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8.10.2012

News! Links! Thanks!: an update from the Summer of 2012

Well heya chums!

So I don't really know how many of you guys are still out there (and who could blame you?), but since I still get a fair amount of awesome emails and comments (and trust me, my perpetual amazement at the astoundingly cool readership of this this internet-ancient [not to mention "files deficient"] blog is a whole post unto itself), I thought it might be fun to do a little "not yet Halloween" type post.

What kind of post you ask? Well I dunno really, but I thought that since I've been sent and shown and run into so much great stuff over the last few months a mishmash of links might be nice, yeah?

(I mean sure, *ostensibly* my goal will be to share some links highlighting cool projects various "friends of Scar Stuff" have been doing, but secretly I plan on slipping in a few URLs that'll send you over to some junk I've been up to myself as well. Sneaky, right?)

So let's dive right in!


First up has to be Kirk Demarais' *fantastic* book "Mail-Order Mysteries: Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads!"

If you've ever spent more than 5 seconds paging through the ads of a comic book from the 50's to the 80's you're going to be familiar with the terrain here, and what Demarais (who among zillions of other things is also the proprietor of the truly rad Secret Fun Spot site , and creator of an absurdly cool series of Film Family Portraits that you might have seen around) does is as overdue as it is simple -- he compares the promise of the ads with the reality of the product. That's right! Page after page of revelations regarding the Moon Monster, the U-Control Ghost, the Hercules Wrist Band, X-Ray Spex and more! more! more! Seriously, check this book out. And hey! Here's a nice interview with Kirk as well. You rule, Kirk!


And while we're all thinking about comic book ads, I suspect that fans of the 1972 Gayle House classick "Invite your friends over for a Haunting" 7" will very much want to check out Peter Infelise's killer Gayle House Ghoul tribute mask. It's a brilliantly realized 3D interpretation of everyone's favorite comic book come-on monster, and he finds a home within the Devil's Workshop "Retro" line of mask awesomeness that Peter has created. Infelise's clearly a pretty busy guy, because he ALSO runs the super killer Blood-Curdling Blog of Monster masks, and a variation of his Gayle House Ghoul called the Blue Banshee can even be found within the Trick or Treat Studios line of affordable-but-excellent masks.


In! Fact! Let's just give Trick or Treat Studios their own section, huh? If you've been following the independent mask scene at all you'll know that ToT has been assembled a truly dazzling line of talent under their roof. Justin Mabry (Nightowl Productions), Aaron Lewis, Erich Lubatti, Kelly Mann -- the list of amazing artists at Trick or Treat is huge. These guys have sculpted and designed some of the coolest independent (and often limited-run) monster masks of the last decade, and finding them all together and producing such fantastic work at affordable prices is very much cause for celebration. If you dig the mask scene but find yourself either disappointed at the mass-market selection or balking at the boutique prices, Trick or Treat is your solution.


And hey! S-P-E-A-K-I-N-G of monster masks, here's something I do now & then that I've really been meaning to throw onto Scar Stuff eventually: it's a collection of Monster Mask photos that I cajoled pho­tog­ra­pher Jackie Alpers into taking. Because I'm lazy, here's a re-run of the description I posted on my JasonWillis.com site:

"Osten­si­bly designed to show­case some of the really cool work being pro­duced by the inde­pen­dent mask mak­ing com­mu­nity, prob­a­bly some­what closer to the truth is that I secretly wanted a decent excuse to act out var­i­ous scenes and sit­u­a­tions involv­ing my ever-growing col­lec­tion of creepy latex heads. Awwwwwww yeah."

and just for good measure here's a direct link to the set on Flickr.

(I've got a ton more masks that I reeeeeeally need to add as well -- hopefully in a few months you'll be looking at more than 30 of these on display -- but for now: enjoy!)


While I'm talking photos-and-me, let me get this one out of the way too: This series of cubist-cum-collages that I started making with my iPhone last year is really what led me to come up with that stop motion Halloween short that I published on Scar Stuff last year. Much like the Monster Mask Series, I keep meaning to set up an "on-demand" type print option for the folks who have inquired about buying copies, but the business side of my brain often seems to head out for a stroll when I start conjuring this junk up. But hey! Until I get my act together, please feel free to enjoy the online gallery, eh? Heh, anyone want to be my agent?


In fact hey! While I'm trolling for agents, I recently edited together a seedy & salacious book that would simply LOVE to find a publisher. It's entitled "Letters to Porn Stars" and is a (wait for it) collection of letters to porn stars and porn companies that spans a chronological range of about a decade, and an emotional range of about a billion light years. This (admittedly crazy expensive) version is more of a private press type Blurb edition, but all you legit publishers can just feel free to hit me on up! Oh yeah!

Man, I'm kind of the worst at marketing the stuff I do after I make it, huh? Okay, okay -- let's move on to some more people who AREN'T me:


So yeah, I hear what you're saying -- "Those monster mask pics are nice and all Jason, but they're really lacking something when it comes to the 'naked ladies' department." Well then! Why not check out Caleb Oglesby's "100% Not Safe For Work but Plenty Safe For Nightmares" series of Monster Girls? Pairing his amazing collection of monster mask latex with huge array of R-Rated models and settings, Caleb is clearly a man with a vision on a mission. Hi Caleb!


