The legendary Kraken.
friendly // curious // playful
|Setting:||Polar ice, c. 1925-1930|
From a minicomic I made in 2011 called KRAKEN, this is the legendary beast that drives the Norwegian polar expedition team (The Captain, The Naturalist, and The Hunter), in its mad pursuit, hoping to conquer one last and greatest thing for their country. Too bad the Kraken has its own ideas.
The expedition takes ages-- the Naturalist furiously consults every book they could find with mention of the legendary creature, but the longer it takes, the more the Captain rages (does this obstinate beast even know who he is????) and the more he privately worries that all this has been a fool's errand. Finally, though, they sight something large moving on the ice, and rush to disembark the ship and encounter this creature.
The Kraken, though, turns out not to be the ferocious and bestial monster the tales had told of, but a great furry crablike creature, curious and friendly and excited for company.
The Hunter tries to harpoon it, but the creature easily dodges his attacks like they're playing a game, plays peek-a-boo and keep-away with the Naturalist's journal, and plays the world's tiniest violin for the Captain after confiscating his rifle. Pleased to finally have their undivided attention, the Kraken performs a song for its new friends on its front claws, which it rubs together like a cricket to make sound, but the high-pitched screechy noise shatters the ice below the humans, dropping them into the freezing water. The Kraken rescues its new pals and brings them to its ice cave, where the acoustics actually make its song sound beautiful.
I created the three humans of this comic for a character design class (though the Kraken and the comic were my own thing), and all of them are inspired by trips to the American Museum of Natural History: this Kraken's design is based, not on a squid, but on a Japanese spider crab, a yeti crab, and a cricket.