Hey, Everyone! T.K. here with a small preview of what I'm doing to prepare for my comic-con engagements in 2019! My first one isn't until April, but time flies fast, so I'm prepping now.
My mother has always loved a bit of the Gothic. She grew up reading Sherlock Holmes and Edgar Allen Poe and watching Monster Movie Matinee. Her love of that Gothic-Lite rubbed off on me a little, along with my own fascination with the fantastic, to create the crazy, whimsical person you see before you. A vivid childhood memory I have is seeing, right before I went up to bed some Saturday nights the delightfully freaky intro to "Masterpiece Mystery", featuring the work of illustrator Edward Gorey.
I recall being scared by the intro; but not the "bad", nightmare inducing scary, but the good kind of scared, the little thrills that kids seek out. Of course, it stuck in my mind for good. The work of Edward Gorey, with his his irreverent reverence for the spooky, the defanging of monsters while keeping their danger has inspired a new idea for my comic con table.
My idea? Take Mattel's Monster High dolls and transform them into Edward's Gothic flapper girls! These monster mavens will appear in a special corner at my table, all waiting for the show to begin. I will have a few of them in stock including Frankie Stein (daughter of Adam, Victor Frankenstein's monster), Lagoona Blue (daughter of a sea monster), and Clawdeen Wolf (daughter of the Wolf Man).
One more monster I will be doing is Cleo De Nile, the daughter of one of my favorite movie monsters, the Mummy. But I'll be treating her a bit different then the "Gorey Girls". When I watched the Mummy (the original from 1932), I was fascinated by the powerful Imhotep and his "tale of love, and crime, and death." And oddly enough, Cleo bears a bit of resemblance to Zita Johann, the woman who played Helen/Princess Ankesenamun.
Inspired by The Mummy, I will be transforming Cleo into a flapper with homages to Zita's beautiful costumes from the movie. Since Egyptian style costumes were quite popular in the Flapper era, it wouldn't have been too out of the ordinary. I'm really excited about this idea, I love historical costumes.
This is only the first entry into my Countdown to Comic Con, stay tuned for more sneak peeks and ideas from all of us at Tabitha's Mountain Rhapsody!
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