Halloweirdos 2013

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 01, 2013
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We are taking a year off from Halloweirdos. There are plenty ghoulishly delightful offerings from previous years just waiting for you to gander at! Enjoy the season and we will see you next year!

Don’t forget to grab a copy of Wide Awake 666 that is packed full of creator’s creepy tales that tingle and tickle.

Check out theFall 2013 GLORP GUM offerings by Brad McGinty.

Also go grab a Skelly Girl Print by Robert Ullman.

The Astounding Bernardo

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 31, 2012
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J Chris Campbell

Come closer as the Astounding Bernardo teleports you telepathically to the etherial plane of the dead. He is renouned  throughout the world as the man from beyond and can channel the powers of purgatory to call forth those who have recently passed to the other side. Be amazed as he mesmerizes the audience with his mystical magic of the unknown!

We at Wide Awake Press hope you have enjoyed this year’s presentation of Halloweirdos. We sure have. Thanks so much for stopping in and be sure to visit all of the participants websites and tell them how great they are for helping out. Stay spooky everyone!
- J Chris Campbell

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Princess of Halloween

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 30, 2012
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Rich Barrett

Being a father of two girls, this picture reflects a typical day at home for Rich. So, neither of his daughters actually plan on dressing as princesses for Halloween because it’s the one day of the year you’re not supposed to wear your usual every day attire.

If monsters are your thing, check out Rich’s set of AlphaBeasts postcards, now on sale: http://www.richbarrett.com/alphabeasts/

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Pretty Tricky Princess

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 30, 2012
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Jason Gammon

Sometimes creatures just want to get in on the act. You know, take advantage of the endless stream of candy on halloween night. This little guy haphazardly dressed as a princess after realizing that the cutely dressed reap sweeter rewards. The previous wearer was just an appetizer.

Check out some of Jason’s deadly shots on Dribbble and keep up with other Gammon goodness at his site Object Unknown. Make sure to give Jason some likes for the fantastic Zombie fist in the Halloweirdo header this year!

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Squaggroth Jr.

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 29, 2012
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Jared Moraitis

Once, a secret society hatched a plot to conjure up an ancient elder god named SQUAGGROTH, who would grant his summoners near-limitless power in return for being released from his centuries-old prison. Squaggroth was supposed to begin a revenge-laden spree of destruction and debauchery upon gaining his freedom, but when the complicated spells and rites were complete, Squaggroth’s actual appearance didn’t quite measure up to expectations. The ancient tome of spells made Squaggroth out to be a hideous and twisted malevolent beast whose very countenance inspired madness and insanity, but the centuries had not been kind to the elder god. What they got was a bloated, depressed and lazy bum of a “god” who just wanted to sit on the couch, eat greasy snacks and catch up on all the good TV shows he’d missed. There was a slight glimmer of hope, however: Squaggroth had sired a son, who was destined to be even more foul and merciless than his father! SQUAGGROTH JR. was tracked down, yet more disappointment followed. As is typical of many teenagers facing unfair expectations and pressures, as well as a lack of strong guidance and discipline, SQUAGGROTH JR. had rebelled against his parents, choosing to forsake his destiny and ignore his potential in favor of hanging out on street corners, tagging buildings, and hassling cops. Kids! Can’t live with ‘em, can’t banish them to eternal darkness at the edge of the cosmos!

There are no disappointments when it comes to the art of Jared Moraitis. Go banish your money on all his stuff at Beast Wreck!

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Impatient Trick-or-Treater

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 29, 2012
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Jason Horn

With all those goodies piling into your pumpkin on Halloween, it can be hard to not snack-n-treat. Fighting back the inner candy craving can take the will power of a million monsters.

Jason suggests you let go and enjoy your favorites plastic wrapped yummies while you search your streets for even more treats. Check out Jason’s comic Ninjasaur for more creature action and keep an eye on apples app store for the Ninjasaur app!

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Robot Monster!

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 26, 2012
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Adam Casey

Ro-Man rears his alien head ready to use his Calcinator Death Ray to destroy all life on Earth. Adam is gives us a glimpse of the evil alien from the cult classic movie “Robot Monster.” Let’s all hope that Mr. Casey doesn’t wake and find out this has all been a dream.

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A Top Cat Orange

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 25, 2012
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Josh Latta

How many de-programmings does it take to remove Top Cat’s urge for a bit of the ultra-volence? The world may never know, but that want stop Officer Dibble. Josh Latta’s Hanna Barbara infused mash-ups have been some of the most popular Halloweirdos. We love’um. Hope he’s not secretly programming us to do his evil biddings.

