Thursday, December 23, 2010

And In Those Days...

The bowels of the earth and all that which is foul and unholy shall vomit forth.  The abomination that spews forth will horrify and consume, laying waste to all that is good any holy.

The prophesy has begun. (And yes, it was tempting to gut punch him but I didn't want to listen to it sing)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

If I have to suffer, you do too!

I was in Las Vegas last week on vacation.  If any of you live in Las Vegas, let it be known I'm jealous.  Since coming home, I find that I have been on a mediocrity slope/rut for some time now and have been in a generally nasty mood.  My friend Sausage and I went to a Mexican restaurant last night for dinner and the 3 margaritas helped soothe the pain of living here in Alabama...a little.  I'll be better, once I get all the 4 letter words out of my system and forget what a good time I had.  In the meantime, join me in my suffering by watching this, it's in Russian but there's subtitles so you can understand what he's singing about.   Feel free to sing along!  And when the song is fully lodged into your head and has infected your mind to where it's playing over and over, know that misery loves company and you and I are sharing this pain.



Ms. M says that this guy is creepier than the clown in IT.  I have to agree (although I dig the head dance).

Saturday, December 4, 2010

My Fun New Toy!!!

Parents, buy your kids a flamethrower for Christmas! They WILL tell their friends that you are the coolest parents on earth!



If you get the air/gas mixture just right...5 FOOT FREAKIN' FLAMES!  Your kids NEED a flamethrower!  YOU NEED a flamethrower!  Trust me, this is da bomb!

I'm going to Las Vegas for vacation tomorrow, I wonder if they would frown upon me taking it with me on the plane?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

AWWWGGGGGHHHH!!!! Pains with Windows Live Movie Maker!!!!

For the past MONTH I've been fighting with Windows Live Movie Maker and it's been a pain in the #*$&%!!!!!  Why can't Microsoft leave well enough alone (I say this with Vista in mind, XP was sooooo much better but 7 is pretty good, just a hiked up XP)?  Missed the deadline for a couple of home haunt contests too because of it!  %$#@!!!!!!

Just found a wonderful link from another disgruntled Windows Live Movie Maker user that makes the old version of Movie Maker work on Windows 7 (so far, it works like a charm, I didn't like the other version anyhow, it was harder to deal with).

Here's the link (but like Uncle Gates says, proceed at your own risk [although I had good luck with it]).

And yes, I'm too %$*@& cheap to go out and buy legitimate video editing software.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

DO WANT!!!

If someone gets me this, I will be their love slave.  The miniature Pepper's Ghost effect is stunning!  Be sure to see what this guy goes through to make these pieces, it's incredible!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Breaking Silence--Halloween 2010, A Restoration of Faith

I've kind of kept quiet this past week as I didn't know who may or who may not be reading this blog from the West Alabama Humane Society and I didn't want to spoil their surprise.  Halloween was great, nay, fantastic! Through the kind generosity of the visitors to The Final Unresting Place Cemetery, we collected:
$840.44!
I didn't know quite what to expect and my hopes would have been fulfilled if we had reached $500.00 but the generosity of the people visiting was amazing, above and way beyond what I expected.  We presented the money Saturday and they were surprised, very surprised.  The Humane Society being a non-profit organization here, all of the money will be used for food, medicine, vet bills and shelter for kittehs and puppehs until they can find a good home (8 of my 10 pets are either strays we picked up on the side of the road or adopted from the shelter; it's against my religion to allow an animal to suffer if I can help it).  Here's some shots from the Cemetery:



Unfortunately, I didn't take a lot of pictures but I did take video out of the wazoo.  It'll take me a couple of days to compile it.
I didn't tell anyone but I was secretly testing this year to see if it was all worth it. One person putting all this stuff up is a lot of work, much less creating it during the year.  I was tired, whiny, and had to take the yard down for rain once and reinstall everything and wasn't really sure if this was going to be appreciated or not. All I heard and saw all week was 'Fall Festival', 'Harvest Festival', 'Trunk or Effing Treat' (well, creative license added on the effing) and the like. Was Halloween dead?  Was the magic gone?  Did people need Halloween anymore? Would people come to my little neighborhood and see what I did? And would they like it?  It's not gory, it's playful and almost Disney-esque.  I knew my own brother wouldn't bring his kids (if it's an inconvenience to him then forget it) and my folks had bribed me before with a week's all-expense paid vacation to Disneyworld...that week (They hate Halloween, people worship Satan on Halloween, put razor blades in apples, poison children, worship the Celtic god of death Sam Hain with human sacrifices, and do all manner of evil to good church folk on the devil's birthday).  Would it be worth it?  Do people still care? 


