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Working Mummies

on October 17, 2012 - 8:53pm

The other day I wrote about an unexpected visitor with a package for me. This is one of the books that was inside. 

It's called Working Mummies illustrated by Drazen Kozjan and written by Joan Horton.

I've only had a few spare, quiet moments to read through it a number of  times (love it!), my eyes trying to take in all the Halloween goodness, but it ticks all the right boxes for me: great images, strong female characters, and well written rhymes.

The book explores the different jobs of Mummies in the monster world, like Writers, Teachers, Dentists and even Real Estate Mummies: 

"Other mums sell houses.

They're not the least bit daunted

By buyers who insist upon

Old dwellings that are haunted."

Who's Knocking at My Door

on October 12, 2012 - 12:43pm

Gather round kiddies. Ol'Ghoul is going to tell you a tale that is like a teaching fairytale for adults: interesting characters, surprises, that moment where our protagonist gets into a bad situation because they didn't do what they should have...all the good stuff. The moral of my tale? Get dressed by 11 am even on your day off.

Once upon a time, there was a woman who'd had a whirlwind week (read: month). Her house was ramshackled. Her front lawn neglected. And she was expecting a visitor later in the day, a visitor who had never seen her home before and might be bringing a camera. The visitor - we'll call her Amy - was set to arrive around 5 pm.

The woman began cleaning her house early that morning. She had errands to run also, and thought about getting dressed. It was getting close to noon, after all. She decided to wait. She'd only be getting dirtier as the house got cleaner, and there was much left to do. And she wanted to make a good impression, of course.

It's important to make a good impression, isn't it?

Dusting, sweeping, sorting, washing, stopping only to brush her teeth (no time for the hair). 

Doorbell rings. 

The woman pauses her work, looks toward the sound, then looks down at her Popeye-themed pajama bottoms and oversized dress shirt she's wearing (she can't see the dirt, but she can feel it). 

It's only 11 am. No packages expected. No visitors until later. Just leave it.

Doorbell rings again.

She throws on her red hoodie as she moves to the front door.

A man in a black helmet (no not Vader) and sun glasses is at her door, holding a large envelope. 

A bike courier?

They share salutations and he asks if she is Ghoul Friday, which catches her off guard a little, but postal carriers do sometimes address her by that name.

She tells the man yes, and he hands her the large envelope, decorated with spooks and ghouls, her name in the branches, her address on the tombstone (blurred in the image so I could show it to you).

"Isn't that something!" she exclaims, remarking on the drawings. 

The Countdown is On

on October 25, 2011 - 9:57am

Less than a week until Halloween and I'm scurrying around to get last minute items in place (as I'm sure all of you are too). 

The weekend started with a late night screening of Fulci's ZOMBIE (or Zombi 2, if you like). Seeing a classic up on the big screen was great, and now it's being released on Blue Ray so everyone can have some 70's zombie goodness. Found this trailer with Guillermo del Toro talking about the film which is fun in itself.

Going to sleep at 3 am before a show is maybe not the best idea. On Sunday morning I actually forgot to bring copies of my book with me (I remembered the sign though. Does that count?). Still, it was a good day and many of my creations were adopted (especially the undead nutcrackers). I have some items leftover and will put that up on etsy closer to the end of November. 

Today I finish the last large prop of the Halloween theme and the final little additions to the house. Hopefully by Friday I'll be able to share some photos of that with you.

In the meantime, head on over to The Happy Undertaker where Drazen has slowly been releasing a 10 part series of story illustrations called House of Bats. So far, 3 pages have been revealed and I am patiently waiting for the rest.