Happy belated Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I had a nice, relaxing day full of food and TV shows. Every year I watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the National Dog Show. This year I enjoyed watching the Lady Gaga Thanksgiving Special. Did anyone else catch that? It was slightly nontraditional, but still quite classy!
Several months ago, I was contacted by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine to illustrate a story. I've done some illustrations for this magazine before, and it's always exciting for me as an Alfred Hitchcock fan! Here's my latest illustration:
The story I illustrated was called "Calculus for Blondes" and is on page 112 of this month's issue. So if you find yourself in a book store or grocery store in November, see if you can spot the magazine. Then you can tell whoever you're with that you're friends with the artist. That's what I do when I see one of my online friends' creations in a magazine. That's always an exciting moment for me!
In case you're wondering, that one character is supposed to be wearing a terrible toupee.
This is the cover of this month's issue. It's printed with January/February 2012, but this is the one on the shelves now.
My Twitter friend, Eric (lugosi6) was thoughtful enough to go to the grocery store and take some pictures of my magazine on the shelf. I really appreciated this, since my local bookstore was sold out of the magazine. It's in the upper middle spot, between Ellery Queen and Analog.
Eric also snapped a few photos of his sons reading the magazine. A frightening moment!
They're such good actors, because the story wasn't all that scary or thought provoking! Eric's Twitter page is here:
He's a fun person to chat with, so I suggest following him!
I don't think I shared this before, but last year one my pieces was on the cover. I'm sharing this now, because some of you who are familiar with my Halloween Old Maid cards might find this interesting:
The tombstones on that card were just calling out for some text! I remember turning to the back of the cover last year and seeing my name near Alfred's. It was a surreal moment, because I'm flattered to be associated with him in any way. I am such a fan of his movies and TV show. One of the best parts of the Alfred Hitchcock Presents show were the story introductions. You know how there are some people who manage to say potentially offensive things, while still remaining innocent and classy? Well, Alfred Hitchcock was one of those people. An example of this is my favorite intro:
Not many people could pull that joke off in such a serious way. He somehow made macabre topics acceptably lighthearted.
I have one more Alfred Hitchcock related video to share. I meant to share this in October, but that was a busy month for me. Since this is a Halloween themed blog, there's no reason for not posting it now!
If you aren't familiar with the Threadbanger how-to videos, you're in for a treat! Actually, you're in for a treat either way. These crazy, crafty people put together tons of Halloween how-to's. In fact I would have had this blog post up last night, if I hadn't been distracted by all their videos. This is their Alfred Hitchcock themed episode. You'll have to suffer through a few advertisements in the middle of this video, but it's worth it.
Watching the first part of this makes me think of my Dollar Tree crows again!
Well, tonight I'm in for something spooky. My friend Stacey will be joining me for a Children of the Corn movie night. This will be the first time either of us has watched the movie. We're making Children of the Corn themed treats, and I'm sure it will be a good time! I'll have to let you all know what I think of the movie in my next post.