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Kilgore Trout by WonderDookie Kilgore Trout by WonderDookie
One of my favorite literary characters of all time. A crabby, old, dirt poor, sci-fi writer named Kilgore Trout from a number of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. novels.
I've been trying to continue doing something a little more abstract from my normal style. I based my image of Kilgore on Vonnegut himself, and a couple of Vonnegut's prints.
According to Vonnegut Kilgore trout died in the year 2004. The epitaph on his tombstone says, "Life is no way to treat an animal."

Edit: Shit, and now the world has lost Vonnegut himself. Sad day.

"So it goes."
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Ege0 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great job man ;)
WonderDookie Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! Glad you enjoy it. Kilgore Trout is one of my favorite literary characters.
Ege0 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I think the same!
Only a month ago I was introduced to the universe
of Kurt Vonnegut. I red Hocus Pocus and then
Slaughterhouse, and it's an awesome writer, one
of the best USA authors I've read.
WonderDookie Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh really? That's great. I think that Trout had some of his greatest moments in Timequake and Breakfast of Champions. Breakfast of Champions was really good.
HalloStarChild Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
Kilgore Trout is my hero. Thanks for this awesome picture of him. It definately captures what he's all about.
WonderDookie Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. Well your very welcome. Thank you for the kind comment too.
fynewyne Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
My dad, who introduced me to Vonnegut, said that, (eh-hem,) "Way back when, Vonnegut wrote under the alias 'Kilgore Trout.' And then he started using him as a character in his novels." I'm not sure if this is true, but if so, then... well... then nothing, because the Mr. Trout is already pretty blatant self-mockery, so depicting him in Vonnegut's image already makes the most sense. :shrug: Whatever. Just pretend that was an interesting story and everybody wins.

An awesome pic. His rubber boots are love.
WonderDookie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I don't think that Vonnegut ever actually wrote under that alias (he invented the character after he had already become a somewhat established writer), but Kilgore definitely became an alter ego. So your argument still works. Everybody wins.

DoctorBollocks Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
he is one my top 10 all timebest characters in fiction, he is so funny and he's..amazing especially in Breakfast of Champions
WonderDookie Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. Yeah. Especially in the end. That was great.
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