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2014 Monster Month: Day 23 – The Nightmare

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Welcome to the final selection in my 2014 Monster Month series of creepy crawlies and things that go bump in the night. As you can see, this grand finalè is autobiographical. Well, at least it is how I remember bedtime to be when I was a child.

I was that kid who would look pensively into his bedroom to make sure no monsters were peeking out of the closet or rumbling under the bed. If the coast looked clear, I would run full tilt into the room and leap onto my bed so fast that the monsters beneath had no chance to reach out and grab my ankles. Of course the mattress was off limits to them, so if I made it there safely, the monsters were powerless to attack me.

However, those monsters knew they would have their turn – a moment when I would be the most vulnerable. It was that moment in the middle of the night when one would have to get up to go to the bathroom. You wake up, and are too groggy to realize that you are sliding out of bed to go into the hall, which also means you are too groggy to think defensively. The monsters take that moment to SPRING out from the abyss beneath the box spring and munch on their midnight snack of a wailing child.

The next time your children wet their beds, don’t get angry at them. They are just protecting themselves from going down the gullet of a hungry monster. Instead, be thankful you still have your children and applaud them for their defensive thinking.

 

Purple People Eaters

Buckle up. It's going to be a bumpy night.

 

Well, thank you for joining me again on this year’s monstrous journey. It was fun letting my mind wander to create these creatures. Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did in drawing them. Keep coming back throughout the year to see what other goodies I unleash, and feel free to click on the Monsters category on my blog homepage to see what beasties you may have missed in the past!

Happy Halloween! Be safe!

2014 Monster Month: Day 22 – Christmas Tim

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

While he is small, this is NOT Tiny Tim. This particular Tim was a piece I created a few years back when I was trying to get a short cartoon off the ground with my friend Brian Joseph Ochab. Narrated by Sir Christopher Lee, it was going to be a magnificent stop-motion tribute parody of Tim Burton’s early short film for Disney called “Vincent”. Through various efforts to get it off the ground, our “Tim” did not happen, but some fun artwork was left behind. This is a piece I never shared here before.

If you would like to see more of my development art for our short and even a video of when the project was talked about on TV, CLICK HERE!

evil Christmas tree
You be the one to water that tree. Not me.

 

Return tomorrow for our grand finale piece in this year’s MONSTER MONTH!

2014 Monster Month: Day 21 – Rarefied Air

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

We are down to our last three monster posts for the month, and it’s about time we classed up the joint.

Not all monsters are, well . . . monsters. While some roam the countryside making mayhem wherever they please, others are of an upper crust upbringing and behave in a quite dignified manner. They abhor the besmirching, (yes, I said BESMIRCHING) of the monster species by the uncouth antics of a few.

So, without further ado, may I present monsters who enjoy some rarefied air…

 

tuxedo monsters

Thankfully, this is not a musical and they won't break into song. Whether classy or not, all monsters are tone deaf.

 

Tomorrow is a Throwback Thursday offering – a piece from a project from a couple of years ago.

2014 Monster Month: Day 20 – Freaky Faces

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Sometimes it is just fun to sit in a comfy chair and let your hand and mind go nuts on a page in the ol’ sketchbook. Such is the genesis of today’s Monster Month offering. Purple pencil, blank page, and some unhinged mental musings…

 

monster sketch

Best to get these out of my head BEFORE going to bed.

2014 Monster Month: Day 19 – Slumber Party

Monday, October 27th, 2014

During last year’s Monster Month, I introduced you to my neighbors, the monsters who live above me. (If you missed that post, CLICK HERE for some context!) While their noise levels have lessened slightly by a decibel over the past year, they recently unleashed a torrent of audio pollution upon their unsuspecting neighbors that tops anything they were guilty of before. Yes, I speak of the event known as “the slumber party.”

When parents open themselves up to host an overnight gathering of little female monsters from all over town in their home, they know that it means very little sleep for themselves. This is fine for them to do when they own a house (so long as they keep the windows closed), but when one shares walls and floors with other people who are not celebrating the occasion with them, the word “inconsiderate” is not strong enough.

I learned something that day – little girls are highly capable of sustained energy. For four hours, one could clearly hear banging, thumping, squealing, growling (yes, growling), yelling, singing, loud music, and probably the slurping from a fresh kill. In my home, pictures were tilting, ceiling fans falling, cracks forming, book shelves twisting, glasses shattering, and nerves were rattling.

 

Slumber Party

There is nothing like your own private four hour earthquake. Good times.

 

Once the trembles subsided that night,I went to bed. Somehow going to bed late does not mean little monsters sleep in late. Right at the crack of dawn the walls started cracking again. There was no escaping it – no matter where you went in my home you were assaulted by the continued revelry from above – even in what is usually the quiet sanctuary of the bathroom. Truly monstrous indeed.

So, if you live in an apartment, please be kind to your neighbors and figure out an appropriate way to celebrate your little monsters away from disturbing the rest of mankind.

We are in the final week of MONSTER MONTH! Enjoy and share these precious moments with your friends!

2014 Monster Month: Day 18 – The Duel

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Little can be more tragic than two brothers fighting a duel to the death, unless of course those brothers happen to be conjoined twins. Not only is turning and facing each other a slight difficulty, but who really wins when one gets shot? The results are truly monstrous indeed.

 

gun duel

On second thought, perhaps having to wear a powdered wig is the most tragic thing in this scene.

2014 Monster Month: Day 16 – Play Ball!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Yesterday was the first day of the World Series! In honor of baseball (a sport I LOVED playing when I was in school), here is a monster about to show up “hit king” Pete Rose.

Now, of course I realize that the Cincinnati Reds are not in the World Series. However, a good friend of mine is a huge Reds fan, and I made this big red monster for him earlier this year whilst the Reds were in the fight. Swing away!

 

baseball beast

This one gets to pitch to himself since he ate the pitcher.

2014 Monster Month – Day 15: The Tenant

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Who is to say that one monster’s face cannot be the comfortable warm home of another monster? This just might be the way to live for the upwardly mobile. Well, mobile to be sure. Living in this manner would prove challenging to accept your packages from Amazon, but it might be a decent tradeoff considering you wouldn’t have any grocery bills. I personally prefer less saliva in my living room, but the world doesn’t revolve around my opinions.

 

cavity creep

...and remember kids, brush your teeth at least twice a day to prevent cavity creeps!