Well, Halloween has come and gone. But the candy and the costumes are still hanging around the living room. So let's see yours! This was mine - I dressed up as V for Vendetta and I legitimately scared some people tonight. It was awesome! What did you wear, if you chose to get dressed up that is.
I can't get enough of Halloween, can you tell? This link was sent in by fellow flip, Art and it's perfect for all Apple fans. If you have an old Mac lying around, why not turn it into a Mac-O-Lantern. Pretty cool! Thanks Art!
To further celebrate Halloween, I am posting this Halloween Story from last year. With special audio embellishments by none other than DJ Hojo, this may become a Halloween tradition. For those of you who haven't heard this before, enjoy and have a happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween everyone! Have you gotten your costume together yet? If not, Forbes has posted a bunch of pre-made celebrity Halloween masks for the Halloween costume that says "I had 10 minutes and some poster board and a pair of scissors, so sue me!" Linky. Via Neatorama.
These birthday card images always gave me a chuckle. Enough so that I thought it would make an appropriate Caption This. Incidentally, today is my birthday. And yes, you may send your well wishes along with your captions. Enjoi!
As Nora and I await the impending birth of our next child, we take some time out to enjoy Bigfoot babies. Laura sends this link in. Could it be a Bigfoot baby? I think it kinda looks like a juvenile bear, but what do I know?
On tonight's show (which may be the last show before we have our baby) we chat about Neil's brush with death, Funky Winkerbean, Halloween and other stuff. Check it out. You may find you like the taste. Thanks to everyone in the chat room and everyone who contributes to the show.
Here's a short little write-up for the monsters in the weekly magazine Time Out Chicago. I'm a Critic's Pick! Woot! BTW, I really like the girl who wrote the article. She was a lot of fun to e-mail with. Incidentally, I've only been to Chi-town for a day on business. I'd love spend more time there.
"While a student at Ohio's Kenyon College, Bill drew cartoons for the school newspaper The Kenyon Collegian and for the yearbook. Thanks to the generosity of Nat D., a schoolmate of Bill, here are scans of Bill's work from that era."
I have never seen this before, but I guess it's been around for a while. I especially like the sound of the Walk/Don't Walk people fighting. On another note, this goes on in my neighborhood all the time.
...to anyone in the local area. I will doing my first public appearance for Monster By Mail TONIGHT from 6-8 PM at Lakewood Public Library as part of their LEAF program. This is the last one for the season, so let's make it good! I will be selling framed and unframed prints and also doing original 4 x 6 monster drawings. Hope to see you there!
I was asked by my good buddies and musical heroes Paul and Storm to help them celebrate the Halloween Season by drawing a visual response to their song "Lame Monster Party" (one of my stealth faves). Here is the result. If you haven't heard the song yet, what are you waiting for? Enjoy Damnit!
Those of you who have been following my Flickr account have seen the Zombie Hula Girl that I painted for the Chinatown Boardroom Halloween art show in Hawaii. (Imagine that...my monsters is going places I've never been). Anyway, the show has been reviewed and by the local newspaper out there with the Hula Girl leading off the story. Check it out and Aloha!
BTW, if anyone reading this is in the Cleveland area, I will be drawing monsters and selling art this Thursday from 6-8 at the Lakewood Public Library LEAF program. Come by, say hello and watch your monster be drawn in real time! See you there!
On the last show, Nora mentioned that I had "Indian Fever". This will not mean anything to you if you're not from Cleveland and grew up during the 80's. But this was how Indian Fever sounded back then.
On tonight's podcast, we celebrate being voted the best podcast in Cleveland, we talk about our experience buying a Bugs Bunny van and chat about what our bet should be with our friends in CO if the Indians go to the World Series. Also, we invite more people to throw their hats in the ring to be Jawbone Guest Hosts. Sit back and enjoy the show - THE BEST PODCAST IN CLEVELAND!
"Filmmaker George Lucas said Tuesday that he has "just begun work" on a live-action television series rooted in the "Star Wars" universe, which is huge news not just for fans of the science-fiction epic but also for networks looking for a piece of the Lucas magic that has grossed $4.3 billion in theaters worldwide."
More new video love from TMBG, this time for the song The Mesopatamians, one of my faves off the new album. Incidentally, I just found out that the Johns are coming to Cleveland next month, but it's a private show for Case Western Reserve Students only! What up? If anyone can get me a pass, I would be a happy dude.
I saw this commercial during the Browns game yesterday and I am a total loss. I guess this is clever. If there were a WOW Tacoma or something. But there's not. Maybe it would make sense if 16 year olds drove trucks. Moreover, perhaps the marketing would make sense if more "regular" people got the Leroy Jenkins reference. You know what? This makes no sense at all. Whatever Toyoya.
