Finally, the details of the Monster By Mail Halloween promotion have been released! I'm calling it the 31 Days of Halloween and I'm hoping it will be really cool. Check out all the gory details (including some new photos) right here.
Hey gang! Show 172 is done and ready for your listening pleasure. On this episode, Nora and I talk more than we need to about filipinos, a weird weekend with my parents, the return of the turkey and much more. Oh yes. There is much more more. Thanks for listening, thanks to everyone in the chatroom and everyone for subscribing!
As some of you may or may not know, I do draw things other than monsters. And this is one of those rare occurances where I get to do just that. In this case, the art is a bit humbling to me and I feel honored to even get the chance to do something like this.
When I appeared on Boing Boing earlier this summer, I got a lot of attention and, along with that, a lot of requests. One of the requests was from a Catholic priest named Fr. Vic. Extraordinarily, Fr. Vic not only requested a zombie, but also wanted to know if I was open to other commissions. Apparently, Fr. Vic's parish collects original art of St. Matthew. So, this year, I was one of the lucky artists to paint this renound Saint.
What I found in my research is that there is not much known about St. Matthew. He was a tax collector, an apostle and one of the gospel writers. But other than that, he remains a bit of a mystery for church historians. I decided to use as the focal point the notion of someone dropping wordly possessions for a higher calling. You know, put your faith in God and all will work out.
As I told Fr. Vic, I'm no homilist, but if the painting has a meaning, it's that. Ayway, I thought I'd share the image with you all. Like I said, I'm humbled to even have an opportunity like this. And I had a lot of fun painting it. There should be a video of this process up in a few days. I'll post the link when it's done.
Just a reminder that along with school starting and the leaves changing, the Summer of the Undead is winding down at Monster By Mail. I only have room for 5 more zombies to make it an even 300 drawings for the summer. On 9/1 the theme will change to Aliens and I'm looking forward to drawing all kinds of weird creatures. Also, more the Halloween promotion will finally revealed on the blog.
Ben Rollman of the 100 Artists project, of which I am a contributor, was kind enough to share some of his blogging real estate to devote time to an interview with me. If you can't get enough of me here, you can go to his site and get yet another fill of me talking about art, influences and other schtuff. Thanks Ben!
If you were lucky enough to be in the Ustream chatroom last night after the show, I announced more details for the next phase of Monster By Mail. If you haven't figured it out yet, the next theme is Aliens. There are two new cool t-shirts to purchase which you can see right here. Plus, every order will get a "Vote Glurn" campaign pack which includes a Glurn bumper stickers and a campaign button. Plus there are some other cool surprises on the way as well.
The new theme is slated to start on 9/1. I also let people in the chatroom more details about the Halloween promotion, but I'll probably explain more about that in a few days.
Tonight's show, guess what? Lots of voicemails, more turkeys, filipino food, Glurn rocks out and more. Enjoy! Plus, we are looking for a mod for the chatroom on Ustream, so hit me up if you know how to do that.
Earlier this week, I was asked by a rep of a blues musician named Sean Carney (a fellow Ohioan, BTW) to create a Monster By Mail-style video for his song "Bad Side Baby". I really enjoy Sean Carney's style of blues and I recommend picking up any of his albums.
BTW, I got a copy of Paul and Storm's new album "Gumbo Pants" tonight. It seriously their best effort yet. I highly recommend a download today. Also, we'll be playing tracks from the album on our upcoming podcasts.
I got this in my e-mail today. iTunes is showcasing parent friendly podcasts and two of the shows I have done art for are featured! Congrats to Manic Mommies and Mighty Mommies, as well as thePediacast. Good job guys! Back pats all around.
I just wanted everyone to know that I'm getting everything together for the Halloween promotion at Monster By Mail. I think it will start a few weeks before October just to make sure everyone can get their art before October 31. Yes, it will still involve original art, that much I'll say. But does anyone want to take a stab at what they think the promotion will be?
This seems like a pretty cool idea. I guess we'll have to see...
"Zuda Comics will be all-new, original comics made specifically for the web. Zuda Comics will accept submissions from the Zuda community - that means YOU. You make the web comics and send them to us for competition.We'll put up a batch of the comics submitted each month. Then you and the Zuda community will vote, comment, and rate the comics. The one you like the best will get a one-year contract."
I just got my 700th order for Monster By Mail just a few minutes ago. I'm pretty stoked about it, so I'll probably draw it live tomorrow afternoon. Keep watching for it!
Also, as it mentions at the site, I am only doing 45 more zombies for the "Summer of the Undead", or until the new theme kicks in around September 1, whichever comes first. So if you've been on the fence, or know someone who is, be sure you prod them along and get their order in!
UPDATE: Monster 700 has been drawn! You can see Vampirella here. And also see the live real-time video of me drawing this monster here. My camera went all weird on me midway through, but overall, you can see it pretty well. Enjoy!
I just installed a tool on this site called Snap Shots that enhances links with visual previews of the destination site, interactive excerpts of Wikipedia articles, MySpace profiles, IMDb profiles and Amazon products, display inline videos, RSS, MP3s, photos, stock charts and more.
Sometimes Snap Shots bring you the information you need, without your having to leave the site, while other times it lets you "look ahead," before deciding if you want to follow a link or not.
Should you decide this is not for you, just click the Options icon in the upper right corner of the Snap Shot and opt-out. And if you hate it, I can remove it completely. Just let me know.
Apparently, I haven't had it as bad as some customers have had it. I only had three of the four rings, which indicates a hardware failure. And I can get on and play every so often. But the unit will freeze and die in the middle of a game. Others have just had their unit up and die on them. My word to you is that if you have purchased an XBOX in the first year, it's not a question of IF your machine will die, but WHEN your machine will die. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
Hey there! Have you purchased a Monster By Mail? Do you have a photo of the Monster In the Wild? Well, good news! You can add your photo to the group photo page on Flickr. I've uploaded a few of the ones that people have sent me, but if you have ones I don't know about, feel free to join the group and show 'em off.
All you need is a Flickr account to join. Get to the group page here.
On tonight's show, we talk about the wrap up to our wasp problem, discuss truly awful badvertising and ask the burning question, why is this little girl running through puddles of cheese? All this and more on JAWBONE!
We went to another ultrasound today and got some new photos of the baby - in 3D, no less. Both Nora and I were quite surprised and awestruck when the tech flipped a switch and allowed us to see our daughter through the magic of the 3D imaging technology. She snapped an array of photos, but this happened to be my personal fave. I am getting really excited to hold this little girl. She's going to have that new baby smell that I simply can't resist. For those of you with kids, you know what I'm talking about. And no, it's not spit-up. Anyway, we're both really excited and thought we'd share this amazing shot with you all. :)
If you missed the live stream of me drawing myself as a zombie for a magazine story, you can see the whole video here. Thanks to everyone who showed up and watched. I'm sure I'll be doing this again soon.
Monster By Mail has joined forces with the Zombie Reporting Center for a contest! Now through August 12th, tell the good folks at ZRC if you were a zombie, who would you eat and why. The best answer gets a 9 x 12 Monster By Mail image (much larger than the normal 4 x 6 images) and an Official MBM Zombie Tee.
Shamble on over there and give your best brain-eating answer!
Thanks to Matt (AKA JadedDeath), Jawbone Radio now has a new social network! Come and interact with other Jawbone fans and "hook up" as the kids say these days. I'm not entirely sure what this social network will become, but I guess that would be up to those who join. To check it out, click here. Thanks again, Matt!