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Comic: Seventeen Words For Snow

And damned if you don't

This comic combines two things I've long been fascinated by: conjoined twins and the concept of heaven and hell as physical spaces inhabited by the bodies of the deceased.

I recently satisfied my proverbial hunger for the former by visiting Philadelphia's Mütter Museum, a 19th century medical repository, which contains ample specimens of nature gone awry, all fit to cause the imagination to run wild. While pondering the conjoined liver of Chang and Eng, it dawned upon me that there could be quite a philosophical quagmire emerging from two bodies inextricably linked.

What if one should be good and the other evil? Where then ascends or descends the corporeal canister?

"[W]e were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way..." - Charles Dickens, "A Tale of Two Cities"

Seventeen Words For Snow is a single-panel comic written and illustrated by Dave Low. Here are a few additional words he’d like to include in this space for the purpose of drumming up hits in Google Search: cartoon, drawing, humor, conjoined twins, and Koyaanisqatsi.


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