’s real name. His enigmatic, disturbing work speaks for itself.
A visit to UnoMoralez.com (NSFW, unless you work someplace awesome like the Science Fiction Book Club, where we see more nude barbarians before breakfast than most people see all day) is a journey into a place where your favorite horror manga, your most nightmarish memories of scary David Lynch scenes, your dimly remembered Nintendo Entertainment System cutscenes, and the paintings and pulp trash your grandparents brought with them from the old country have been spliced together like the Brundlefly, unleashing something new and terrible. Many of Moralez’s digitally rendered pixel-art images are animated gifs like the one above; he always seems to know just what element to seize upon and loop for maximum discomfiture. Others are rudimentary comics that provide you with just enough information about the weirdness at hand to be scared, and just enough hints at the story behind the story to realize you don’t even want to know. (This in particular takes my vote for one of the scariest comics ever made. That final image! Yikes.) In every case, the grainy, glitchy nature of pixel art makes it look like the evil Moralez is drawing has corrupted the file itself.
Get familiar with Moralez’s world and be the toast of your next creepypasta thread. Or just turn the lights out when you’re all alone and let your computer scare the living daylights out of you.