There’s a new comic book publisher in town and its name is Sparkle Comics. Although new, it has already published three comic books as of this writing. One is titled “Shocking Macabre Theater,” one is “Wolf Hunter” and the other is “Adventure Man.” All three showcase some remarkable local talent, but I’m going to concentrate on the last title by mentioning it was crafted by the gifted coterie of Messrs. Matt Brassfield, Wheeler Hall, Jeremy Hoyt and Jason Young. There was somebody else, too, but his name eludes me at the moment. Now, if you don’t reside in the Dayton area you’re no doubt pining, “Oh! I would love to purchase and forever savor these and future titles, but I live too far away. Whatever shall I do?” Mourn no more. You can now purchase copies online! To order their fine products, just go to www.sparklecomics.com and click on “shop.” You’ll be glad you did.
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“Baron Von Porkchop’s Terrifying Tales of the Macabre!” is a local television production specializing in scary movies. It’s the brainchild of movie producer Matt Brassfield and is hosted by the Baron. Unfortunately, it’s on a channel I can’t get so I’ve never seen it. Fortunately, though, episodes are being released on DVD. And now with the preface out of the way, here is my eldritch tale of suspense and terror:
Some time back Matt Brassfield asked the artist Jesy Kessel and me to do some DVD covers for “Baron.” This is the first of the four I did, using Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado” as my inspiration. I especially enjoyed crafting this since there’s always been a soft spot in my heart for the poet and since the Alan Parsons Project tribute to the tale is one of Sarah’s favorite tunes. Bruce O. Hughes designed the outstanding borders and text for the finished project. And now a toast to the dead, mummers immured and unmourned, restlessly dwelling in their dank and dark catacombs. “In pace requiescat!”
Matt Brassfield, a local independent movie maker, asked me to contribute to a benefit for Dayton, Ohio television icon Dr. Creep. He’s convinced several Dayton artists to donate a piece of art for each episode of Dr. Creep’s New Shock Theater, a revised version of his old late-night horror show, in order to serve as the covers to the soon-to-be-released DVDs. This is all for a good cause as the proceeds from sales will pay for Dr. Creep’s healthcare costs.
The episode for which I designed the DVD cover features “Devil Doll” (1964). It’s a typical B-horror film in which an evil hyponotist/ventriloquist plots to gain an heiress’ millions. It received a total of 3.1 stars out of 10 on IMDB.
At the top, you’ll find the final colorized version of the art that will appear on the DVD cover. My OK, Panic partner Eric Shonborn applied the paint. In the middle, you’ll find my original black and white art. And, at the bottom, my pal Wheeler attempted his own colorized version.