The Happy Undertaker presents ‘Friday’s Fables’ Episode 10

But, alas, instincts just will not be denied. Within six weeks of leaving school I happened to catch a mouse in a trap.

Was fascinated by the subtle blend of greys that gave the contours of the tiny face, made a much enlarged watercolour painting of it and submitted that to the head of the great Birmingham Central School of Art who awarded me a three year scholarship.

Thus through a simple agency did a kindly Providence ease one O.R. (Old Rydalian) into his desired profession.

The Happy Undertaker presents Friday’s Fables is a weekly column based on The Happy Undertaker series of comics by artist Drazen Kozjan who has illustrated several children’s books including Diary of a Fairy Godmother and the Julia Gillian series. Strips will premiere every Friday at noon.

The Happy Undertaker is a “surrealistic melting pot of anything that might pop into my head and onto the page and does not necessarily need to be explained,” says Kozjan. “I try to keep this sense of adventure, surprise and a good (if mysterious) story, with the best drawings I can muster in all my work from children’s book illustration to single image.”

For more information on The Happy Undertaker or its creator, Drazen Kozjan, be sure to check out the official Happy Undertaker Blog in addition to his his personal blog, Hypnotik Eye.

Artwork Ā© Drazen Kozjan

Written by Drazen Kozjan

Drazen Kozjan, appreciates the finer things in life such as comics, rock ā€˜nā€™ roll, horror movies and phantasmagoric fiction from his home in Toronto where he resides with his wife Alison, Igor the cat and Lucky the bunny. He has illustrated several children's books including Diary of a Fairy Godmother for Hyperion, The Julia Gillian Series for Scholastic and Oh How Sylvester Can Pester! for Simon and Schuster coming out this spring.
Doing The Happy Undertaker Mysteries make him happy, he hopes they make you happy too.

54 posts
  • Emme Toaye

    Although I do find distress at the thought of such a sweet mouse in his last throes in that trap, they look at least ten times bigger when they are stealing your cornflakes with teeth bared and that sinister look in those beady little eyes. Love the art work, you have encased him forever in canvas grays.

  • Strange Kid

    @Emme: Too true, Emme. Have you ever seen the movie "Willard?" Now those are some scary mice!

  • Drazen

    Thanks Emme! Without that little mouse, who knows, there
    might not have beeen a Rupert the Bear.

  • Dominic Bugatto

    Been catching a lot of mice myself these days since the temp dropped šŸ˜‰

    Nice one Draz.