Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: Horror Cover Tips, Sonic Seasoning, Sweet Dino Teeth, History of Fake Blood and More!

Whether you’re celebrating Halloween or Día de Muertos or Samhain or just eating a lot of chocolate, I have one thing to say to you. BOO! Well- actually, I want to suggest you take a break from your tricking and/or treating by reading these here Quickies.

“I am tired of comfortable horror,” says horror comic book legend Steve Bissette. He goes on to describe how to design the perfect horror cover.

You can read Nicola Twilley‘s post at The New Yorker Accounting for Taste for its in-depth story or just the top level for the immensely fascinating Pringles Test. Either way, at the bottom of the post is a 3-question experiment you can do. Quite fun! Note: Twilley runs “Edible Geography” and the podcast “Gastropod.” Read or listen to Sonic Seasoning.

Poppy Jackson and her performance art projects in the news: Confusion as naked woman spotted on roof of Toynbee Studios. – via Surly Amy

Run for Cover Records severs ties with Whirr over transphobic tweets. – via Courtney

Chef Sarah Hardy creates unusual desserts like these realistic chocolate dinosaur teeth. I am amaze.- via Smashley

Ikea turned a bunch of children’s drawings into a new line of stuffed toys as part of their Soft Toys for Education initiative. – via Critical Dragon

I am very interested in the early Antarctic expeditions like explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s journey, and of course, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s three expeditions. So, of course this discovery of a 100-year-old box of negatives in a block of Antarctic ice, taken at Captain Alexander Stevens’s base in the Ross Sea region, was pure catnip to me. – via Bruce aka Icepick


The Cinematic History of Fake Blood

Thanks to Laughing Squid.

from the page
There are a lot of ways to make the screen bleed – in this course we dissect the history of fake blood from its origins in the Theater to modern recipes for making characters bleed on screen.


Featured image is “La Calavera Catrina”, zinc etching, 34.5 x 23 cm, public domain. The piece is by illustrator and lithographer José Guadalupe Posada.



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