Halloween and a Hurricane

Longtime readers will likely recall that I usually flood this blog in the month of October with posts relating to Halloween, as I’m a pretty big Halloween nut.  I think my son is becoming a bigger nut than me!  But you astute good people probably also noticed I didn’t write anything this month.  Why not?

Well, as part of my break I triad to abstain from any kind of comic activity, including blogging.  To tell you the truth I wanted to blog a few times, but found myself unable to do so when I tried to actually sit down and write.  But I’ll talk about my break in more detail soon.

Let me address the one comic thing I was quite involved in, entering the Tapastic Halloween comic contest.

PUNKins...Get It?
PUNKins…Get It?

Voting is open until midnight tonight EST, so you can still go to https://www.facebook.com/tapastic/app_451684954848385 and vote for me.  I’d sure like to win an iPad!

I really wanted to enter this contest because of my aforementioned love of Halloween, and I thought it would be something fun and different.  I had a pretty tough time coming up with anything to draw, then this stupid idea popped into my head and I liked it.  I’m a sucker for word play and puns, not to mention a longtime fan of punk music, so this seemed to be a nice fit.

It only took me a couple hours to do, and I’m very happy with the way it came out.  The end result is something akin to an awesomely bad early 80s VHS cover you’d see browsing your local video store as a kid, but probably never rent.

So I had fun with that.  A few words about Comic Panda/Tapastic.  I really wanted to believe in this site and be a part of it, but I continue to be disappointed, largely because they seem to be heavily invested in promoting their own comics versus outside contributors.  There’s a bit more to it than that, but that is what it basically boils down to.  So I may not stick with them for much longer unless I feel some change is coming.

So I hope you all have a fun Halloween, I plan on spending the day doing various trick or treat activities with my son and super pregnant wife (almost 9 months!).  I’ve spent the month doing fun stuff, like attending the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival and continuing to establish a family tradition of visiting the Swank Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch.  Of course, I also decked out the house and carved some awesome pumpkins!

Sadly, many people won’t be having a happy Halloween this year due to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.  In fact our own Alex Siquig, who recently moved to Baltimore, Maryland, found himself in the  path of the storm.  Thankfully he has come through mostly unscathed, but a lot of Americans have not and my deepest sympathies to them all.

Hopefully the recovery will be quick and relatively painless.

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