Creepy Cartoons: Bugs Bunny, “Transylvania 6-5000”

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In 2016, I started a blog series that I thought would be a lot of fun for the Halloween season. It’s called, “Creepy Cartoons”. The first installment was “The 10 Scariest Episodes of Scooby Doo“, which continues to be one of my highest viewed posts to date.

The second post was a slice right out of my childhood, featuring one of the quirkier cartoon bumpers that used to play on the USA Network’s Cartoon Express, “Monster Bash“.

Somehow I didn’t get around to adding a Creepy Cartoon post to the collection last October, but this year I have a few good ones for you to watch. Don’t worry, they’re short!

“La de da da da da da da da da da da da da da Abracadabraaaaaa…”

Okay, be honest, how many of you immediately knew the cartoon that little jingle is from? You should know, because it’s from THE best ever episode of Bugs Bunny. Well, it’s at least my personal favourite.

“Transylvania 6-5000”.

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Hate What Is Evil, Cling To What Is Good

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“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

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The Tell-Tale Pop!: My Custom Edgar Allan Poe Funko Figure

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You might think that as someone who works in the art field, I should want to spend my free time taking a break from doing anything “creative”. But telling a creative person to stop being creative is like telling Dracula to stop drinking blood and meet you at Tim Hortons for an afternoon iced cappuccino.

It’s just im-Poe-sible.

Hmm, “Poe”? Poe? POE. What kind of a pun was that?

That, my frightful friends, was an Edgar Allan Poe pun, because he is the subject of today’s post.

When I’m not creating art for clients, I can still be found holed up in my studio, hunched over the desk, playing with paints, clay, pencils and too much glitter. The irony is that client art is not something I typically think of as being a “creative” process. It is, of course, but when you’re working for someone else, there are all sorts of constraints and rules, and when it comes to commission artists especially, your job is less about being creative, and more about bringing someone else’s vision to life. I love it, but it’s work. It’s not “fun” in the sense that you can play around and just try something for Creativity’s sake.

Regular Seeker of Truth readers will remember the custom Twilight Zone Funko Pop! figures I designed a few years ago.

Now that was fun. Designing these creepy critters was one thing. But customizing an actual Funko Pop! was something else entirely.

A number of years ago, I picked up a Pop! figure that I thought had potential to be transformed into a custom Rod Serling. I still have plans to do that, but when I saw this American Gods “Mr. Wednesday” Funko Pop! a few months back… I knew what was going to be my very first custom Funko Pop! figure.

Instantly, I imagined this figure with a dark suit, sad, melancholy eyebrows, and a lopsided mustache.

I saw Edgar Allan Poe.

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Happy Howl-oween Month, Ghosts and Ghouls!

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If I had a nickel for every time someone complained about seeing stores loading shelves with Christmas decorations in November, or crabbed at me for decking my halls before December 1, I’d be so rich I could literally buy the North Pole and become a real Ms. Claus, giving away toys to good girls and boys.

But I noticed something interesting this year.

These same crabby people have been bombarding my Twitter timeline with in-store Halloween decorations, pumpkin-themed hauls, mood tables, etc., etc., etc….. since early AUGUST.

*sniff, sniff* Hmm, what’s that smell? It sure ain’t pumpkin spice, let me tell ya! Let’s do a bit of math, shall we?

August 8 (I saw the Halloween stuff begin) – October 31 (Halloween)
= 86 days
November 12 (I start decorating for Christmas) – December 25 (Christmas)
= 44 days

Uh huh. And that, my friends, is the overpowering smell of hypocrisy in the morning.

So to those people who like to moan and b*tch that we Christmas-loving folk get into “the spirit” too early? Ahem, you know what they say. People in glass haunted houses shouldn’t throw lumps of coal…

ANYWAY!
🎃 Happy October!  🎃

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, it’s time for our yearly shift to the Dark Side, as October ushers in the official Halloween season here on Seeker of Truth, as well as over on my Twitter page, @WendyLovesJesus.

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Trompe l’Oeil Painting: More Than Meets The Eye

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Have you ever seen those amazing paintings where it looks like a person or an object is about to step right out of it? If so, then you’ve admired a trompe l’oeil painting.

If you’re not an artist yourself, you may not be familiar with the term “trompe l’oeil” (pronounced ‘tromp-loi’ or ‘tromp lo-ay’).

Trompe l’oeil is French for “to deceive the eye”, and is a type of painting which creates the illusion that what the viewer is looking at is real. And it goes a little beyond simple hyper- or photo-realism.

Trompe l’oeil paintings create an incredible sense of depth and dimension, despite the fact that all of the painting’s elements are painted on a single plane. Even though all the objects are painted on the same plane, the artist’s skill makes it appear as if there are different planes in the picture. Continue reading

Stand Firm in One Spirit

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“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ–to the glory and praise of God. Continue reading

Mary Pratt: Canada’s Brush With Greatness

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The first thing I did learn very early on was [that] I wasn’t going to go looking for something to paint. The world had to come to me.

Mary Pratt
March 15, 1935 – August 14, 2018

Last Tuesday, Canada mourned the loss of one of its most talented fine artists, when New Brunswick-born Mary Pratt passed away at the age of 83.

Mary Pratt, “Eviscerated Chickens”, 1971

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