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Preview: A Few More Minions

on June 14, 2011 - 1:25pm

No time to type up stories, but I thought I'd post a sneak peek of 3 more completed figures.

Little Minions: Imperious Slitch

on June 14, 2011 - 9:27am


Imperious Slitch came to be a couple weeks ago. Born from ash and brimstone, his fiery personality is one of dominance and ego.

In conversation, he is quick to point out his many abilities. Mention that you have a knack for carpentry: "I can do that!". Suggest you have a talent for smelting: "Oh HO, what I've smelted in my day!". Comment on your degree in architecture: "You've built bridges, while I've built kingdoms! And then destroyed them simply because I was in a foul mood *evil laughter*".

Needless to say he isn't a favourite around these parts. I've heard the other minions plotting his demise. And so has Imperious Slitch. His reaction?

"If you're going to plot to disembowel someone, only a fool would use a dagger. It's an obvious tool! Instead, I would use a crochet hook. Or a mouldy toothbrush. Or a spoon! *evil laughter*"

Werewolf Wedding

on June 13, 2011 - 10:48am


I doooooooooooooooooo!

It was like any other outdoor wedding. Bride and groom spent hours primping and preening, making sure they look just right. Family and friends gathered outdoors in the summer. The wedding party were assigned their own outfits to match the theme.

Only, in this wedding, the theme was werewolves.

That's right. Werewolves.

In my final post about the Great Lakes Fright Fest, I've put together some photographs of the wedding that took place Saturday night.

When you're looking at the photos of the makeup and prosthetic being applied, keep in mind the temperature topped over 40 C/100 F that afternoon.

Enjoy!

Fire Dancers at GLFF 2011

on June 10, 2011 - 8:20am


Friday morning blog posts should be fun and get you in the mood for the weekend. I think perhaps this set of photographs might achieve that.

I've shown you pictures of homemade ghoulies and static displays from Great Lakes Fright Fest, so now it's time to give you some shots of living, dancing (and in this case, fire-taming) creatures.

After the werewolf wedding, before the haunted house opened, people were treated to a show of fire being manipulated at the end of chains, on hoops or old fashioned torches.

It was grand. Of course, I'm a sucker for fire in general and often zone out to its devilish dance of flames.

Dave the Dead even stepped up and volunteered to have fiery chains wrapped around his wrists.

I'll be putting together pictures of the werewolf wedding soon. In the meantime, I hope these images inspire some gleefully gruesome thoughts for the weekend to come.

Campground Decor at GLFF

on June 7, 2011 - 8:35am

Saturday was hot.

Humidex was over 100F.

There was only one make-and-take that lured me out into the heat, and that was to make the zombie crossing sign (above). It was so hot that the black sticker overlays were starting to stretch and melt in my hands as I tried to line them up on the yellow background.

Taking breaks in the air conditioned camper, I made a point of walking around the entire campground, taking pictures of some of my favourite displays.

Great Lakes Fright Fest 2011

on June 7, 2011 - 7:56am


I'm back from a weekend spent in Petersburg, Michigan where I attended the Great Lakes Fright Fest.

I'll be sharing photos taken around the park during my visit, but first I thought I'd post ones taken from our little piece of Halloween heaven. I was lucky enough to be invited to stay in the camper belonging to Dave the Dead, a friend and fellow artist; caretaker of The Shadow Farm.

Over the years I've seen many photographs of Dave's work, but I hadn't been fortunate to see any of his large sculptures in person. This weekend not only did I get to see them, I had them outside my front door.

Little Minions: Maurice

on June 2, 2011 - 12:35pm

Maurice
Maurice is the newest member of my little minions. He hasn't been able to tell me his story yet, but I wanted to post him on the site before I took off to go camping this weekend.

I tried to coerce him into sharing his personal tale, but he found it offensive I'd keep packing and vacuuming while he was talking.

All I've been able to glean from him is that he's an associate of Mr. Phibious T. Toadlington (though the idea of referring to the two of them as friends brings pretentious laughter from Maurice and a quick "Certainly not").

But I wonder.

He walks in quick short steps, never revealing his many legs beneath the robe. The confined cadence makes him look as though he's rising up and down on waves billowing below the cloth, bobbing stiffly like a pop bottle on the ocean.

And he has a taste for port.

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.

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