Visit www.gothtober.com and click on Day 15 and watch this dear sweet tribute to one of LA’s historic eccentric personalities who passed away in September of 2016. It’s Lori Meeker’s puppet vignette about Rae Susan Strauss! Sometimes you’d see her in the crosswalk, never in a rush, gliding past, one of the regulars, always a curious human to witness. She lived in a black lava covered house, thus, her nickname was “The Lava Lady.”
Not many of us understood her, but we liked her. We liked her a lot, she wore her hair in a tall spike, wore bellbottom pants and extremely tall platform shoes. She was a poet. She was many things. Find out more about The Lava Lady by reading this LA Weekly article.
This wonderful moody little film (Visit Gothtober, click on luggage bag #15) by The Hello Circus is about a day in the life of the Devil. When I asked about that, Lori Meeker (part of Hello Circus) explained that “There are all these stories about people being tricked by the devil, but is it really being tricked? I mean… a deal’s a deal. If you sign, you sign!”
The backgrounds and characters for this story were made by hand, sculpted, placed, and intricately detailed. Hopefully after seeing this beautiful haunting piece, you’t think twice about signing any contracts with evil spirits/deities, it’s never worth it!
What goodies are in store for you today from the Gothtober Postal Service at Pumpkin #15!!!You can get three, count’em THREE FREE downloadable printable wonderful Halloween cards that have been hand illustrated by this high-powered and enterprising family duo! Lori Meekerstarts things off with a stop-motion animation piece, you can watch the red sky and the murky olive-colored hills, when what comes flapping o’er the horizon but a batty little creature carrying goodies for everybody! Nope, it certainly isn’t Santa, because Santa, to my recollection, doesn’t eat bugs or make high-pitched squeaky noises. Oh right… and Santa doesn’t have wings.
The cards are available for download at the end of the movie, and you can get an owl, pumpkin or bat, and there are two sizes of each! One size is for an automatic “print-and-go” so you print it, fold it, write something on it and give it to a friend. The other size available is for perhaps cutting out and sticking in your scrap book, or in a letter to a friend, or on a very fancy card that has taken you lots of time to make!