Yes, a resounding glorious yes!


I had people thanking me for bringing back the feel of the old Halloween times, of making it so their young kids could come and see it and not be scared and mostly for helping the Humane Society (they lost a lot of funding recently which is sad).  People would crawl in the coffin to have their picture taken (although a LOT of people were genuinely creeped out by it no matter if I told them I made it or not).  Lots of kids were too scared to come into the yard at first but after a bit of coaxing came in and then didn't want to leave when it was time to go.   I met some other Halloween enthusiasts and saw tons of smiling faces, it was wonderful!
So I'm sitting there on our retaining wall and I see a mom and her daughter approaching me, the little girl having something in her hand...she handed me this:
THAT alone made it all worthwhile and more so.  Have already started planning for next year, hope yours was as happy as mine!

Mr. Macabre

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Skeleton Fever

People who know me and those who may know only my reputation know that I love skulls and skeletons.  I collect skulls and have 3 skeletons, Bob, Jean-Claude and Frank.  And the doctor says that I'm doing better and for me to use the blunt scissors when I need to cut something.


Don't you want to scream "RUN YOU DUMB BROAD! RUN!!!"  If I saw a skeleton walking towards me, I would get the $^#&% away from there.  But that's just me, I'm funny that way.



A little long but interesting, a guy gets dumped and gets someone new, and in my opinion, much better!


These people have the appropriate response to seeing an approaching skeleton in contrast to the first lady.  Might have to consider the motorcycle prop, that is soooooo cool!  I also LOVE this guy's voice!  Don't understand what the heck he's saying but whatever it is, it's good!


One more from the same show.  This must be a sort of Candid Camera show.  Whatever it is, they play hard ball!  Love it!

Pants wetting material

I watched this the other night in the dark...big mistake.  I started thinking it was fake but at the very last the boy's voice breaks into that yell-grunt which is extremely hard to do without adrenaline.  Whether it's fake or not, it's still scary...

Tried to embed it but couldn't, just click below:

Teens Break into a Haunted Funeral Home

Lose 70 years in 2 minutes!

This guy can stay at my house...provided that he shows me his techniques!  Someone from the haunt industry should snatch him up!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pumpkins and alcohol don't mix



This has to be a frat house's pumpkin...
I like the second one, the stoner, "like mannn, I am soooo wasted"

Let's go the the crazy cat man's house!

Hey!

What?

Let's go trick or treat the crazy cat man's house!

That guy that decorates like his whole yard?  No way, I heard he's a witch or something. Mama said to stay away from his house, he ain't right!

Awww man, as crazy as he is about Halloween, I bet he gives out full size candy bars and junk like that!

...you think so?

Yeah man, he's got to!


Awww man, he gave out stupid bank suckers!  What a cheapass!

Hey, let's egg his house after he goes to bed!

Naw, my older brother says he sits in a bathtub on his roof around back and chants stuff at the moon!  He said that he'll put a curse on you if you cross his path!

Really?

Yeah man, my older brother said that the reason he has so many cats is that they're like more eyes for him to see stuff with so he don't have to be there!  Then he can tell who to put a curse on!

Nuh uh!

Uh huh!  My older brother said it and he's in the tenth grade!  He knows!

Mannnnnnnnn!

So These Women Are To Blame For Those Stinkin' Raisins!

Hilarious!



via Bentspac

Guilty Pleasure #835, The Time Warp!

I was going to go on a long whine about how I've had to take down the whole graveyard twice because of rain but I've decided to post one of my favorite guilty pleasures behind Rob and Marilyn...The Time Warp!

You're lucky, he's lucky, I'm lucky, WE'RE ALL LUCKY!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  
(I so love Magenta, and that skeleton grandfather clock!!!)



