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Great Lakes Fright Fest - June 3, 4, 5 2011

on May 30, 2011 - 1:25pm

While all of you south of the border are finishing up your long weekend, and Canadians are dreaming of what they did last weekend, I'm looking ahead to next Friday, June 3rd. It's the annual Great Lakes Fright Fest taking place in Petersburg, Michigan at Totem Pole Park.

A large group of haunters descend on the campground, decorate their campers and tents, and spend all day Saturday sharing ideas as they participate in workshops.

The cost? Free if you're staying over at the campground (you just pay for the campground spot you rent). If you aren't camping, it's $3.50 (the cost of a fancy coffee). They just ask you bring food donations to share during potluck meals and canned goods to give to charity.

Dave the Dead wanted to have something to set apart his campground display from all the rest, so I'll be attending solely to provide him with a Canadian decorative addition, stomping around his ghouls with a hockey stick.

A Tale of Two Kitties

on May 24, 2011 - 12:39pm

You may remember a few months ago I made The Feline Oracles for someone. Well, after a mistake on my part and then some weird Bermuda Triangle voodoo done by the postal system, those little cats went on a crazy extended trip across North America. They finally made their way back home (thank goodness), but it was decided they needed two guardians to keep them safe and make sure they never are lost again.

And here are their rougher-looking kitty counterparts, paws clasped in meditation, ready to do their part.

Fright Night Remake Trailer

on May 14, 2011 - 9:18am

I've already expressed how I feel about horror movie remakes in the past, so I won't bore you with that again. Instead, I will simply post the trailer for the re-imagined Fright Night film.

It certainly looks darker than the original, which at the very least means they're putting their own spin on it. I do have trouble buying Colin Farrell as a vampire, but I think that's just because I'm not a huge fan of his.

As for my beloved David Tennant, get ready for a movie trailer game of Where's Waldo. Blink and you'll miss him.

A Night of "Ghost Stories" in Toronto

on May 12, 2011 - 10:33am

On Tuesday night I was treated to a live performance of Ghost Stories playing in Toronto at the Panasonic Theatre, put on by Mirvish Productions.

I think my review of the show is less about the show itself, and more about a lesson in managing expectations. Plus, I have no intention of writing spoilers for people who still hope to see it.

So what is this show exactly? Well, if you go to the website, there's little specifics but a lot of promises (and even disclaimers):

Ghost Stories has left even the most hardened of viewers gasping for breath and reaching for their coats to hide behind. Truly not for the fainthearted or those of a nervous disposition, but perfect for anyone who wants a thrilling night out they'll never forget, Ghost Stories carries an advisory age limit of 14+. Ghost Stories mixes the very best of theatre with the buzz of a thrill-ride, delivering something unforgettable. Just keep telling yourself it's only a show. You have been warned!

To add fuel to the fright-filled fire, trailers and clips shown on television are simply shots of a terrified audience: jumping, screaming, hiding their eyes, almost sitting in the laps of their neighbours.

"Think of the Children"

on May 6, 2011 - 3:05pm

As you know, I'm an advocate of specially crafted pieces, especially when it involves something unique with a flair for the macabre. Friend and fellow artist King Unicorn (EC Steiner) has a project I want to bring to your attention. It's a horror comic called Think of the Children, but it's not just a comic book. I'll get to that part in a moment. First, a synopsis:

THINK OF THE CHILDREN is a satirical horror comic about the events leading to the original Comics Code Authority. The members of the Senate Subcommittee are secret monster hunters, seeking to destroy evil children, who they believe are corrupted by the stories of EC Comics. So that the story can reach as wide an audience as possible, the creators released it as a free webcomic in February of 2011 at

*Taps Mic* Is This Thing On?

on May 2, 2011 - 11:06am

Ghoul Friday works in progress

Testing. Testing.

*wipes the cobwebs off the blog*

Well hello there! That hiatus was longer than expected, wasn't it? Sometimes life demands your attention be elsewhere, and your energies need to be reserved for a specific task. Mine was health.

I've spent the last 3 months researching, learning, and changing my lifestyle in an attempt to get this poor old body happier, or at least working with me and not against me. In doing so, I've managed to drop 16 pounds and reduce the angry physical symptoms that dominated my health and well being.

