Saturday, October 31, 2009

Doctor Who: The Six Masters

Illustrated in Deleter #3 Black Drawing Ink with Crow Quill Pen and Brush on Canson Smooth Bristol Board.

An illustration of seven of the actors who have portrayed the Doctor's arch-nemesis The Master on Doctor Who. From left to right Roger Delgado (the original from Terror of the Autons to Frontier in Space) Peter Pratt and Geoffrey Beevers (who portrayed the same emaciated incarnation of the Master. Pratt in The Deadly Assassin and Beevers later in The Keeper of Traken), Eric Roberts (The 1996 Paul McGann movie), Anthony Ainley (Keeper of Traken to Survival), Sir Derek Jacobi (Utopia) and in the center John Simm (the current model starting in Utopia).

Halloween Pick: The Abominable Dr. Phibes

I saw this movie about a couple years ago and it is such a delightfully strange horror film. It stars Vincent Price as Dr. Anton Phibes thought to have died in a car crash while rushing to the side of his sick wife in 1921. Hideously disfigured by the accident he fashions himself a wig and lifelike mask to hide his injuries, and using his musical expertise creates a system whereby he can speak through a hose connecting his windpipe to a gramophone.

The film is a product of the James Bond era. It's a great mix of art deco and dark humor with shades of The Count of Monte Cristo with the way Phibes dispatches with his victims.

And of course Vincent Price's over-the-top performance as Dr. Phibes is fantastic!!

Go and check it out when you get the opportunity. It's going to be my Halloween movie tonight. And there was an equally bizarre sequel called Dr. Phibes Rises Again.

Halloweenfest at That's Entertainment today!!

Along with local horror artists being there, there is also a costume contest planned for later in the day. I think sometime after 6pm!!

I will be signing copies of Diary of the Black Widow, The Spaghetti Strand Murder and The Adventures of Polly and Handgraves: A Sinister Aura as well as selling signed prints and original artwork at That's Entertainment's Halloween Event this coming Saturday October 31st from 12noon till whenever!!

Also, don't miss out on the opportunity to bid on an original Dracula illustration (see below) I did which will be appearing in a SILENT AUCTION!!

That's Entertainment is located on 244 Park Ave in Worcester, MA!! So come on out!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Doctor Who: The Three Doctor

Illustrated with Deleter #3 Black Drawing Ink with Crow Quill Pen and Brush on Canson 9x12 Smooth Bristol Board.

Inspired by a concept I had in a previous illustration. Since Tom Baker was the Doctor for seven years (still the longest tenure of any of the Doctors on television), I always felt like the Fourth Doctor could be at least two or three different incarnations.

You had the version Fourth Doctor which could be wildly smiling and bug-eyed one minute and deadly serious the next minute from episodes like Robot and The Brain of Morbius. Then you had a much sillier wide eyed and wildly grinning Fourth Doctor offering all his enemies Jelly Babies in episodes like The Pirate Planet and City of Death. And then you had the much more somber and angrier (somewhat similar to William Hartnell's First Doctor) Fourth Doctor in episodes like The Leisure Hive and Logopolis.

I thought I would show that in an illustration which showed the different incarnations of the Fourth Doctor.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sherlock Holmes: John Neville

John Neville starring in another favorite and lesser known Sherlock Holmes film A Study in Terror. Based on an Ellery Queen story of the same name, it's the first first which has Sherlock Holmes facing off against Jack the Ripper. It was produced around the time both the Batman series and James Bond films were really big and you can tell the filmmakers were really trying to capitalize on that with a young John Neville playing Sherlock Holmes as an action star of sorts.

But it works because it's done in a way where they don't make the character completely unrecognizable and still remain fairly true to the original feel of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original tales.

There was another Holmes/Ripper movie made called Murder By Decree which starred Christopher Plummer as Holmes and James Mason as Dr. Watson which was also very good and a bit more historically accurate that A Study in Terror. But I enjoyed the John Neville Holmes film a lot more.

This film is also one of the few times where they cast the right actor to play Sherlock Holmes's brother Mycroft in the guise of Robert Morley.

Most of the productions have this tendency to get a thin actor who resembles Holmes to play Mycroft. Although, Mycroft is Sherlock's intellectual superior (as confessed by Sherlock himself). Mycroft is supposed to be physically the polar opposite of Holmes.

