Nov 23, 2020

9th Annual Creepmas Celebration

 I can't believe we've been doing this for 9 whole years!

In case you're new here, Creepmas is an online thing created by myself and artist Chad Savage. Mostly Chad, he does the heavy lifting. I just kinda put the spark out there. We decided enough was enough with Christmas pushing Halloween off the shelves before October 31st so we reclaimed December 1-13 as the 13 Days of Creepmas, the time to get some of your horror chocolate into the winter holiday peanut butter.

If you're familiar with the Countdown to Halloween and Drawlloween, that's kind of how things go with Creepmas. If you're a blogger, head over to this year's Creepmas sign up post and grab a badge for your blog. You can still play along on social media using #creepmas.
If you're an artsy type, there's the drawing challenge. I absolutely love the theme this year as I think it's going to expose a lot of people to some of the darker aspects from around the world!

Enjoy your fall festival celebration for 8 days, it's CREEPMAS!

Nov 18, 2020

The Mandalorian & The Child Playing Cards

 Are you on the hunt for some new playing cards? Here's a two for one bounty of decks based on The Mandalorian.

 We'll start with Din Djarin himself, The Mandalorian.

I'm guessing this deck was designed before the show even aired. The back of the box states the images are inspired by the new live action show and, brace yourself...there is no Child in sight! 
I like what they did with the card templates where black looks like a beskar ingot and red is sand. There are Aurebesh letters on the bottom of red cards which spells rowe. Not sure if that's someone that worked on the cards or what.

The art is great and while a lot of it is "inspired by the show" it all captures the feel of The Mandalorian. My one big disappointment with this deck is that they used the same art for every suit, meaning there are only 14 different images. 15 if you count card backs. Given the show's popularity, I imagine there will be at least one more deck with a variety of images from the show.

Hey, do you love The Child? Are you as obsessed with him as everyone else in the world? Then have I got a deck of playing cards for you!

This one specifically says it uses images from the show, and boy, do they! Since they're drawing from the show, every card has a unique image. Each card has Aurebesh text which says Wanted The Child.

Nearly every card in the deck features an image of the little green guy. I mean, I think we've all been assuming it's male. Who knows?

Oddly, only the 8s (and Jokers) feature The Child with another character. Were they anticipating a lot of people playing Crazy 8s?

Nov 4, 2020

Halloween 2020 Post Game

 Initially, I wasn't going to do a final Halloween follow up post. This was the first time in 22 years that I was not in Salem on Halloween night and if I'm being honest, it had me pretty down the whole day knowing I wouldn't be there. Now that I've had a few days to think it over, I spent a whole month blogging about the countdown to Halloween so why not post about what I did on Halloween night?

Normally, we great Trick or Treaters every year until about 6:30 when we head into Salem. This year was a little...different. I setup a small table in the driveway and stocked it with the usual treat bags that I make. There was double candy in them this year. I could see the table from my living room and when the kids would go up to it, they could see me in the house and we'd wave at each other. I'd then go out to restock the table and wish the parents Happy Halloween.

We usually get around 30-40 kids by 6:30. I kept the table stocked until no one came between 7:30-8:00 and we ended up getting around 15 kids. I was glad I could do my part to help make a kid's night a little more special this year.

If you follow any of my social feeds, you may have seen that I entered a Salem virtual costume contest. I was not expecting to win the fan favorite costume, there were a lot of great costumes in the running. So as I'm scrolling through my Facebook feed I saw the winners announced by Salem Horror Fest.

They picked me as the scariest costume entry!!

Needless to say, this really made my night. Even though the Salem Creep couldn't be there in...person(?) it still managed to haunt Salem on Halloween. Honestly, I will take scariest costume any day over a popularity vote!

The different categories were: fan favorite, scariest, best Hubie Halloween, and best witch. If you're on Facebook, you can see the winners here. Each category had its own prize pack. Here's what I won:

2 passes to 2021 Salem Horror Fest (super excited!) & swag bag, contents below.

Magnets, stickers, and coasters with a cute contest poster.

Three shirts from previous Salem Horror Fests.

And a mini-prize pack from Horror Pack which I hadn't heard of prior to this. It's a horror movie blind box service that will send you 4 movies a month. As someone struggling with space for physical media, the service itself doesn't appeal to me but it's a fun idea.

So that was my Halloween! I hope everyone else enjoyed it in their own way and hopefully we can get things under control to make up for it next year!