Spiff returns with his WOW videos, this time around with one for the song. The Big Boom. Fans of Spiff's video should keep an eye out for references from his other WOW videos. (Hint: my gnome character from "Podsafe Christmas Song" gets pwned in the video). And for those of you who may have missed it, Emily returns with a new dance to the same song. Enjoy!
A new biography on Peanuts creator Charles Schultz called Schultz and Peanuts is due out this month. The Schultz family is apparently none too happy of the portrayal of Charlie Brown's dad as a melancholy, depressed womanizer. One of his contemporaries begs to differ, however. Bill Watterson wrote a pretty good article for the Wall Street Journal about the book:
"It's a strange and interesting story, and Mr. Michaelis, the author of a 1998 biography of artist N.C. Wyeth, paces the narrative well, offering many insights and surprising events from Schulz's life. Undoubtedly the most fascinating part of the book is the juxtaposition of biographical information and reproduced "Peanuts" strips. Here we see how literally Schulz sometimes depicted actual situations and events. The strips used as illustrations in "Schulz and Peanuts" are reproduced at eye-straining reduction and are often removed from the context of their stories, but they vividly demonstrate how Schulz used his cartoons to work through private concerns. We discover, for example, that in the recurring scenes of Lucy annoying Schroeder at the piano, the crabby and bossy Lucy stands in for Joyce, and the obsessive and talented Schroeder is a surrogate for Schulz."
Check out the article here. Good stuff. Thanks Neil!
Back at it again with the drawing and the visual response to the Coulton and everything else...what I am trying to say is that I drew a visual response to Jonathan Coulton's new song "Still Alive." See the full sized image here.
Whoa. This is pretty insane. We were named the Best Podcast in Cleveland by SCENE magazine, a local free zine. We join the ranks of Christie's Caberet (Voted Best Strip Club), Mark Nolan (Voted Best Weatherman) and The Stich N' Bitch (Voted Best Knitting Club). Nora and I feel both humbled and a little jittery as well. A small excerpt:
"Jawbone is an aural melting pot that combines daily events of the Peralta family, news of the weird, and poptastic interviews with people like "Pac-Man Fever" songwriters Buckner and Garcia -- and even Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson's mom."
Thanks to Michael for sending this in. This is amazing. Not only is it a rendition of the Star Wars theme on the trumpet, but the girl is straight out of the 80s with the black unitard and poofy hair. Then she does an incredibe Charlie Chaplin impression smack dab in the middle that probably took hours to choreograph. God bless you Stacy Hedger. God bless the Internets.
On tonight's show, we talk about the aftermath of our visit with Dan and Julie, we chat about our run in with the city prosecutor's office and also open up the show to potential guest hosts. At some point, the show turns into a sports talk show for the first time as well. But it's still very interesting, we promise. *crosses fingers* Enjoy the weekly podcast!
I know there are a few of you (I'm looking at you, Mark) who have already beaten the Orange Box version of Portal. For the rest of us, who are still waiting for our Orange Box to ship and probably won't be able to beat Portal, here is the end song perfomed by Jonathan Coulton. Apparently, there is a spoiler in the lyrics, so if you don't want the game spoiled don't listen!
Holy crap! This is FANTASTIC! Kerri, a Monster By Mail/Jawbone fan, was working on this plush toy of the MBM Mascot Glaak to present to us at some time. It would seem that she was a bit discouraged by Julie's Softsquatch. I say they are both super cool! Let them both live! Great job Kerri. I love it. WANT!
On the last podcast, I alluded to the fact that there was something super secret and cool about Valve's Orange Box coming out this Tuesday. And now, since it has appeared officially as a press release, I'm pretty sure I can mention it now. Check out the info here.
On last night's show, we talked about the wonderful baby gift that Julie and Dan Coulter brought along with them. We dubbed it the SoftSquatch, and who knows? That may stick. Here's a pic of it. As Julie mentioned, she is not going to be doing a lot of girly, cute sasquatches, but more scary cryptids including the Mothman, Chupacabras and more woodsy-looking Bigfoots. Thanks much to Dan and Julie. It was a great gift!
This time in the form of a local mag, West Shore Magazine. You may remember me drawing myself as a zombie for the article this past summer. Well, you can watch the video on the site as well!
"Len Peralta has always had an affinity for the dark side. And who could blame him? With an Oct. 29 birthday, the 36-year-old self-employed graphic designer and marketing consultant considers Halloween almost a personal holiday."
Local monster boy makes good! Check it out here. And if you're local, pick up the mag. It's free!
Well, the 31 Days of Halloween Ebay auction ended yesterday and all 31 coffins sold, which I am very happy about. Thanks to everyone who bid on and won one of the coffins. If you haven't received yours yet, you should be getting them by next week. I have 10 more to draw and I'm hoping to have them all done well before Halloween.
I also want to remind people about Aliens! There are abot 130 aliens left, so if you haven't gotten yours, what are you waiting for? Get to MBM now! You get a ton of free stuff with every order! Whee!