It’s surprising to think about the popularity of Pennywise, who is among the very best monsters in horror, when he has only appeared in a single book and just one mediocre TV adaptation. Most genre icons have an entire franchise backing them up with years to develop their iconic horror status. There’s just something about the character—he’s every bit as terrifying as a monster gets, preying on children with a twisted grin and a laugh that never seems to end. It’s no wonder that Pennywise the Dancing Clown fascinates and terrifies us still to this day, over 30 years since IT was published.
If there’s a chance to showcase the brilliant work of Jérémy Pailler, I’ll do it every single time. In fact, this is my third post on Pailler’s art (you can find the first two here and here), so I think it’s safe to say that he’s a regular around these parts. His take on Stephen King’s stone-cold classic is a gnarly one, too, covering the playfulness of Pennywise with that terrifying smile. But just like most of his work, and the reason why I dig it so much, is that his art is trying to tell us a story, and he brilliantly captures it in just a single piece. Simply stunning.