October 31, 2011

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10 Days of Halloween Horror Day 10: Monsters!* Mostly


Welcome to Day Ten of the 10 Days of Halloween Horror 2011!  We'll be featuring horror-related reviews right up until the big day!  You can find the Halloween Horror posts for Panel Patter here, and don't forget to check out the Book Stew for book-book horror, too!

Today Panel Patter's gonna pack as much horror as possible into one day!

Illustrated by Dave Wachter
Self-Published

I love horror monsters and comic book villains.
I love Dave Wachter's artwork.
Really, this one was a no-brainer for me.

In this collection of 100 sketches, Wachter puts together some of the images he's drawn for people over time, most of which are monsters.  There are a few heroes thrown in, such as Captain America or Spider-Man, but the majority of the characters are monsters in some way, whether they're Godzilla or Ben Grimm.  (I'll leave it up to you to decide if Larry David is a hero, a villain, or  a Monster.  Personally, I think he's the latter, if only for the dreck that is Curb Your Enthusiasm.)

Some of you may know Wachter from seeing him at a show or my frequent links to his sketchblog.  If you are at all familiar with his work, you'll know that his creations are incredibly detailed, with lots of line and brushwork.  I've watched him draw a few times at shows this year, and this is a man who takes pride in his work.  That pride shows in this collection, where everything from Muppets to Mephisto get the same care and stylings that make these pages pop out to the reader.

One of these days, I'm going to ask Wachter to draw something for me.  But since I can't personally pay for him to illustrate everything, the next best thing to do is pick up his sketchbooks.  This is a great way to get an appreciation for Wachter without completely bankrupting yourself.  Monsters!* Mostly is one of those rare sketchbooks that deserves careful viewing and re-viewing.  I don't buy them very often, but I am glad I have this one.  If you are a horror fan, you need to get it, too.

You can pick up Monsters!* Mostly at a convention on the East Coast or directly at Dave Wachter's store.

Happy Halloween!!