Author Interview: How Brian C. Baer Mastered the Master of the Universe

Author of HOW HE-MAN MASTERED THE UNIVERSE, Brian C. Baer (R)

The Davis Girl (TDG): Are you ready to be interviewed, Brian C. Baer?

Brian C. Baer (BCB): Let’s do this!

TDG: Ok…here we go. Hello Midnight Society Readers! I am joined today via Google Hangouts by Brian C. Baer. Brian, please say hello to our readers. Say it Brian.

BCB: Hiya!

TDG: Is that it?

BCB: Um, yes. I think so. Brevity is the soul of wit, right?

TDG: No. I’ve asked you here today to talk about the amazing book you wrote!

BCB: Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. And I’m always happy to talk more He-Man.

TDG: I haven’t read it.

He-Man in front of Castle Grayskull (Exterior). Courtesy of Google Images

BCB: What?

TDG: I did see the title. HOW HE-MAN MASTERED THE UNIVERSE. Magical. So I want to know a few things. First: what in all of Greyskull possessed you to write a book about He-Man?!

BCB: Ha! It’s with an A.

TDG: What?

BCB: It’s G-R-A-Yskull.

TDG: Grayskull?! Oh, neat! Thanks! Now answer the question.

BCB: Well, I grew up with the toys and the cartoon and the movie I spent roughly half of my time on Twitter defending. I always loved the characters and was interested in the backstories, like all obsessive fans get. But when I realized all the “firsts” of the franchise – the first toy turned into a cartoon, the first toy turned into a live-action film – I saw it as a real cornerstone in the way modern entertainment franchises work. And nobody had written a book about that! It was up to me.

TDG: What was it about the franchise were you defending?

BCB: The movie! It’s not too fondly remembered by a lot of people, but those tend to be the people who haven’t watched it in years.

TDG: There was a He-Man movie?!

BCB: Yes! In 1987. Dolph Lundgren as He-Man, Frank Langella as Skeletor. It was fun as hell, and there’s some incredible design work in there, too. About half of my book is talking about the movie.

TDG: You published through McFarland–a publisher noted for their respect of the intersection between Pop-Culture and academia. How did you find them?

BCB: McFarland is a great company. I actually wasn’t aware of them, and didn’t think I could find a publisher interested in a He-Man book, until I went to WorldCon a few years ago, when it was held in Spokane, Washington. I got a pass for the day, found their booth, saw all the awesome, serious books about fun pop culture topics. And they were very approachable about querying, too. They got back to me very quickly and we got the ball rolling.

TDG: That’s great! When did you first consider writing a He-Man book?

BCB: Probably a decade ago. I’ve been collecting trivia about the movie and the overall franchise for at least that long. And around that time, I decided that if I could write about anything in the entire world, I’d want to write about He-Man. It’s been that sort of dream project you always assume is hopeless, which makes me even more grateful and amazed to see it’s actually on shelves right now!

Artist rendering of Dolphin Language and Frank Castanza. Courtesy of Google Images

TDG: What was your process for collecting the trivia?

BCB: I printed off pages of interviews from websites, jotted down little bits of trivia I found out here and there… by the time McFarland came into the picture, I had a lot of stuff to work with.

TDG: Wow. Now, lets go back a few decades. How did you first discover He-Man?

BCB: The t-shirt story (in my book) is true. My brother introduced me to He-Man within a few hours of my birth. So when I say I grew up with the characters, I mean it. My brother was 3 and a half, I believe. I pretty much had to dedicate the book to him after all that.

TDG: That’s awesome. What does he think of it?

BCB: He’s been ready for this book for a while. So… This is actually my second book published. I had a novel out in 2015. When I signed the contract for that one, I called him and said I was getting a book published. His immediate response was, “The He-Man book?!?!” And then he had to try to act not disappointed when I said no.

TDG: Vengeance was yours!

BCB: Yes, it’s always nice to write something someone actually wants to read.

TDG: What’s your favorite part of HOW HE-MAN MASTERED THE UNIVERSE?

