Monday, October 1, 2012

Kick Off The High Holy Season With Eric Pigors!!!

What a lovely couple, why can't people like these live next to me?!

Happy Pre-Hallowe'en Y'all!
  Well, guess what folks, it's nearing OUR night, that one time of year that we work for, strive for and eagerly await...unless you're someone like myself who celebrates Hallowe'en every day.

For the past few years, I have had the pleasure and privilege to interview Eric Pigors.  For those that might not know who Eric is, he is an accomplished artist, animator and Hallowe'en aficionado.  I personally collect his prints, have a couple of original pieces that always raises an eyebrow as well as several shirts and past years limited edition trick or treat bags.  His art is funny, sometimes offensive, disgusting, vile, morbid, ironic as well as sick and twisted.  In other words, his art rocks!  Last year Eric had what most of us are terrified of, a heart attack.  I want his signed art that I own to be valuable but NOT because the artist is deceased!

So, how have you been doing this past year?


Well it’s a day by day thing, most days I feel kind of foggy minded and tired all day, which I think is mostly due to my heart meds I have to take now .
My DR says I am fine and to keep up with exercising and eating well. I have lost 30 lbs since my heart attack which is good.  My back feels better also from losing weight.




Has your outlook on life changed since the heart scare?   
 I am still very grateful for everything I have gotten the chance to do in life.  I turn 50 this October and I still want to do lots more. And I am so grateful for my wife and my fans and friends.
It’s a shame the economy has been so bad this year, it’s really hurting us all (Congress, presidential candidates, are y'all listening?!). A lot of my fans have said they haven’t worked in months which is awful. I have been very lucky I got a gig at Warner Bros on the Looney Tunes show for a whole year. It’s given us health insurance and made it so I am able to pay my bills and make new Toxictoons merchandise, otherwise it would be pretty scary year, and not in a fun Toxictoons scary way!


You work for Warner Brothers on the Loony Toons show?!  I'm a huge fan!   Any characters or parts of the show we might recognize your work in?
 I got to draw some storyboards where the witch Hazel was in it and there are some background witches in it for a very quick moment. I even just designed a few of the witches myself and they seemed to be ok with me doing that, so maybe you will recognize the background witches?
I grew up with the LOONEY TUNES cartoons, which I love, so it’s fun to get to draw these characters, I just wish it was more zany and violent like the old cartoons and less talking.



Describe the creative process your inspiration to making your wonderful creeps.
I start just by doodling on anything:  paper, napkins, my hand., then as I see a character developing I will doodle more little drawings until I catch the pose I like. They usually are always 1 – 2 inches big. Then I will blow them up on a xerox machine to 8 x 10 and draw over the ruff until I feel the drawing is ready to ink in. Then I ink it in on a Bristol board and scan that in photo shop where I color it in.


Who are your more popular characters?  Do you find people have a preference in your characters?
My version of Frankenstein's monster and my Vamp girls are my favorites to draw and seem to be my most popular.
I never really draw the same character twice. I like to just think up stuff that's a little different all the time. But Frankee and the Vamp I draw over and over, they just look a little different each time I draw them.

2012 Trick or Treat bags...always a gotta get one, what ghoulish goodies are being planned to stuff into them?
Well, each year is similar in what it is in the bag, Its just always brand new stuff. Like you will get a button, sticker, spooky CD mix of Halloween songs and sound bites I put together, a signed print, window cut out and my spooky activity book.
This years has a DVD also and a coffin candy surprise inside. I've almost sold out of them already this year  in less then a week, and I might print up a few more. (which he has but they are going fast...again!)

I see you have a brand new mask from Trick or Treat Studios for 2012, tell us about it!
I’m also so glad I am part of TRICK OR TREAT STUDIOS.  AARON LEWIS sculpted an awesome mask for me this year called the, “GLUTEN FR-EEK!
I got the name from the ingredients on the candy corn bag since I gave the mask candy corn teeth. 
I wanted something that screeeamed HALLOWEEN as a new mask, so I designed him to have a cloth-like mask with a good old fashioned Jack O lantern painted on it strapped to his ugly green head. And with his Candy Corn teeth I think it’s the perfect creepy mask for you or your kids to get for Halloween 2012.
I am selling them on my website and all my other 4 masks I have designed and when you buy my masks off my website. it will come with a surprise inside, and I also sign the masks inside.(Bonus! Signed mask from the artist himself!)
Next year we plan to have a Toxictoons Wolfman and new Frankenstein mask I've designed. I’m really excited to start being more involved in Halloween merchandise since I love the holiday so much and would love to see my stuff one day all over the shelves at stores. (so would we!)But keeping my creepy vibe to it, NO CUTESY TOXICTOONS! Yeeech!  (you said it brother!)

Remember--Toxictoons.com! Get your Halloween swag before the crowds or it'll be all gone!


