I just wanted to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. Hopefully you get to enjoy it a bit more, and with a bit more people, than you did last year. As a thank you to all my followers, here’s a li’l Thanksgiving turkey drawing to download, print, and color at home in between bites of pie (click here for the hi-res .pdf). Enjoy!
Happy 93rd anniversary to the world’s favorite mouse couple, who made their debut on this date in 1928’s “Steamboat Willie”. As a birthday gift, here’s a little pic I drew depicting their iconic kiss from 1938’s “Brave Little Tailor”, and scanned for you and/or your kids to print and color at home (I’ll post my coloring job later). Enjoy! (Click here to download the .pdf file)
As we head into the holiday art season I’m going to be raffling off a prize package containing my last two unsold pieces from this past season’s Yankee Stadium live-painting sessions outside The Yankee Twin Eatery, along with 5 signed Yankee prints. Second and third place will each get a set of 5 prints, and every person who buys a chance will get downloadable, hi-res .pdf files of a piece of my Yankee art and a holiday-themed coloring book page to print at home (artwork TBD). To determine the winner I will place every name into a random generator. Chances will be $20 each, with at least 50% going to Toys For Tots and the Bronx chapter of the NY Food Bank, and the rest going towards my moving expenses at the end of the month. A winner will be chosen Monday, December 6th at 8pm. Chances can be purchased by clicking the link below. Please feel free to spread the word. Good luck!
Monday night I had an absolutely fantastic time catching former centerfielder, World Series champion, and Yankee legend Bernie Williams with his jazz collective at City Winery NYC. For one night my art, my love of jazz, and my Yankee fandom all were able to come together as one. Thanks to my man Bald Vinny for the sweet seat and post-show meet and greet. It gave me an excuse to finally paint up this concept I had for a retro style Bernie Williams album cover. I am happy to say Bernie himself enjoyed it. I’m offering 11″ x 14″ prints of the design for $20 each. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase.
It’s been a horrible year and a half for damn near everyone, myself included, so, as a Halloween treat for all my followers, I’m offering a free preview of a Halloween-themed children’s book I’ve written, as well as the first rough of the cover design, which you can also download and print as a coloring book page!
This is a little dark and may not be suitable for the youngest of kids. There is talk of monsters who eat children, so parents might want to give it a once-over before handing it off. But, if you’re the type of person who loves darkly comic, yet kind-of-cute stuff like The Addams Family, The Nightmare Before Christmas, or Disney’s Haunted Mansion, then I think you’ll dig this. I hope so.
I’m putting this out to gauge reaction, then hope to have it fully illustrated edited, and published in time for next Halloween, so, please feel free to share. And, if you really enjoy it and want to help a struggling artist and his dog enjoy some Halloween treats of their own, you can leave a tip on the bar at paypal.me/craigmahoney or through Venmo at @Craig-Mahoney. Thanks and enjoy!
THE GREAT TRICK OR TREAT SNEAK
(Click to here to download a black and white .pdf of the above image to color.)
Long ago, near a town, not much unlike your own
In a cave in the woods, monsters made their home.
And every October, on the 31st
That’s when these monsters got up to their worst!
It’s the biggest night for each ghoul, ghost, and beast.
We call it Halloween. They call it The Feast!
A night when they’d chomp on the flesh and the bone
Of each naughty child who wandered off alone.
In this cave lived a father, a mother, and son
And they did not like people. They did not like fun!
Well, actually, that is not really quite right.
The son was intrigued by what he saw on that night.
The costumes! The candy! The whole colorful riot!
It seemed like such fun, and he wanted to try it!
So he went to his parents, asked if he could go
And was met with the loudest, most monstrous “NO!”
His father said:
“This night’s not for fun! Not for tricking or treating!
This night is for growling and snatching and eating!”
Then mother chimed in:
“Listen to your father. He knows what he speaks.
Why, we’ll feast on this feast for at least weeks and weeks!”
“Ok”, said the son, but deep down he was glum.
It was candy, not children, he wanted in his tum-tum.
He wanted chocolate and cider and costumes and toys
To go bobbing for apples, not for girls and for boys
So he made a decision, though his parents would freak out
“If they won’t let me go, then I’ll have to just sneak out!”
While his parents prepared for their night of debauch
He began his escape out from under their watch
He crept past their room and took one of the sacks
That this year would be filled with different kinds of snacks.
Then he dashed from their cave, through the woods, toward the streets
To join all the children in costume on their quest for treats.
As he walked to the door of the nearest house
This little monster was nervous as a mouse
A jack o’lantern sat there as his reception
Was this the skull of some other monster who tried this deception?
But when the door was opened, instead of reacting with fright
The humans said his costume was a spooky delight!
And so it went on, from door on to door
No one had seen a costume quite like his before!
He received “oohs” and “ahs” and compliments grand
And best of all, candy, filling the sack in his hand!
He met other children and they invited him there
To the Halloween party held in the town square
As the evening wore on and the sky grew dark
He played games with the other children in the park
He went bobbing for apples, he ate cakes and pies
And in the costume contest he took home first prize!
But when he saw the full moon floating high in the sky
He knew that he must bid his new friends goodbye
With a quick farewell he ran off back to his lair
Fearing the punishment that awaited him there
At first when he’d gone, his parents were just curious
But, after all of these hours, now they were furious!
He nervously crept back into the cave
To stand there and take it while they ranted and raved.
“Where have you been, my dear? Where did you go?
Please tell us you weren’t with those humans below.”
“I went trick or treating! I played games and ate pies!
I went bobbing for apples! My fur won first prize!
And when I saw it was late I hurried right back
To bring you this candy I have in my sack!
Please do me this favor. Won’t you please try it?
You need more than bad little kids in your diet”
His mother and father both agreed cautiously
Then reached into his candy-filled sack a bit nauseously.
They each took their time engaged in close inspection
Before warily ingesting each bright confection.
Then their eyes opened wide, both lit up like the moon.
As they started to chew they began to swoon.
“This is the most delicious thing I’ve put into my mouth!
And I’ve eaten my fill from far north to deep south.
If only we’d known what we’d missed all these years
Skulking in the dark and hiding in fear.
No more scaring and growling and snatching and eating
From now on, each year, we’ll ALL go trick-or-treating!”
So, next year, when monsters come knock at your door
Look a little bit closer than you did before.
How do they look? How do they smell, sound, or feel?
Because most of them will be children, but some of them… may be REAL.
Welcome to the all new Craig Mahoney revamp/relaunch/rebrand/whatever. Please forgive the mess while I tidy up and finish getting things in order, but please keep coming back and check out all the new stuff I’m cooking up and will be debuting shortly.