Monday, January 9, 2012

Ghost of the Ghoul Goes West, pt. 1

That's right, longtime S&P patrons.

It's a new year, and that means a new Monsterpalooza, and that means your humble pubkeep is making new monsters to display at the Monsterpalooza Museum!

Now, if you aren't sure what a Monsterpalooza is or what its Museum might be, you must be new to the S&P. That's not a bad position to be in -- there's so much to discover here. So please click HERE to go to the Monsterpalooza convention site and find out the who, what, where and when. The why should be obvious to anyone visiting the Skull & Pumpkin.

Go on now and come on back when you're finished. We'll be here.

Hum, hum-hm-hmmmmmm, hum-hm-hmmmmm....

Alright, you're back? Sweet.

So! The Art of Monsters takes Burbank by storm for the 4th year in a row, and for the 3rd year in a row, yours truly will be an Artist In Attendance, showing off a bit of my animatronic nuttiness in the Museum alongside works from professional monstermakers and horror artists from all over the world.

It's such an honor for me, and gets more humbling every year.

This time around, I am hoping to supply two pieces to the Museum, and while I don't want to completely give away what they'll be just yet, I do want to share the last few days' progress on one of them.

I'm sure you recognize the audio. If not, you will soon.And as always, it needs refinement, better programming, and real finishing (paint, hair, lenses for pince nez, etc.) Then, the tuxedo'd body, the arms and hands...

I am calling him -- well, that can wait. The full details will come in their time.

But for now, just imagine this fellow standing on a barker stage, footlit bfore a velveted curtain, gesturing to the rest of the Museum with his long, bony fingers; beckoning guests to enter, explore and warn them that "there are such things..."

And that's progress.

Nearly forgot about January music, but that will come tomorrow.

Until then, if you feel this video might disturb your dreams, well... we warned you!



  1. Oh boy that so cool! I'm impressed already and he's not even finished. I love him - he's the bomb.

  2. Great animatronic Skull... Wonderful work... I read up on the convention.... nice ...but we are stuck here poverty and my health would prevent me from attending... Have yourself a great time and post pics....please
    ....the Doctor

  3. Good Dr. Theda, pics and video will be posted here for sure, and I will do my best to give you some sense of what it is to attend Monsterpalooza.
    Check the archives here (to the right, under 'It's All In The Past') for April and May of the last two years for pics and video of my other trips to the coolest monster-makers convention in the world!

  4. This year its Edward Van Sloan? Cool, but any particular reason? Sorry to have been out of touch. Life happens. Hope all is well with you and yours.

    DDSP! and Happy New Year!

  5. Great to hear from you, Fes!
    I think the Museum is going to be very Universal/Jack Pierce themed this year, so I thought it would be cool to have a little Edward Van Sloan as a skeletal museum barker, so to speak. Might be fun!
    Glad you're hanging around the ol' place once in a while, we've missed you.
    Heck, I've missed ME too, been so busy with Life Happening, indeed!
    Be well-

  6. Looks great so far, and the Universal/Pierce theme should be awesome! I'm sure you don't need it and would prefer to use your own stuff, anyway, but you're welcome to my 3-Axis Frankenstein's Monster, if fancy strikes. Can't wait to see your stuff (heck, and everything else) at the show!

  7. Attaboy, Luther! Appreciate the kind comments and the offer -- I may just take you up on it if I get this and one other piece done in time! Look forward to seeing you there, whatever the case!