..and FROM the "men with visions on missions" dept, I'd be remiss if I didn't take a second here to spotlight my pal Mike Howlett's amazing Eerie Publications book once again. If you enjoyed my "Cast of Eerie Publications perform the Johnson-Smith Novelty Company 'Horror Record'" video from a few years back you probably already know about his gigantic and feverishly comprehensive tome "The Weird World of Eerie Publications: Comic Gore That Warped Millions of Young Minds", but what the hell -- here it is again! And for good measure here's his Facebook page too! Ch-ch-check it out!


Another pal of mine who is consistently doing swell stuff is Mike Plante. He's got a fantastic distro for independent, avant-garde, cult & underground films called "Cinemad Presents", and runs a regularly updated blog that sheds even more light on the same scene. FROM there you'll find podcasts, video interviews and a lot more -- Mike is clearly a busy dude & he's doing great work when it comes to the world of personal and unique cinema. Goooo Mike!


And hey! Speaking of cinema (okay, admittedly I'm being a bit generous in my use of that term) let's talk a little more about ME for a sec, huh?

Here's a short film I made back in June of 2012 that profiles the perils and pitfalls of, you know, catnip. ABOUT TIME, RIGHT?

So yeah, the video is called "Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" and it's a faux 1970's drug educational short largely inspired by the amazing archives that have been unearthed by the fine folks over at Something Weird Video over the years -- for a totally ridiculous project I honestly had a very great time putting this together. If you've got about 7 minutes to spare, won't you please give it a look see?

(…innnnnn fact let me slip in a quick thank you to the cool people at Laughing Squid, Buzzfeed, I Can Haz Cheesburger, Film Independent and Metafilter for sending so many folks over to see it -- I really didn't expect such an overwhelmingly great reaction. Thanks again guys! Sorry to everyone I'm forgetting too!)


Ah hell, this is getting really long, isn't it? Tell you what -- let me just cram a couple of other little video shorts I've been doing in here as well and call it a day:


Here's a bogus "Old Timey" cover of MDC's 1982 hardcore classic "I Remember" that I did up in the style of the late 1920's vintage jazz/crooners -->


and here's a trio of time lapse setups that sorta represents a smattering of some of the junk I've been playing with in that arena -->


Okay is anyone still reading this? I should stop, huh?

Man! I swear that there are about 100 more things I want to share here (I'm making more & more music videos! People are hiring me to direct things! It's really cool!), but this is already about 5 times longer than I'd guessed at when I started typing. Much love to you all, and I hope to have one or two special treats ready for you come Halloweentime.

And seriously -- thanks again for all of the kind emails and sentiments over the years -- for a bunch of ghouls, monsters and banshees, you are also all truly, truly awesome.

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15 Comments:

Blogger Caleb O. said...

I'm pleased to share a post with so many things I love. Thanks Jason.

8/11/2012 9:55 AM

 
Blogger Caleb O. said...

Great blog. I'm thrilled to be in the company of so much cool stuff.

8/11/2012 9:57 AM

 
Blogger Hillary said...

The image of that Vampire Blood really takes me back, so cool.

8/13/2012 8:28 AM

 
Anonymous Terry T. said...

Still here, still readin'.

8/13/2012 6:51 PM

 
Blogger Crotchbat said...

I'm still here - glad you are too.

8/15/2012 11:36 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I checked this blog around this time every year. I'll never forget all those amazing Halloween record downloads that I still listen to religiously every September through Halloween. Thank you for posting all of the records. By the way, is there anyway that you will be reposting any more Halloween records? I'm sure it will be a big hit. Or maybe you could create a torrent for people to download. I know a lot of people will appreciate all of those records as much as I have all these years. Thanks again!

9/01/2012 6:51 PM

 
Blogger Dimethios said...

Happy to see you post Jason and looking forward to what you might have for us next!

9/01/2012 10:40 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It may be creepy, but I keep checking in, sorry I just missed the audio files. Your records were the stuff of my childhood. We wore out our Scholastic Haunted House 45, and I can still recite almost every word by heart.

9/06/2012 5:56 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. Incredible new stuff! Thanks for continuing to share the creativity.

9/06/2012 6:02 PM

 
Blogger MJG196 said...

I am combing the 'net for all of those records that were posted! You gotta re-up some of them! Fix those links, damn you! May the Globs have mercy on your soul!

10/07/2012 8:38 PM

 
Blogger Scurrilous! said...

Still following you and looking forward to the Halloween posts!

10/11/2012 9:52 AM

 
Blogger Savage said...

Hiya. Good to see you still kicking around.

10/11/2012 3:41 PM

 
Blogger GroovyDoom said...

Thanks for posting, I always look in on your blog to see if you've added anything. I'm definitely going to check out that book you linked to here. Viva la ScarStuff!

10/13/2012 3:02 PM

 
Blogger KL from NYC said...

Thank you for the tip about that Kirk Demarais book.

10/13/2012 5:04 PM

 
Blogger P.E. Cor said...

OMG! I just discovered your blog! All those removed links is making me cry but appreciate what I've discovered. And thanks for the update!

By the way, am I the only one who has a hard time reading the comment moderation "prove you're not a robot" things?

10/25/2012 11:16 AM

 

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