September 7, 2014
The Real Horrorshow Miffy character was inspired by two contrasting neo-archetypes. Miffy (Nijntje) by Dick Bruna and David Pelham’s rendition of Alex, the main character in Anthony Burgess’s dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange.
Both pieces are minimalistic and pictographic in style but as Miffy is a cute little children’s book character, Alex is a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven.
In A Clockwork Orange, Burgess uses “Nadsat” language to capture the essence of teenage slang which is a mix of English and Russian, following some principles of Cockney rhyming slang. Horrorshow in Nadsat means good, well, wonderful or excellent. Which adds to the duality or schizophrenia of the Real Horrorshow Miffy.
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