Monster High Dolls are the top selling fashion dolls in the world, out pacing even Barbie, Lady Gaga’s fans are “Little Monsters” and Gaga herself is “mother monster,” as I write this I am wearing a dress bedecked with purple unicorns and skulls with hearts for eyes with head bows and cupcakes…

Go read the whole thing. This is excellent commentary. 

The trope of the woman-monster, beautiful from the waist up and hideous and man-eating below, is as old as the ancient Greeks and most likely older. There was a whole subgenre of poetry devoted to ‘revealing’ women in their monstrous forms, once the artifice of rouge and powder and corsetry and clothing, wigs and lashes and even false eyes and limbs and teeth, are stripped away. Femininity has always been portrayed as threatening and monstrous, even in its sweetest and most delicate and therefore most perceptibly harmless form; it is then that it looks the most deceptive and most dangerous to a patriarchal audience.

Linking the dark, macabre, and monstrous to the sweet, feminine, and frilly is an act of reclamation, a throwing-in-your-face of the monstrous with which we have always been charged. It defies anyone to dare to presume we are either submitting to the structures we have been forced to inhabit, OR to assume that we are subverting those structures in order to ‘lure’ men and destroy their masculinity. Skully cupcakes and flower crowns with spikes are a loud and violent ‘fuck you’ to both the contrary ideas that we fit into the roles we have been given, or that we are aping those roles for some hidden wickedness. They put the wickedness on full display. They say, here I am, this is what you have made of me, I will not hide it for your benefit. They are the wish that backfires upon the wisher.

An interesting perspective!




Jim Dingilian proves that a creative and skillful artist can create works of art with just about anything. By coating the interior of empty glass bottles with black smoke and then carefully brushing it away with tools mounted on dowels, he creates detailed and beautiful but dark works of smoke art that are dripping with a sense of suburban decay (via Bored Panda).

are you shitting me



With the “joys” of San Diego Comic Con safely behind us, I can finally start talking about my next comic book endeavor - you MIGHT have heard of it…


Coming this October from IDW, I’m so excited to be drawing a brand new follow up story to Tim Burton’s classic,  a 5 issue mini series written by the ever so defrightfully brilliant KATE LETH (Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors and Kate or Die), featuring covers by GABRIEL HARDMAN (Star Wars, Heathentown) and GABRIEL RODRIGUEZ (Locke and Key).

Not only for fans of the original film and all things striped and spooky, this new tale is for a whole new generation and with the amount of love that Kate, editor Sarah Gaydos and myself are putting into this thing - it’s going to blow the top off of your topiary!

It’s available to order from Previews NOW, so support your local comic shop, tell em’ I sent ya! And heck - if you wanna reblog this so all your friends aren’t left out in the cold created by a man with scissors for hands chipping at a giant ice block - that would be swell too!


I can’t even wait