Xenomorph Becomes ‘The Alien Next Door’ in Adorable Illustrations

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Despite it’s reputation as one of the scariest monsters of cinema, the Alien Xenomorph stars in a super cute new picture book by artist Joey Spiotto. In The Alien Next Door, the artist imagines the classic badass creature as a kind and loving companion.

In an interview with i09, Spiotto explained: “The best part of doing the book was actually that it got done at all. I had a very limited window to get the book done. It also happened to be right as my son was born. I started this project about 2 weeks after welcoming a new baby boy into our lives. For those people out there with children, they know how insane those first few weeks at home can be… throw in a crazy-tight turnaround right on top of that insanity and you have a complete recipe for disaster. 20th Century Fox and Titan were wonderful to work with, they were very hands-off and had great feedback on the sketches and ideas I was coming up with. I am a huge fan of the Alien films, so this project was really a dream come true.”

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The book is officially licensed, though the artist doesn’t know whether any of the directors or actors at the heart of the franchise have seen it. He did say that: “I hope that they enjoy how I totally made their horrifyingly scary creature cute and lovable.”

The book’s synopsis reads: ‘See a new, caring side to the legendary science fiction monster as he tends to Jonesy the cat, endeavors to keep his house cleaner than the Nostromo, and searches for his place on a cold, new, alien world: Earth. From facehuggers to feather dusters, discover how the perfect killing machine relaxes after a day of scaring space marines.’

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