BCB: I really enjoy trivia and little anecdotes from behind the scenes of movies and TV shows, so I had a lot of fun writing the chapters about Filmation, who did the famous ’80s He-Man and She-Ra cartoons, and Canon Films, who were infamously shady and did the ’87 film. Not sure if those chapters are as much fun for anyone else, but I love them.

TDG: What was your system for keeping track of the research you’d gathered over the years?

BCB: I have about a hundred websites saved as Favorites on my browser still, all with interviews or old reviews or other things like that. I probably should’ve made a binder for all the stuff I printed out, but they were just kept in stacks. I’m typically pretty organized, but this was my first non-fiction project of this scale and there was a lot to keep track of.

TDG: How did writing non-fiction differ from your fiction process?

BCB: My writing method involves a lot of prep work and outlining, so that didn’t change much. I liked writing non-fiction, though. There’s so much less stressing out over what comes next. You just look at what actually happened next and take it from there.

TDG: What was the most enjoyable part of  bringing this book into the world?

BCB: It was enjoyable because those characters have been a big part of my life. It felt like I was giving a little something back to the franchise, even if it’s just sort of a love letter.

TDG: What was the most frustrating part?

BCB: Having to stop! There are so many more things I could’ve explored, or spent more time on. I didn’t even get to the part about the live-action stage show that went on tour! That’s going to haunt me. But I had to try to keep my focus narrow.

I cannot even process this amazingness. Courtesy of Google Images.

TDG: What else besides the tour would you have wanted to explore?

BCB: It would’ve been nice to spend more time on the origins of the figures, because there’s a lot of controversy over who created He-Man altogether. There’s a good handful of people who claim they did. Some have better arguments than others. But there’s no real answer, sadly. I could’ve written a lot more but I didn’t really have a solution, so I think that would’ve just been frustrating for the reader.

TDG: Who is your favorite character in the entire canon?

BCB: I always loved Man-E-Faces. He had such a cool design and the action feature of changing his face was a lot of fun when I was a kid. To pay my respects, I named the first chapter “Man-E-Prefaces”. I’m still surprised McFarland let me get away with that.

Man E. Faces (Action figure). Courtesy of Google Images

TDG: When I was four I got a She-Ra doll for my birthday and she had this awesome little sword that I would always hide in the palm of my hand and this one time I was playing with it on our back deck and the sword fell through the cracks in the deck and landed in this pile of huge cement slabs my dad and uncle were breaking apart and I looked for it every day for like a month and it is still down there and I hope who ever finds it gets special powers because of how much I loved it.

BCB: Ok.

TDG: Who was the worst character in the entire canon?

BCB: Hmm…Worst characters are tough. Some from the cartoons, like The Starchild, are just obnoxious. Personally, I was never a big fan of Snout Spout. He just seemed too silly for my mental picture of Eternia.

TDG: If you could change anything about the canon, what would it be?

BCB: I don’t know about changing canon. What’s so great about the franchise is the way it adapts. It’s never really the same, from mini-comic to comic to the different cartoons… I like how flexible it is. So I don’t think I can make any changes to the canon that haven’t already been made at one point!

TDG: What do you think it was that made the canon so flexible?

BCB: It started out flexible. The toys were packaged with mini-comics that explained who they characters were. But by the second wave of figures, they were already starting to contradict the older ones. By the time they got that continuity down, the comic books started, and they ignored most of that. Then came the cartoon, in which Filmation reimagined the concept pretty thoroughly. The movie was more true to the mini-comics but mostly did its own thing. Then the next cartoon series tossed all that out and started again, even though it’s sort of a sequel… It’s all a bit of a mess. But it’s easy to pick and choose what you like, and not get too bogged down.

TDG: If you and He-Man were going to dinner, where would you go and who would pay?

Palace of Eternia (interior). Courtesy of Google Images

BCB: I’d like to think we’d eat at the Royal Palace, because I’ve always been curious what roast goobles tastes like. And I’d offer to pay, because I imagine he doesn’t carry money with him.

TDG: How did they pay in Eternia?

BCB: I have no idea. That sort of thing varied from story to story.