There is rumor that Ryan Murphy is going to remake Rocky Horror.   I saw snippets of the Glee version...I wasn't impressed but then again, I don't care for Glee (I know, I know, but this is America, I'm entitled to not care for Glee.).  Nevertheless, I personally think that they should leave Rocky Horror alone.

What do you think?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My turn at 15 minutes of fame...

The Tuscaloosa News ran an article on me and my Hallowe'en addiction.

They SEVERELY edited what I had to say about Trunk or treat.  The words blasphemy, abomination, idiotic, obscene, filthy, stupid, asinine, ignorant, or &%^$#@!!!! weren't even mentioned.   I feel censored. 



Monday, October 18, 2010

Trick or Treat Studios, When Only The Scariest Will Do!

See this dapper fellow?  Now what about looking like him for Halloween?
A face like this says, "Give me the Fun Size chocolate bars.  Give me a box of raisins and you'll never be able to find your front door for the toilet paper!"
Enter Trick or Treat Studios (with a name like that, what's there not to love?).  Don't you get tired of seeing the same old same old mask that every store has on their shelves?   You won't be seeing THESE masks anywhere except here!  Does the above mask look familiar?  It should, it's taken from the delightfully dark twisted drawings of Eric Pigors or Toxictoons!  This one is particularly disturbing to me...

I don't know why...this one scares me.  But look at the detail!  Amazing (and may I add that ALL of their masks are VERY reasonably priced!).

One of my former teachers must have posed for this...this would explain a lot about me. 
This one could be called Little League Dad, but instead it's called Hyde.  I think Little League Dad is scarier personally.
Go on over to Trick or Treat Studios and have a look around...scare your inner child to death!

Late Again...T Shirt Winner!

Sorry folks, the High Holy Season is upon us and I've been swamped with getting the yard set for the trick or treaters.

The winner of the Write on Riot tee shirt is.....

SalemMomma!  And since your kids will NOT share their trick or treat goodies with you, you have my permission to NOT share this tee shirt with them!
Make THEM rake the leaves, it builds character (at least that's what I was told when I was growing up).

Congratulations from Write on Riot and me, Mr. Macabre!

Fun Facts about Hallowe'en

Got this from the folks at Halloween Express.  Some of the facts I didn't know, but I WAS RIGHT ABOUT HOW TO CORRECTLY SPELL HALLOWE'EN!!!  YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! (victory dance with booty action)

Facts About Halloween
[Via: HalloweenExpress.com]

Monday, October 11, 2010

How to ruin your life...my Axeworthy Ghost

If you want to ruin your life, and destroy your sanity all in one prop, then make an Axeworthy Ghost system.  However, if you build one and get it to working, it's about the coolest thing you can imagine.


The second part (would have made it all one movie but didn't know I had Windows Movie Maker for Windows 7 until this morning) showing the tension wheels...


I cranked it up last night...it was mesmerizing.  I placed a black light pointing upward in the ghost's path and as it approached, it recharged the glow paint and glowed bright green and then slowly faded as it rounded the loop (about 225 feet), before recharging again when it got to the blacklight again.

Then it derailed and I went inside and watched I Love Lucy.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Coupon Heads Up! CRAZYDOG TShirts


Everybody loves a bargain and I have one to pass on to you!   From now to Hallowe'en, you can get 5 bucks off their wide selection of Hallowe'en tees (I'm right partial to the Charlie Brown one myself, might just have to get that one for me), Zombie tees (and zombies are tres chic right now!), and even Hallowe'en costumes (if you don't want to spend 2 months sewing a frock coat like I did).  Some of my personal favorites:                                                                                                                                                      
The code to use is HALLO5 at checkout for your 5 bucks off!  


Good old fashioned Jack O' Lantern, you can't go wrong!
THE HOFF!


Charlie Brown classic (and this one is officially licensed!)

The code to use is HALLO5 at checkout for your 5 bucks off! 






If you don't visit their site, I'll come trick or treat YOUR house dressed like THIS:
You have been duly warned.
From their costume selection, I'm guessing horrible gruesome horror genre.  The Burger King scares me, and not in the good way.
Crazy Dog Tee Shirts

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Haunted Rocking Chair

Just a little semi-how to on how to animate a rocking chair with a wiper motor.

With Puss Puss, the big fluffy furball.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Does this shirt make me look fat? A Mr. Macabre/ Write On Riot Giveaway!!!