The only other time they've really got the right actor to play Mycroft was Charles Gray who played him twice. Once in the film The Seven-Per-Cent Solution and again for the Jeremy Brett series.

But I thought Robert Morley looked the closest to the original Sidney Paget illustrations,

Sherlock Holmes: Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing is my second favorite actor to play Sherlock Holmes. Much like Jeremy Brett he took great care in staying true to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original tales. Although, this wasn't completely the case with his first attempt as Holmes in Hammer's adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, he did finally get a chance to play Holmes the true to the character when he took over BBC's Sherlock Holmes series from Douglas Wilmer in the late 1960's. I'm very happy they're going to be releasing some of the surviving episodes of the BBC Series with Peter Cushing around December.

Sherlock Holmes: Jeremy Brett

I'll start this blog out by saying I like Robert Downey Jr. and I think he's a marvelous actor. I've liked him ever since I saw him in the movie Chaplin back in 1992. But the episode The Speckled Band starring Jeremy Brett from the Granada series will show you why I'm having a very tough times taking RDJ seriously as Sherlock Holmes.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween at That's Entertainment 10/31/09!!

I will be signing copies of Diary of the Black Widow, The Spaghetti Strand Murder and The Adventures of Polly and Handgraves: A Sinister Aura as well as selling signed prints and original artwork at That's Entertainment's Halloween Event this coming Saturday October 31st from 12noon till whenever!!

Also, don't miss out on the opportunity to bid on an original Dracula illustration (see above) I did which will be appearing in a SILENT AUCTION!!

There will be a costume competition later in the day. And as an added bonus, if you come out dressed as one of my characters, I will create a FREE SKETCH FOR YOU right on the spot!!

That's Entertainment is located on 244 Park Ave in Worcester, MA!! So come on out!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Dracula's Seduction

Illustrated in Deleter #3 Black Drawing Ink, ink wash and spotted in red gouache with Crow Quill Pen and Brush on Canson Smooth Bristol Board.

An illustration depicting Count Dracula as inspired by Max Schreck and Klaus Kinski with his vampyre bride.

But who is seducing who?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Another commissioned piece

Illustrated in Deleter #3 Black Drawing Ink. This time it's the Fourth Doctor and Professor Bernard Quatermass as portrayed by Andrew Keir in Quatermass and the Pit.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Commissioned work

Two Doctor Who inspired commissions I just completed. Both illustrated in Deleter #3 Black Drawing Ink with Crow Quill Pen and Brush on Canson Smooth Bristol Board.

Feel free to contact me if you're interested in having a piece commissioned.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wake Up Worcester

Earlier in the month I had done an interview for Charter Channel 3's program Wake Up Worcester with Hank Stolz. Which I haven't gotten the chance to watch it just yet because I have DirecTV. So, I've been waiting till Hank posts it on Youtube.

I suppose it's not a terrible thing I haven't been able to watch it as of yet. I have a habit of cringing when I hear or watch myself being interviewed.

Nevertheless, this was actually my first time being interviewed for television.

Hank Stolz is a great host. I had enjoyed him during the years when he used to be on the WTAG Morning Show. He has a great enthusiasm. He knows how to keep the conversation rolling during the show and makes the person he's interviewing feel at ease and what they are talking about to be the most important thing in the world.

Which I think is essential when you are a host. And you would be surprised how many talk show hosts on television let their personal agenda's get in the way.

But Hank's show is great and I am looking forward to appearing on it again when my Sherlock Holmes graphic novel comes out. I'll be certain to post the last interview here once it's online.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Alice Faulkner available for preorder!!

My adaptation of William Gillette's famous 1899 stage play comes out in December but you can preorder your copy of Sherlock Holmes: The Painful Predicament of Alice Faulkner today by clicking on the cover below:

Dracula's Bride

Completed for an upcoming Halloween show. Illustrated in Deleter #3 Black Drawing Ink and spotted with red gouache.

It's still in the planning phase but I'm hoping to have a silent auction when I do a book signing at That's Entertainment on Halloween October 31st!! I also plan on having it framed for the day of the show as well.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Doctor Who: Past, Present and Possibilities

Illustrated in Deleter #3 Black Drawing Ink with Crow Quill Pen and Brush on Strathmore 16x20 Smooth Bristol Board.