TDG: What is your most prized possession from the canon?

BCB: I have a vintage He-Man belt buckle I wear every day.

TDG: No way.

BCB:

The buckle, Itself! Courtesy of Brian C. Baer

TDG: Who would win in a fight: He-Man or She-Ra?

BCB: She-Ra could take him, to be honest. He-Man is such a noble guy, he would probably hold back or not want to really fight her, and She-Ra would take advantage of that. Plus the Sword of Protection (hers) has more powers than the Sword of Power (his). He’s stronger, I’d say, but I think she’d have an advantage.

TDG: She-Ra or Skeletor?

BCB: I want Skeletor to win because he’s just so cool. He could probably have some great tricks or spells to get her. But the way these characters work, the good guys have to win at the end.
Maybe He-Man could come back and they’d team up to stop him?

TDG: Oh nice. I like that. Skeletor or Voldemort?

BCB: Skeletor. Easily.

TDG: Skeletor or all the goddamn Care Bears?

BCB: How come everyone gets to team up on Skeletor? That’s not cool. Hmm… I think Skeletor could beat them all. But the Care Bears could probably get him to sing a song first. He is vulnerable to cute, fluffy animals. And that’s in canon! It’s in the Christmas Special!

TDG: What? No. What?!

BCB: Look it up on YouTube! He’s trying to be evil but there’s this cute fluffy dog-thing, and children and telling him about Christmas, and he’s so conflicted!

TDG: No. I thought those gifs were just doctored up! 

BCB: Nope! All real. The Christmas Special is something else.

TDG: That is outstanding. Brian C. Baer, thank you so much for your time today! Is there anything else you’d like to share with the group? About He-Man? Your Book? Your unyielding love for Skeletor?

BCB: If you’re in the LA area, check out Power-Con in September. It’s a great He-Man convention. I’ll be at Power-Con, but I made the difficult decision to not get a table there because there’s too much cool He-Man stuff to see there!

TDG: Awesome! Thank you so much, Brian C. Baer! We’re done.

BCB: What


Brian C. Baer hails from Walla Walla, Washington. After receiving a degree in creative writing from Eastern Washington University, he moved abroad to teach English in the Czech Republic, London, and Manchester, UK. Upon moving back to the States, he published his first novel, “Bad Publicity”, through the now-defunct Porfirio Press. His essays on pop culture have been posted on ComicBookMedia.com and in Vex Mosaic, and his short fiction has been published in various websites, anthologies, and been read aloud on the Drabblecast. Follow him on Twitter @BrianCBaer

How He-Man Mastered the Universe: Toy to Television to the Big Screen Book Cover How He-Man Mastered the Universe: Toy to Television to the Big Screen
Brian C. Baer
Nonfiction
McFarland
March 7, 2017
Print, eBook
228
http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/book-2.php?id=978-1-4766-6590-0

Elaborate cinematic universes and sophisticated marketing tie-ins are commonplace in entertainment today. It’s easy to forget that the transmedia trend began in 1982 with a barbarian action figure. He-Man and the other characters in Mattel’s popular Masters of the Universe toy line quickly found their way into comic books, video games, multiple television series and a Hollywood film. The original animated series (1983–1985) was the first based on an action figure, and the cult classic Masters of the Universe (1987) was the first toy-inspired live-action feature film.

But it wasn’t easy. He-Man faced adversaries more dangerous than Skeletor: entertainment lawyers, Hollywood executives, even the Reagan administration. The heroes and villains of Eternia did more than shape the childhoods of the toy-buying public—they formed the modern entertainment landscape.

Courtesy of McFarland

Come Sprint with Us!


This morning, Brian and I took to Twitter and sprinted. It was awesome. We were both up early and it was nice to have someone out there who was writing at the same time. Together, we decided that what would make it even better would be YOU!

Anytime one of us is writing, we will post to the hashtag #MidnightSocietyWritersClub. And then all you need to do is join us in our writing time. Post to the hashtag and let us know who you are and how long you want to write for. It’s all in the name of building community and encouraging stories to flourish.