 Bob is so vain.  He says that he's a spring but he's a fall if he's anything so orange looks good on him.  He also said that it makes him look fat.  He still has aspirations to be an Abercrombie model.  I tell him that he could stand to gain a few pounds.  Unfortunately, Bob disagrees with me, like usual.  Therefore, Bob being the ridiculously cantankerous person that he is, has decided to give away his tee shirt that he was given by the kind folks at Write On Riot!  These guys have taken a great idea, you write in what YOU want to say on YOUR shirt!  Right now they have 3 styles:
Will give Weight Watchers the finger for candy

Halloween isn't scary, my hairy back is scary.



When you already look like a stressed out middle aged psycho, who needs a mask?

Gorgeous girl NOT included.

So, how can you score Bob's shirt (still with tags, and may I add, they give you a practice blank before you write on your shirt to make sure you get it right!)?  Bob is a size small, and the shirt that he is giving away is a size large (sorry, I don't have any other styles or sizes).  All you need to do is fill in the blank what you would do for candy in the comments (and please note, the F bomb or anything else higher than PG rated gets quickly deleted, I run a semi-family friendly blog here [except where Trunk or Treat is involved]).  MAKE DOUBLE DAWG SURE THAT YOU HAVE A WAY FOR ME TO GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU!!!

Don't want to take a chance on not getting such a cool shirt?  Then mosey on over to Write on Riot and go get you one, or two, or all three! 

Winner will be chosen from all entries by Random.com.  Drawing is on October 16, 2010.


Good Luck!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Shiver!

Looks like a 70's movie...where are their eyebrows?

Via ffffound.com (Better check this site at home, has some NSFW thingies in it)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

ABOMINATION!!!

WHAT IS THIS?!
IS THIS SOME SORT OF SICK TWISTED JOKE?!
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS?!
THERE WILL BE H E QUADRUPLE HOCKEYSTICKS TO PAY FOR THIS FOUL OBSCENITY!!!  OH THE HUMANITY!!!

(Runs to the bathroom with dry heaves)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Another Guilty Pleasure Of Mine...Alice Cooper!

I have some guilty pleasures that I indulge.  Besides the mainstream music and the old 80's tunes I listen to, I do have some Marilyn Manson, and Rob Zombie stuck in there and David Hasselhoff but we won't go there.
And then there's Alice.
I don't really listen to his music that much but I like him as a person.  He doesn't take himself too seriously and he's just seems like a cool guy.  I like him all the more for this gem:



This might be my next Itunes purchase...

Via Cult of the Great Pumpkin

Speechless...Steampunk Time Machine

A couple of guys built this steampunk time machine show in their garage (I don't know if it's for Halloween but it sure as heck should be!).  It's absolutely fantastic.


MUCH more HERE
Via The Haunted Mansion Northside

Friday, October 1, 2010

To Kick Off October...An Interview With Eric Pigors of Toxictoons.com!!!


I have the honor of something I've never done before, interviewing someone whose art I admire (and collect).  Allow me to introduce you to Mr. Eric Pigors, creator of Toxic Toons, a collection of Halloween/horror-inspired characters that has spiraled out of control from the drawing board to everything from original art, to barware, tattoo flash, clothing (own several pieces of the Hatbox Ghost workshirts and tees myself!), stickers, spirit boards and much much more!  

To fully appreciate art, it helps to know more about the artist.  I tried to think "what would I like to know about Eric Pigors as a person and an artist?"  These are some things I came up with.

Here we go.....



Eric Pigors, Artist Extraordinaire


First of all, why Halloween?  What draws you to this time of year?  Well i was born in October,all though im not sure if that draws me to Halloween.

As a kid I loved monster stuff {art-masks-toys-comics-cartoons-records} and of course the holiday!
When i got older and started drawing my Toxictoons artwork i still was drawing weird creepy characters and monsters.Then a few years later  I started to get excited again seeing Halloween merch at stores,and I statred buying monster masks and making my own dummies with these masks and building a  lil spookhouse at my moms doorway.My wife and I lived in an aptartment at the time and would get 1 Trick or Treater. And over at my moms house , where my favorite Halloweens took place when i was a kid .There where a few  other people decking out their homes all Spooky!
Now i make my own HALLOWEEN merchandise and sell it on my website www.toxictoons.com because when ever I go looking for new Halloween merch i come home  disapointed 95% of the time.Everything at most stores is cute or very bland!
I wanted to make stuff i would want to see in stores! MORE SPOOKY!!! 

