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Why Are My Feet Wet?

on August 9, 2011 - 9:03pm


It was the start to every haunter's nightmare.

Toronto finally got some serious rain today. So much rain, in fact, that many places around the city had serious flooding. Luckily, in my area, I didn't go outside to find my car submerged like some poor folks did.

Blissfully unaware of what awaited me in the basement, I headed downstairs to retrieve a box from the storage room which houses all of my Halloween props, decorations and even some supplies. I was distracted by my remarkable ability to actually walk down the stairs (albeit very carefully and clutching both rail and wall as I gingerly manoeuvred the injured ankle). I was smiling at the partial return of mobility. I was happy for the first time in a long day of ridiculous mishaps. I wasn't expecting the universe to play one more joke on me before bedtime.

I felt it before I saw it.

Barefoot on the cold tile. Two steps in.

*squish*

Saturday Fun and Distraction

on July 2, 2011 - 12:02pm


Looking for something to do today? Alright. I've got two suggestions on how to spend your Saturday.

First, for any locals in the Greater Toronto Area, you can attend The 7th Annual Scarefest hosted by Boneyard Bargains. It takes place at 115 Philip Ave in Scarborough. BBQ, props, a few vendors, and lots of local haunters. Officially kicks off at 1 pm (which means I need to finish getting dressed).

For the rest of you, I can offer a distraction for at least an hour. If you didn't get enough of me via my ten minute interview on this month's Hauntcast, you can now listen to the entire uncut interview on their "Treats" page. And if you don't doze off at the beginning, some of you might find my stories about being a first time vendor, and starting out as an artist, interesting.

Thanks to Shellhawk again for taking the time to chat with me.

Enjoy your holiday weekend, everybody!

A Night of "Ghost Stories" in Toronto

on May 12, 2011 - 10:33am


On Tuesday night I was treated to a live performance of Ghost Stories playing in Toronto at the Panasonic Theatre, put on by Mirvish Productions.

I think my review of the show is less about the show itself, and more about a lesson in managing expectations. Plus, I have no intention of writing spoilers for people who still hope to see it.

So what is this show exactly? Well, if you go to the website, there's little specifics but a lot of promises (and even disclaimers):

Ghost Stories has left even the most hardened of viewers gasping for breath and reaching for their coats to hide behind. Truly not for the fainthearted or those of a nervous disposition, but perfect for anyone who wants a thrilling night out they'll never forget, Ghost Stories carries an advisory age limit of 14+. Ghost Stories mixes the very best of theatre with the buzz of a thrill-ride, delivering something unforgettable. Just keep telling yourself it's only a show. You have been warned!

To add fuel to the fright-filled fire, trailers and clips shown on television are simply shots of a terrified audience: jumping, screaming, hiding their eyes, almost sitting in the laps of their neighbours.

Dia de Los Muertos Festival of The Arts - Oct 23, 2010

on October 22, 2010 - 10:56am

Dia de Los Muertos Festival of The Arts Toronto Oct 23, 2010

Just a reminder that I will be a vendor at Dia de Los Muertos Festival of The Arts on Saturday, October 23 (that's tomorrow!).

The craft fair portion is from 2pm-7pm with FREE admission. Come to my table for my last big show of the Halloween season!

Where:The El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Avenue, Toronto.

Stay later for a celebration of all things Indie/Rock/Rockabilly/Goth & Industrial.

Sunday Oct 10th, 2010 - Bazaar of the Bizarre

on October 8, 2010 - 11:09am


This Sunday from 11 to 7 is the 3rd celebration of The Bazaar of the Bizarre - a bona-fide Halloween marketplace! Kid friendly and with some prizes to win as well.

Where: 6 Noble Street (Queen st. West of Dufferin) Toronto, Ontario

Cost: FREE

It is a marketplace filled with amazing vendors: artists, designers, craft-folk, publishers and other independent makers of all things exotic, whimsical and macabre are assembled to attack your senses.