Even though we’re all about horror here, please join us NO MATTER WHAT YOU’RE WRITING! Some of us will be writing early–Like Brian and I on the East Coast. Kathy likes to stay up late, so you’ll likely see her on the graveyard shift. No matter the time, if you’re in need of a partner, give us a shout. Most likely, we’ll drop everything and pound the keyboard right alone with you.

Our first official sprint will be today @ 6:30 am, but if you miss it…never fear! A Midnighter is never far away!

xoxo,

A

Let’s Watch A Horror Movie…Sinister

I’m late with the announcement, but I didn’t know if I would have a free Friday. BUT I DO!!!! So let’s watch a horror movie!!!! For July…Sinister.

 

Sinister movie poster 2012

This 2012 British-American supernatural horror film was directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill.

And scared the living whatever out of me.

The Oswalt family moves into a new house.

Isn’t that always how it starts?

from the 2012 movie Sinister

Ellison Oswalt is a true crime writer, so he moves his wife and two kids into a house where people were, well, murdered.

Scene from 2012 movie Sinister

Yeah…like that…

He’s there so he can write about it, of course.

Ellison finds a box of old film reels…home movies…in the attic. THESE ARE NO ORDINARY HOME MOVIES. Ellison becomes obsessed and starts to track the families whose murders are shown on the films. How the families move. How murder follows them. How children go missing.

But there’s something else in those movies…

Scene from the 2012 movie Sinister with Ethan Hawke as Ellison Oswalt

A demon. Bughuul.

From the 2012 movie Sinister, Bughuul played by Nick King

If the flickering home movies of death don’t scare you, well…I don’t know what will. I love how the mystery unfolds, how the evil waits. But for what?

It will be fine.

FINE!

From 2012 movie Sinister, Ashley Oswalt played by Clare Foley

This movie is a dark and creepy ride, exploring the manipulation of a demon and, just as the innocent can be changed by evil, how people can be swallowed by obsession and forget what is important.

 

So, you have a week to prepare because I will live-tweet #Sinister on Friday, July 28th at 9 EST. Press play with me and add your thoughts!

 

 

Paint it Brown – The Strange History of Mummy Paint

You’ve seen those Hollywood creature features. You’ve hung out with Jenna as she compared Brendan Fraser & Tom Cruise in their respective Mummy movies. But that doesn’t mean there still aren’t secrets about mummies just waiting to be unearthed.

I’ll be the first to admit – I am OBSESSED with Ancient Egypt. I’m not even sure when it started. I mean, I hated history class in high school. But now, gimme a documentary on the History Channel about the latest discovery from Zahi Hawass and I’m there!

Photo © Zahi Hawass

So, a few years ago, I set out to write a mummy story. It gave me an excuse to do a little more digging into the discoveries, fact and fiction surrounding Ancient Egypt. Plus, it allowed me to geek out about my favorite subject matter (other than cats and coffee). That’s when I learned about mummy paint.

All About Mummy Brown

If you haven’t heard about this, it isn’t exactly for the faint of heart. Mummy Brown paint is exactly that – paint made from, among other things, ground up mummies.

Yup. You heard me right. I’m not sure who came up with the idea – or why – but apparently, mummies were ground up and the residue was mixed with white pitch (a wood resin) and myrrh (a fragrant resin/spice). The resulting concoction was known as caput mortuum, or mummy brown. The shade is described as something between burnt umber and raw umber.

Pre-Raphaelite painters were big fans of the hue. It has been said that French artist Martin Dröllin used the shade in his painting ‘L’interieur d’une cuisine’.

Diving Deeper in The Mummy Congress

In The Mummy Congress by Heather Pringle, more details about the trade in mummies are revealed. The peculiar existence of so-called ‘mummy merchants’ becomes even more strange when described as follows, ‘the mumia which is met in trade is mostly only an imitation, consisting of resinous red-brown or brown-black pieces, mixed with some brown bone remnants and little pieces of linen. The mummia is stocked in pieces and powder. If one should obtain and give true mumia, don’t forget to test for arsenic content, especially arsenic suphfide.’ Soon after, chemists began clearing their shelves of their mummy jars. No one wanted to be associated any longer with a trade in dead bodies.”