For those who may have missed "Let's Chop Soo-e" on your DVD, (in which I whole heartedly recommended on HIS DVD ) the animation is wonderfully frenzied and manic, reminiscent of Tex Avery.  They say art imitates life, are you as over the top as your creations?
That's what i was going for. I love TEX AVERY & BOB CLAMPETT cartoons.They to me are what cartoons should be frantic,crazy weird little masterpieces!As well as Max Fleisher cartoons.Cartoons for me should be so weird and do stuff you really dont see in normal life.Like you are  having a fun nightmare.
Click to buy the DVD!!!
Roger Rabbit had come out ,and Ren and Stimpy was being made when i was doing my cartoon,"LETS CHOP SOO-E!" Cartoon.They were both huge influences ,as well as the older cartoons.
Animation today is kinda like Halloween merch at stores to me. Very safe,bland and similar. I love watching those old Black and White Mickey Mouse cartoons.They are crudely drawn,but are more fun and intresting to me.I would love to do an animated Toxictoons Halloween special.My cartoon i did back in 1989.So i could really do some weird stuff now!
  

When was the moment when you started noticing a decidedly bent to the gruesome?  Did you doodle on paper in school and say "hey, that's wicked cool" when you drew something a bit on the dark side and ran with it?
I think MAD magazine sent me in that bent dierction as well as a lot of other artists my age. Yes I did doodle all the time in school aslo.That's why my grammar and run on sentences and awful spelling exsist!hahaha
But i think also when i met my wife is when i started to draw in my style that felt comfortable to me, and all the weird characters started pooring out of me! So maybe shes to blame? OR THANK ACTUALLY!!!
Besides MAD though i loved DR SUESS who is a good odd diretcion to start from as a young impressionable future artist . And then PLOP COMICS, ODD RODS STICKERS, WACKY PACKS and animated cartoons.And my first skeleton MONSTER MASK I bought as a kid. Then later the Munsters and Charles Addams helped push me over the top. It all seeps into my brain and came out as Toxictoons.


Your very lovely wife, I take it that she doesn't disapprove of your shenanigans? 
My wife approves of my nonsense and she is into Halloween also.Not as much as me ,but when we got married she said ,"We should have a Halloween themed wedding." She has also helped with writing some of the poems in my DEADTIME STORIES book.She gets dressed up on Halloween, and helps me in the lil spookhouse i build. And she helps me at conventions and in life.  


Now, I know that you love haunted houses, what do you look for in a good haunted house?
Theme, set decoration,lighting, mood,Sound, characters and props. I like traditional Spooky Haunted House themes with foggy cemeterys most. With a hint of Halloween like Jack o Lanterns.A perfect example would be the TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE episode called,"TRICK OR TREAT". Actaully last night my wife and I watched TRICK R TREAT by Michale Dougherty,then TRICK OR TREAT the TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE EPISODE,then Trick or Treat the Disney cartoon.Great way to start off the season i think! Tonight we are going to KNOTTS SCARY FARM. I like when you are in HAUNTS and come around a corner and see something that just blows you away .Like weird characters! I saw this lady at KNOTTS SCARRY FARM  sitting on a bed .She almost looked like that brid lady from the end of FREAKS and she had a hatchet.I had to take a picture of her below.
Pretty!


She seemed so real but inreal if you know what i mean. Netherworld haunted house in GEORGIA blew me away when i went thru it.I just got so inspired after seeing it.And i have gone back the past 3 years to sell merch anddress up and scare people inside! I just wish i could take October off and travel to all the haunts see their HAUNTED HOUSES,Maybe sell some merch there and have a spooky good time!



