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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.

Friday News from the Ghoul

on July 30, 2010 - 8:39am


A few bits of news this morning. Let's start with a reminder that I will be at the Parkdale Bazaar in Toronto Saturday, July 31 from 11am to 5pm. That's tomorrow, people. It takes place along Cowan Ave. at Queen in the Parkdale Town Square. Come and get your Peek-A-Boo eyeball plants, Plague Doctors, Little Minions (which is what I'm calling the new creatures with the fancy eyes and teeth), Brains Vs. Coffee books, Undead Head necklaces and maybe a few more surprises.

This could be my last event before the end of August, so if you've been meaning to come out and see me, this would be the time!

In other news, thanks to everyone who adopted 3 of the last 5 Underbiters. You've thrown the Underbiters the best retirement party I could hope for by adopting them and/or sending me messages telling me how much you've enjoyed the series. It means a lot to me.

There are only two left (in the whole wide world, forever and ever, amen): Oogie and Scurge. If you've been on the fence about buying one of them, let me give you some insider information that might help you decide to snatch them up today. If Scurge doesn't get adopted online by Saturday afternoon, I have an adopter interested in taking her home that evening (assuming no one else steps forward before then). So if you really like her, now is the time to get her.

As of Saturday night, Oogie will be available for purchase in the Ghoulish Goodies Shop where everything is priced in US dollars (so you save a buck or two if you buy her before then).

Besides that, August is upon us which means I will be slaving away, getting items ready for Rue Morgue's Festival of Fear Aug. 27 to 29 in Toronto. It's going to be an incredibly busy month. I will try to keep up on posts for the blog but if I'm absent or my posts are short, you'll know why.

That's about it for me. Have a great weekend everyone.

Happy Canada (Pumpkin) Day

on July 1, 2010 - 11:20am

Sculpey pumpkins work in progress

Happy Canada Day! Can't think of a better way to celebrate than to make some pumpkin sculptures. It's my first time sculpting large ones, and I'm really enjoying it. These guys are about the size of an orange (approximately 3" tall). I'm still working on them, but already their personalities are shining through.

These three will be coming with me to Scarefest on Saturday. I hope to see some of you locals there!

6th Annual Scarefest - July 3, 2010

on June 7, 2010 - 3:23pm

Image from Scarefest 2007
Every year I miss Scarefest, a friendly, casual haunter event hosted by Boneyard Bargains. And every year I vow to attend the next one.

Scarefest is a gathering of people who share an interest in all things related to Halloween. In attendance will be people that own and operate professional Haunted Attractions, Home Haunters as well as Halloween product vendors. The event is free and open to anyone 16 years of age or older. Bring along your photos and stories to share with those who have the same passion as you. Food and beverages will be provided as well as a prize giveaway.

This year I'm keeping that vow. In fact, I will be one of the vendors.

So if you live in or around the GTA, come on out and meet fellow members of the Ontario Haunters Club.

Please send an email to Boneyard Bargains to RSVP by June 19th or call 416-266-7354.

It runs from 1pm-7pm on Saturday, July 3. Takes place in Kim and Paul's backyard - 115 Phillip Avenue, Scarborough Ontario.

So come on out, talk some Halloween, eat some snacks, and...oh...I don't know...buy some Ghoul Friday goodies. ;)

Treating Steampunk Like it's the New Facebook or TV Dinner

on May 28, 2010 - 1:05pm

steampunk image for FanExpo
Remember back when you'd been on twitter or Facebook for a couple years, and mainstream media picked up on it, and Oprah did a show on it to let the middle class suburban masses in on this great new hip discovery well after it had grown in size so that it wasn't any sort of secret (and Facebook already had one foot deeply cemented in a boot of lame?) And the show was all about teaching you how to be 'with it' too?

Or better yet, remember when Martha Stewart and Rosie O'Donnel did a segment on KidRobot's Munnys, and you looked over to your vinyl toy collection and sighed, a bit hollower than you were 3 minutes before?

Christmas Craft Show - Sunday Dec, 20, 2009

on December 17, 2009 - 12:02pm

Zombie Nutcrackers

While stuck on the couch, I was able to get some painting done on these Zombie Nutcrackers that stand about 9 inches tall. I'm willing myself well (enough) to get out of the house this weekend. Not only do I have Christmas shopping to do, and a tree to put up, I'm a vendor at a show on Sunday, Dec 20th: Indie Christmas Market at Ransack the Universe. 11am - 7pm at 1207 Bloor W., east of Lansdowne on the south side of the street. It's taking place below Vintage69. It's a bit hard to spot. Look for a sandwich board with the flyers of an eye-patched Santa taped to it.

Back to the couch I go!

Small Press of Toronto Book Fair

on December 10, 2009 - 8:50am


On Saturday Dec 12, 2009, from 10 am to 5 pm I'll be at the Small Press of Toronto Book Fair promoting and selling Brains vs. Coffee. You'll find books, chapbooks, graphic novels, zines, comics, audio-books, and magazines plus an amazing full day of readings at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West. Admission is free.

Official flyer posted below.

Craftzilla Lessons & The Finger Healing Process

on December 7, 2009 - 12:36pm

Craftzilla table
Yetch snapped a quick picture of the table at Craftzilla with his phone (I still think this is an amusing thing to say. If I read that statement 20 years ago, I'd have said "Sure. Soon we'll be cutting our hair with the remote control too"). Vendors were encouraged to bring a string of Christmas lights so I grabbed a string last minute, not knowing how I'd use it.

As you can see from the picture, it just ended up snaking through the display, but that was because the venue was a little dark and I wanted to illuminate the items. The hooks inside the new ornament display box helped immensely with this.

So what did I learn from this experience, and what tidbits can I pass onto anyone out there new to selling?

Always have a backup plan for how you will organize your display in case there is less table space than expected. I spent the morning before the event playing with different display scenarios, and this helped when I had a foot less of space than anticipated.

Whoooooo's Getting Ready for Christmas?

on November 23, 2009 - 12:02pm


The newest addition to the Christmas ornament projects include these Owl Wreaths.

Using the tiny Christmas tree doesn't help give you a sense of size. They are approximately 10cms high.

Being an owl lover, I think they are ridiculously cute. I'm hoping they will appeal to a wide variety of people.

If you're in Toronto, and hope to get your hands on these, I have two shows coming up. First I'll be at Girlesque at Mitzi's Sister, 1554 Queen West at 9:30 (I'll be one of the people NOT wearing tassells or boas) tomorrow night (Nov 24, 2009).

And for those of you who may prefer a slightly more traditional craft event, I'll be part of Craftzilla on Saturday, December 5, 2009. It runs from 1:00pm - 6:00pm at Kathedral 651 Queen Street West.

At the moment, these are my only shows. Don't miss your chance to get a Peek-a-boo plant for the one you love!

James Fisher

on October 27, 2009 - 2:21pm

James Fisher's Playing With Fire
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.

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