The good news is, mummy brown paint soon became unfashionable when the general public learned of its contents. After all, what artist would feel comfortable creating, or what art collector would feel comfortable obtaining a piece they knew was borne from paint containing ground up bone from a mummy?

Sure, we know even the Victorians had an obsession with macabre art, but perhaps artwork with mummy paint as the medium was going one step too far.

Having said that, I couldn’t help but use this strange tidbit of information as the inspiration for a story. I am a horror author, after all.

Explore The Lockwood Collection

So, are you brave enough to read such a tale? If you are, then you’re in luck! You can grab your own copy of the story inspired by this bizarre factoid!

My short story, The Lockwood Collection, was published in an all-mummy anthology called Scroll of Anubis from Library of Horror Publishing. I’ve made the story available as an ebook and now it can be yours!

 

About The Lockwood Collection

 

After struggling artist Regan Lockwood receives a mysterious gift from her father, her work begins to take on a horrifying tone. Terrified of this darker side and her unraveling sanity, Regan is forced to confront her father and in doing so, unearths a decades-old secret from her family’s past

As a special treat to fans of The Midnight Society, you can download an ebook copy from my website!

Head over to The Lockwood Collection page, add the ebook to your cart, and checkout using coupon code MidnightMummy to grab your copy!

Don’t forget to leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads when you’re done!

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Happy Birthday Mary Rajotte!

The spirits are swirling in excitement today because one magical person was born today and the universe and its otherworldly entities are celebrating!

Happy Birthday Mary Rajotte!

We got together with the ghosts and planned a little celebration. Don’t forget the Ouija board!

Mary, you are so kind, clever, and uber talented! Really, it’s not fair to the rest of us but we forgive you. After all, we couldn’t live (or haunt) without you. My gift to you is a few relaxation bath bombs from The Mad Bombers. I’m not sure how it works digitally, but you’re smart, you’ll figure it out.

 

Next, a cocktail to loosen the spirits!

I give you the Jack’O’Lantern.

Recipe:

  • 1 ounce Blood Orange Juice (fresh if available)
  • 4 ounces Prosecco
  • 1/2 ounce Campari
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce Black Vodka

Combine juice, prosecco, Campari and simple syrup, then float the black vodka on top.

 

Happy Birthday Mary!!!

May your day be filled with glitter and fun!

<3 Amy

 


Mistress Mary,

You are a delightful addition to our little group.

And on your birthday, I’ve been thinking…

That it would be so cool to catch up in person.

Have a spooktacular birthday you beautiful person!

<3 TDG


MARY!!!!

I’ve found the perfect spot for a party! Warm and cozy…possibly a death trap…

We’ll have cake…

and…

We’ll invite some friends…

 

And play some games.

Open a hell mouth…

Talk to the dead…or demons… Why limit ourselves, we like to live on the edge.

Because you deserve a fantastic deadly good time on your day! So glad you joined our group!

Kathy

Mary!!!!!!!!!!!!

Having someone in our motley crew that loves the ’80s as much as I do is so much fun. And we both know the 80s was the best decade for music, so I’m bringing some tunes to this party.

Let’s start with a little Alice Cooper:

Kick things up a notch with some Misfits:

And bring the house down with Fastway:

I hope your birthday is filled with had-banging, boot-stomping awesomeness.

 

Happy Birthday Mary!

 

Sincerely,

The Best Birthday Gift Ever–HARROWED!!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–Jolene Haley is amazing. And this past week, she gave me the best birthday present ever–a print proof of our book Harrowed.

If you follow Jolene or I at all, then you know we’re hard at work on getting Haunted (the second book in the Woodsview Murders series) ready for release. But Harrowed will always be our first love, and we still have big plans for our first book, and one of those plans is a print edition. Jolene and I had talked about the print version, and had done some preliminary work (or so I thought) on formatting.

