Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Christmas Favorite!

Seriously, 'Merry Christmas Mr. Bean' makes me so happy!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Holiday Book Recommendation: Christmas Curiosities

I am a Halloween person. There is no use in trying to fight or argue with that. I think about Halloween & spooky related content almost year round. But what about Christmas? I loved Christmas when I was a kid. It was great. Fun times!! But in the past 10 years or so, Christmas became an aggravation to me, as I hated going into a store the last week of October, and seeing Christmas merchandise. Past few years it's been mid-October. Can't even let the Halloween corpse die, before ushering in the new holiday.

But surely there are some Christmas things out there that a girl like me can relate to right? Well, yes, in fact there are. So I thought I would post a few things over the next couple of weeks that make this jolly holiday interesting to me.

Last year I picked up this book, 'Christmas Curiosities: Odd, Dark, and Forgotten Christmas' by John Grossman. I LOVE this book. This is a fine collection of strange vintage illustrations. I don't have a scanner, so I photographed a few pages just to give you an idea of the book's content.

The actual book in hand! Small in size, big on seasonal strange.

What the heck is wrong with that kid?

Witches at Christmas? Yes, witches!!

Christmas dinner would be way more entertaining if this happened.

I love the bat jockeys. And I really love this art. Apart from the bat jockeys themselves, I love the bare tree and the mountains with that orange setting sun. It has almost a Halloween feeling about it.

Kids might act better today if there was a threat of being tied to a tree & lashed by 'Ol St. Nick.

Speaking of beatings, It's Krampus! I've been a big Krampus fan for many years now, and he seems to be getting more popular every year. More about him later, but if you want to read up on him you can do so here.

Another favorite. Something about the strangeness of it I adore.

A snowman & Christmas tree make out.

A moth goes on a killing spree.

And nothing says 'Merry Christmas' like dead bird.

These are just a few of the many wonderfully strange images this book has to offer. This book is available at Amazon, but it looks like it's only available through Amazon Marketplace sellers. Maybe it's no longer in print? If that's the case, I highly encourage you to order this now before it is out of print & the price skyrockets.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Snow, Man!

I recently completed this cover for a Christmas mash-up compilation put together by one of my favorite mash-up DJs, DJ BC. This is the 5th in the 'Santastic' series, 'Santastic V: Snow, Man!' The website also has the previous 'Santasics' available for download, as well as a few other holiday related mash-ups. And it's FREE! I've just been able to download it today, so I'm listening to it now. Download 'Santastic V: Snow, Man!' Here.