What's on the DVD that comes in your 2012 Trick or Treat Bag Special?
The DVD has a slide show of my Toxictoons Halloween art I have drawn over the past years of doing Toxictoons. It’s 17 minutes long and perfect to play on your TV on Halloween or for a party for  fun spooky stuff.
I also have a great new DVD called, ”Monster Memorabilia” that  I put together hundreds of old pictures of  SPOOKY TOYS, ARTWORK &;; MERCHANDISE from the good old days of horror.
The stuff that inspired me and my artwork! The slide show on the DVD is one and a half hours long with spooooky music with it,  2 Halloween Safety Films from the 1970s and a cool video Jason Willis animated; he also help put the DVD together and did the music mix on the slide show, which I didn't know he did it way back when I got the CD's he did off eBay from him.
They inspired me to do the CD mixes that I put in my Trick or Treat Bag specials every year.
This DVD is free and only comes with my DVD that I sell called,”UNKLE PIGORS SPOOKHOUSE” and it also has a CD mix I did one year.

Speaking of Trick or Treat bags, I see that you have a brand new Trick or Treat Bag Special for 2012.  How many have you done now?
This will be my 6th year making them. I’m actually working on next years already. I know, call me crazy but I don’t know if I will have a job next year, and this is the one thing I enjoy making most each year so I am going to make all my 2013 Trick Or Treat bags and the merchandise that comes in them this Halloween. This way if I am out of work next year I know for sure I will have next years bags to sell even if I don’t have a job. (we hope for you that will not happen, the job thing, not the selling out of bags!)
I only made 50 sets this year, and they always sell out every year so grab one and have a spooky good time.  This years bag GLOWS IN THE DARK and comes with a new spooky activity book, pin, sticker, spooky CD mix,the DVD, signed print, window cut out and the first 25 sold have a coffin candy surprise in them.
Oh and the bags art is also the new 2012 Halloween shirt I made and glows in the dark.
And when you buy any 2 shirts from Sept 1st thru Halloween 2012  you get my 2 free posters with it while supplies last.
I have over 20 shirts of my art to pick from at www.toxictoons.com
And don't forget Eric's Monsterpieces App, available in the Apple app store!  Make your own hideous repulsive creation and call it Fred or Edna!

So you have some more good stuff coming October 1, er, right NOW?
October 1st, I plan on selling a Toxictoons 48 page art of Halloween book of my art and my 13 signed HALLOWEEN OUIJA BOARDS (12 now suckahs, I bought mine!). And a new shirt ,maybe some other stuff If I can think up some other ideas of stuff to make. (somehow I don't think that a creative person as yourself will have too much of a problem with that!)

Yessss!!! You have some new Haunted Mansion prints for sale now (loves me sum Haunted Mansion)!
Yep, I now have all my prints for sale I did for the three Tribute to the Haunted Mansion shows at HALLOWEENTOWN STORE in Burbank, California.
I love that ride and that WALT DISNEY SOUND FX record also. My friend, TOM COLE, I grew up with, his dad worked for WALT DISNEY WDI doing park rides and he told us he planned on building the Haunted Mansion ride in their garage. It never happened, but we ended up spooking out his bedroom once to scare the girls in the neighborhood.
Tom was the kid I ran to show him my brand new, only listened to it one time, record and watched in horror as my record fell out of the sleeve and broke in pieces on the floor! (aw man, that sucks!)


Dig that crazy cat!
What do you plan on doing for Halloween this year?
Not sure if I am going to do my spookhouse this Halloween. Last year we didn't get many kids and its so much work, and it's especially harder since my heart attack last year.
But I also have been saying this the past few years. Maybe I will do a small one in our porch? Or maybe just go out and see what other people made this year...
I did start a new tradition for Halloween:
I buy some DOG BISCUITS at the $1 store and when a kid comes up with no costume on,and doesn't say anything, or if they are rude I give them a DOG TREAT! (consider yourself a genius! I'm totally doing that this year!)
And if you have the best spooky costume, I give that kid a Trick or Treat bag filled with spooky stuff. Kind of my way of saying,” hey kid you get what I love about HALLOWEEN!”

Below are some pictures of some of Eric's spookhouse from past years...old school Halloween that I dig at it's best!!!


One last reminder...Toxictoons.com, your coolest place for Halloween stuff 24/7-365!!!




Uh, no thank you, you can keep the candy.
bed wetting material.
No...thank...you...I'll just stand here far out of your arm's reach.
I recognize a Trick or Treat Studios mask!
Ok, this picture is just plain creepy!
Come give granny a big kiss and she might give you a shiny new quarter!

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1 comment:

The Gill-Man said...

Thanks for interviewing my favorite Unkle! I'm a HUGE fan of Pigor's artwork, and he's one helluva nice guy!

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