So when I came home from work the other day to find a box waiting for me, I initially assumed it was some books I’d ordered and forgot about (which happens more than you might imagine).

And then I opened the box, and things got emotional. Because I was looking at a print proof of our book.

It was pretty emotional, as this book really means the world to me. Not only do I consider it some of my best writing, but it’s a symbol of the friendship and partnership that Jolene and I have built over the past few years. And what better example of that friendship than Jolene working her butt off to get a print proof made for my birthday.

I almost booked a plane ticket right then and there so I could fly to California and tackle hug her. Instead I called her at work and probably got her in trouble with her boss, as I was excitedly raving and thanking her for twenty minutes.

But that’s only half the story.

See, I’ve mentioned in the past that Harrowed is full of Easter eggs for ’80s horror and music fans, but many of the people and places in Harrowed are based on some of our favorite people and places in real life. The music store where Avery works in Harrowed is called Deep Cuts, and it’s based on the music store I’ve frequented in my hometown for almost thirty years called Music Outlet. The owner of that store is a guy by the name of Gary, and we wrote Gary into Harrowed as the owner of Deep Cuts.

I found out recently that after almost thirty-five years, Gary is retiring and closing Music Outlet in August. Not only am I sad about losing my favorite music store, but I had hoped to be able to one day give Gary a copy of Harrowed to show him how much he and the store meant to me. With the announcement of his retirement, I figured I wouldn’t ever get that chance.

Then along came Jolene Haley.

Thanks to my amazing partner–who sent me two print proofs, I will be heading to Music Outlet this week to give Gary a copy of our book.

And that makes Jolene’s gift to me the best birthday gift ever.

Thanks again, partner!!

Mummy vs Mummy

From a very young age, I’ve been obsessed with Indiana Jones (my dog’s name is Indi!). Something about discovering ancient remains and disturbing the peace was so thrilling. I also loved a little film called George of the Jungle and vividly remember having my first real crush on a man…the ineffable (but extremely effable) Brendan Fraser. Imagine my delight when The Mummy came out a few years later. My leading man dredging around the dessert, discovering lost civilizations and awakening the slumbering Imhotep? I was in love.

And still am.

When I caught wind that a movie called THE MUMMY was coming out this year, I was SO excited. But Brendan was nowhere to be seen. In his place stood Tom Cruise. I felt so betrayed. Why would they deny Mr. Fraser this part?

Turns out it’s a completely different franchise. Which led be to some very important research…Which Mummy is better?

Let’s start off with our log lines (snatched straight fro Wiki)

TM 1999: The film follows adventurer Rick O’Connell, who travels to Hamunaptra, the city of the dead, with an archaeologist and her brother. There they accidentally awaken Imhotep, a high priest from the reign of the pharaoh Seti I, who has been cursed for eternity.

TM 2017: Iraq, soldier-of-fortune Nick Morton and his partner Chris Vail accidentally discover the tomb of Ahmanet after staging an airstrike on an insurgent stronghold. They unearth the tomb of erased Egyptian Princess, Ahmanet. She select’s Nick as her chosen one, determined to sacrificially kill him and turn him into a living god.

Here’s a peek at our villains:

 

Ahmanet’s kiss drains the life out of the receiver, rendering them a mindless mummy controlled by her will. She has a grip on Nick – her chosen one’s- mind, but it isn’t super strong.

Imothep can control sand storms and water, turn himself into sand, and control hordes of the undead.

Winner: Imhothep. Hands down.

Tom Cruise plays Nick, our solider turned Chosen One. He’s not nearly as swoon-worthy as BF but he is a solid action hero.

 

I am FULLY aware this is not Brendan Fraser in the Mummy, but come on. Brendan Fraser has more charisma and…depth in his portrayal of a monster-hunting hero.

Winner: BF. Obvs.

It feels a little unfair to compare the movies special effects, considering there’s nearly twenty years between the films. While TM’99 didn’t have as high of a fear factor as TM’17 does, the effects of Imhotep were pretty sick at the time.

