Prologue :
  Excretvs Ex Fortvna :
No one - no matter where he lives or what he does - can be certain who will suffer from some senseless act of bloodshed.

Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy -- City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
April 5, 1968

Death of a Clown :
    Sketchpad  \Coulrophobia | Byron the Clown | VerSache the Barbarian 'e unum pluribus' edition | updated 29/07/05
I bet someone thought that was real funny

There are Four kinds of Homicide :
Felonious, Excusable, Justifiable, and Praiseworthy.
Byron's fate slumped into the latter category.
Artwork Details :
     Artists Description and general comments.

Client : VerSache the Barbarian comic book (the 'e unum pluribus' editions) in association with Ian Versace.
Medium : Pen and Ink sketch (Digital composition) 28cm by 23.05cm
Desceased Clown character Scanned and enhanced in Adobe Photoshop 2004 a.d
Design Notes : Byron VerSache, a decendant of the legendary VerSache the Barbarian is a depressed and pathetic individual. Possibly the only member of the Clan VerSache never to surf. As a career choice, the clown was probably the worst choice Byron could have made-just not funny.

A recent British survey of children in hospital wards revealed an almost universal hatred of clowns.

Can't say I'm shocked, given that I've been vaguely aware of anti-clown sentiment for some time. What did surprise me, however, was both the depth of the dislike revealed in the survey, and even more so, the veritable orgy of venomous clown-hating that is to be found on the Internet.

This stuff's too much for even clown-hating kids.

You can start with, where the proprietor's animus toward painted faces and floppy feet gets downright, well, clownish. "I wish that all clowns had to go down to DMV at the same time to register their silly clown cars," he writes, banishing the lot of them to a fate worse than eternal damnation.

Another clown hater goes so far as to call clowns "evil" … and offers up a horrific picture gallery to prove his point.

There's an online game called "I Hate Clowns."

Clown haters who nonetheless embrace clown imagery.

Psychobabble from clown haters about why people become clowns (think self-loathing, if you haven't already guessed).

Wildly disjointed clown-hate talk such as: "My philosophy on clowns and BBQ."

And clown hatred fueled by random encounters with clowns on public transit. This one calls for an excerpt:


I must have looked like a major tight-ass, because there were kids all around looking at me and laughing. The bloody clown was making a laughing-stock of me. One of the worst feelings in the world is being laughed at by a group of children. Especially when their ringleader is a clown. It gave me the cold sweats and brought back all kinds of unpleasant childhood memories of soiled pants on baseball diamonds at the bottom of the ninth inning. That was a bitter day.

Soundtrack (
music to draw circus performers to) :
Best of the Kinks - The Kinks

My makeup is dry and it clags on my chin.
I'm drowning my sorrows in whisky and gin.
The lion tamer's whip doesn't crack anymore.
The lions they won't fight and the tigers won't roar.

So let's all drink to the death of a clown
Won't someone help me to break up this crown.
Let's all drink to the death of a clown.
Let's all drink to the death of a clown.

The old fortune teller lies dead on the floor.
Nobody needs fortunes told anymore.
The trainer of insects is crouched on his knees
And frantically looking for runaway fleas.

Let's all drink to the death of a clown.
So won't someone help me to break up this crown.
Let's all drink to the death of a clown.

Let's all drink to the death of a clown.

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