In 1944, "House of Frankenstein" was released, which was followed by "House of Dracula" in 1945. Apparently, "House of the Wolf Man" was supposed to happen soon after, but never did. So director Eben Mcgarr took it upon himself to make that third film, which stars Ron Chaney, the grandson of Lon Chaney Jr (the original Wolf Man).
It's hard to describe how it makes me feel to watch this...nostalgic, excited, elated, exalted... apparently a lot of "e" words. This summer the original line up of Jane's Addiction (yes, Eric Avery is back!!) is touring with Nine Inch Nails. Yeah...I know. What else needs to be said?
Wow...almost a full year, huh? Well, I'm sure I've long since lost any followers I might have had but if anyone is still out there, thanks for checking back in every once in a while.
A lot has happened in a year. Some good, most bad. I buried my cat of 15 years last January and then buried my mother in September. My daughter has grown at least 3 inches and is now a seven year old who just keeps getting more and more beautiful with each passing day. Home brewing became my new obsession. Created my own little brewery under the name Black Cat 13 Brewery, in honor of my sweet cat and partnered with my friend Mike Portscheller last May to create our first(and one of our best) home brews... Milky Chin Cream Ale. Since then, we've brewed 8 different styles, all with varying degrees of success but all have been delicious. My wife and I took our first tropical vacation, which was quite a roller coaster of emotions. We were either having a great time or a horrible time. There really was no middle ground.
Since September, I've taken a sort of sabbatical from...well, pretty much everything. Haven't been working on my own art, hadn't worked on a lot of comic coloring, haven't been working on any new designs or imagery for Daddy's Little Ghoul, in spite of having a wonderful script by my friend John Schirano, I've created labels for BC13 but haven't pursued all of the other things that I want to create for it, lost contact with a lot of people... basically took a break from everything.
I wasn't using my mom's passing as an excuse...rather, a reason to take a step back and focus on the most important things in my life, my family and my own health. And as 08 drew to a close, I was determined to make 09 better. And I am.
I've picked up my pencil again and have been sketching at least one page worth of content a week. I played around with the idea of making myself sketch one thing everyday and post them but..baby steps. But I have been fleshing out John's DLG story and am going to make a children's book out of it, rather than a panel-by-panel comic. www.BlackCat13Brewery.com has been purchased and the website is almost finished being designed. Mike and I have big plans for our little brewery in the coming year and it's very exciting. I've volunteered to be an art teacher of sorts for my daughter's first grade class. Taking our first trip to Disney World next month. Selling our house and trying to buy one that better fits our needs as we move into the next phase of our lives. New president. Transition. Change.
With the inevitable arrival of everyone's favorite egg slinging rabbit, what better time to talk about Halloween!?
As you can see, Hope was a black cat. Which was a nice change from the pinky princess girly stuff all of the other little ghouls that came to my door were wearing. Next year I'm hoping for a lil' witch or tiny vampire. "Princess of the Night". M did her eyes and I did the rest. Nothing more fun than shopping all the Halloween stores for every variety of black cat ears you can find.
Also, by doing so, I finally scored the fog machine of my dreams. And for half price! I'm just a few tombstone cut-outs and green and blue flood lights away from the ultimate front yard cemetary!
We also had a nice collection of Jack O' Lanterns this year. M, who's pumpkin insides could not possibly be more clean, carved a nice haunted scene. Hope, who hasn't quite stepped up to carving yet, drew a cat (of course) and a happy jack and I decided to step up the creepy a bit from previous years.
What I love about Hope's designs is that I always think, "I don't know if this is really going to work..." and when I'm done cutting them out, they look great!
And I discovered that I reeeeally liked how mine turned out. Thus I took an unhealthy amount of photos of him. Enjoy!