Crypt Iguana is a comic book chronicling life in the historic Key West Cemetery in Key West, Florida from the perspective of one of the hundreds of nonnative Green Iguanas that inhabit the area. The project is both a tribute to and spoof of sci-fi and fantasy genres that employ man vs. nature tropes and seek to tap into the deep-seated fears humans attach to the natural world. The ancillary Crypt Iguana reading room replicates the comic’s setting, dropping readers into the very cemetery where the narrative unfolds.
Sarah Welch is an artist, illustrator, and comics-maker based in Houston, Texas. She is a regular collaborator with letterpress & risograph print service, Mystic Multiples and co-organizer for the annual event, Zine Fest Houston. Welch has participated in artist residency programs at The MacDowell Colony, Wesleyan University, Lawndale Art Center, and the University of Texas at Dallas Centraltrak. In 2017 She was awarded a Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant and an Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund Award (Dallas Museum of Art) to support the creation of her 300+ page comic collection, Total Monsoon. Welch is currently working on the second installment of her near-future Gulf Coast cli-fi comic, Holdouts.