Skip to content

Bates Motel Pumpkin Carving Contest: Includes Complimentary Shower

October 31, 2014

I have a special Halloween greeting for all my faithful readers.

Are you a first time visitor? That’s OK, you get the greeting, too.

BlankVertSpace.4pixels

It all began with a good deed: I did some caricatures for a local community theater. The art was used on a poster for a show. I wrote about it in an earlier post.

The theater company said: “You are a kind and generous soul, an exceptional human being– you must be rewarded.” (I’m paraphrasing here.)

So they gave me a free ad in the program for their latest show, a comedy about murder at a 1940’s radio station. It opens tonight, on Halloween.

Here’s my ad:

blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

ad for community theater program parody of Hitchcock Psycho movie with Norman Bates mother slashing stabbing pumpkin for Halloween jack o'lantern

blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

As you may have guessed, it’s a parody of Psycho, which is probably director Alfred Hitchcock’s best-known film. Most of the action takes place at the sinister Bates Motel, including the famous “shower scene.”

“Slash a leg” is a play on words: superstitious theater folks don’t want to jinx themselves, so they wish each other good luck by saying, “Break a leg!”

BlankVertSpace.8pixels

I always ask myself if there’s anything else I can do with an illustration. I thought this
one would make a great Halloween card. So I did a color version, and uploaded it to my store. Here it is:

blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Psycho Halloween from Bates Motel greeting card parody of Hitchcock Psycho movie with Norman Bates mother slashing stabbing pumpkin for jack o'lantern

blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Not the most meticulous carving technique, but you have to admire her enthusiasm. Here’s a larger detail image:

blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

detail image for Psycho Halloween from Bates Motel greeting card parody of Hitchcock Psycho movie with Norman Bates mother slashing stabbing pumpkin for jack o'lantern

blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

Hard to believe Psycho dates back in 1960. I’d forgotten it was filmed in black and white. Supposedly, chocolate syrup was used for “blood” in the shower scene. Hollywood trickery takes many forms.

If you’ve forgotten the film, or never seen it, you can watch this trailer. It might give you chills, so put on an extra sweater first.

blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

I’m not a huge fan of Hitchcock’s films, but I am a huge fan of Hitchcock himself. He was just the sort of “artist” I most admire: a true craftsman who paid attention to every detail, but was always ready to poke fun at himself and his work.

No doubt about it– the guy was a kidder.

blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

Alfred Hitchcock who directed horror movie thriller Psycho sitting in director's chair reserved for Norman's mother Mrs. Bates

blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

    *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Have you ever carved a pumpkin? Is it something you do every year?

Have you ever watched Psycho? If so, do you still take showers?

Are you a fan of horror? Is that why you visit this blog??

Hope you’ll leave a comment.

blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

If you enjoyed this post, please click the Like button below.

If you’d like to share this post with others, please click Tweet or Facebook or StumbleUpon or one of the other Share buttons.

I also invite you to get updates. Just click the Get Updates button in the sidebar below the Portfolio Thumbnails, or click + Follow in the blog menu bar.

blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Other Posts You Might Enjoy:

BlankVertSpace.8pixels

Birthday Tribute: Monkee Meets Blonde, Gets Vertigo, Goes Gothic

Eyes In The Night: A Street Corner You Don’t Want To Hang Out On

Lizzie Borden: Ax Her No Questions, She’ll Chop You No Suey

blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

footer for all future blog posts showing picture of blog author Mark Armstrong, along with short bio and contact information

blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

blank vertical space, 40 pixels high

Politicians Are Out Looking For Votes– Don’t Miss Your Chance!!

October 29, 2014

Election Day is fast approaching here in the USA (it’s next Tuesday, November 4th).
It will be a mid-term election, coming at the halfway point of the U.S. president’s 4-year term.

Here in New Hampshire we like to pretend that election campaigns are still conducted like they were 50 years ago: smiling volunteers knock on doors and hand out flyers, candidates mingle with real people, shaking hands and kissing babies.

In truth, today’s campaigns are conducted through television advertising: candidates 
and the special interest groups that have an ideological or financial stake in their election spend millions of dollars on ads that trash the candidate’s opponent.

That said, candidates still make the rounds here, especially in the closing days of the campaign. Mostly it’s a chance to be seen smiling and shaking hands on the six o’clock news.

So it’s still possible to encounter a real, live political candidate in 2014. Here we see how Busker, everyone’s favorite street musician, deals with that situation.

blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Street musician saxophone player Busker pausing by sign announcing campaign rally and chance to meet political candidate running for office

blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Street musician saxophone player Busker stopping to think

blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Street musician saxophone player Busker abruptly turning around in street

blank vertical space, 40 pixels high

Street musician saxophone player Busker smiling as he walks into joke and novelty shop

blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Street musician saxophone player Busker smiling as he exits joke and novelty shop

blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Smiling political candidate campaigner running for office, walking toward Busker with big smile and hand extended for shake

blank vertical space, 40 pixels high

Street musician saxophone player Busker giving political candidate a zap as he shakes his hand with a joy buzzer

blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

BlankVertSpace.8pixels

Note: the above gag only makes sense if you’re familiar with an item called a joy buzzer. I never had one, but when I was a kid, I used to see them advertised in every comic book I ever bought.

blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

*       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *

blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Have you ever attended a political campaign rally to support a candidate?

Have you ever shaken hands with a famous politician? Who was it?

Have you ever zapped someone with a concealed joy buzzer? Has anyone ever actually seen a joy buzzer??

Hope you’ll leave a comment.

blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

If you enjoyed this post, please click the Like button below.

If you’d like to share this post with others, please click Tweet or Facebook or StumbleUpon or one of the other Share buttons.

I also invite you to get updates. Just click the Get Updates button in the sidebar below the Portfolio Thumbnails, or click + Follow in the blog menu bar.

blank vertical space, 24 pixels high

Other Posts You Might Enjoy:

BlankVertSpace.8pixels

Don’t Write Your Congressman– Draw A Cartoon!

Hang ‘Em High! (The Politicians, Not The Stockings)

Ben Franklin Flies Kite, Discovers The Political Cartoon!!

blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

footer for all future blog posts showing picture of blog author Mark Armstrong, along with short bio and contact information

blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

blank vertical space, 40 pixels high

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 10,100 other followers