Thursday, September 30, 2010

Halloween is Coming...

Welcome to AEET's first journey into the spooktacular month of October, our destination-- Halloween! We're getting a jump on the jitters on this crisp October Eve, and heads off-- I mean "heads up", there's a full month of creepy crawly things and frightening fun lined up too so I hope you'll come back often. We kick it all off a bit gently with some highlights from the October 1973 issue of Jack and Jill kid's magazine. This issue in particular has stayed with me since my childhood, I absolutely love the painted illustrations (and cover) for the main Baba Yaga tale, and there's lots of other cool and creative things to do too, like make a Spookie Shack, or a Pumpkin Man! We're just getting started fiends, stay tuned for more ghosts 'n ghouls and other assorted bumps in the night! AIEEEE!

























(NOTE: "The Special Witch" scan is from the Oct. '54 issue of Children's Digest.)

10 comments:

Lysdexicuss said...

damn, karswell~! don't shoot your Hallowad all at once, now~! ;~j

prof. grewbeard said...

lookin' good, i may have to build my own Spooky Shack! love the new header too, PHANTOMASTIC! not as good as "awfulsome", i know...

Dane said...

Would you believe I owned this issue as a child? Nostalgia-riffic! I love the artwork in Jack & Jill, too - gorgeous stuff.

Can't wait to see what you've got lined up, Steve! Happy October!

John Rozum said...

Interestingly I have that same brown snack page and used in during my first Halloween countdown, but it came from a different issue. All this stuff is pure gold. I love your new banner, too.

Mykal said...

Karsell: Again: as with THOIA, great banner! I see that the holiday raises your game to the utmost!

I was going to comment on the startling beauty of those first three illustrations from Jack and Jill, but after reading your intro, I see you have that covered. Wow. I would love to know what the medium was for these paintings. Acrylic? Damn, those second two almost look like the greatest Craolya work ever done!

Mr. Cavin said...

I thought they looked like crayon too, actually. Maybe colored pencil or oil pastels. I also think they are stunning. As is the new banner. Shoot, I'm only saying what everybody else has.

Happy October, Karswell.

Shawn Robare said...

Cool, thanks for sharing this!

Karswell said...

The banner image is from the table of contents page in the Oct 1953 issue of Children's Digest, glad you all like it! Thanks for the comments and here's to a killer Halloween/October for everyone!

ps: BOO!

Ryan Midnight said...

The world needs more Spookie Shacks. Thanks for this great collection of yesteryear!

Craftypants Carol said...

wow! this is so cool! i really really love that Halloween Party Teats page!

The Baba Yaga with the multiple arms pic is so freaky!

I'm totally gonna try and make a Spookie Shack! man - i got a lot of stuff to do now.