I did it! I finished it! I’m satisfied now. I only regret not having asked permission to @caustic-synishade for draw it, so… forgive me it was great fun to draw “beastiplier” and “the devil of athelone”
Hey guys, I know a lot of my followers know who this is but with all the hype surrounding The Orbiting Human Circus (of the air) I thought I would make a bit of an appreciation post
This is Julian Koster, though many of you might recognize him as Julian The Janitor, he is the genius behind The Music Tapes and The Orbiting Human Circus. Many indie-rock fans may recognize him as a multi-instrumentalist for various Elephant 6 related bands such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Chocolate USA, and as I mentioned earlier The Music Tapes. He is not only an incredible musician but a genius storyteller. He wrote an amazing story album with The Music Tapes called “2nd Imaginary Symphony for Cloudmaking” (which didn’t get the attention it deserved) and he has toured across the country in a giant circus tent called The Traveling Imaginary and now with the help of the people at Night Vale Presents his genius is being spread to a wider audience. I know many of you are in love with the amazing things that the Night Vale crew has put out (I am in that same boat) but I wanted to take a moment to appreciate how awesome this man is.
Grady Franklin Stiles Jr. was born on
June 26th 1937, with a physical deformity called Ectrodactyly. Also
referred to as, Lobster Claw Syndrome, Ectrodactyly is the absence or deformity
of one or more of the middle digits on the hand or foot, giving a “claw-like” appearance.
Due to his deformity, Grady was unable to walk, so he utilized his hands and
arms for locomotion, resulting in impressive upper body strength. Grady’s
father was a sideshow performer who was also born with Ectrodactyly and he
incorporated Grady into his show with a traveling circus. As an adult, Grady
was married twice and had four children, two of which had Ectrodactyly. Grady,
still doing work with a traveling circus, marketed him and his two children as,
“The Lobster Family”. Unfortunately, Grady developed and alcohol problem, which
would lead to violence and abuse toward his family members. In 1978, Grady’s 17
year old daughter, Donna, informed him that she was pregnant and that she
planned to run away with her boyfriend and get married. Donna was not actually
pregnant, but she fabricated this in order to gain support for her marriage.
The night before the wedding, Grady requested to have a conversation with his
daughter’s fiancé, where he shot the man twice with a shot gun, resulting in
his untimely death. Donna later explained that she returned to the horrific
scene, her father was sitting on the porch smiling, when he told her, “I told
you I would kill him.” Grady was convicted of third degree murder, but he did
not serve any prison time. There were no state institutions that were capable
of caring for him, so instead, he received 15 years probation. In 1989 he
remarried his first wife, Mary, and began a new life, free from alcohol and
violence. Grady abstained from alcohol for two weeks, but then relapsed into
his old ways, becoming more abusive than ever. Mary and her son from a previous
marriage, Harry, decided to pay sideshow performer, Chris Wyant, to kill Grady
for $1500. On November 29th 1992, Grady was shot and killed.