And of course, I'll have a table as well. I only have one more show after this one in October, so now is the time to come on out!

Need more incentive? Ok. The first person to come to my table and tell me they are dressing up as Super Grover for Halloween will get a small secret treat. Could be a cookie. Could be a sticker. Could be something from my table made of clay *wink wink, nudge nudge, head bob*. Could be a swizzle stick from Vegas. Who knows! Just walk up and tell me you're dressing up as Super Grover for Halloween. That's how easy it is.

POP With Brains Tonight at the Rivoli

on September 24, 2010 - 2:13am


I'm back after a week of radio silence! My gosh, what a terrible time to come down with a bug, and it left me hiding under covers in the dark. I've lost a week of work at the busiest time of the year, and I am once again behind in posts and emails.

But I'm back! Let's see if I can make up for lost time.

Most importantly, I need to talk about the show I am doing Friday Sept.24 - that's TONIGHT (writing this post at 2:21 am) - called POP WITH BRAINS. Takes place at The Rivoli 334 Queen St. W. Toronto, ON. It starts at 9 pm and costs $5 at the door with proceeds going to support CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health).

Five bands are playing: Northamorica, The Box Tiger, Fast Romantics, Rodrigo Wilde, and The Peace Leeches. Plus The FranDiscos spinning between sets.

Artists include moi, Poor Boy Clothing, Mikey Sin Clothing, Devon Sioui, Photostory by Lillith Z and Witch Water.

This is a 19+ show. Booze, music, art. Come and show some love!

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.

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)

Festival of Fear 2010 - End of Day 1

on August 27, 2010 - 10:39pm


End of day one. Not sure if I'll have time to type up a post in the morning, so I thought I would get this one out of the way tonight (Friday).

Going back to the convention for a second year presented some lovely moments. Saw so many familiar faces from last year - and I don't just mean vendors. Dozens of people who visited my table in 2009 came by once more. And the best part was the reception they gave me, and the stories they had to tell.

There were two people who found me today, thrilled to see the eyeball plants again because they'd decided to wait to buy one and then were disappointed to discover I'd sold out by the Saturday. My favourite quote: "I'll wait to buy everyone else's items, but I am getting this plant RIGHT NOW."

Lots of "I bought one of your plants last year and now I keep it (insert entertaining details here)." One person uses it to torment coworkers. I heartily approve.

Meghan, who follows and comments on this blog, came by the table and snatched up the last remaining Underbiter, Oogie. They are now officially all gone, and I'm pleased this last creature went to Miss Meghan.

Also talked with some twitter folk (*waves to Trischa*) and loads of others I've met at shows other than FanExpo.

The first item sold from the table (before I'd even finished setting up) was this little minion (pictured above and below). He went so fast I haven't even had time to name him, and will leave it up to his new owners. I really liked him because he's probably the toughest looking minion I've made.

Festival of Fear Starts Today!

on August 27, 2010 - 8:44am


In about two hours, I am off to Rue Morgue's Festival of Fear, Canada's largest Horror event and part of Hobby Star's FanExpo. I will be at table A24, close to Rue Morgue and the HMV booth.

Hopefully you got your advance tickets and don't have to face the ludicrous lines (it takes a long time to get 50,000 people in and out of an event). If you didn't get advanced tickets or passes, I suggest you attend on Sunday or today (Saturday's line-up last year apparently hit a 5 hour wait, and circled city blocks).

If you follow the blog, be sure to say hello and tell me who you are (and if you post comments using a handle instead of your actual name, be sure to mention it!). Meeting people who know my work is one of the coolest things. As an artist, I live under the assumption that no one has a clue who I am in the real world, and I'm always genuinely shocked when someone does.

Here's a glimpse of one of three new Plague Doctors that's making its debut at the show. I had a little fun with this guy and gave him a telescopic eye, then highlighted it with a metallic copper paint.

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