Being Halloween, tonight is my last night at Nightmare at Beaver Lake. I’ve been cast now two nights as the gypsy fortune teller which they tell me is a very natural performance. I sit under my tent until a group gets closer, then come out and warn them about the dark creatures howling on the path ahead. That would be the werewolves stationed on the trail just past our camp. The first night my supporting cast was not enthused about their casting, but last night I had two new gypsies who did a great job, and there was another person wrapped in a sack pretending to be tied up who called to people to run or be beaten. We’re not really a scary area but even I gave out a few frights last night. My favorite was three eleven-year-old girls who were holding on to each other like a Bark’s drawing of Donald’s nephews in a haunted house. As I warned them about the dangers ahead they looked at me with pitiful eyes, trembled and made a “Oh-oh-oh” sound. Great stuff. Happy Halloween everyone!
My schedule is going to be really screwy all the way through Halloween night this year. I volunteered to help my buddy Scott Alan perform in Sammamish at Nightmare at Beaver Lake. He’s the star attraction Chuckles the Clown, where as I am whatever is needed female-wise. Tonight that was Witch #1, complete with hat, broom and cauldron. For the first two hours Witch #2 and I were extremely lame. Everyone was just getting done wandering through the woods and meeting up with vampires, werewolves and ghost pirates, so we weren’t even rating a second glance. Until we figured out a system. I would draw the attention of the patrons by talking to them, telling them things like “Become a witch like me! All you have to do is sell your soul… it’s not like you were using it!” Meanwhile Witch #2 would lurk behind a tree and pop out cackling from behind them. It was surprisingly effective. I’ll be back on the trail Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the times on the website if anyone feels like checking this out.
A domain name temporarily needing renewal prevented me from doing an update on Saturday’s Cartoonist Northwest party. It was a particularly great event, tons of people showed up and most of them brought food. All the excitement was due to the prizes being given out in response to the hard work so many of our artist members went through to get their Spawns of Insomnia story completed in 24 hours. Over $1000 was raised by our particpants for Friends of the Library for the purchase of graphic novels and their representative was on hand to accept. There were also prizes given out in various categories. Scott won the Best Concept award for his Communist Pea saga, and I won Best Storytelling for my college story. You can read both comics in their entirety from those links, hosted on the CNW website. You can also read all of the other artists’ stories there and I do recommend checking them out.