In an attempt to comically combine the two days’ drawings, I opted to take the prompt “What Lies in the Mist” literally. Therefore, the hook that Archie and Veronica found dangling from their car door yesterday, we see today belonged to an unfortunate trick or treater dressed up as a pirate and for some reason walking along the deserted rural highway.
“What Lies in the Mist” inks. Click to Enlarge.
I was apprehensive about joking around about a kid getting killed while trick or treating, but other than the equally-potentially-offensive idea of having the hook turn out to be yanked from an amputee by the road with a sign asking for help to buy a new prosthesis, it was the only way I could think to have a surprise ending that was not the expected one of the hook hand killer.
Just to assure anyone who is upset by it, the kid is okay! He was just stunned and was taken to be checked out and was back home eating his slightly run over Halloween candy that night!
How about these JOLLY RANCHERS? They seem to be pulling on a COW TALE!
This was a fun one to come up with. Combining two candies in a bucolic scene that would later link to the next day’s less-wholesome prompt….
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Day 23 is: GORE
I’m sure the prompt was meant to be the noun, GORE, not the verb GORE, but I went this way to both be different, and to have the Cow “TALE” from the previous page belong to a bull goring the unlucky runner wearing the traditional attire for Pamplona Spain’s famous “Running of the Bulls” event.
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Here is the full spread colored (inked in and then colored in the book with colored pencils and scanned in for uploading to the site.)
Last year I did a Halloween/Election cover (and inside Halloween art) for the local alt-weekly paper in Asheville: The Mountain Xpress. This year, they wanted another one, so I had to come up with a new idea and it was a little harder to try to combine the two. Here are some of the things I doodled and brainstormed on before coming up with the one we used.
The final cover ended up looking like this once the heads and subheads were added:
2013 Mountain Xpress Halloween Cover by Brent Brown
I thought it was funny using the names of actual candies like Mr. Goodbar and Milk Duds to represent candidates that may be good or duds and having the costumed children/voters have to just pick one and hope for the best.
Some people didn’t think it was an original idea, but I promise if it was not, it was unintentional, as I can’t claim to have read every single other publication in every little or big market in the previous decades to make sure we were using something no one had ever thought of before regarding the common occurrence of these two events being so close together!
Anyway, I also drew some inside illustrations, the paper said they wanted. They just meant some bats or cobwebs or something, but I thought they wanted more and spent too much time drawing these classic monsters with appropriate Halloween candy to go inside:
Some of them actually got used!
And finally, my weekly cartoon in that issue needed to be Halloween-related as well (I thought, anyway) and so it turned out like so: