1."For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." Matthew 12:40
The fish on the scroll, as both a symbol of christ, a symbol of the eucharist, and a symbol of conjuring, represents the gospel. In the conjure symbol(tza-[ka]-wa K'UL - to conjure/manifest/make appear God/divinity/holiness), the fish represents something pulled from another realm, the hand grabs the fish out of the realm of water and brings it into the air, as Christ comes from the realm of heaven, or is resurrected from the realm of the dead. He also holds a rope of thorns, in the form of a crown. this reflects both an instrument of Christ's Passion, as well as an instrument of Mayan bloodletting used in conjuring divinity. The figure is taken from Mayan imagery in which a god comes forth from a serpents mouth, after being conjured by burning strips of paper/cloth soaked in one's own blood. The blood was usually let by pulling a thorny rope through a piercing in the tongue. Here, the serpent is reflected by the whale, which comes forth from both water and smoke. The whale is taken from an Orthodox Byzantine Icon painting of Jonah. The conjuring of the serpent is reflected in the idea that God conjured the whale to save Jonah. The eye is an early symbol of God the Father. It has been given wings to fill the role of Holy Ghost.
2. Ultraman is a Japanese Kaiju show. In Japan after a body is cremated, the family members pick through the larger chunks of remains using chopsticks.
3. This takes inspiration from Matthias Grunewald’s Isenheim altarpiece and Ukiyo-e prints. The characters are taken from a Japanese children’s show about a superhero with a bean paste bun for a head. He often has the children eat parts of his head after he has saved them.
4. In the print, Kazuo Shiraga takes on Jiro Yoshihara. An explanation can be found here.
5. "Life is full of decisions," is what some old guy at the STL airport metro stop told me when I was trying to decide whether or not to buy a week pass... And it is, whether for Faust, for Rembrandt, for Ash, or for me. In this copy of Rembrandt's Faust, the vanitas, or memento mori, or whatever you want to call it, is called into question. The trivialities of the pursuit of knowledge, the pursuit of God, the pursuit of happiness, and the pursuit of all 151(old-world) Pokemon are conflated to make one seem just as important - or unimportant - as the next.
6. Jonah in the belly of the beast.
7. A Wild Man by a pollard willow, An explanation can be found here.
8. The imagery is taken from Giulio Romano’s Allegory of Immortality in which Kronos vomits blood into a river of blood. The character is taken from a Japanese show in which a robotic cat from the future has an infinite pocket with gadgets from the future. Buddhist beliefs about the afterlife are also represented and meshed with Greco-Roman beliefs, both involving a river of blood in Hell. In Buddhist beliefs, there is a level in Hell in which infants are forced to stack stones in a river of blood for eternity. A stone was used to trick Kronos into believing he had devoured all of his children.
9. Monsters fighting. (or dancing?)
8. A landscape with animal.
9. Modern ideas of destruction and ancient ideas of creation are combined here. Earth’s indifference to mankind’s destruction is emphasized by the representation of Earth as a turtle’s back, recalling an Iriquois creation myth.
10. Iconology of the Eucharist is combined with imagery taken from Rembrandt’s “Three Crosses”. In Cesare Ripa’s Emblem Book of Iconologia, it is explained that the pelican represents the Eucharist because it is said to tear open its own chest to feed its children with its blood in times of need. The imagery is now also used in Louisiana's state flag. The hand is an ancient symbol of God.
11. Birdo shoots eggs. Early Indian paintings were used as inspiration.
12. Civil War Ironclad drawn without reference.
13. Cambrian period sea life.