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2012 FanExpo This Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun!

on August 22, 2012 - 10:14am

 

It's been a month since I last posted. Why? Because I've been creating an army of creatures for FanExpo which takes place this weekend starting tomorrow in Toronto.

I'll be in the Artist Alley section (you can see the map marked with my location in far left corner - not too far from the Tim Burton Frankenweenie exhibit) at table A45.

I have taken loads of pictures for all the new creations waiting for their big premiere but haven't had two seconds free to post them. August has been a runaway train. 

To remedy this, I decided to snap a couple of quick pictures for all of you to take a sneak peek (more below) and see what the table will look like this year, and who is on offer.

I always do a trial run for the table before a big show. This year, there are so many critters I barely have room for them all: Plague Doctors, Little Minions, Dark Dwellers, Carnivorous Plants, mini pumpkins and more. 

So come visit me sometime over the next four days!

Hilarious House of Frightenstein at FanExpo

on September 4, 2011 - 4:43pm


I was able to get away for a seminar this year. A friend kept Yetch company while he manned the table and I went off with another friend to sit in on a talk by Mitchell Markowitz. You might know him better as Super Hippy or the mosquito on Hilarious House of Frightenstein.

Also on the panel was Victoria Price, daughter of Vincent Price.

It was a packed room of fans, all of us pleased to sit quietly and listen to anecdotes of the show and especially tales of Vincent Price.

FanExpo 2011: People Can Be Wonderful

on September 2, 2011 - 10:13am


The biggest blessing of being part of the convention is meeting people. Not only meeting them, but having the same people come back year after year to say hello and tell me they are excited to see what's new on my table.

It's so funny that people are shocked when I remember them, but the secret is I'm just as shocked they remember me and my work.

Here's a great example. I was sent this picture from a lovely young woman (who is probably lurking on the blog right now. I see you). It's a photo of my creations she's collected over the last three years: she started with a mini pumpkin the first year, graduated to an eyeball plant and pumpkinhead minion the second year, and this year I was thrilled she was the one who adopted Wilhelmina the Witch.

It gives me immense pleasure when I know my beloved monsters go to good homes.

I'm Not One for Celebrities But...

on August 30, 2011 - 10:38am

This year was certainly the busiest one for me in terms of people: general chatting, introductions, requests for interviews and interesting propositions for future shows or projects (many of whom are waiting for some sort of email from me, and if they are reading this, I hope they'll remain patient. There was a family emergency and I'm out of town. I didn't even get a chance to unpack from the show. Poor Yetch is surrounded by the mess I left in my wake).

As a rule, it's these interactions I'm most excited about as my anticipation grows each August. Celebrities are fun to see, but it's all the different people I meet (fellow artists, horror folk and - dare I say it - actual fans of my work) who make the weekend so great. I also feel guilty leaving people to man my table for too long, so it's been 3 years since I've lined up for or attended anything at the convention.

Of course, every now and then, there's an exception.

FanExpo 2011 Quick Update

on August 26, 2011 - 8:09am

Very quick post for those of you who wanted to see what the table display is like this year. I've popped a handful of quick pictures on the blog.

Toronto FanExpo Update

on August 14, 2011 - 9:58am


August 25th is fast approaching.

Including today, I have 11 days left to get ready for Rue Morgue's Festival of Fear at FanExpo in Toronto.

They've officially announced the Horror schedule and the floor-plan for retailers, special guests, and people like me in Artist Alley.


I will be at table A248 which is in the back right corner of the convention. For whatever reason, they've separated the horror artists in the Alley from the rest of the horror section (we're not only a row back from them, but actually far to the right of where the horror retailers will be). Between us and our brethren will be huge corporate exhibits for video game companies.

The concern of course is that horror fans who aren't interested in visiting EB Games or Xbox will simply skip our little corner all together. They will see the video games section and assume there's no more horror goodness to be found.

No use worrying about it too much, I suppose. There's little to be done about it at this point.

Mini Carnivorous Plants

on August 4, 2011 - 9:32am


My foot actually looks like a foot now (if you can ignore the rainbow hues of healing), and I'm at the point where I can get around with the help of a cane. This is good news since I have less than 3 weeks until the big show, and I am in desperate need of some art supplies.

While hobbling around the house, I did manage to get some pieces finished. Six mini carnivorous plants have been sprouted. One went to friends visiting from out of the country, but the remaining five will make their debut at Rue Morgue's Festival of Fear.

I'll still have some of the eyeball plants for sale, but less than usual. So if you're coming to the show with the hope of buying one, pick it up early!

Plague Doctor, Ghoulish Gary and Fido

on September 1, 2010 - 5:38pm


If you were following my blog last year during Festival of Fear, you may recall my post where I talked about wanting a certain print from Toronto artist Ghoulish Gary Pullin. Sadly, he didn't have any in 2009. I still walked away with a beautiful Frankenstein print (that looks fantastic framed, by the way), but when you have your heart set on one particular thing, it's hard to let it go.

It was the Fido image I was coveting. Not only is it easily one of my top zombie movies of all time (plus it's Canadian, and it has Billy Connolly as a zombie), but the artwork is stunning. So it should be no surprise that the very first thing I did when my table was set up on Friday was head over to Gary and lay claim to a copy of the print (pictured right).

The surprise (at least to me) came on Saturday. My table was buzzing with people (at the convention it went in waves: it was like you either had no one around or 5 people at once wanting to buy something), and in the middle of packing up an item I look up and see Gary.

No, that's not the surprise.

Meeting Zombie Liquorice

on August 31, 2010 - 9:41am


While it is entertaining to see celebrities at FanExpo, I get more excited about meeting local artists I've only known online. So it was a real pleasure to finally meet the folks over at Zombie Liquorice.

I didn't have a program map with me at the table, so I decided to go hunting for them in the horror section. It wasn't long before I spotted their shiny new banner and made my way over to introduce myself.

When I asked who the person was that's been on the other side of all the twitter tweets, they pointed me to Jason (who may spell his name Jayson...I can't confirm as we only spoke and didn't write letters to each other).

Big strong handshake. Always a good sign in my book. Besides, he's a fairly big guy with broad shoulders, so a weak handshake would have been exceptionally bad.

It was their first year at the convention, but they did so well and had such a positive response, they'll be back again in 2011. And why not? Besides having some really cool designs on their t-shirts, the shirts themselves are really well made. No plastic feel to the print. Good quality.

This Post Dedicated to the Pumpkin Queen

on August 29, 2010 - 8:43am

I should be getting ready for my last day of the convention, but I wanted to make a quick post. There is a young woman I'd like to say a public thanks to. I've made the mistake of not asking her name, but if I see her again today I'll ask.

You see, she's a mini-pumpkin fanatic. My kind of girl. She bought 4 pumpkins from me last year.

Then on Friday of this year, she bought 4 more.

Then on Saturday of this year, she bought 4 or 5 more.

I've explained to her that she now has a collection 5 times the size of my own. When she was making this last purchase, I was running around with another customer (that story will be revealed soon), so I couldn't talk with her much. I did gather that she was making her own pumpkin patch starring my little figures.

I realized every good pumpkin patch needs a scarecrow. I decided to give her one of mine. I've asked for pictures when she gets her collection all together.

So here's to the Pumpkin Queen, who loves jack o' lanterns and supports local artists.

Sincerest of thank yous from a humbled ghoul.

(wrote this so fast I misspelled Pumpkin in the title. It's been a crazy weekend)

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