But man, TM’17 is pretty cool. From the plane crash to the mercury embalming, the mummy army and Ahmanet in general, I can’t deny the bad assery.

Winner: TM’17

I’d compare the leading ladies, but no one could possibly hold a candle to Evie. She wins. Everything. All the time. (Though I totally love that they’re both bad ass, smart women that save the day).

 

The 90’s franchise of THE MUMMY wrapped up each of their films nicely. They set up spin-offs elegantly enough that I was actually looking forward to them. (And the Rock is dream boat all on his own).

2017 THE MUMMY  was a bit of a hot mess when it came to the various tangents. Nick’s love interest, archeologist Jenny, is not just a scientist. She works for a secret organization headed by Russel Crowe – aka Henry Jekyll (yup). He aids in capturing Ahmanet and holding her in his research facility. He encourages Nick to allow himself to be killed, saving the world from the destructive powers that is Ahmanet. When Dr. Jekyll and Nick argue, Dr. J misses a very important injection and yeah…they go there. He goes into Hyde mode. To be honest, I can’t even really summarize what happens with that whole plot line. I’m assuming it will be discussed in subsequent films. The movie ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, making me believe they’ll be more movies (even though this one was considered a bit of a flop despite raking in 385m).

At the end of the day, TM’17 won’t have the following or staying power that TM’99 does. Was it cool and a bit creepy? Yeah! Am I going to binge watch it 274 times over the next decade or two? Nope.

Winner: THE MUMMY (1999)

Brendan, in the words of Sinead O’Connor, nothing compares to you.

x.

Dark Arts & Crafts

It’s zombie month here at The Midnight Society!

But except for this gem (below), I don’t do zombies.

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies & Brains, 2011. Silkscreen, glue, marker on paper. Created in between projects during a grad art class.

But taking a photo of my Pride & Prejudice & Zombies & Brains piece only made me want to document some of the other arts and crafts lurking in my house. Because truth be told, this month is kicking my bum.

So I kind of feel like a zombie…that counts.

And so here, in no particular order, is my personal art gallery. And yes, everything is for sale*.

Thing With Teeth Eating A Cupcake, 2013. Watercolor, markers on paper. Created in hunger the week of my birthday. Fun fact: Don’t use markers on watercolor paper.

 

Tentacle Taking An Ice Cream Cone, 2013. Watercolor on paper. Created on a hot day.

 

Cheeseburger in Ketchup Lake, 2012. Acrylic on paper. Created while hungry.

 

Andy’s Favorite Quote, 2012. India Ink on velum. Positive created for my first silkscreen assignment.

 

Jane Austen’s Silhouette in Writing, 2012. India Ink on velum. Partial cut out of the positive created for my second silkscreen assignment.

 

Cupcake Lake, 2017. Watercolor on paper. Created during a lake house vacation with my mom and aunt. They wanted to do a Paint & Pour but we were in the middle of no where, so it would have taken an hour to get there, cost us a first born child, and then an hour back. So we did our own on the back deck, instead.

 

The Battle of All The Things, 2014. Sharpie, scratches, paint, on thrift store art. Created while waiting for a job offer that never came. I usually worked on it while watching Downton Abbey or Sherlock

 

Jane Austen’s Silhouette in Writing, 2012. India Ink on velum. Partial cut out of the positive created for my second silkscreen assignment. As much as I enjoy art, doing art for a grade is the worst.

 

Tree and Octopus, 2017. Acrylic on canvas. Created at one of those Paint & Pour events with some girlfriends. The instructor was half my age and twice my intensity. Worse than doing art for a grade, is doing art in a crowd when I could be eating a bacon cheeseburger.

 

Girl With a Pearl Snorkel, 2016. Ink on paper. Digital Image created on iPad with Notes. Original image: Leonardo Da Vinci. Ginevra de’ Benci, 1474-78.

 

Louis Braille, 1992. Ink, bumps, pencil on manilla file folder. Created for a fifth grade project on a famous person in history.

