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Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

In celebration of the comic’s birthday, I decided a new birthday card design was in order and since Gluck has yet to appear on any he gets to star. I’ll be putting the artwork together and having the new card printed in the next couple of weeks.

So, Spooky Empire’s Horror convention was loads of fun! I’ve never seen so many zombies in one place. There was zombie-gandhi, zombie-amish-couple, zombie-tourists, zombie cheerleaders, zombie jesus, zombie pope and nun, zombie doctor and nurse, zombie kissing couple from the cover of 1940s Time magazine…you name it. There were also fabulous creatures and monsters from various movies that looked like they jumped right off the screen and into the convention. There were so many great vendors and artists, it was a bit overwhelming. The girl next to me ended up being a Darien of Custom Cranium who happens to be a GingerDead fan. Darien is awesome. She works with animal bone to create gorgeous jewelry and crazy dolls that merge plushy and bone. She calls the dolls ‘Snuff Stuffies’Custom Cranium Snuff Stuffies

Directly across from me was Terry Cruikshank’s Creations. Terry is super duper sweet and is creations are super duper creepy. He is a self-taught sculptor who specializes in horror film characters, zombie babies, devil babies and very toothy teddy bears! He has a huge body of work and fan base. I got to sit and admire it all. My favorite was this baby hellraiser set.


Terry took time to encourage me about my finger puppets and new art dolls and even give me an impromptu lesson about casting molds, in case I ever want to make my life a bit easier and have more than one sculpt of a particular doll available. Definitely good info to have so a big thank you to Terry for sharing his knowledge with me.

There were loads of other cool vendors but I haven’t got all night so lets move on to some silly business. I met Steve Gonsalves from Ghost Hunters. I saw Tango wandering around too, but chose to harass Steve because i like his quiet nature and fear of spiders. I wasn’t going to groupie out on him and ask for a picture but Jim and I decided that my readers might get a kick out of it, so I stopped him at Terry’s booth and got a photo for you guys:


As you can see, I was pretty excited.

Here’s me looking suspicious of my customers. Probably another zombie lumbering by.

calan ree spooky empire horror con

Here’s an amazing monster who is really familiar but I can’t think from what movie. Anyone?


If you haven’t been checking my artist blog (calanree.com/blog) you probably haven’t seen the latest art dolls and finger puppets. I’ve been updating a lot there as I got ready for the convention and will be updating a couple more as I get ready for this weekend’s Abnormal Formal at ArtPool Gallery where I’ll be the featured artist. If you are interested in my sculptural work, keep an eye over there. Here’s a recap…

Offer – the little girl with a juicy heart – clay, natural and found elements, paint
Offer Art Doll by Calan Ree

Then there was a how-to on creating your very own zombie bunny –
Close Your Eyes and Think of Carrots
zombie bunny finger puppet tutorial by calan ree

Then there’s the dia de los muertos group shot. I love how this photo came out!
day of the dead art by calan ree

That’s all the new stuff I’ve posted so far. This week I’ll be updating with two new art dolls in the same vein as Offer. This combination of natural elements, found objects and clay is really something I’m excited about right now. I want to make lots and lots of strange friends. There is a satisfaction in this art doll thing that is special…profound even. I think I’ve fallen in love.

12 Responses to “birthday wishes”

  1. Darlene Says:

    Awe you make me jealous i wish i couldve gone. thats some really cool (and creepy) art but thats what makes it better. i tried to send you an email of my art but i have no idea if you got it. but i can tell why you fell in love. its not that hard to do.

  2. calan Says:

    hi darlene. i didn’t get the email. maybe the file was huge and it timed out? i looked in my junk box, but it wasn’t there either. if you put it online you can always send the link or post it.

    Spooky Empire is throwing another con in May in Orlando. It’s the first one that time of year so it might not be as huge..idk. Bruce Campbell from Evil Dead will be there. I may do it. Next October there will be their annual con, so you can always save your pennies. It was really pretty amazing. One huge room with tattoo artists, another for films, live bands, parties, and loads of horror art and memorabilia, plus panels with authors and film makers and celebrities on all sorts of crazy topics from special fx to zombie apocalypse, lol.

  3. Seraphine Says:

    fall in love with clay
    element from which we’re born
    all become death dolls

    of course, sitting for hours at trade shows can become tedious, but you have to watch those zombies– they’ll get in your skull if you let your guard down.

  4. Seraphine Says:

    wahhh. that was supposed to say element from which *we’re* born

  5. calan Says:

    fixed it for you 🙂 great haiku!

  6. Darien Says:

    Oh man that Gluck, always such a crazy guy 🙂 Hehe it turned out great! The look of surprise/horror/surprise on his face is priceless!

  7. calan Says:

    thanks darien!

  8. Darlene Says:

    Do you if there are goona be any show sometime close to oklahoma because me and a friend would really love to go lol. also i looked in my outbox and i couldnt find the file anywhere so i must have lost it somewhere but i’ll try to send it again.

  9. Seraphine Says:

    i love the girl with the juicy heart.

  10. Ted Says:

    “Snuff Stuffies” has got to be one of the greatest product names ever. Thanks for posting a few pictures, it looks like a great time! Grissel says hi!

  11. Matthew Says:

    A vision of death
    given form and anima
    for all to savor.

    I really like these new works of yours. I am as always jealous of all the cool happenings out there that i am forced to miss. I absolutely love juicy heart, great work. Snuff Stuffie’s is an awesome idea as well. The picture of the monster you couldn’t place reminds me of the vampires from Blade 2. The ones who’s lower jaws opened up all the way.

  12. Gabe Says:

    Very cool happenins! I hope that doodley spider went home with Steve.

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