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Emmett the Monster Clown

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 24, 2012
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J Chris Campbell

Some people are totally creeped out by clowns and even terrified. It’s called Coulrophobia and J Chris has never had that problem. Emmet the Monster Clown was inspired by a paint-by-number of the famous mid-century clown, Emmett Kelly who played Weary Willie.
It wasn’t until after he drew this J Chris found out that Emmett Kelly really did try to put out a circus fire while still dressed in full clown makeup. Isn’t that strange? Maybe clowns really are creepy.

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Little Blood Freak

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 23, 2012
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Rico Renzi

What’s your favorite drama movie? If you’re anything like Rico, and your mama, it’s the splatter-exploitation movie Blood Sucking Freaks.
Look at that adorable little Freak! He doesn’t look like a vile sadist into torture and murder. He’s a sharp little dresser and he looks anything but low-budget. I’m sure he just showed up at the wrong time on the wrong day.
Speaking of days, have you been keeping up with Rico’s T-shirt-a-day 2012? No, well keep up with Rico daily on Twitter.

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BOOGUM!

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 22, 2012
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Steve Stegelin

BOOGUM! The monster under your bed might be scary, but only if you can’t convince him that he’s at the wrong house and really wants the brat up the street. Sneak a peak at Steve’s weekly editorial cartoons exposing that special breed of boogeyman known as “politicians” for the Charleston City Paper and Statehouse Report.

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Classic monsters are forever

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 19, 2012
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Ashley Holt

From the crypts and catacombs and musty old castles come crawling the classic monsters of yore. Mr. Holt should have been born 100 years ago like most of these monsters. He hates most anything from the last 40 years. You can read about how much he dislikes everything on his illustrated blog The Symptoms. And pick up his newly released book collecting his greatest fits!

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Creature Family

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 18, 2012
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Jared Cullum

It’s a little known fact that the creature was actually a respectable businessman, in the small town of Wakulla Springs, Florida with his wife and kids. Jared Cullum gives you a rare glimpse of what they may have looked like in a family photo. Check out the web comic Pea Green Coffee Cup for more from Jared.

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Grazzo the Hobo Monster

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 16, 2012
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One evening as the sun went down
a ruckus I was yearning.
Down the road I went a running,
from the building fires a’burning,

I’m headed from a land that is far away
where squishy things act silly.
So come with me, we’ll go and see
the Big Dumb Human City.

In the Big Dumb Human City
There are towers made of rocks
and they tumble and they crumble
with tiny ground shocks.
There ain’t no super powered heroes,
No missles, tanks nor bombs,
I’m bound to stay
where they eat all day,
where they go to work,
like a bunch of jerks
In the Big Dumb Human City.

In the Big Dumb Human City.
I squashed a car or two
and the little streams of gasoline
came trickling out like goo.

In the Big Dumb Human City.

- J Chris Campbell

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Tuberous Squom

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 15, 2012
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Jared Moraitis

This is a big forest-dwelling beastie called the TUBEROUS SQUOM. The artist Mr. Moraitis tells us he’s a root-based creature who can pull himself out of the ground when he’s hungry and feels the distinct vibrations of wayward tasty children who have unwisely wandered too far into the woods!

If you’re hungry for some tasty treats then I suggest you wander over to the place all the hip young boyles and ghouls are going to get their t-shirts, buttons and such@ Beast Wreck Shirts & Stuff. And read what’s next from the Morbid mind of Mr. Moraitis at his blog.

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It’s The Great Pumpkin(head), Charlie Brown!

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 12, 2012
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Ben Towle

Half-way through this illustration it occurred to Ben Towle that people may not recognize the monster in the background–and then, of course, not get the gag (such as it is) at all. “Oh well, if so: sorry, folks!” Anyway, that’s not the Great Pumpkin coming to greet Linus, but rather Pumpkinhead, the vengeful Stan Winston-designed monster from the 1988 horror movie Pumpkinhead.

Ben gave us a little insight into creation “I penciled this loosely by hand and then inked it with Digital Manga Studio and colored in Photoshop. The “old timey off-register newsprint” (click for larger veiw) look was achieved via this great tutorial from cartoonist Les McClaine.”

Ben Towle is all over the internet. Peep his blog at www.benzilla.com on Tumblr & Twitter. And don’t miss his in-progress webcomic, Oyster War here.

