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zombie disappointment

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

It’s been a while since we’ve had a visit from Gluck. Oddly enough, I have little control over who will show up each week. Occasionally, I can focus my head on a character and try to come up with something for his or her personality but usually the comics come from a doodle or random thought and the applicable character just is. Anyway, despite the lapse in his visits, I’m actually quite fond of Gluck and am glad he surfaced this week.

This weekend my friend Demi (DemiGod Studio) and I did some live body painting at Cafe Hey. Here’s our lovely model Tammi rockin’ her pirate outfit made almost entirely of acrylic paint. Everything you see except the hat, sword and boots is paint.


I met an awesome painter by the name of Adriana Tomassi whose work I really fell in love with. I bought two of her minis which she was letting go for practically nothing. I don’t have photos of those but here’s a couple of paintings which reflect her loose, imaginative style.


A friend of mine bought this painting which was one of my favorites, as well:

I also met part of group that makes up Calavera Comics. Calavera is an indie comic force that does a little bit of everything including cool comic anthologies. It was refreshing to see some comic art at an art show. Here’s a shot of their wall:


It was a fun night. Other than that, I haven’t done too much. I’ve been sick for like 10 days now with some days better than others. Maybe it’s allergies from hell. I don’t know. Oh, wait I did complete this Day of the Dead couple that I’ve been working on little by little for ages now. They are on hold for someone already in case you’re wondering, but more day of the dead art dolls are in progress.

day of the dead duo by calan ree

day of the dead duo by calan ree

Oh, I also saw Burton’s Alice in Wonderland this weekend. It was what I expected. I’m not super fond of the cgi-ness but I got over myself and just enjoyed it. The costumes were phenomenal. Depp plays 3 different personalities rolled into that Mad Hatter which was cool to watch. Plus, there are these upright frogs in fancy attire that made me squeal with delight. So, all in all I liked it very much. Would I have loved a less Disneyesque, darker Alice? Hell, yes. But, it certainly is imaginative and filled with enough eye candy to make it worth seeing on the big screen.

That’s all for now, haiku away and I’ll see you next week!

<3 calan

17 Responses to “zombie disappointment”

  1. jim Says:

    You’re out of luck Gluck.
    unless you find Barbie dolls
    their brains taste like cheese…

    at least that’s what I heard…

  2. Dylan Says:

    Cat doll heads lack brains.
    Well… really, to be honest,
    so do real cat heads.

    And those painting are fantastic! 😀

  3. Darlene Says:

    Omg you are so lucky i so wanted to see that lol. Dont you think Depp is so talented lol idk i just think he is hott. Anyway back to the art umm were do you get those body paints cuz that is so cool that you can do that and i wanna take my go at it lol. And Day of the Dead Duo was so cute and I lone them!!

  4. Seraphine Says:

    some like potatoes
    some like to eat chopped liver
    give me your stuffing

    stuffing, onions and
    strawberry kiwi jello
    tastes just like fresh brains

  5. Amanda Says:

    I thought for disney it was fairly dark especially compared to say the cartoon. Its not my fav rendention of it i am exceedingly fond of the Alice mini series that played on SyFy over the winter and I do adore the one with martin short as the mad hatter and woopi goldberg as the cheshire cat. The costumes though were fantastic i loved the changing colors she wore it made it more interesting to watch. And Alan Rickman as Absalom i mean who would have thought. and sadly no haiku today my brain leaked out my ear a few days ago and hasnt come back to play.

  6. calan ree Says:

    darlene – we just used plain old acrylic paint. washes off easy with regular soap and water. you can get fancier body paints at costume stores, thru MAC cosmetics and at places like Party City there is a line called Snazaroo that is a nice body makeup that doesn’t crack like acrylics. You need to mix water with the Snazarroo..like damp sponge or wet paint brush is a must…send pics if you do any body painting! have fun and keep it out of your hair. 😛 (ps Depp is one of my favorite actors! i think he’s brilliant, for reals…and yeah, hot too)

    Seraphine – my mom just read the archives and commented ‘that seraphine writes really well’. i agree whole heartedly.

    amanda – the eyeball piercing made me cringe. that’s pretty dark, actually so i guess you’re right. i loved absalom. alan rickman’s voice was just perfect for it. don’t think i’ve seen the martin short / whoopi alice.

  7. Seraphine Says:

    your mother, calan, sounds like she has been hanging around gingerdead and company too long. does she have a straw hanging from her ear? if so, she might have half a brain.
    take her to the mall a.s.a.p. because there’s a little shop there that will fill the empty space with stuffing. that should thoroughly confuse and delight gluck.

    I would not be just a nuffin’
    My head all full of stuffin’
    My heart all full of pain
    I would dance and be merry
    Life would be a ding-a-derry
    If I only had a brain

    Song from the wizard of oz

  8. Seraphine Says:

    not to imply she
    is empty headed. no, au
    contrair, love your mum.

  9. Tara Says:

    CALAN! you probably don’t remember me it’s been like over a year since i commented T_T had some issues loose computer and net after a while and then it took me a while to find this sight again S/2 but i have found it nonetheless and how i missed it S2 glad to have found it again and <3 your work as much as ever glad to see your still at it X3

  10. calan ree Says:

    hey tara! welcome back! i do remember you. glad to have you back again. 🙂

  11. matthew Says:

    Wow, what a weekend, Way too tired to think of a Haiku this time. I did see Wonderland yesterday. I loved it but there were a few issues that disappointed. One was the 3D. Why tout the movie as a 3D event only to have Hardly any 3D effects in it at all? Now Avavtar was a 3D event for sure. Then there was the completely predictable story. It wasn’t a bad story i just had this feeling like nothing was a surprise. Those two things aside it was a great movie. I will definitely be buying that one when it comes out on disc. They could not have had a better cast. “I need a PIG here!!!” Lol, she was the best part of that movie. Followed very closely by the cat. I loved how they did him. I also saw a movie i should have gone to in the theaters when it came out called Hot Fuzz. If you haven’t seen this film you should rent it right away. It was so a near perfect comedy done by the same people who did Shaun of the Dead. I was laughing nearly the whole movie.

    The art above is very good. Thanks for showing us this. I also love the day of the dead duo, nice job. Well, i will talk at ya in a few days.

  12. calan ree Says:

    The cheshire cat’s face really bugged me in the previews. I just didn’t like the way it looked…it’s eyes were stupid…i’m not usually so opinionated but idk why i hated it so…HOWEVER, in the film the way he was animated, his personality..well i got over it and he became one of my favorite characters in the film for sure. i always loved the cheshire cat as a kid so maybe it was my inner child that objected at first. hehe. i haven’t seen avatar yet. idk why i’m not really interested but eventually i’ll see it. i shall rent Hot Fuzz on your recommendation. I loved Shaun of the Dead. Did you see Fido? That was another spoofy zombie movie.

  13. matthew Says:

    Hmm, never even heard of Fido. It looks interesting. I put it on my Netflix.

  14. Darlene Says:

    sorry calan i am a total idiot when it comes to the internet lol umm do i send it to your email or what cause me and my friend started paintinf each other blue yesterday and i was gonna send you a pic but idk what your email is so like if i could get that i”ll try and talk him into it again and i will so send you a pic lol

  15. calan ree Says:

    darlene – my email is calan(at)GingerDead(dot)com . i’m also on facebook as calan ree. no worries if sending a pic is a pain, don’t do it. i’m just glad to hear you were having fun experimenting with body painting. 😀

  16. lidia jane Says:

    “live body painting”
    just makes you wonder about
    dead body painting.

  17. coraline Says:

    cool paintings….

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