li The art of Gruesomestein's Monsters

Friday, September 16, 2005

The Gruesomestein back story...

Well...for the first entry, I find it only fitting to post the first Monster's designs. I actually liked these versions. At the time I drew these characters, I was trying hard to rip off Tales of the Wizard of Oz which Riccardo and I were both crazy about. However, the character designs evolved quite a bit for the show, but it was needed in order to do the things to them that we wanted to do. It differs depending on who you ask, but I say I came up with the seed idea for the show, and Ric says that he came up with the seed idea, so I guess we'll never really know. But what is certain is that we both love Monsters, Classic cartoons, and have a very similar sense of humour. The original idea of for the show was that there was this great big book called "Gruesomestein's Monsters" that was written by millionaire embalmer R.M. Gruesomestein. The book was compiled of all these odd and eery stories that he had collected as he collected bodies during his many years of embalming. Gruesomestein himself, as gloomy as he was, made it a point to read the stories to the kids in the neighbourhood everyday (those who dared to listen anyway). But he is now retired, and this disturbing story time is now the chore of his servant Uncle Wadsworth (he is the guy in the top left corner of the image above). Wadsworth is like a really screwed up Mr. Rogers. Of all of Wadsworths many horrid chores at the Gruesomestein mansion, the one chore he hates the most is reading the book to the kids. So essentially, each episode (if it were a half hour series...wishful thinking) Wadsworth would read the book to the kids - the kids being us, the audience. He would start the story and then dissolve into the actual short. You never knew what story he would tell and this is what we liked most about the concept. One story would be about Witchy, the next would be about Ghosty or Me bones. Then we could revisit these characters in different stories and scenarios. Unfortunately the Uncle Wadsworth bit had to be dropped on order to keep with the indiviual 5 minute short format of "Fun Pak". Sorry for being long winded. I'll shut up now. I just figured you should know the back story...


Blogger Hobo Divine said...



Friday, September 16, 2005 1:26:00 a.m.  
Blogger kaysar_el said...

We want more t-shirts, damn it!!!!

Friday, September 16, 2005 10:41:00 a.m.  
Blogger SteveLambe said...

More tshirts?!??!

Can I get one of the first batch ;)

Friday, September 16, 2005 1:46:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mark Ackland said...

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Friday, September 16, 2005 2:03:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mark Ackland said...

Hey Lambey!!!
We only made so many. If there is enough interest, we will make some more.

Friday, September 16, 2005 2:05:00 p.m.  
Blogger Blammo said...

Finally a Site devoted to the Fantastic stylings of Mark Ackland
and Riccardo Durante!

Hopefully this Blog will get some Grass Roots interest going and get it sold to somebody.

Great site Ackwad!

Your Pal,

Saturday, September 17, 2005 12:10:00 p.m.  
Blogger the doodlers said...

Hi Mark and Riccardo,

Yeah!! We'd want Gruesomestein's T-shirts too!


Arna and John

Sunday, September 18, 2005 9:18:00 p.m.  
Blogger mikecarloooyeah said...

this stuff looks great!

Monday, September 19, 2005 3:59:00 p.m.  
Blogger Jay D Smith said...

fantastic stuff guys!!

hope to see lots more!!


Monday, September 19, 2005 6:10:00 p.m.  
Blogger Helena said...

Love it!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 5:54:00 p.m.  

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