Self censorship vs self expression

Of course before we get into this. I am flat out saying I DO NOT support/condone/believe in Nazi’s, white Supremacy or any of that shit!.
I am a gay man,
a majority of my immediate family are jewish,
and my Granddad was at the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp
Now that’s out of the way, let’s move on.

I’ve been having a crisis of conscious of late. A few years ago I drew this.

It’s a parody mashup of Frozen and the fantastically schlocky 70s exploitation movie Ilsa:She Wolf of the SS. It’s always been a popular print for me but now i’m considering pulling it from my roster. This was designed purely as a silly movie mashup and I have yet have anybody get upset with me about the poster (at least nobody has said anything to me). Everybody seemed to get the joke. Even younger people who didn’t know about the original 70s movie laughed and seemed to get the sillyness that was what the intention.

Now certain world events and certain world leaders have taken what was a historical evil back to an acceptable lifestyle choice. Now I find myself questioning my own views about what’s acceptable and what’s not.

I have always been a big fan of dark and inappropriate humour. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve told more than my fair share of horrible tasteless jokes. As an artist I feel the concept of free speech and freedom of expression is one of the most important and vital parts of life. I’ve always believed that joking about horrible things is the best way of taking away the power that those horrible things have. I actively tried to never insult and or offend a person personally. But I’ve never accepted that there are any subjects that were taboo and/or unacceptable to discuss. I’ve always tried to live my life in the footsteps of a greater man. George Carlin!

Now that belief is in question. Because like most things in life, some person or persons have ruined it for everybody.

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In The Wings

So earlier this week my friends over at Two Gargoyles Comics Mike Rieger and Michael McAdam were not going to be able to pull off this weeks web comic of “In The Wings”. Since I draw Gloaming for TwoGargs I took it upon myself in a presumptuous manner to guest write and draw it for them without being asked. It appears that my ego paid off because they used it. The main joke came from an off hand comment Michael McAdam made about me as a character guesting in the strip and that I should be seen in a dark closet hissing at people. I decided that the more Hitchcockian aspect of NOT seeing the horror was funnier.

Calgary Horror Con: Results

So following up my initial post of the Best Little Horror Con in the West These are the results of that trial.
I brought Eugene A Clark a copy of my Big Daddy’s Garage sign. He loved it. He asked for extra copies (of which I gracefully agreed to. In fact I’m gonna send him the original printable file, That way he can print out copies of MY ART to sign at shows)

Secondly Ari Lehman loved his prints too.
He even dragged me over to Derek Mears to get him to sign it too!

As always at the show I was joined at my table by Michael Mcadam of Two Gargs comics. It was a great show. 2 days of horror but in the best possible way! Sales, laughs, and copious amounts of caffeine.

Calgary Horror Con: Pre show info

June 11-12 was my favorite con of the year. The Calgary Horror Con.

I did 4 specific drawings for this show!
First off I did a young Jason Voorhees poster in honour of Ari Lehman The actor who played the young Jason in the first Friday the 13th.

Voorhees Water Wings! by Kyohazard on DeviantArt

Second piece I did was for Eugene A Clark who played Big Daddy, the lead zombie in George A Romero’s Land of the Dead.

Big Daddy's Gas and Repair by Kyohazard on DeviantArt

Thirdly was Halloween themed for Tyler Mane

Myers vs Myers by Kyohazard on DeviantArt

And lastly because not only was the First Jason at the Show, but also the Last Jason Derek Mears (the Friday the 13th remake)

Back to the Friday by Kyohazard on DeviantArt

Gott Fried?

If you don’t listen to Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast… What the hell is wrong with you? Well for those poor souls who don’t, Gilbert sings on the show… A LOT!!! His co-host Frank Santopadre keeps saying they need to put out an album of Gilbert’s dulcet tones. So as I am want to do, I drew something. A vintage style / Sinatra inspired album cover. Why? because, that’s why!

Gilbert Gottfried Sings! by Kyohazard on DeviantArt

I sent the above drawing to Gilbert Gottfried and Frank Santopadre via twitter. Frank sent me an awesome personal message and has since posted the drawing on their facebook page.