Saturday, October 29, 2011
That's it for the costume but hey, if you live in LA, stop by Boney Island in North Hollywood this Saturday or Sunday night. Milt Grey says a couple of Simpsons artists put together a huge, free Halloween display that rivals anything you can find at Knott's Berry Farm or Disneyland. Maybe I'll see you there! Here's a site with all the info:
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 10:30 PM
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Believe it or not, these faces (above) were made from toilet paper tubes. First they were softened somehow, then painted. Then the artist used pliers and extra cardboard from other rolls to make faces.
Holy Cow! A nifty monkey face sculpture, from somewhere in Melanesia, I think.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
I did four posts about Steve Worth in the past three weeks, and just when I thought it was time to give some other topic a chance, Steve's internet TV show (above) debuted! Haw! Well, we'll just have to make room for a fifth post, because the event is historic. This is the first original YouTube cartoon show... ever!
Let's see...did I leave anything out? Oh yes...the way it works is that you have to click inside the black box at the end of the video. The box appears only for an instant, so be ready. When you do that you'll be taken to the next video. The whole show requires several videos to play out, but they're all connected, like beads on a string.
Leave a comment on YouTube and let Steve know what you think!
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 6:22 PM
BTW: Is this Dan Krall's work?
I stocked up on Halloween candy early this year, and I did what I always did and began nibbling as soon as I got it home. I hope there'll be some left for the kids. I could ask my family to hide it from me, but that probably wouldn't help. I know all their hiding places.
This artist (above) is terrific! It looks like he draws with a "6H" pencil, but he succeeds in creating a mood.
Okay, about decorating....cheap rubber masks make great porch decorations. Even when they're old and falling apart, you can still find a use for them. The secret of making masks like these (above) come to life is to repaint them with acrylic paint. Reshape the ones that need it with staples, pins or duct tape, and replace the existing eyes with ping pong balls.
One day I'm going to attempt to make a giant mask like this (above), only more scary. I figure black, bendable foam for the major shapes, and paint for the rest.
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 12:22 AM
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Here's an interesting idea: "Naked Girls Reading." Books and girls...a nice combination, if it can be made to work...but can it?
When I said "meatier" I was thinking of something like Tennyson but, come to think of it, I'd really like to hear a poem like the one above read naked...wouldn't you? The poem starts 22 seconds into the video.
Nudity would add so much to a reading like the one Edie Adams gives to the lyrics of this song (above).
I'm a big fan of public readings, and I'm always trying to think of a way to make them commercially feasible. In the past actors and writers used to go on the road with shows that consisted entirely of them doing dramatic readings from their favorite books. The public loved them! I'm grasping at straws, I know, but...is there a chance that Naked Girls Reading could help to make that popular again, at least on a very small scale?
Aaargh! Probably not.
Can you sustain a whole show with possibly bad readings? I wonder. Do the readers ever dance while they read? Would more variety in the program help? Even classical burlesque didn't consist of wall to wall girls. They punctuated the girl acts with comedy.
Apparently Naked Girls Reading is a franchise. The local organizer is a guy named Vlad the Retailer. He has a terrific sign outside his office (above), so you get the feeling that he must know what he's doing. Vlad's been doing Girls Reading for at least two years now, more if you include possible promotions for similar ideas, like the one below.
All over the country promoters are trying to bring back burlesque in one form or another. Sometimes they even combine burlesque with professional men's wrestling. I wish them luck, but I don't think it'll happen on a large scale. Burlesque's time has passed. Now, naked literature on the other hand.....
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 1:34 AM
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Thanks to a much appreciated comment from Teki, I now know where these suits come from: a company called Squeak Latex. Check out squeaklatex.com and the YouTube video above.
Here's (above) the Squeak Latex "Blueberry Suit." Amazing!
Probably everybody here has seen this already, but in case you haven't...this is one of the new line of realistic masks put out by Rusty Slussen's SPFX company. The cost? $810, and worth every penny. A bank robber recently robbed five banks with an afroamerican variant of this! Thanks to Patrick Micheal for telling me about it!
There are much better views of the mask on other YouTube videos, but this one shows how quickly the mask comes off, and it's only 20 seconds long.
I'll have to pay a visit to my local Goth supply store and see what's on the walls this year. I don't think "The Spirit" stores sell these. I wonder why?
First dog costumes, now baby costumes like the one above. What next?
Anime-style robots (above) look great, if you don't mind walking on stilts.
I don't know about you, but I like to be read to by naked girls. It's this Sunday!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
JOJO: "Well, here it is, all 367 pounds of it!"
HUNGRY GUESTS: "ME FIRST! NO, ME! GIVE IT HERE!!"
STEVE: "WAIT!!!!! Protocol demands that one who is virtuous and trustworthy sample the meal first so the gods of the dinner table will be satisfied that we gave it our best shot. I nominate Auralynn!"
AURALYNN: "Yes, Stephen has produced a fine meal."
CHOMP! EAT! RIP! TEAR! CRUNCH!
CHOMP! BITE! CHEW! CHOMP! GRAGGLE!
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 9:23 PM