Krampus Greeting Cards, Stickers, Books, Playing Cards, and more from Last Gasp


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In European folklore, the Krampus is St. Nikolaus's dark servant—a hairy, horned, supernatural beast whose pointed ears and long, slithering tongue gave misbehavers the creeps!

The Krampus terrorized the bad until they promised to be good. Some he spanked. Others he whipped. And some he shackled, stuffed into his large wooden basket and carted away, then hurled into the flames of Hell!

Such scenarios were delineated by skilled and imaginative Old World craftsmen, printed on penny postcards and disseminated throughout Europe.

The rare examples featured in Last Gasp's line of Krampus products are, perhaps, the best history has left to offer. Read the rest

A video history of Last Gasp comics

[Video Link] Last Gasp comics has posted the first video in a series called "This Moment in Last Gasp History." This one is about publisher Ron Turner's involvement in a scandalous political fundraising party that resulted in the following New York Times headline: "Political 'Party' Goes So Far, Even San Francisco Is Aghast."

In a recent episode of Gweek, Last Gasp marketing director Janelle Hessig told me: "Ron Turner regularly stops by my desk at Last Gasp and tells me crazy stories about Last Gasp history (smuggling comics into the Hanoi Hilton, smuggling comics to Fidel Castro, Last Gasp sponsoring a Formula 1 race car, goats in taxi cabs, weird 70s sex parties, you name it). I don’t have the means to write Ron’s biography so I’m turning some of these stories into short videos." Read the rest