FRANKENSTEIN MEETS LITTLE WOMEN

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In conjunction with the Fall South Pasadena Arts Crawl, the South Pasadena Public Library presents an exhibition featuring the artwork of 11 accomplished artists and illustrators. The artwork—much of it created specifically for this exhibition—is inspired by two beloved literary classics that are celebrating anniversaries in 2018: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein marks its 200th anniversary and Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women its 150th.

The opening reception is Saturday, October 20, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, California, 91030. Throughout the following week the Library will host related programs, including a Louisa May Alcott living history performance, an artists’ panel discussion, a screening of Bride of Frankenstein (1935), an illustrated talk titled “Frankenstein Dissected” and a closing reception. For more information, visit the Library’s website: www.southpasadenaca.gov/library.

Frankenstein Meets Little Women: A Monster Mash is curated by performer and educator Valerie Weich. Weich founded Literary Lives, an educational performing arts outreach program for students and has performed throughout Southern California as Louisa May Alcott. Since 2012 Weich has been researching the lives of Mary and Percy Shelley and Lord Byron at The Huntington Library as an Independent Scholar in order to develop a new one-woman presentation about Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.

I will be exhibiting and selling my Frankenstein Portrait in watercolor and ink.

 

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Programs (all taking place in the Library Community Room)

Saturday, October 20, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Exhibition Opening Reception

Sunday, October 21, 2:00 p.m.
“Tea with Louisa May Alcott” – A Living History Performance

Thursday, October 25, 6:30 p.m.
Artists’ Panel Discussion with Dany Paragouteva, Tim Kirk, and Tony Gleeson

Friday, October 26, 7:00 p.m.
Film Screening: Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 p.m.
Illustrated Talk: “Frankenstein Dissected” by exhibition curator Valerie Weich

Wednesday, October 31, 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition Closing Reception and Frankenreads, an international celebration organized by the Keats-Shelley Association of America

South Pasadena Public Library
1100 Oxley Street
South Pasadena, California, 91030

SKELETON SHIRTS IN STOCK AND ON SALE!

 

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The new long sleeve skeleton shirts are in and ready to ship, AND…I’m extending the preorder sale to go on throughout October in celebration of Halloween. In addition, all other skeleton shirts and a few other Halloween items are also on sale until the end of October. Visit the store for more info.

CREEPING MY WAY TO ORANGE COUNTY

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At the end of September, I will be appearing at the Orange County Children’s Book Festival. Starting at 10:45, I will be giving a stage presentation for the kiddies, showing them how to draw farm animals from my book Old MacDonald Had A Farm. But with it being fall and the Halloween season right around the corner, I will also be drawing some classic monsters. Afterwards, I will be at my booth signing books. I will also have many other titles and some other prints and merch available.

OC CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR
Sunday, September 30th
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA

FRANKENSTEIN 200

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2018 commemorates the 200th anniversary of the classic Victorian novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The story of Frankenstein has been a huge influence on me and my artwork. I even had the opportunity to illustrate the 1818 edition as a fantastical graphic novel hybrid. There have been many ways I’ve partaken in this Bicentennial including print and merch releases and an online discount on my Frankenstein book. I’m also excited to be a part of the Frankenstein 200 group art show, curated by Chogrin, being held at Corey Helford Gallery with the opening this Saturday Sept 8th.

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My contribution to the Frankenstein 200 group show is “Wretch of Sorrows” based on my own version of the creature from my book Frankenstein published by Harper Collins.

For purchase inquiries contact sherri(at)coreyhelfordgallery.com

BURBANK INVASION!

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While I’ve been attending Monsterpalooza in Pasadena for a couple of years now, this is the first year I’ve been added to the roster for their Fall event, Son of Monsterpalooza, located in Burbank California. I will be bringing all my new merch as well as many of my in-print books. I’ll also be bringing some watercolor studies that will be available for sale. Be sure to follow me on any of my social media pages for updates on new updates and merch additions. See you there…

Son of Monsterpalooza September 14th-16th
The Marriott Burbank Convention Center
2500 N Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505

NEW SLEEVELESS SKELETON SHIRTS

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I’ve always had an affinity for skeleton print shirts. From the Cobra Kai Halloween costume to Halloween Tree’s Tom Skelton, and early Glenn Danzig fashion, the traditional skeleton print has always brought a smile to my face. So I decided to produce my own line, starting with a sleeveless men and women’s shirt for the summer- No gimmicks. No candy in the stomach. No heart. No branding. Just a classic print, inspired by vintage Halloween costumes.

