"Run for your lives!"Bogleech
is a website devoted to insects, parasites and monsters in general. It was started by web cartoonist and biology buff Jonathan Wojcik, also known as Scythemantis
. Topics include biology, movie monsters, videogames, toys, mythology, and so on. The main site also includes webcomics (notably, Awful Hospital
) and flash cartoons, as well as Mortasheen,
Wojcik's own idea for a Pokemon-style videogame. Also has links to numerous Cracked.com articles written by him, usually about the less pleasant aspects of Mother Nature (e.g. parasites that cause aberrant supernumerary leg growth in frog).
This website provides examples of:
- Anthropomorphic Objects: Or organs, in this case; two recurring characters in his comics are Brains and Guts, who are a sentient brain and stomach, respectively.
- Crapsaccharine World: Mortasheen is something of the Bizarro version of this trope. The setting is a sprawling continent-sized toxic urban wasteland of twisted science that is home to degenerate humanoids and hundreds of species of horrific bloodthirsty monsters (many created by the residents as living tools or weapons) where life is either nasty, brutish and short or agonizingly drawn out for far too long... and yet most sentient beings who live there cheerfully take it all in stride, and behave pretty much like you'd expect if this was a standard happy-go-lucky Pokémon-like world instead of a hell-world that could otherwise give Warhammer 40,000 a run for its money.
- Darker and Edgier: More like creepier & scarier...
- Eldritch Abomination: Some of his Mortasheen menagerie are Shout Outs to HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. Some are worse.
- Sometimes appear in the comic and elsewhere on the site too.
- Friend to All Living Things: Up to Eleven. Wojcik loves all sorts of creatures commonly seen as frightening, repulsive and just plain weird.
- Hostile Show Takeover: As part of the Halloween 2013 event, Bogleech was temporarily usurped by Borfladge, ostensibly a version of Bogleech's website from some other reality.
- Interactive Fiction: Two so far, both as part of Halloween 2013. Nausea Quest and Don't Get Spooked. The former is almost entirely text based, while the latter includes full artwork and over 60 characters.
- Mons: Mortasheen is a dark version of this idea, with several monster clowns, sentient iron maidens, an entire class consisting of various insects fused with humans and at least four different varieties of zombie fetus.
- Monster Clown: Jonathan is quite obviously a fan; Mortasheen contains an entire monster type comprised of this trope, known as the "Joker" class, which is basically equivalent to there being a Pokemon type called "Clown". There are numerous monstrous clown merchandise items in the Halloween galleries, as well.
- Nightmare Fetishist
- A good example is the Raremon page, wherein Wojcik fanboys over a creature that looks like a stinking blob of rot and machinery:
Out of seven thousand (I'm estimating) monsters in the Digimon franchise, the stinking, rotting, bile-belching Raremon is my number one, uncontested most precious baby.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Explored in this article, by point out that dragons were depicted with Animalistic Abomination trope until very recently.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Mortasheen's Vampire-class monsters, aside from extremely freakish forms, are created by infection from an extraterrestrial (possibly extradimensional) super-parasite whose ultimate form is absurdly powerful. Fortunately, ultimate form vampires rarely live on Earth for long. Unfortunately, it's because they leave to spread vampirism to the four corners of the universe and beyond.
- Take That: This article ends in one, after a pretty nice build-up. Most of the information about spiders and arachnophobia is presented pretty fairly, if perhaps a bit bitterly. For the sake of the sensitive, most of the photographs are of butterflies. These butterfly photos get increasingly creepier as they go (did you ever notice how ugly butterflies can be up close?), and then suddenly you get a picture of a jumping spider looking quite innocent and adorable, presumably to ease arachnophobes into the idea that spiders can be cute, too. Then the second-to-last picture pops up, followed by a photo of a spider catching and killing a butterfly. The words accompanying this picture: "Also, screw you." The overall intention is a comical one, but it can still be a little jarring.
- The Worm That Walks: Wojcik suggests in his review thereof that this might be the explanation for why all of Yugioh's blatantly non-worm 'worms' are referred to as such.
Maybe even their solid tissues are just built from different worms, all woven together to construct semblances of other creatures.
- What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Averted. Jonathan and most of the forum members undoubtedly prefer parasitic flatworms that live in snail eyeballs to kittens.
- Some of us like everything.
- Word Salad Horror: Some of the entries such as Pokeween slowly degenerate into this kind of prose. The Burgrr.com website uses this kind of writing extensively.
Specific strips from the webcomic include examples of:
Brains: Alright, that sort of only raised a lot more questions. I apologize.