 

The Angel Falls, 1991. Pencil, crayon, marker on paper stuck to a clear yellow report cover by unknown substance. Created in fifth grade for Social Studies. My mom wrote a note to the teacher asking her to please let me do this topic because I was giving myself an ulcer worrying that she (the teacher) had listed 20 topics for us to choose from, but there were 21 of us and everything else was taken.

 

8-Bit Batman Braille, 2017. Acrylic, paint chips, glass beads on canvas. Created for a friend and his daughter who are learning Braille. I didn’t measure perfectly, so the left side wraps around but I like the way it mimics what light would do on a corner. It bends.

 

Embroidered Hogwarts Seal, 2017. Embroidery floss on needlepoint fabric. Created while binge watching Game of Thrones.

 

I Saw It On Pinterest and Andy Knew the Reference–From a Video Game With That Elf Guy Maybe?, 2017. Paint chips, glue, acrylic on reverse side of reclaimed canvas of thrift store art. Created because I still had paint chips left over and I loved my new paper cutter. I wanted to get one of those 1″ square punches form Michaels, but it was twice as expensive as this mini paper cutter.

 

Companion Cube Silverware Caddy for Andy Because Friendship, 2017. Acrylic, paint chips, paper, glue, ribbon, on a cardboard pencil holder. Created because we have friends over for game nights and I didn’t have a silverware caddy yet. 

 

Bethany Robinson Can Eat It. How Could You Not Like This Photograph? It’s Amazing. It’s a Watermelon Cut Up Into Pluckable Bite Sized Bits. Seriously, What Are You, Even?, 2017. Cube cut slices on watermelon. Created while hungry, hot, and too tired to make coffee. OMG I love watermelon. And you B!

*for one billion dollars.

Happy Birthday Brian LeTendre!!!!

We have a verrryyyyyy special birthday today.

Today, we celebrate the birthday of our resident comic book reading, Twin Peak loving, Spiderman fiending, heavy metal rocking, video game crushing member, Brian LeTendre.

We wanted to give you a few gifts, Brian. So please sit back, relax, and enjoy!

 

You know I love to start out with some spirits, so Brian, here is my birthday drink for you.

I give you, the Alien Brain Hemmorhage.

Recipe: Fill a shot glass full of half peach schnapps, with Bailey’s Irish Cream poured on top. Once the shot is almost full, a small amount of blue curacao is added, and once that settles, a small splash of grenadine tops the drink off.

Brian, you are kind, you are amazing, and I hope we’re best friends until the day we die and even after, I hope we haunt people together.

Thank you for being such an amazing human, friend, and lover of midnight spooky things.

<3 Jolene

 

Happy Birthday Brian!!

I hope you have a killer day!

<3 Amy


Brian Dark and Dearest,

My gift to you is the knowledge that you are like the big brother I never had. Not after that accident out back by the well where woods end, anyway.

Have an awesome birthday knowing your professionalism inspires me!

<3 TDG

 

Brian!!!!!

The bestest video gaming, metal rocking, slasher loving Midnighter!

 

Let’s have some cake!

 

I’ll bring a couple of friends…

You know this guy, but hopefully not from your dreams.

 

You might not know Super Laser-Eye Sloth who lives in space.

 

And we’ll rock out all night…or until I fall asleep…

 

Have a fabulous birthday!!!

<3 Kathy

 

 

BRIAN! DUDE! IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY!

Even though we’ve only known one another for like a year, I totally feel the bro-sis vibe. If we’d grown up in the same town, we would have totally partied together.

I love your passion for all the things you love; your welcoming vibe; and come on…let’s be honest…your Daily Larry pics.

Dude, I hope you have a comic book, slasher flick, 80’s metal-fueled birthday!

\m/

~Mary~

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Brian!

 

Sincerely,

 

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July 4th Book Recommendation

If you aren’t a fan of fireworks, or you need to stay home with the pups so that they don’t go insane with the noise, here’s the perfect book for you to read…

WELCOME TO THE DEAD HOUSE by R.L. Stine, is the first book published in the Goosebumps series. It was originally released in July 1992. Since then, it has been re-released 2 more times with new covers. There is also a TV episode you can watch!