Sue Lawton

The Circus and the Cyclone


Artist Statement

The Circus and the Cyclone is a piece of fantastical historical fiction set against the worst natural disaster in Wisconsin’s history - the destruction of the town of New Richmond by a tornado in 1899. The event was made even more tragic because a traveling circus had also arrived that day, attracting many outside visitors to the town.

Using this backdrop, I have created a narrative that weaves between a pair of childhood friends, now grown and fallen in love, a pair of clowns competing for the affections of a beautiful contortionist traveling with the circus and a megalomaniac human cannonball who dreams of flying to the moon. All of these stories culminate when the tornado suddenly strikes, turning fates and revealing hidden truths.

The Circus and the Cyclone is being made in to a book, which you can help fund at Kickstarter.

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Cover

The Circus and the Cyclone Cover

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The Gypsy King

The Gypsy King

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The Rambling Man

The Rambling Man

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The Fancy Fiddler

The Fancy Fiddler

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Sound The Alarm

Sound The Alarm

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Lover's Walk

Lover's Walk

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The Amazing Theovald

The Amazing Theovald

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Johnna In The Wreckage

Johanna In The Wreckage

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Lenora Lovelle

Lenora Lovelle

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The Clockwork Lady

The Clockwork Lady

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Tea with Mr. Pibbles

Tea With Mr. Pibbles

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Ingrid von Aviary

Ingrid Von Aviary

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Ingrid Flies Over The Storm

Ingrid Flies Over The Storm

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Windstruck Circus

Windstruck Circus

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The Cellar Stairs

Duet for Two Love Spells

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Tiggins and Beggins Talking

Tiggins and Beggins Talking

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Tiggins' Dream

Tiggins' Dream

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Tiggins' Revenge

Tiggins' Revenge

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The Chapinski Sisters!

The Chapinski Sisters

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Madame Devereux

Madame Devereux

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Bio

Sue Lawton

Sue (Goetz) Lawton was born and raised in the Milwaukee area and has been drawing for as long as she can remember. After receiving her BFA in 2002, she has been working extensively with images that tell stories. From discarded card catalogs to the opera to Wisconsin circus lore, she seeks to tell her own story through exaggerated, lavish romance and a quirky twist of humor.

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