MIDSUMMER SCREAM SUPRISE

 

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About a week ago, I was added to the roster of incredible guests and exhibitors at Midsummer Scream. So surprise-surprise! I’m digging up some great paintings and prints to bring to the show, and maybe (by the grace of God) I’ll have some new straight-from-the-manufacturer items debuting at the show as well. Midsummer scream takes place in Long Beach July 28th-29th. Get your tickets today: www.midsummerscream.org

Use code GRIMLY for 25% off general admission. Maybe I’ll see you there.

 

HAPPY 200 FRANKENSTEIN!

 

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and the creations that this story influenced, have been an inspiration on me since I was a kid. Early exposure includes Herman Munster, Groovie Goolies, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and Young Frankenstein. As I got older, I was exposed to the Universal Classic directed by James Whale, Bernie Wrightson’s illustrated version and eventually, I made my way through the classic Victorian novel. In college I found myself absorbing even more alternative adaptations by Andy Warhol, Hammer films and the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

This influence is evident in my own work from the detail of stitches on everything, laboratory mad scientists (after all, I named my company Mad Creator Productions in 1998), and the theme of societal rejection. I have painted numerous images of Frankenstein and Frankenstein inspired characters, but it was a nightmare-come-true when I was given the opportunity to illustrate Frankenstein for Harper Collins. It was a great experience working with my favorite material, an incredible editor who shared a common brain, and a master artisan of a Art Director. I took artistic liberties to visually tell the story in a fantastical world and time period. While this choice was not received favorably by everyone, I don’t regret this decision for a minute. I have always felt that Frankenstein doesn’t need another historically accurate adaptation. The quintessential version has already been done by Bernie Wrightson. The only way I was going to tackle the story would be to do something new. All of this can be read about in depth on the Frankenstein Blog I kept throughout the three plus years working on the book.

When I heard about 2018 marking the bicentennial for Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein, I wanted to be involved in some capacity. But fathering a newborn and rearing a toddler has made it difficult to fulfill all my aspirations this year. For now, I am offering both the book and the baseball tee (while supplies last) at a discount price throughout the rest of the year. You can buy them here. I will also be throwing in free Frankenstein pin sets with every order of either. I have a couple events and group shows in the works, along with new Frankenstein affiliated merchandise. These will be announced as the time gets closer.

Happy Birthday *Frankenstein!

*A huge debate throughout time has been in regards to the name of the creation. I call him Frankenstein for two reasons. First and foremost, that is the name everybody knows him as. Nobody questions what you are talking about when you name him Frankenstein. Secondly, there is a logical reason to call him Frankenstein. I went through a period where I followed the path of others who rejected naming the creation Frankenstein because he is never called that in the book (that is the name of the creator). These folk use names like “The Monster”, “The Creature”, “Frankenstein’s Monster”…etc. But this becomes more arduous than it’s worth. Then I came to the conclusion that it would be logical to call the creation Frankenstein because in essence he is the son of Frankenstein, who brought him into existence (or beget). Therefore, as it is a long English custom of referring to a man by his surname, it seems perfectly logical to call the son of Victor Frankenstein by…Frankenstein. Which brings be back to my first reason; it’s the universal name of the monster that everyone identifies with, so why fight it.

“CRY FOR DELIVERANCE” PRINT AVAILABLE FOR PRESALE

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My new print, “Cry For Deliverance” is now available for Pre-Order. The painting, which features a Bride of Frankenstein character, symbolizes a desire to reach “the light”, to rise up from the darkness that you are tied down to. This could be spiritually, emotionally, creatively; it could be wanting to escape an abusive situation, or personally just wanting to be a better person. While my reasons for painting the piece are personal, the theme is universal. The print measures 10.25″ x 17″ on archival museum quality paper. Each print is signed and numbered in an edition of 50 and comes with a signed/numbered Certificate of Authenticity. You can Pre-Order your copy at the MCP store. Along with offering this image as a limited edition print, I will be premiering the print for sale at Monsterpalooza this weekend April 13th-15th in Pasadena, CA.