What was the moment in which you knew you had arrived as an artist?
Click to see a music video of the special!
Geez  now that you ask this ? there are quite a few special moments i guess. Some moments are when i got hired at Disneys Feature animation and them buying my original idea ,"SILLY HILLBILLIES ON MARS!" which never got made yet. Also getting to do character designs at Disneys on TREASURE PLANET and them picking one for an alien pirate and naming it PIGORS after me. When James and Kirk from Metallica called my home to tell me they dug my art and asked me to do a shirt for them. When Mezco Toys made my first toys called," Lets play in the Morgue ". When i made my Animated cartoon for International Rocketship called,"Lets Chop Soo-E!", or doing characters for the ED EDD AND EDDY HALLOWEEN SPECIAL Boo Haw Haw! And this year when Trick or Treat Studios " just put out my first Haloween mask. So i guess i have had a pretty good career so far.



Your work revolves around the supernatural.  Do you believe in ghosts?
Well yah i guess i do. I watch all the GHOST Hunter type shows on tv. My wife LOVES them even more then me! And she has seen a few ghosts! Like she saw a small curly haired boy tugging on my moms clothing once. And i showed my wife a picture of my moms younger brother who fell out of their car at age 4 or 5 and passed away.  I  have seen a black shadow walk from my guest bedroom down the stairs once.  And recently i kept seeing what i thought was our cat shadowy figure walking around our house. I would do double takes because i thought for sure there was a cat down where i was seeing this image.A week later we took our 1st cat to the vet because she was getting so light and didn't look well,and they told us she had cancer and maybe had 2 weeks left. So we kept her home with us for 1 more week and gave her as much love and food she would want to eat and then had to have the vet come put her to sleep because she just stop drinking and moving around muchThis  happened 2 weeks ago and was awfull for us.
I also had a very weird experience in 1999 when my younger brother went missing that week of xmas. That Novemeber i  had heard a womens voice whisper something that seemed very important to me while i was a sleep. I woke up and thought i should wake my wife up and tell her what i heard it seemed that urgent. But i thought i would remember it in the morning and of course I forget exactly what she said, it just seemd urgent. Well then 1 month later when my brother went missing and we couldnt find him the week of xmas i heard that same ladys voice one night whisper in my ear while i was sleeping,"HE'S GONE." My dad found him the next day in the hillls by my moms house and he had taken his life. That night it felt like someone was squeazing my hand and felt like long finger nails digging into my plam of my hand.I tried digging my own fingers into my hand to see if it was the same feeling and it didnt even come close. Later when we had to  go to the mortuary to see my brother i noticed his finger nails had grown pretty long.It was my first time dealing with death of a family memebr and for a while i thought it might change what i liked drawing.

What would you like to see Toxictoons eventually evolve in to?
A Halloween special is my ultimate dream! And be part of the Halloween comunity making more masks and other merch for Halloween time.I truly love the season that much!!!  But i would just love to be able to continue just doing new merch and be able to make a living at what i love doing most ...drawing Toxictoons art. 

What piece of advice that you have learned would you care to share with an aspiring artist?
Well here is how i feel. If you trully love what  you do {art,music,poetry etc...}  set some goals and just do it until you reach them. And if it never  happends at least you had the time of your life doing what you love doing!

Besides drawing warped, mentally twisted and other wise deranged cartoons that we demented souls cherish, do you have any hobbies or interests outside of art?
You mean like stamps or saving my toenails in a jar? Naw I just really like drawing and collecting art, music, art books, masks, Halloween merch,and going to concerts and hanging with my wife and our 1 cat now.



