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Mutterings of a Mad Woman

Early Birthday Present: Lenore

on March 24, 2009 - 10:58am

Vinyl figure of Lenore, the Cute Little Dead GirlTomorrow, March 25th, is the birthday of the woman whose head I live in. An early birthday gift was presented which has brought me much delight.

This is Lenore, the Cute Little Dead Girl and she is sitting on the desk as I type this. The poor soul in the snake's belly is Ragamuffin, her sidekick.

Roman Dirge is the artist. He's created both a comic strip and short animations of Lenore and friends.

I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to Lenore. I really enjoy the illustrations, but the online impressions of the artist leave much to be desired. I'd actually given up completely as a fan of this character because I couldn't find any good leads on new projects or even merchandise.

The big bad Sony copyright machine closed the only decent site where you could get a good sense of Dirge's work (speaking of which, not sure how long that link I posted above will be of any use). I can understand wanting to control how your work is promoted, but the webmaster wasn't making any money off the fan site. More importantly, the artist himself is but a scattered presence on the Web.

Chairs of a Feather Sit Together

on March 24, 2009 - 9:17am


Keeping with yesterday's furniture theme, I'd like to share another chair with you. This one comes from FiveTen Studio and will set you back $7500.

It's completely covered in black feathers. I can't imagine you could sit on it without harming the delicate plumes, but it is nice to look at.

I first spotted this on Badder Homes and Gardens, a designer blog with an edge.

Organ-ic Fabric?

on March 23, 2009 - 1:04pm

organ tableclothThe folks over at Aksel Creations are doing some interesting things with fabric design.

We'll start with the simple and elegant organ tablecloth (pictured left). Understated creepiness is always a plus in my books. I like that it's subtle, and visitors may not recognize what the design is at first glance.

It's part of graphic designer Aksel Varichon's 2008 'Home Flow' household linen collection. You can buy similar oven mitts, aprons, place mats, and pillows.

Or you can skip the pillow and purchase an arm chair, choosing from 4 different designs (pictured below).

There wasn't any prices listed on the website, which indicates I can't afford it. But perhaps a rich bone-daddy out there might want to pick it up as, oh I don't know, an early birthday present for a certain ghoul?

Canned Pork Brains in Milk Gravy

on March 22, 2009 - 3:47pm

Canned Pork Brains in Milk gravy
King Unicorn sent me a link of interest for my Brains vs. Coffee debate. It lead me to this image of canned pork brains in milk gravy.

One serving has 1170% of your daily cholesterol.

Once the nausea subsided, I decided to do some research. Armour Star foods, which brings you such tummy-turning snacks as Treet Luncheon Loaf, is part of the Pinnacle Foods Group family. Their website reports that in 1948, Armour made the first deodorant soap Dial (at the time they'd been making soap as a by-product of the meatpacking process. Ew). I guess it makes sense since most of their food products make me feel unclean.

Where the Wild Things Are

on March 20, 2009 - 1:35pm

Where the Wild Things Are
When I first heard there was a movie being made of the children's book Where the Wild Things Are originally written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, I had mixed feelings. It would be exciting to see these creatures larger than life on the big screen, but at what price?

With today's film makers relying more and more on CGI (especially on big budget films and this one has cost $80 Million U.S.), one of my main concerns was how the characters would look. When it comes to monsters and creatures, I'll take a guy in a costume over full CGI anytime, so I was relieved to find out that most of the beasts were being created with a mix of puppetry and computer enhancement.

Reports and reviews on the Internet have been vague and contradictory at best. Some say the movie was too frightening for little ones to watch at a test screening, and that the entire film was to be re-shot from scratch (some reported the new version would use no puppets and all creatures would be generated using CGI). Many have speculated the film would never actually make it to theatres.

FaceBook & Toronto Ontario Halloween Haunters

on March 20, 2009 - 7:55am

Facebook logo with eyeballs
If only I could get promotions as quickly and easily as it happened yesterday on Facebook. I received a lovely message from a fellow haunter in the city, inviting me to join his new group Toronto Ontario Halloween Haunters.

Always looking to connect with local ghouls, I happily accepted the invite and joined the group. The next message I received indicated that I was now an officer (with a very flattering title).

An officer? Do I get a badge? Or leftover Halloween candy? What do I have to do?

I'm earning my keep by promoting it. So I'm looking for Haunters/Halloweeners in Toronto and surrounding areas. If you're using Facebook, come on by and add your name to the list of members.

More Camille Rose Garcia (But Less Love)

on March 18, 2009 - 8:35am

Camille Rose Garcia WallpaperCamille Rose Garcia recently had a show at the Jonathan Levine Gallery. As part of the exhibit, she promoted her fabulous new wallpaper. You can buy a roll that covers 30 square feet for the low, low cost of $200.

You'd think with those prices (not to mention small, standard paper-sized works going for $4000 like Happy Owl and Nervous House pictured below), she might be able to afford to hire someone to update her website for her. The only reason I was aware she had a new showing was because Bones over at Haunt Style blogged about it.

Don't get me wrong. I think it's great when an artist is successful and people are willing to pay ridiculous amounts of money for their work. It just means that I'll never be able to afford anything more than a book of hers, and that makes my artist crush on her fade a bit.

Remember when I mentioned she's launching the toy company PITCO? My plans of buying one of her 'toys' has been obliterated. One of those Seymore Squidley Dolls (pictured below) costs $600.

Muppets Halloween Special

on March 17, 2009 - 4:55pm

Muppets Halloween
Muppet News Flash!

Literally.

Here's an announcement via www.muppetnewsflash.com. Don't ask me how I end up at these websites. I just fall down the rabbit hole and report what I find on the other side.

There's word that we can finally expect to see a Muppets Halloween special this fall.

Even though the Christmas special I watched this year - where Kermit and the gang hand deliver mail to Santa - was pretty weak by traditional Muppet standards, I'm hopeful their spin on Halloween will be entertaining. It's well overdue, at any rate.

There will also be an official line of Muppet Halloween costumes coming out as well.

Dibs on Gonzo.

Show Me Some Love, Festival of Fear

on March 16, 2009 - 1:09pm

Festival of Fear 2009

There aren't many Canadian events for Haunters, Horror fans or Halloween freaks. Even in my busy city of Toronto, home to countless conventions and festivals, the pickings are slim so I'm always keen to stay on top of what's happening.

In August, as part of Hobby Star's FanExpo, Torontonians are treated to the Festival of Fear (brought to us by our beloved Rue Morgue).

They haven't posted their list of exhibitors or guests yet (more announcements coming in May) but I do know one thing that might be different about this year: I'm hoping to attend as both a fan and an exhibitor.

Frankenskate

on March 15, 2009 - 4:11pm

Frankenstein Skateboard
I don't skateboard. But if I did, this would be my ride.

It's a hand painted deck by JH Design currently available for purchase.

Frankenstein's monster not your favourite? That's ok. The artist says he is willing to customize any deck with the monster of your choice.

Sources over at Monsterama say the next one will feature the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Nice.

Question: how many parents do you think will buy this board for their child and then never let them use it for fear they will scratch it up?

Enjoy your Sunday, ghoulies. I'm off to drink a nice cold beer and work on pumpkins.

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