Oh, how I love Edward Gorey. As a kid, I had Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats with the Gorey illustrations and read it over and over. I also got the soundtrack to “Cats” on tape and loved it because it was mostly just the Eliot poems set to music. Then I actually saw “Cats” and it was horrifying.
For these illustrations, I figured out how to create a pretty decent pastiche of Gorey’s inking style with very thin technical pens. Much later, I used this skill to produce the beloved bedtime story Edward Gorey’s The Trouble with Tribbles, the one thing that’s ever gotten me BoingBoinged. (Andrew got BoingBoinged for posting a Spider-Man Planned Parenthood comic from the 1970s. In both cases, we were out of town when it happened and came home to massive overage charges from our webhost. Damn you, Edward Gorey’s The Trouble with Tribbles!)