Do you have any specific fond memories of any past Halloweens?
Yes I was around 12-13  and  my friend and I  both went Trick or Treating .We were detrmined to go to every house in my mom's neighborhood and fill up our pillow cases until we had to drag them around.
Well this was the year i saw a few haunted houses in my neighborhood. There was one house and they had the Frankenstein,Dracula,Werewolf and a Witch roaming around thru fog.To get your candy you had to walk to their front door thru all these monsters.I remember being so scared,but also liked what they did with their house and costumes!
There where 100s of kids running house to house.
Then my friend hit one side of the street and i went to the other side.I dont know why we did this, but i got to this one house that i still  remember  to this day every single moment.I approached their house and i heard the Walt Disney sounds fx record playing from in their garage.The alien or heartbeat sound fx was playing as i slowly walked up to their gates They had no lights on, just 1 pumpkin was lit as i walked 15 feet thru their gates to the door.
So  I walked really slowly towards the doorway waiting for a monster to jump out and scare me. But nothing happened,"Whew , I'm safe i thought." Then I knocked on the door,no  one answered.Then i knocked again.Still no one answered. So i turned and ran out of their gates as fast as i my feets could run !
I remember this house because the scary sound fx record playing was my 1st record i ever owned, But only just for 1 day. That same friend who was Trick or Treating with me had came over to my house a few days earlier. I said,"Hey check out what i got and swung my arm up to show my friend my Disney record.Then watched as my record flew out of the sleeve and smashed in to pieces on the floor.ARRRRRGH! I had only listend to it 1 time! And my mom wouldnt buy me another copy.
I NOW OWN 2 OF THEM.HAHAHAHA  Plus i remember that house  because my imagination  ran so wild of  what might be hiding in the darkness! Imagination is a powerfull thing!!
The past 10 years i have built a lil spookhouse to give Trick or Treaters in my moms neighborhood something spooky to remember and maybe pass along when they get older.
You can see 45 minutes of my spookhouses over the years on my UNKLE PIGORS SPOOKHOUSE DVD. As well as a nice interview horror host  ORMON GRIMSBY did with me on my artwork and lots of other creepy stuff..

Have you drawn all of your life?  Did you take art lessons in school?  
Yes, i have drawn all my life. I LOVE DRAWING.
As a kid i bought anything with cartoon art on it. I like to say i went to the MAD MAGAZINE SCHOOL of ART 25 CENTS CHEAP.
What i mean by that is I used to copy drawings out of MAD all the time to learn how to draw. I did go to an art school for 2 years called," BRANDES ART" to learn animation.Then i went looking for a job. And let me tell you i learned a lot more once i got work, and i got paid as well.

Are there other mediums that you might like to try besides drawing?
I love stop motion and wouldnt mind working in that medium.But DRAWING IS MY LIFE!

What's your favorite Halloween costume growing up?  
Funny thing is i dont have 1 picture of me in a Halloween costume as a kid. I remember the day i bought my first skeleton monster mask. But i dont remember if i wore it that year? I did use it as a prop in my 1st Haunted House my brother and I built. My favorite Halloween year i talked about above i dressed as a hobo.I had those goofy plastic nose & glasses with a pillow shoved in my dads shirt. And one year i drew my feet on paper and cut it out and taped it up my moms front door so it looked like a ghost walked up into her roof.And now i have my 1st TOXICTOONSmonster mask.So if i see any kids wearing him in my neighborhood they are getting my special treat i give spooky costumes .Its a bag filled with candy,rubber bats,skeleton a dvd of cartoons.And some finger nail clippings i snuck from grand mas ingrown toe. (EWWWWWWW GROSSSSSS!!!!!)

Inadvertently, in an interview, the interviewer always neglects to ask a question that the person being interviewed wishes they would have asked.  If you have any questions that you would like asked of you, could you ask and answer them for your fans old and hopefully new out there?
Have you ever met any of your art heros?
Yes i met Tim Burton one day at Disneys after lunch while i was working on LION KING. I just ran into him on a street corner there and I told him i had sent him a package of my Toxictoons art. He said he liked it and thought the art was funny. He kept staring at my ED ROTH "MIGHTY MUSTANG"shirt i was wearing, and said he had the same shirt when he was a kid.
A few years earlier while i was working on Disneys the Llittle Mermaid Film,I had lunch with  ED "BIG DADDY" ROTH , creator of RAT FINK. He wanted me to do a 6 minute animated cartoon of RAT FINK.He was a character! When I asked him what influenced his art,thinking he might say the arist BASIL WOLVERTON or MAD. He replied,"THE KOREAN WAR!"  What!!?
I also told him i was banned from having future art shows at Disney Studios. Roth said, "I rather be known as the artist who Doesn't get to show his Artwork at Disney's, then the ones who do." Which i think says it all.
  
I encourage you to go to Toxictoons.com and look around at Eric's art and store, there's lots more merchandise and coffee-table books that will have people wondering about you even more than they do now!  I have several pieces and I can attest that it's all first quality from the work shirts to the tee shirts to the prints to the stickers, it's all of the highest quality (and I'm not just being nice either).  


I wish to sincerely thank Eric for giving me this opportunity, which has been a whole heap o' fun for me.


And Happy, Happy, Happy Hallowe'en!