The Cynocephaliad Zine

by Right Villainous Chapbooks Co

Illustrated by Jack Conkie


The Cynocephaliad is a day-in-the-life of a pair of dog headed men – a race that was widely believed to exist in ‘far off lands’ throughout the Medieval period, and was associated with barbaric, brigandly or criminal behaviour. This zine also references and account of bravi, or unemployed mercenary soldiers, common in Rome and Milan in the 16th century.

The original artwork is illustrated with a combination of zincplate etching and plastic drypoint prints. This 10-page zine is A5 size, digitally printed on silk with a matte laminate cover.


paper, digital printing, etching, intaglio, drypoint


Height: 210 Millimetres; Width: 148 Millimetres


Right Villainous is an ongoing series of short zines, illustrations for prose and one-off illustrations on the theme of crime, the occult and taboo in historical fiction. It is inspired by Baroque art and literature, ranging from the 16th to 18th centuries, and ranges in tone from playful or humorous, to emotive or uncomfortable. The title of the collection, Right Villainous, comes from the title of the Memoirs of the Right Villainous John Hall, an account of Newgate prison and various English criminal types and activities in the 18th century.

The Cynocephaliad Zine, Right Villainous Chapbooks Co