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See, I told you I wasn’t going away forever. It’s only been 11 days. Did you miss me anyway? I’m glad, I missed you too, baby.
By now you’ve clicked the thumbnail above and embiggened it and perhaps you are wondering what pray-tell brings this monsterous piece to the blog? I’mma tell you. Right… nowish. First, some background.
Sometime back in late 2007, I was perusing a comic book website message board, back when I did such a thing. Somewhere along the line a loud-mouthed internet asshole (on a comic message board?!) was being a loud-mouthed internet asshole, and for whatever reason decided to call out his friend’s blog as an example of… something… (I don’t remember the specifics). Despite being trumpeted by an internet asshole, being about as big a horror fan as I am a comic book fan, I decided to click this link to a blog called “Horror Movie a Day“.
And from that point on, at least once a week (Horror Movie a Day a Week?), I would visit HMAD and read the reviews. I immediately became a fan of this blog and the man of mystery behind it, “BC”. The premise is that “BC” would watch and then write a review of (you guessed it) a horror movie a day. His reviews were well thought out, concise, humorous and entertaining. I watched a ton of movies based on his recommendations, even though there are quite a few of his reviews I disagreed with.
Somewhere along the way, a guy by the name of JB Sapienza contacted me. I’m not entirely sure how this happened, but he found me via the HMAD blog comments. Now that I type that out, it’s a little creepy. Turns out, JB is friends with “BC” – aka Brian Collins – in real life, and thought that I also knew him. Nope, just a fan. Anyhoo, JB got me to do some artwork for a documentary he was working on called My Name is Jonah, and we became internet friends, and this odd little community of filmmakers, artists and nerds began to form.
Jump to April 2013, and Brian reviewed his last HMAD, which was also his first (go read the blog). He still reviews movies, just not everyday. Jump a little further to November 2014. JB and I are both working on something I’m not going to talk about yet, and we get to conversing. He tells me that Brian is working on a sort of book version of “Horror Movie a Day” and wants to know if I want to draw an illustration for one of the theme chapters.
I believe my almost instantaneous response was: “Fuck. Yes.”
JB put Brian and I in contact, I was shown a list of topics, I got greedy and picked two.
This is for the currently untitled Horror Movie a Day book, for the chapter on Slashers. The book is due out sometime in 2015, and you can bet I will let you know more when I find out.
I had a blast drawing this piece. I tried to dig deep and tap into my inner Kelley Jones/Bernie Wrightson/Kyle Hotz. I don’t think I was too unsuccessful at that (sidebar: I posted the previous sentence on the Facesbook when I began to work on this. Kyle Hotz responded to it, saying I should just look at Wally Wood and then I’d get all of the influences. He’s not wrong. I definitely need to educate myself further on Wood’s work, beyond the “22 Panels” thing). I drew this mostly at my parents’ house since it was relatively portable and I knew I could work a few hours a week there while doing my laundry. Also mostly drawn while watching “The Flash” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” with my mom.
There are some things I would definitely change in the slasher’s appearance, but I’m okay with it. We can’t use copyrighted characters, so I had to come up with sort of a generic slasher. I figured disfigured/deformed, wearing a jumpsuit and big knife would cover it. The poor victim depicted decapitated is Brian Collins himself, or at least, the closest I could get to a likeness of him. I’ve got one more HMAD piece on the table, maybe I’ll get it right next time.
So, I drew this, like, almost a year ago, back in January. It was a weird time. I don’t know how much – if at all – I talked about what was happening in my life at that time. Basically, I was in the middle of a bit of an emotional crash. I found it necessary to completely cut an incredibly toxic person out of my life entirely. Her very presence in my life was worsening my depression and overall quality of life. I’m not saying getting rid of her friendship drastically improved things for me – in fact, I got worse immediately after – right around the time I drew this piece, trying to do anything to get over the mental agony I was in. I was in a terrible place, but I knew it was the right thing to do for my own mental health and quality of life. Eventually I learned what a thunderous cunt this woman was – a despicable, lying, selfish, cancerous, sub-human piece of shit – and rejoiced that she was gone from me forever.
As I started to mentally heal, and began to go to therapy – which, sadly I had to discontinue due to financial woes (despite recieving aid), I felt free enough to do something I had denied myself for a very long time. I began to date. In what seems like a whirlwind, I met a woman named Bambi. Over the last 8 or months or so, I’ve fallen in love. I still have my depression and my anger and issues I desperately need to deal with, but Bambi makes me about as happy as I can get – which is not very, but that’s on me, not her.
Bambi is a) despite her name, not in the sex industry b) one of the smartest people I’ve ever met c) an incredibly talented artist. For a bit, I had even inspired her to do a sketch-a-day blog. While I have spent the last 8 years or so drawing with my friend Jason – and still enjoy and look forward to doing that every week – there is nothing better than being with your significant other and making art, inspiring and motivating each other to create.
Which brings me to this, oddly.
I need a break.
With day 669 (my brotha!), Sketch-a-Day 2.0 is ending as I take a short hiatus. I’ve got some projects I need to get a jump on, and I have found that sketch-a-day was so much easier when I was alone and miserable. Not that I would trade a moment with Bambi for anything, but it got a little stressful trying to balance boyfriend duties, work (two jobs), being slightly more social, and bigger projects with the daily sketch. For the last couple months, I’ve just been coasting through these things and ignored some of those aforementioned bigger projects.
So, as Christmas season is in full swing, Bambi and I will figure out how to work around her new work schedule living opposite hours from each other, and I will be working on other stuff that I can’t exactly post on the blog. I’ll still post a couple things here and there, but the daily sketch is ending. For now. It will be back. I just need a few months. For symmetry’s sake, Sketch-a-Day 3.0 will start back up on February 1st, 2015. So, please, stick around. And maybe by then, I’ll have something cool to show and be a little refreshed.
Thanks to everyone who’s stuck around and enjoyed my dumb bullshit. I’ll see you in a few.
Satan is coming. Happy Blackest Friday ever.