Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Watchamacallit...

Some very good friends convinced me the Watchamacallit was too good a character to let go away. So instead he will be toned down some to a Family Guy level of language and the violence made more Saturday Morning can check him out at his website and if you were inclined to read his adventures no longer available online, you can get it here

X-Men First Class as it should be done

X-Men: First Class Title Sequence from Joe D! on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Concerning my comics...

I know alot of you look forward to artwork and some to the online comic, but I have some sad news. I have decided to stop all work on the Watchamacallit. I'll explain why and just bear with me. The Whatchamacallit is a fun character but one that from the start was a definite "mature audiences only" character because of the cursing and the overt violence. Not really the kind of book I could sell very easily to stores and definitely not a main stream book that my daughter could ever bring to school to show her class what her daddy does. To be honest the book kind of embarrasses me when I do show it to people. Ive tried doing the book with it toned down but it just doesn't work the same.

This brings me to the Giantastics which I created fo be for all ages especially kids. In one weekend the Giantastics site has gotten over 6000 hits, don't know if that can translate over to print readership but I gotta try. I'm working on something with them for Free Comic Book Day so stay tuned for more details there.

Now as far as what work has been done on the Watchamacallit's comic so far, it won't be scrapped, not completely, instead it will be reworked and partially rewritten for a new staring character, more details on that to come.

I hope noone is too pissed about this and ya stick around to see what's up my sleeve.

- Monsterfink

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Topp's Monster Initials

Released by Topp's from 1973 to 1974, the idea behind this set was a simple one; create stickers for each letter of the alphabet, but inside each feature a cool monster scene inside each letter. C'mon how cool is that? Letter stickers you can collect to spell out your name, who wouldn't want that?

The artwork on each sticker was in my opinion, some great stuff. The downside of the intitial release was that the backs of the stickers were blank cardboard, unlike many other cards of the time that featured stats, jokes or something on the back. Seemingly to counter this "blank back" issue, the packs contained one puzzle piece that could be put to gether to make a scene of monsters looking through the set of cards. The puzzle is pretty cool however the are differs from the are on the initials and resembles fames MAD magazine artist Jack Davis' style of art.

I remember my first encounter with these stickers was back in the late 70's at the Englishtown outdoor flea market where every week a vendor was selling reproductions of some of the stickers. Every week I would try to find a "T" and a "K" but never did. The odd thing thinking back on these stickers was the monsters I remember don't match the actual monsters from the set I find now. I distinctly had a letter with Gorgo's Mom attacking Big Ben inside it. Perhaps these were knock offs or a permutation from another company.

What's really sad about this set is that as nice as all the artwork is, it's practically impossible to find a complete set for sale these days... even on eBay. A quick scan of ebay right now comes up with only some empty wrappers, boxes and a few card proofs selling for $500.00 each.

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