I'm still working at getting healthy again, but now I feel as if I have energy to spread between working on my physical state and my creative spirit.

Sunday was spent on the simple artistic task of building armatures for future sculpts (as well as some of those faces you see above who have been nagging me for a body).

Long story short: I'm back. I won't be jumping in with daily posts just yet, but you will be seeing updates more often.

Checking In

on March 3, 2011 - 12:04pm

Hey kids. Just a quick post to say yes, I am still here. Creative projects have been put on hold while I get the body back up to snuff. And since we're still in the winter season, I thought it's the perfect time to go on hiatus for a bit.

So what have I been doing for the past month or so? Well, I traded in time creating and posting online to time spent resting, exercising and getting more nutrition. Not terribly exciting, and I didn't want to bore you all with posts about Wii Fit, quinoa recipes, and complaints about how tired/sore I am (but if that appeals to you, then you can read my whining over on my twitter account).

I will, however, give you a quick update for those who are curious. I continue to rock the supplements; I've been doing yoga and strengthening exercises with some very basic cardio (which I define by any repetitive movement that makes me sweat). Sunday will mark the one month point of my new regime, and at this stage I've lost 8.5 pounds of extra weight. The plan is to keep it up, get healthier, bring more energy in so that I can push more creative juices out when spring officially hits.

I've been feeling guilty about not posting and not producing art, but hey, you have to take care of yourself first, right?


on February 5, 2011 - 8:20am

I've been kinda quiet online lately. Have been feeling more fatigued than usual, and thought it might be the January blahs. Haven't been able to concentrate, or get art projects finished (started, yes, but not completed).

I've had enough energy for work and that's about it.

Turns out, on top of various other medical mysteries, my iron and Vitamin D levels are in the basement, and my vitamin B12 is on the brink of tumbling down the stairs to join them.

This would explain why the other day, when Yetch had left some homemade hamburgers in the fridge, I unwrapped a patty, took a taste, and then shoved the whole thing in my mouth as if I hadn't eaten for days.

At first I thought perhaps it was the first stage of "turning". Next step would be the neighbourhood pets all go missing. And finally one morning Yetch would awaken to me gnawing on his forehead, and my saying "sshhhh...go back to sleep...*gnaw gnaw gnaw*".

I share this bit of information with you for two reasons: 1) it explains my absence from online participation, including emails that remain unanswered (I generally don't have much energy at the end of a good day, but with this added bonus I'm a complete zombie). And 2) if YOU have been feeling uncharacteristically exhausted, moody, cloudy headed, achy and did I mention exhausted, perhaps you should make some time for a good old fashioned blood test.

Here's hoping with the help of some supplements and a little shift in my diet, I'll be back to...well, what's normal for me...soon.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have 500 different pills to take.

Vincent Price On Racism And Religious Prejudice

on January 30, 2011 - 9:03am

I don't usually bother with political commentary on this site, but I thought I would share a message from Vincent Price, taken (I believe) from one of his radio broadcasts.

Did I Ever Mention I Have a Facebook Artist Page?

on January 27, 2011 - 10:17am

I promised a giveaway for January on my recently created Facebook artist page, and since we're already on the 28th, I better get going on that.

It's a simple giveaway. All you have to do is:

a) "Like" my artist page (no, it doesn't count if you are friends with me).

b) On the announcement (the status update with the link to this giveaway description) on my artist page, tell me what you would be interested to see me tackle in future projects. It has to be a reasonable suggestion that fits my style. For example, the suggestion I make tiny, sparkling unicorns that come to life at night would disqualify your entry.

And that's it!

What's up for grabs? I'm thinking an undead head necklace since that's what was suggested to me.

So you have until the end of Tuesday Feb 1st to put your comment on my artist page under the giveaway status update, and then the winner will be picked.

The winner will be chosen by Yetch, either based on their suggestion OR at random by number (he works just like a random application. I tell him the range of numbers to reflect the entries, and he picks one). It depends on his mood on Feb 2.

That's it for today. Have a great weekend. Thank goodness January is almost over!