This Halloween I hung out with my friend Anne as she doled out treats to hordes of kids, and I donned the traditional bedsheet ghost costume so rarely seen these days. I almost didn’t bother because even with help it came out crooked, but I’m glad I did because kids’ reactions were a hoot (the photo’s just a pose; I sat on the stoop with Anne).
The first pair shook my hand before leaving. One boy asked if I was a Mister or Miss Ghost and got agitated when I played coy, trying to get a close look and saying things like “What is your gender?” and “Show me your mustache!” We had a couple of skeptics, too; one said, “Nice costume, but I’m not buying it,” and later another said, “You’re not a ghost!” — but only after peering closely :)
Anyone know a good way to share playlists online? I was using Youtube because it has a lot of music but their ads ruin the experience (I only noticed recently on a friend’s computer; I use an adblocker on mine). I basically want to post online mixtapes but I haven’t kept up with streaming music stuff so I don’t know what’s out there or if it’s even feasible given copyright issues.
- “Carve Her Pumpkin” — John Vosel & the Boogie Monsters
- “Halloween” — The Mission Creeps
- “The Bones in the Ground” — Robyn Hitchock
- “Ain’t No Grave” — Crooked Still
- “Hall of Heads” — They Might Be Giants
- “Graveyard Stomp” — Ursula 1000
- “There’s a New Sound (the Sound That’s Made by Worms)” — Tony Burrello
- “Dead Man’s Party” — Oingo Boingo
- “The Old Woman in the Woods” — Cruachan
- “Zombie” — The Death Set
- “Werewolf” — Al Storm
- “Up Jumped the Devil” — John Davis and the Monster Orchestra
- “Enter Sandman” — Richard Cheese
A man (Charles) and a woman (Charlotte) walk in the moonlight.
“Oh Charles,” says Charlotte, “I’ve had such a wonderful time tonight — and the moon is so beautiful!”
“OH NO!” exclaims Charles. “I have to go right now!”
“A terrible curse!” says Charles. “Every full moon I turn into a — AGH!” He doubles over in pain.
“Charles, what — ?”
“RRR — RUN! AAAAAA” Charles screams from off panel as the woman gasps in fright and surprise.
“Charles, you’re a — a — a house!” says Charlotte. And indeed, a one-story house stands in Charles’s place. She hesitates, then asks, “May I use your bathroom?”
This is all a story told by a young girl to her younger brother, who says, “Whooooaaa” in amazement. “So that’s what a warehouse is!”
♫ October is time for ghostly tunes; this one has cows: “Ghost Riders in the Sky” by the Ramrods.
Happy Bonza Bottler Day!
Another October means another set of Trick or Treat Comics! Eight miniature comics perfect for giving to trick-or-treaters, Halloween party-goers, goblins, etc, Trick or Treat Comics #3 features trick-or-treating pumpkins, monster hybrids, bone-playing instructions, were-comics, trick-or-treating dinosaurs, and more!
Eight 2.75″ x 4.25″ 8-page comics by:
- Anne Thalheimer
- Colin Tedford
- Elizabeth Neronski
- Megan Coleman & Michael Logerfo
- Marek Bennett
- Sarah Margaret Frye
Planning to hand them out for Halloween? You can get all three sets of Trick or Treat Comics for the price of two.
I’m doing it — why not you, too?
We’ll begin […] at noon with a brief COMICS WORKSHOP crash-course in comics creation and self-publishing from N.H. cartoonist Marek Bennett. Then we’ll dive in and draw for the next half-day, pausing for a pizza party dinner and a reading of our work as midnight approaches. Whether you bring an existing art project or start a completely new one, the time limit and group dynamics will help you find, nurture, and grow that sweet spot of inspiration, improvisation, and concentration.
All ages welcome! No experience needed! Work hard! Have fun! Meet artists!
♫ “Be You (Beep Beep) Dub Disco Mix” — Punks Jump Up