Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle Booth 1805
On the show today, I interview Josh Ellingson, a fantastic illustrator, fellow convention pal, college roommate, high school friend, groomsman in my wedding, etc. We chat about the ups and downs of Wizard World Portland, Emerald City Comic Con, Ninja Duck, storytelling, the Muppets, pin up art, Star Trek, etc.
#28 is Jack (O-Lantern) This is a great story of the origin of Jack I “borrowed” from Wikipedia:
The story of the carved vegetable as a lantern comes in many variants and is similar to the story of Will-o’-the-wisp retold in different forms across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. An old Irish folk tale tells of Stingy Jack, a lazy yet shrewd farmer who uses a cross to trap the Devil. One story says that Jack tricked the Devil into climbing an apple tree, and once he was up there Jack quickly placed crosses around the trunk or carved a cross into the bark, so that the Devil couldn’t get down. Another tale says that Jack put a key in the Devil’s pocket while he was suspended upside-down.
Jack only lets the Devil go when he agrees never to take his soul. After a while the thief died, as all living things do. Of course, his life had been too sinful for Jack to go to heaven; however, the Devil had promised not to take his soul, and so he was barred from hell as well. Jack now had nowhere to go. He asked how he would see where to go, as he had no light, and the Devil mockingly tossed him an ember that would never burn out from the flames of hell. Jack carved out one of his turnips (which were his favorite food), put the ember inside it, and began endlessly wandering the Earth for a resting place. He became known as “Jack of the Lantern”, or Jack-o’-lantern.
#26 in the Halloween Series is the Zombie. The month is almost over and I’ve done most of the popular monsters. How could I forget the Zombie. I am a fan of the Old school zombie movies like White Zombie and Night of the Living Dead, but recently I think Walking Dead kills them all.
Original painting on canvas. 8″ x 8″ by Devon Devereaux
Many cultures around the world celebrate a Halloween type festival. In Mexico, on November 1 & 2 citizens will honor loved ones that have passed on. Private alters are made for the dead including art, sugar candy skulls and favorite food of the departed.
Original Painting Acrylic on canvas 8″ x 8″ in the ETSY Store.