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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.

That's My Face

on March 14, 2009 - 9:34am


I may need to have this made.

The people at ThatsMyFace.com will take an image of you and use it to create a number of products: an action figure, a mask, a full head, a head cup to hold pencils...or my favourite, a Braincase.

The Braincase is a jar made in the shape and likeness of your head. It has a false brain panel beneath the scalp lid. When both are removed, you can keep your valuables in there. Like cookies. Or change.

Cost varies from $99 to $2999 depending on size.

Not crazy about your own face? That's ok. They can make you look prettier. Or older. Or younger.

Friday the 13th and Paper Mache Pumpkins

on March 13, 2009 - 11:54am

Making paper mache pumpkins
Happy Friday the 13th, boils and ghouls. What better way to celebrate the day than with a marathon of pumpkin paper mache? That's what I say, anyway.

I realized that I've never created items traditionally associated with Halloween. I think an army of jack o' lanterns should solve that.

As a base, I'm starting with a technique touted by fellow paper mache com padre (lots of rhyming in today's blog. Unintentional, but amusing) Stolloween.

It's simple. You take plastic bags, stuff them with crumpled newspaper, close them up and pull string tightly around the outside of the bags to create grooves (defining the pumpkin's shape).

Scott suggests using tape over the string for further definition, but I've found this is only necessary when the string wasn't as tight as I wanted it to be. In that case, I would place the end of a long but thin strip of tape at the bottom of the pumpkin along the string, pull the tape tight against a length of the pumpkin/string, then press the tape in place before continuing.

Gator Heads and Fish Bait

on March 12, 2009 - 10:15am

Pickles cut to look like gatorsHaven't posted noxious nosh in a while so here's a Halloween recipe idea from howstuffworks.com.

Ingredients:

6 ounces assorted frozen clam strips, breaded fish pieces or breaded shrimp

3 to 5 drops green food colouring

1 cup tartar sauce

6 (6-inch) bamboo skewers

6 dill pickles

2 pepperoni pieces, cut into 3 strips each

6 to 8 pimiento-stuffed green olives

Mustard


Haunted Hot Sauce

on March 11, 2009 - 8:52am

Zombie Hot Sauce Party Pack
Quick, simple blog today. This little ghoul's a bit blue this morning, so I thought I'd share a website that made me smile.

Haunted Hot Sauce, a collection of zombie-themed homemade sauces, was created by Victor "The Undertaker" Ives. He packs each order - whether it's Ghoul Drool, Flesh Feast, Undertaker's Undead or Mortician's Mold - in it's own coffin.

Each recipe is carefully prepared by hand, each bottle is filled and labelled by hand and I personally build each and every coffin by hand.
HauntedHotSauce.com is a manifestation of my love for quality spicy food products and my lifetime infatuation with the Halloween/Horror genre.

It's a nice looking website and a handsome product. How does it taste? I couldn't tell you (I'm most curious about the Ghoul Drool). But if Victor puts as much care into his sauces as he does in presentation and packaging, I'd guess that's one tasty sauce.

Even if you're not interested in making a purchase, I encourage you to play in his Drag & Drop Checkout. Don't forget to click on the radio.

New Website Section: Brains vs. Coffee

on March 10, 2009 - 12:23pm

Brains Vs. Coffee logo
I wanted to direct your attention to the new section on the website called Brains vs. Coffee. It started on twitter.com on Feb 20, 2009 when I typed the following tweet:

"Coffee...*stumble*...coooffee...*stumble*...braiiins ...hm? *shakes head* COFFEE.."

I found myself starting the day addressing the same question: Brains or Coffee? What's a ghoul to do? Can coffee really help me resist the urge for brains as I wake in a zombified state?

And now I'm posting these ponderings (containing 140 characters or less) daily to the website. The most recent post will be displayed in the block to the right. If you miss a couple or want to see all of them, click on the "more" link or the picture of the brain itself.

Hopefully some of you will get a kick out of it.

Oh Vincent Price

on March 9, 2009 - 11:22am



Lots of art being posted lately, so here's some frighteningly frivolous fun.

Presenting Vincent Price in a commercial for "Tilex".

Sigh.

Here's something more enjoyable: Vincent Price hosts the Muppet show (Part 1).

Ahhh. Much better.

Watch Part 2.

Watch Part 3.

The Macabre Mind of Joe Vaux

on March 8, 2009 - 12:05pm

Joe Vaux Art: Meeting in the mind
For all my creepy kittens and ghoulish guys, I happily present the work of Joe Vaux.

First, a tiny complaint. What is it with artists and hip designers making their entire site flash-based? While flash-flooded sites are entertaining for a moment (I did enjoy the little critters waving at me on Vaux's site), it can make for tedious navigation (terrible from an accessibility standpoint). Tip for when you visit his site: the barely-visible button to turn off the sound is in the top left corner.

All this was forgiven once I got to the good stuff: his art.

Vaux's work reminds me of Salvador Dali meets Disney's Night on Bald Mountain. There's loads going on visually and so many characters to discover in one piece.

The Art of Mike Mitchell

on March 7, 2009 - 1:01pm

Mike Mitchell's King Skully
Lighthearted, pretty and fun. Those are the words I would use to describe the art of Mike Mitchell (or Sir Mitchell, or Sir Mike of Mitchell as he sometimes calls himself).

I'm drawn to the warm tones used and the overall softness of the images. I always enjoy when an artist knows how to effectively use shadow without making it feel too dark or sinister.

Little to be found bio-wise, with the exception that he's male, 26, from the States and was born close to Halloween.

I can tell you he has a blog and an etsy shop.

Currently, it doesn't look like you can buy King Skully (pictured left) or Little Pilot Skullington (pictured below).

But if you're determined to purchase something and are looking for gift ideas (I like to pretend everyone wants to buy me presents), I'll take the limited print of Their Day Will Come showcasing a wine-swigging cockroach atop a skull, exclaiming "Marvellous!".

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