Combining a couple earlier concepts I did in my Doctor Who illustrations. The idea was inspired by Paul Cornell's Seventh Doctor audio play Shadow of the Scourge in which the Seventh Doctor tells Bernice Summerfield that his past and future incarnations all exist in the shadows of his mind.

This illustration features all eleven actors who have portrayed the Doctors on television. It also features other versions of the Doctor with Peter Cushing (the Dalek films), Mark Gatiss (The Web of Caves 1999), Trevor Martin (The Seven Keys to Doomsday stage play) , Rowan Atkinson (The Curse of Fatal Death 1999) and Richard E. Grant (Scream of the Shalka 2003).

I also thought I would include in this illustration a few people who have played the Doctor in some fan films with Nick Scovell, Rupert Booth, Tony Garner, Nicholas Briggs and Vasilios Alagiannis. Much like the actors I mentioned prior, I illustrated them as either alternate universe Doctors or potential future incarnations of the Doctor waiting to exist. I'll leave that up to you :-)

You can bid on this piece by clicking the link below:

Friday, October 16, 2009

Polly animated

Another attempt at testing my style to drawn animation. This time I thought I would take a scene from my graphic novel The Adventures of Polly and Handgraves: A Sinister Aura.

I feel it's a bit of an improvement over my previous Sherlock Holmes attempts. The scene is suppose to be very quick but I feel it's still a bit too quick and I could probably use a few more frames in between the movements of Polly turning her head.

I've still got a long way to go but I am happier with the way the backgrounds look over my previous attempts.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Halloween movies

Since I've been watching a great deal of classic horror in the past month or so, I thought I would share a list of movies that you might want to check out that are perfect for the season:

1.)The Peter Cushing Frankenstein series. The Curse of Frankenstein, The Revenge of Frankenstein and the Evil of Frankenstein in particular.
2.)The Christopher Lee Dracula series. The Horror of Dracula, Dracula: Prince of Darkness and Taste the Blood of Dracula in particular.
3.)Phantom of the Opera (Hammer version)
4.)Vincent Price's Edgar Allen Poe series. Pit in the Pendulum, Fall of the House of Usher and the Oblong Box just to name a few.
5.)Nosferatu. Personally, I like both versions but I think the silent version is superior.
6.)The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
7.)Frankenstein 1931
8.)Dracula 1931
9.)The Witchfinder General (also titled the Conqueror Worm)
11.)Dracula (the 1970 Jess Franco film starring Christopher Lee)
12.)The Abominable Dr. Phibes
13.)Night Creatures starring Peter Cushing
14.)House of Wax starring Vincent Price
15.)Dr. Phibes Rises Again

So, go down to Newbury Comics, Borders or Barnes and Noble to check them out. Or if you have a Netflix account, put them on your list.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sherlock Holmes test animation 2

This time I thought I would try a little drawn animation to see how my work would look animated. It's still not quite perfect, but I am going to continue to experiment with these techniques with a couple other of my books.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Lugosi's Dracula

Last year (or the year before. I can't remember right now) it was Karloff's Frankenstein for the first time. This year it's Béla Lugosi in Dracula. In all these years, I had never seen either. And I thought it was high time I saw them both.

Much like Basil Rathbone's The Hound of the Baskervilles, you can criticize the 1931 Dracula for both the changes made to the story as well as the stereotypes it created for the character for many years to come. Like the long black cape and the heavy accent which nearly every actor (with a few exceptions) has been imitating when they don the fangs.

But in Lugosi's case, the accent is genuine which makes his portrayal more believable than someone trying to fake it.

And much like Rathbone's Hound, it's a classic for a reason. And a great deal of that is due to lead actor.

For those who are into fast-paced gorefests, you will find this film (much like many films of that era) to be very slow and sleepy. Even though the original novel is even slower and sleepier.

And another thing that makes it strange to watch is apart from the suite from Swan Lake during the opening credits, there is no incidental music throughout the movie. For people who have not watched a silent movie or any old movies, they might find this to be a bit strange to watch at first. But keep in mind, Dracula came out when talking pictures were still a new art form.

Another thing that makes the film great to watch is the atmosphere. There's something about black and white movies that helps us to forgive some of the less than spectacular. But the set design for both Dracula's castle and the abbey are fantastic. The spider webs, the long sweeping staircases. The armadillo's.

Yeah, you'd have to watch the film for that one. But I've seen it and I can't make sense of it. Although, it seems to fit in a strange David Lynch sort of way.

