Articulated cardboard Cthulhu

Eddbagenal sez, "Students at Strode College in the UK staged a 'cardboard costume' catwalk show including this awesome articulated Cthulhu headpiece made entirely from old box cartons." Technically, the description calls it an octopus, but if that's not an elder god great old one, I'm not a damned soul

Cardboard Catwalk (Thanks, eddbagenal, via Submitterator!)



  1. Because this is Boing Boing and accuracy in all things sci-fi/fantasy/horror is demanded, I feel it my obligation to point out that Cthulhu is not, in fact, an Elder God. He’s a Great Old One, or just an Old One/Elder Thing. Not a god.

  2. Also, Cthulhu is a lot more than a guy with an octopus (cardboard or otherwise) on his head. People calling everything cephalapodic cthonic is just plain silly.

  3. I just made a Cthulhu costume for the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, which parades next week here in New Orleans.

    And this guy just has to steal my thunder.

  4. Too bad not articulated.

    Cut crescnts in a paper-towel roll halfway through. Attach string to
    distal end. Pull.

    Congrats, you have a tentacle.

  5. Isn’t the whole Great Old One/Elder God distinction just some stupid thing invented by August Derleth? From what I’ve read, Derleth basically wanted to turn the Cthulhu mythos into a Christianized good/evil struggle, with the Elder Gods being “good” while the Great Old Ones were “evil”–see here. Did Lovecraft himself ever introduce such a strict distinction between the two terms?

  6. Uh, I’m with several other Lovecraft Fans here.. This isn’t Cthulhu-like at all. This is a man with a cardboard octopus on his head.

  7. Yeah, another vote for “man with octopus on head”, or possibly “man being eaten by octopus”. No wings => not Cthulhu.

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