Alum Jessica Hayworth has created artwork for Welcome to Nightvale, a terrific podcast “in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.” Above is her image from a limited-edition postcard series, which can be ordered here. And below is a T-Shirt design, only available through the month of September, available for order here.
“Welcome to Night Vale” was the #1 podcast on iTunes this June – there’s an excellent article on The Awl about Nightvale and its popularity: “America’s Most Popular Podcast: What The Internet Did To “Welcome to Night Vale.” Here’s a teaser quote:
In a pinch, fans tend to describe “Welcome to Night Vale” as a Lovecraftian love-child: “A Prairie Home Companion” as narrated by Rod Serling, and so on—comparisons which Fink has called “reductive” without saying they are wrong. (In the same interview, he said that fans from Texas assume, without much evidence, that the show is set in their state.)
Starting around July 5th, Sebela said they began seeing the fandom “spiral out of control” on Tumblr: During the seven days before we spoke, there were 20,000-plus posts about “Night Vale,” with 183,000-plus individual blogs participating in the conversation, and 680,000-plus notes. A common tag appears in all-caps, like, “15 eps in 2 days WHERE AM I.” Sebela described another common refrain: “I just marathoned. I know I’m going to finish it tomorrow morning on the subway.”
Jessica runs her own, highly entertaining tumblr at http://angry-comics.tumblr.com/