And even the lack of music adds to the tension of scenes. We don't have incidental music following us in real life, so this lack of music does make Lugosi's Count Dracula seem like vampires could be real and this could be happening.

Although, if you're someone who would get somewhat itchy watching a film without any music, there is an option on some of the Dracula releases where you can watch the film with a score by Philip Glass.

I prefer the bare bones version myself.

What I don't like is how they take the mystery out of the character at the beginning of the film. But then again, we all know Dracula is a vampire. It's sort of like most of us know Bruce Wayne's parents are going to get shot and he's going to become Batman.

But there is something about slowly peeling the onion away. Jess Franco's Dracula does that to an extent when they introduce Christopher Lee at the beginning. We suspect that it's the Count picking up Harker at the Borgo Pass. But his face is covered, so we are left with that mystery.

We really do not get to see Dracula until he opens the front door to his castle. And like I said, most of us know the story of Dracula backwards and front. But it does add a level of mystery to add that.

Franco's adaptation is another movie I feel has excellent parts and parts that really fall flat. But much like the Lugosi film, it has a strong lead actor with Christopher Lee as the Count.

Nevertheless, I was very happy to finally get the opportunity to watch both. I find myself liking Lugosi's Dracula a bit more than Karloff's Frankenstein. Both are excellent films and both have great actors anchoring the film. But Lugosi's wins out because of it's set design and atmosphere.

For those of you who do pen and ink art, it'll make you want to race to the drawing board and break out your pens.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Vampyre Bride

The design of the dress and the wings is heavily inspired by Aubrey Beardsley's artwork.

Illustrated in Deleter #3 Black Drawing Ink with Crow Quill Pen and Brush on Canson Smooth Bristol Board.

The Witchfinder General

I've been spending a great deal of the month of September and October watching a great deal of classic horror films while I work on projects to celebrate Halloween this year. Most of my watching has consisted of movies from the Hammer Horror Series. But I've also been watching some of the Vincent Price films produced by American International Picture.

Yesterday it was The Witchfinder General. Which went under the title The Conqueror Worm in the United States to capitalize on Vincent Price's earlier Edgar Allan Poe movies.

American International Pictures had already made a name for themselves with B-Movie classics like The Amazing Colossal Man and Daddy-O. But they also put out some really fun (and sometimes completely bizarre) horror classics. And The Witchfinder General was one of those.

I don't know if you can really call this film a horror film per say. But I suppose you could call it a historical film with horrific elements. Nevertheless, it's a great film with Vincent Price once again giving a deliciously evil performance as the sadistically zealous Matthew Hopkins. An opportunist and witchhunter, takes advantage of the breakdown in social order to impose a reign of terror on East Anglia.

Price gives a fantastic performance which has a lot less campy overacting from many of his earlier films. Which I do like. And personally, I agree with Vincent Price's statement that he delivered "one of the best performances I’ve ever given." He gives a very level performance and by underplaying the characters villainy I think it just adds to the tension of the film and the remorselessness of the horrifying things Matthew Hopkins is doing throughout the film.

And it makes the character more believable than if he was going over the top as it were.

And I really liked the ending in the same way I liked the ending of Werner Herzog's remake of Nosferatu. But I won't ruin either for you if you would like to watch either films for the first time.

I would check this movie out as well as Vincent Price's earlier Poe film directed by Roger Corman. Even though the Poe films don't remain completely true to the original short stories, they remain true to feeling of the Edgar Allan Poe tales. Much in the same way Hammer did with their re-imagining of the Dracula and Frankenstein series.

And you can see how that approach influenced directors like Tim Burton with his films like Sleepy Hollow and more recently Alice in Wonderland.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sherlock Holmes: Nocturnal Dandy

Illustrated in Deleter #3 Black Drawing Ink with Crow Quill Pen and Brush on Canson Smooth Bristol Board.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Halloween at That's Entertainment

I'm planning on doing a book signing at That's Entertainment for Halloween this year. It's going to be on Halloween Day and I should be at the store between 12noonish till probably sometime after 5 or 6pm that night.

AND if you happen to show up dressed up like any one of the characters from my book, I will give you a free sketch and post your costume on my website.

It's Halloween, so I might even get into the act and come to the event dressed up ;-)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Test Animation

I was playing around with Flash a little bit today to see how a scene from my upcoming Sherlock Holmes graphic novel would translate to animation.

