Tag Archives: Fall

The Holidays with Charlie Brown and Co.

Tis the time of year when all festivities are apparent and ever-changing. From one month to next we are given holidays; beacons of excitement which guide us through the tumultuous days in-between. Unsurprisingly, this is one of our favorite times of year.

And who better to share in the spirit than The Peanuts? Like pleasantly recalled memories from our childhoods, each of their holiday movies encourage the nostalgia. We find Tom Whalen’s design work to be memorable, elegant, and all-encompassing when it comes to these classics, with each piece exhibits a tone and mood appropriate to their subject matter.

Like the jovial gathering of a Thanksgiving feast.

Or a child’s moving monologue of finding meaning in the materialism, in the beauty of a winters night.

And the mysterious excitement that comes with being a child on Halloween.

Times have changed, becoming more digital and less personal. And yet despite the changes, some things thankfully stay the same. They remain timeless, and undying.

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Toothpaste Art

Our graphic designer Josh and writer David recently submitted their entry into the pop-culture spoofing website I-Mockery‘s Halloween Toothpaste Art Contest.

Tasked with creating an art piece purely out of toothpaste, they conceptualized, rough drafted, and fine-tuned their WINNING piece into a wonderfully cheesy work of toothpaste art. Check it out below!

Read the article describing their process here.

Also check out the other entries, and their featured piece here.

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‘Halloween’s Last Kiss’


The Ultimate October Movie

We hope you are having a wonderful October so far! And if you haven’t yet watched “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”, your fall season hasn’t officially begun!

Enjoy this wonderfully designed print then heat up some apple cider, and watch it.

Happy October!

 


Press Play: Playlist


Break out the blue jeans and favorite sweaters, because Fall is upon us and bringing with it the cool chill of change. It’s a time for pumpkin spice flavored, well, everything. A time to flood your senses with new sights, smells, and the exciting calm before the holiday season storm.

Like the leaves, your music changes to one more suited to the moody atmosphere.

So brew some coffee, carve a pumpkin, and enjoy our fall playlist favorites.

  1. Minds Without Fear – Imogen Heap (feat. Vishal Shekhar)
  2. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
  3. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
  4. Spitting Image – Freelance Whales
  5. The Girl – City and Colour 
  6. Black – Kari Kimmel
  7. We Will Walk Through Walls – Electric President
  8. Madness – Muse
  9. Blood For Poppies – Garbage
  10. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
  11. I Am The Walrus – The Beatles
  12. Fly – Nick Drake

Holiday Hearts

“It’s like your children talking about holidays, you find they have a quite different memory of it from you. Perhaps everything is not how it is, but how it’s remembered.”
~Denis Norden

David Rodriguez-Age 3-Halloween 1993


I grew up in a southern California city called Moorpark, where every October 1st the atmosphere would change and my excitement would rise. The 31st was the one night that the world around me turned into what I so fondly imagined it in my head as: HalloweenTown. Ghouls, Ghosts, Monsters, and Mystery; those were and still are the things I love about it.

Alisha Noles-Age 5


Alisha: “After much deliberation I have decided that The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday. This is for a couple reasons. My family has always put on a huge celebration that includes a competitive wiffle ball game, questionably legal fireworks, and a large selection of grilled food. It’s also during my favorite time of year (summer), and doesn’t include all the stress that comes along with Christmas (not that I don’t love Christmas!).”

Ethan Borden-Age 4


Ethan: “I love Christmas because of family traditions. I love browsing through the toy shops, watching the twinkling lights and excited kids running around the Christmas tree’s. It’s a really magical time where people share and bond and celebrate together.”

Rebecca Noles (right)-Age 3


Rebecca: “Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love everything about it: the parade, the meal, family, friends, and kicking off the Christmas season!”

Josh Luna as Zorro-Age 6


Josh: “Halloween was the best as a kid because for one night at least I got to be whatever super hero I was obsessed with at the time and no one made fun of me for it.”

Nathanael Sams-Age 19


Nathanael: “There’s nothing like listing to Bing Crosby Records on vinyl when its Christmas time. I love the spirit of the month and celebrating the birth of Christ. I love the music, the decorations, the trees and the meaning of Christmas itself. I love movies like Elf, Miracle on 34th Street and Christmas Vacation.”


The Master of Suspense

“The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them”
~Sir Alfred Hitchcock – August 1899 – April 1980

From a very early age I found myself drawn to scary movies. What is it that keeps us, as audience members, coming back to the horror genre?

“Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.” ~Alfred Hitchcock

After taking a few film classes in college, I began seeing a certain pattern of influence. One class in particular, The Great Film Directors, highlighted upon such masters as Kurosaki, Truffaut, Scorsese, and Wes Anderson. We also studied The Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock.

I started to realize how influential in every way he was and certainly still is to modern filmmaking. Take for instance his work in the 1958 film Vertigo. At the tail end, we experience a shot of descending stairs in such an effect that they seem to stretch. This has come to be known as many things: “Dolly Zoom”, “Vertigo Effect”, and “Hitchcock Zoom”. Never before had a shot induced both a sense of unease and dizziness.

More impressive perhaps were his incredibly long “takes”. In an industry where the average length of a shot is 4-6 seconds, Hitchcock’s Rope is an unfathomable 10 shots ranging somewhere between 4.5 & 10 minutes each! The margin of error is deadly small, and requires not only great patience but also great foresight.

“If it’s a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.”
~Alfred Hitchcock

There are few directors whose work has such a direct impact on film, let alone an entire genre. Any horror film buff who is serious in their studies will, inevitably, come across a few Hitchcock films.

I hope that my own writing somehow honors his memory and the work he accomplished in his time, and that you all had a safe, spooky, and happy Halloween!

What’s your favorite Hitchcock film?