5 items from 2015
By Tom Carmody.
The Magic show 2015 in Las Vegas is proof that the counter culture is spearheading its way into the mainstream, and Famous Monsters is here to add our fang marks.
The 2015 Magic show is the beginning of the year event where future clothing providers meet with companies that bring clothing together, from “dirt to shirt” and eventually to the racks. At Magic, designers and sellers gather and team up in an attempt to be the next trend to take to the streets. And it just so happens that niche companies like FM are looking to lead the way.
Our monsters have become a large part of what we consider today to be “Americana”—like Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola, and pie. FM is looking to meld the romance of Americana with the nostalgia of the classic monsters we all grown to love, creating our Frankenstein: Monstercana.
Monstercana! Imagine the beautiful »
- Holly Interlandi
The FM crew was fortunate enough to attend the Magic trade show in Las Vegas this past week, putting us in touch with other fine purveyors of monster-wear and getting us excited about what we can do at our own store (captainco.com). One of the best way to be creative in the apparel market is with funky socks, and Sock It To Me—who turn ten years old this year—have perfected the art of patterned feet.
At the Sock It To Me booth, FM got to try on a bunch of cool socks as part of their “Try It, Take It, Tag it on Instagram” event. Loads of people got free socks. And if you don’t want free socks—especially ones with monsters on them—well, something is just wrong.
The unique shape of a sock allows for graphic designs that might not otherwise work on a t-shirt or hoodie. »
- Holly Interlandi
The cinema as a romantic location is an image deeply embedded into our love-stricken society – doubly so on Valentine’s Day. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of two tickets to a horror movie will be the recipient of frenzied physical contact from his date. Actually, that’s kind of super sexist. And unless you’re one half of a goth couple, watching horror films on Valentine’s Day is not advised.
Much safer is to settle down with your romantic partner in front of a equally romantic film, basking in the warm glow of your love and superiority over your single, lonely friends. This is your day, your 24 hour window to just celebrate how great it is to be in whatever kind of permanent (or semi-permanent) entangling you find yourself in.
There are rom-coms with their fairy tale story structures and Prince Charmings, »
- Tom Baker
The only legitimately scary thing about the budding Universal Monsters franchise so far is that its launching platform, Dracula Untold, has about as much bite as the Twilight saga. If that sounds harsh, well, that’s because it’s meant to – as franchise starters go, this lazy actioner is as lifeless and absent-minded as they come, never supplying even the tiny amount of intelligence that would have been necessary to buy Dracula, that most reliable of movie monsters, as a sword-wielding action hero of the armor-clad variety.
Universal had an unenviable task in bringing its classic movie monsters, from the Prince of Darkness himself to the Bride of Frankenstein, to the big screen, but one imagines that they could have done better than Dracula Untold, which so cloaks its titular bloodsucker’s origin story in generic special effects and clunky dialogue to such an extent that one begins to forget »
- Isaac Feldberg
There are times, o’ fiends, when yours cruelly sits back in his coffin and thinks “Damn, this gig is really n’ truly tha sh**’!”, and let me tell ya, this is ‘tha sh**tiest’ time I’ve had here yet! Wait… that doesn’t sound right… let me try again. Writin’ for ol’ Famous Monsters is a nightmare come true for the ol’ Ouija Board Kid, and what follows this ramblin’ non-sensory just proves that putrid point, as I get to chew tha fat with one of my favorite artists in the comics biz today: Tom Scioli! So why not join us as we wax all nostalgic-like and geek tha F out in the process!
Famous Monsters. So, you’re currently goin’ ape on the new Transformers Vs G.I. Joe series over at Idw, but how did you get started on the ol’ scintillatin’ sequentials biz?
Tom Scioli. Some of »
5 items from 2015
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