I may try this again using drawn animation next time. But I'm starting to understand Flash a little better now.

Still time to sign up for Traditional Animation!!

Classes start tomorrow and there's still time to sign up your teen for my Traditional Animation class this Fall!! It's going to be a lot of fun as they not only learn out to create their own hand drawn animations, they will also learn the history of traditional animation as well.

It was a class I had the privilege of taking when I was a teen and I am very thrilled to be teaching it at WAM now :-)

Traditional Animation 14 - 17 Years
Combine traditional drawn animation with technology. Design and illustrate your own story from panel to panel. Using computer programs, watch your story come to life.

Click on the link below to sign up:

December Workshops at WAM

Well, there's no time like the present to mention that I have four one day workshops coming up in December:

Comic Art 8 - 10 Years 12/28/2009 12/28/2009 Monday from 10:00 AM to 12 N
Comic Art 11 - 13 Years 12/29/2009 12/29/2009 Tuesday from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Tour the galleries and discover how artists tell stories through their work. In the studio, create your own characters with their own comic adventures.

Mural Painting 8 - 10 Years 12/29/2009 12/29/2009 Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 12 N
Mural Painting 11 - 13 Years 12/30/2009 12/30/2009 Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 12 N

With your instructor as a guide make a larger-than-life painting with your classmates.

Click on the link below to sign up today:

Sunday, October 4, 2009

A "funky" take on classic Hanna-Barbera

I have never hidden the fact that I'm not a fan of Hanna-Barbera's television animation. But I also understand in this great and diverse stained glass window of pop culture, there's something for everyone.

But with that said, I am more accepting of Hanna-Barbera than I am of Filmation. At least Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera have some street cred with the animation they produced for MGM in the 1940's and 1950's with Tom and Jerry.

Even with that, I never liked Tom and Jerry as much as I liked Droopy. And I think it's the same reason I'm not a huge fan of the Road Runner or Pepe Lepew cartoons. It's the same formula over and over again with Tom and Jerry. With Droopy, Tex Avery was also producing non-Dorry cartoons so he was constantly doing new things whereas HB seemed to just be doing Tom and Jerry.

But back to Filmation. I was kind of disgusted when I watched a recent interview with Lou Scheimer for a DVD of the New Adventures of Batman and Robin produced by his company. He was almost proud of the fact that he cheapened animation and saying by doing so he saved American Animation from being done in another country.

Yeah. But it looks awful. Honestly, I get the same icky feeling watching most Filmation that I do watching some of Ralph Bakshi's animations from the 1970's. I feel like I am doing something wrong and I should take a scalding hot shower after watching them.

But before you start typing your angry responses, I'm not condemning you for watching any of these animations by HB, Filmation and Bakshi. If you like them, keep watching them and keep being a fan of them. Just because I may rant and rave about how I don't like them, they may hold a special place for you and your childhood. And that's fine.

As much as I can't admit to being a fan of HB, I have been very intrigued with the way current animators like John Kricfalusi, Genndy Tartakovsky and even Maxwell Atom and Van Partible have approached some of these characters. And the way they have done the episodes in a loving (although twisted) sort of tribute to the characters they have grown up with have given me more of an appreciation for the characters. And I think these animators have given the characters more depth and personality than Hanna-Barbera ever intended.

I've liked John K since Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures. Yes I know Ralph Bakshi produced the cartoons. I see the irony of what I said earlier. But watching his later stuff with Ren and Stimpy and George Liquor, MM was definitely more John K's work that Ralph B's. But I digress. As surreal and twisted as his cartoons are known to be, John K has taken those aesthetics and incorporated them into some of HB's cartoons with some really great results.

Many years back he had done a short cartoon in which Yogi's sidekick Boo Boo finally snaps and reverts to primordial bear. The results are a really bizarre, unsettling and damn funny cartoon. I can't seem to find that anywhere on the web, but I was able to find this one which has a day in the life of Ranger Smith which is followed by a short Jetsons cartoon. I hate the Jetsons, so John K making them completely dysfunctional and on the border of having to perhaps go into Primal Scream Therapy or some kind of family therapy group is funny to watch. That and I get a naughty giggle out of the opening credit card he created for the Jetson's.

The second on the list is a great animation Flintstones on the Rocks which was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky who was best known for the Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory and Samurai Jack.

