Chris Buzelli
Ponies for Tor!
I really connected with this well-crafted short story called "Ponies" by Kij Johnson. It's a rarity that I have such a strong and visceral reaction to an article that I'm illustrating. "Ponies" is also getting strong reactions and comments from other readers on the Tor page. I don't want to give too much away but here are a few of the comments. Spoiler alert!

"DEPRESSING, CRUEL, but perhaps a too real depiction of today's youth in too many cases. (Not that yesterday's grown-ups were any better.) The writing is good, the subject questionable and the art beautiful."   -Dogpatch

"Disturbing, in the sense that it takes something as commonplace as children cruelty to the high ground of allegory, and brings it crashing back with a single, commonplace phrase. I enjoyed it, despite it managed to haunt me."   -Whiteorca
Ponies/oil on paper/4"x4"

Sketches for "Ponies"

I'm curious how you all react to this twisted tale? Thanks to Irene Gallo (AD at Tor) for thinking of me for this perfect mix of sickly sweet and painfully dark project. I'd love to illustrate an adult/children's book version of "Ponies."

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