One of the benefits of being a vendor at a Halloween market is that you never know who your neighbour will be. Mine was James Fisher.
Fisher is a local artist and creator of Rue Morgue Magazine's "Disfigures of Speech" column. The print I purchased - pictured right - is from that collection.
Fisher is also the creative mastermind behind Zircocircus.com where you'll find links to more of his artwork and illustrations, along with some macabre melodies he's put together. I know a number of you folks are looking for new music to use in your haunts, and this might be the fresh sound you're looking for to replace some of your stale standbys. You can hear some samples on his myspace page.
With both prints and CDs priced at $10, you can't go wrong.
Fisher spent the whole day sketching the faces of lucky customers onto prints of delicious monstrosities (so the head of the customer was now atop a skeletal form, or a creature, or even decapitated). By the afternoon, it was rare to see his portrait chair empty.
And on top of it all, he's a nice guy. Offered me some of his pasta, gave me his sunglasses to wear when the sun was melting my eyeballs, and entertained me with friendly conversation.
Turns out he also did the design of a shirt I purchased from another vendor at the show. He mentioned he'll be doing work for some of the other vendors that attended the Bazaar of the Bizarre that day. James Fisher: slowly dominating Toronto's creepy culture one company at a time.