One of the things that really impressed me about this animation is the fact that A.) the character design. While trying to recreate that sort of late 1950's/early 1960's art deco look that a great deal of animators had around that time period, very much like John K's HB animations you can tell who directed it. Genndy Tartakovsky has a very unmistakable style. B.)I love the fact that they use the actual sound effects and music from the original series. This can sometimes fall flat and sound cheap, but they make it work. You hear a certain jazz chord when Wilma is looking sexy and you immediately know it's early Flintstones. C.) The voice acting. A really great cast!! Most notably Jeff Bergman.

I have been a fan of Jeff Bergman since he took over for Mel Blanc in the early 1990's. Although, his interpretations of the characters Blanc made famous was not the same, THAT'S a hard act to follow and Bergman did the best job he (or for that matter anyone) could.

With that said, I was very impressed hearing his interpretation of Fred Flintstone. I think he's actually better than Henry Corden, the man who took over the voice when Alan Reed passed away in 1977. Although, there are different inflections in his voice than Reed, what impressed me was how close Jeff Bergman sounded to the original Fred Flintstone voice.

And this makes Flintstones on the Rocks feel more like it could fit in with the original television series than any of the Flintstone spin-off's that came out between 1966 till probably 1994.

And all you need to say is Tress MacNeille ;-)

More recently in the past 10 years I've seen a more mainstream approach at reintroducing some of the HB characters. Most notably Scooby Doo. It's interesting to see those characters being done with better animation than the original series or the myriad of spin off's since 1969. Adding depth to the look of the characters while still making them look similar to the way they appeared in Scooby Doo: Where Are You? those many moons ago.

My favorite of all these is Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law which does not pull any punches with the way they pretty much put a ball and gag in the mouth of these characters. Again, due to the fact that you have this great group of voice actors adding depth and humor to some pretty bland Hanna-Barbera characters. Most notably Stephen Colbert as Phil Ken Sebben and Phil Lamarr as Black Vulcan who has created on of the best catchphrases to be uttered in the past 20 years with "Pure Electricity... in my pants!" which is great to say on any occasion.

And where else could take an unforgettable character like Peter Potamus and transform him into a sex starved pervert.

I highly recommend you check out John K's Funky HB Blog by clicking the image below. He offers some really great character designs, sketches as well as some stories from the days he worked at Hanna-Barbera.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Traditional Animation on Saturdays at WAM!!

There's still time to sign up for my Saturday Traditional Animation Class at the Worcester Art Museum. If you have a talented kiddo who loves cartoons and animation or know someone with a talented kiddo who loves cartoons and animation please feel free to pass this along to them!!

Traditional Animation 14 - 17 Years
Combine traditional drawn animation with technology. Design and illustrate your own story from panel to panel. Using computer programs, watch your story come to life.

Click on the link below to sign up:

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Wodehouse in Wooster... I mean... Worcester...

At the moment I'm trying to get together a little event right in the heart of the metropolis of Worcester MA called Wodehouse Day on October 15th which is PG Wodehouse's Birthday.

The event is inspired by an Evite I had gotten Facebook inviting people around the world to celebrate PG Wodehouse's Birthday in style by hosting parties in 1920's dress much like the stories and the time period that PG Wodehouse wrote in.

It's a great time of the year to plan the event seeing that it's close to Halloween and it's just a great excuse to go out in fancy dress and have a fun night out with friends.

But where to have it?

An artist and Art Museum chum of mine Cynthia Woehrle suggested the 55 Pearl Street Restaurant inside the Historic Bull Mansion.

CAPITAL IDEA!! Most of Wodehouse's stories took place in mansions, manor houses or in Bertie Woosters favorite establishment The Drones Club. So, 55 Pearl seems very fitting for such an event.

Hopefully, they'll like the idea and I'll be able to have it there. But if everything falls through I'm definitely opened to suggestions.

BUT TENTATIVELY AT THIS MOMENT Wodehouse in Worcester will be happening Thursday, October 15, 2009 from 7:00pm - 10:00pm (that's about the time the rates for the parking garages go down)at 55 Pearl in the Historic Bull Mansion located on 55 Pearl Street in Worcester, MA !!

I'll have a little promo up in a couple days but please pass it along to your friends or anyone who might be interested!!

And if you would like to check out their website, click on the piccie below: