monsters from mars

by Tim Odland

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An Interview with the Artist Behind the Covers for Goosebumps

As you might recall, Goosebumps was a phenomenally successful 1990s book series about preteens finding soft-core terror in the suburbs. The characters had names like Lucy/Lizzy/Billy/Andy and the author, R. L. Stine, had an unusual commitment to describing outfits. To be honest, it was hard to know what made Goosebumps so popular, except that they had mind-blowing covers.

Tim Jacobus was the New Jersey native behind those covers. In 1991 the children’s book publisher Scholastic asked him to tender for a new series of horror books. He got the job, and over the next decade Jacobus illustrated the full series of nearly 100 books.

Also over that decade, a nine year-old version of myself tried to copy his style. There was something so cool about those candy-colored, fish-eyed depictions of American horror. And ever since, I’ve wanted to talk to the guy. How did he and R. L. Stine get the formula so right? I called him up to ask him exactly that.

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Monsters from Mars on Instagram posted new Attractionistas!

Odd that they’re making a Tower of terror when they’re tearing it down 🤔

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bangtan x aus: dystopian space
↳ It is the year 2416. It has been long since the human population has returned to live on Earth. War between the planets have forced civilians to evacuate their homes. The war is now over, however, the issues have not come to an end just yet. The nations’ governments have joined to form a new program. Selective children are taken at birth to train for an upcoming mission called Operation: GALAXY. Seven groups will set off into space to travel around the solar system to obtain information and data left from the aftermath of the war. Everybody knows the risks and the dangers that come along with this mission. Who knows how long it will take? Who knows where they’ll end up? There is no promise for a safe trip.

No promise for a safe return.

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This is my old band.  We recorded this ten years ago. !!!

We recorded it at our bass player Scott’s house on his Fostex 1/4″ reel to reel, and then I mixed and mastered it.  It turned out really well, especially considering that we didn’t really have any idea what we were doing.  We recorded guitar, bass, and drums live and over-dubbed the rest.  I played all the guitars, sang the vocal part, and played the left hand of the Farfisa organ, while Paul played the right hand.