Bitter Moments with Count Chocula Part V: The Pumpkin King
Yesterday was the big costume contest at work, and some friends and I did a Tenacious D skit, featuring Sasquatch and Satan (with yours ghouly as the Lord of Darkness). We may not have been crowned "Pumpkin King," but the judges did create an award just for us: the first-ever "Skit that Went On Too Long" award. I guess we rocked a little too hard, for a little too long. The D would have been proud.
With one day left till Halloween, I'd say it's time to start helping my girlfriend with her costume. Can you guess what it is?
I'll give you a hint: whatever party we go to, folks are guaranteed to end up stoned.
Bitter Moments with Count Chocula Part III: Darth Hater
The spook season is in full-swing now and my Improv group isn't the kind of crowd to pass up a good scare. So we're putting on a Lovecraftian fright-fest for our coworkers. I made this poster for the show, based on an old Tales from the Cryptcomic.
We're printing several versions, each with a different tagline:
"Side-splitting fun." "Bring your own fear." "No ghouls allowed." "Keep telling yourself it's just a show." "We put the error in terror." and, my personal favorite, "Tales not from the script."
Bitter Moments with Count Chocula Part II: The Twilight Chick
Looks like Kristen Stewart is Team Frankenberry.
In other news, I have another tale from London. I went to the UK last month, just weeks before I knew my pal Emma would be passing through. So I did what any friend would do: I left her a note. In a book. In a giftshop. In Tate Modern Art Museum. I gave Emma a cryptic clue, and to her credit, she found the note! Long-distance fellowship and short-term time capsules FTW.
"I was in the Tate to find this, but couldn't remember any of the clue Austin wrote... So I had a big dopey grin on my face when I accidentally found this in the art of A. I. book I was looking at."
For the record, the note told her to stop wasting her time at a modern art museum and go see some Shakespeare.
I usually procrastinate on the Chades (Character Design) Challenge, but this time the idea is kind of season-specific, so I'm posting a week early. I came up with a few Count Chocula ideas, so I'll be posting one-a-day till Halloween!
Part I: Oh Snap!
While we're on the subject, I should issue a warning: there is a new breed of jack-o-lantern on the loose. A cannibalistic race who preys upon weaker gourdes. This is the most terrifying vegetable since Attack of the Killer Tomatoes or Silence of the Yams! Beware....bewaaaarrrreeee....
If you're travelling out of Oakland Airport, make sure to stop by the Pencil to Pixel exhibit, where I've got a zoetrope installation along with Pete Docter, Angus MacLane, Cat Hicks, Don Crum, and Kevin O'hara. The exhibit is in Terminals 1 and 2, and will be up from now till February 11, 2011. Mine's the zoetrope with the dinosaur (not a Pixar character, unfortunately).
This guy (or is it these guys?) are the original Incredible Hulk. I'm surprised there isn't a more literal film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic. Personally, I'd love to see someone as lovable as Fred Astaire, Dick Van Dyke, or Jack Lemmon (the basis of these sketches) as the good doctor.
This would be a great film for motion capture, as you could slightly alter the actor's physiognomy to get more monstrous proportions. My Hyde still has a bit of Astaire, Van Dyke, and Lemmon, but also a definite nod to Willem Dafoe and the late, great Marty Feldman. Who would you cast as Jekyll and Hyde?
Addendum 10.22.10 Zane Yarbrough has contributed some fantastically fiendish Jekylls and Hydes:
No trip to London is complete without a trip to The Globe Theatre for a bit of Shakespeare. The bard treated my friends and I to a madcap rendition of The Merry Wives of Windsor (little known fact: madcap is one of 3,000 words and phrases coined by ol' Shakes).
An Allosaur, playing a game of freeze-tag with a nearby Iguanodon skeleton at the London Natural History Museum. Next to Shakespeare at the Globe (which I'll share tomorrow), this was my favorite stop of the trip.
Elevated catwalks gave us an interesting perspective, looking down on the skeletons.
The one thing that bugged me was some of the messed up dino anatomy. The shoulder bones (corocoids, specifically, for you real dino nerds out there) were spaced too far apart in everything from the theropods to ceratopsians.
That's almost forgiveable, though. We're always revising our opinions about dino anatomy. The one really blatant error was displayed at kid's-eye-view on a video screen. An animated walk-cycle portrayed a Diplodocus walking like two blokes in a horse costume. One glance at any modern quadruped would have shown them that the front two appendages are still arms, even if they're walked on, and bend backward, like an elbow, not forward like a knee.
C'mon, England, this sort of sloppy thinking is why we had to save you guys in the war.
Today is my mom's birthday and it's become a bit of a tradition for me to buy her a bunch of Halloween decorations for a present. This drawing was for her birthday card. That's no ordinary black cat in that jack-o-lantern, it's Baby Bear, a little kitten my mom took care of for a while earlier in the year. Don't be deceived by his innocent looks, he's a demon in disguise!
Here's a late contribution to last week's Chades Challenge: Liberal Agents. The artists is animation film-making extraordinaire Adam Dix.