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The Spirit of Halloween

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 11, 2012
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Brad McGinty

That tingling feeling that creeps up with the first cold breeze of fall? The crisp still starkness of the first cool night as summer fades. The air feels sinister and the chill of night makes your toes feel hallow and your bones hum.

It’s the spirit of halloween rising up from his slumber. Creeping from his hibernation cavern where he’s been dreaming of the havoc he will inspire. The tricks and treats. A festival of horrors.

Brad McGinty makes horrible things fun! Buy all his stuff in his store hole!

Click here for a larger version of the above illustration.

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Boys Best Friend

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 10, 2012
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Pat Lewis

Good evening fear fans! If your parents love you, they will check under the bed, in the closets, and behind the drapes for monsters before leaving you alone at night. But what if the monster was YOUR BEST FRIEND? That is, of course, if your best friend is a ventriloquist’s dummy. Those things are scary enough when they’re NOT possessed, their lifeless eyes unblinkingly fixed, their mute mouths falling half-open, their stiff dead arms dangling by their sides. Pat Lewis dares you to dream of the devilishly dire consequences of turning your back on this darling little toy. Look, Danny the Demonic Dummy is sick of you and your bad jokes, and he aims to put an end to them… for good! Sleep tight kiddies. Hehehehehe

Where else does terror lurk? Why in Pat Lewis’ webcomic featuring Muscles Diablo.

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Boardwalk Empire

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 09, 2012
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Josh Latta

Ah, probation-era Atlantic City… a place where women were women and men were monsters.
Richard Harrow is the tragically disfigured war veteran and desperately loyal friend to Boardwalk Empire’s prodigal son Jimmy. He’s a cold-blooded killer for hire, but that tin-mask that hides his mangled face does little to hide the poor soul just desperate for acceptance. He believes himself to be a monster, but we know better, don’t we? Behind the mask of every monster lays a tortured man. Or is it the other way around? Well, either way… if Richard shows up on your doorstep and rings the doorbell, I’d think twice before answering it, he’s probably not trick-or-treating. You can find lots of treats in the land of Latta.

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Los Dead Band

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 08, 2012
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J Chris Campbell

The day of the dead isn’t until November 1st but you can’t deny the links to all hallows’ eve! J Chris makes an early offering to the mistress of the dead with an eerily illustrated deceased mariachi band. Olay!!

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Frankinrod

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 05, 2012
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Brad McGinty

Dr Frankenstein made a car and the grossly talented Brad McGinty drew them enjoying a nice LIVELY evening ride. If you dig McGinty’s freaky illos then make sure you scope out his webcomic Battle Zoo. It’s sure to drive you crazzziieeee man!

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Vampyros Lesbos

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 04, 2012
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Josh Latta

Do you like Vampire Vixen Necronomanic Dreamy Dance Parties? Well Josh Latta sure does, so that’s why he depicted the Italiano obscuro flick Vampyro Lesbos for your approval. With all the terror of vampires and the sex-appeal of lesbians, Vampyros Lesbos both titillates and terrifies.

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Devious Debate

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 03, 2012
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J Chris Campbell

Debates are a time for great enjoyment and camaraderie for everyone. Even those without access to any sort of freedom whatsoever can still enjoy a good debate. Even in the land of monsters a healthy debate is always welcomed especially when it comes to selecting a leader. Show your support of Candidate Subilcor this debate season with some free downloads. Get a printable poster and some wallpapers for your digital devices.
Are you on Facebook? If so you can enjoy random links and useless comments from J Chris. He can’t seem to stay of their.

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Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 02, 2012
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Henry Eudy

A hypnotizing portrait of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, America’s favorite voodoo man.
Rendered to the bone by America’s favorite ridiculous adventurous, Henry Eudy.

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Witches’ Brew

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 01, 2012
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Jeff Tuffenstuff

Jeff cooks up a nice illustration to start off our month of Halloweirdos. He was having trouble coming up with something weird enough. So he asked his three daughters to come up with some ideas.

“”You should draw witches!” Who am I to argue? So, I drew three witches brewing up a nasty surprise for the little trick or treaters that will visit their cottage later that evening. What will the kids be turned into? I’m sure my daughters will think of something …”

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Spooktacular

Posted by J Chris Campbell on October 31, 2011
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Brad McGinty
ends our month of Halloweirdos with a ghoulish animated goodie. Thanks to all the contributors and everyone who stopped by for some spooky illustration fun. Wide Awake Press had a fantastic time this October. Maybe we’ll do it again soon, let us know what you’d like to see.

Thanks again! Have a great Halloween!

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