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"Movies From Helloween" drawing, inspired by Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow"

Spooky Season is Here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m a goth at heart, so this is my power season. I love how the world masks itself in a dark aesthetic. Even the most marketable, cutest incarnations of Halloween still invoke a twisted version of reality for me.  It's both devilishly delightful and sinisterly subversive!

I've gotten into the spirit by marathoning horror films, attending macabre events, and leaning into my witchier habits.  You'll find me any given day donning gothic apparel and saying Crypt-keeper-Esque puns. This year I'll be flaunting it and haunting it and I hope you do the same!

Creepin' it real,
your Hallow-Queen,
Lara  



P.S. This month's freebie is a kid-friendly poster template that can be used for your own Trick or Treat or Halloween celebration. Scroll down to download!


 Brooklyn Horror Film Festival

I have been dying to share my design for the 2021 Brooklyn Horror Film Festival official poster! Last year's festival was online-only, so this year the organizers really wanted an image that screamed, "Brooklyn is back!"

With that in mind, I drew inspiration from the classic film The Warriors, the NYC punk aesthetic of the ‘70s and ‘80s, and contemporary psychedelic horror films like The Wild Boys by Bertrand Mandico (who will have a new film premiering at this year's show!):

  THE BROOKLYN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL 

runs from October 14th - 17th
and includes in-person and virtual events.
Get your tickets now!

Coming out in the year of staying in

🌈 In July my comic, "Coming out in the year of staying in," was published by The Lily News. It is the most intimate story I've shared to date and I was VERY nervous. My fears aside, the response I received was overwhelmingly positive and humbling. Readers reached out to me and shared their stories of loss, transformation, and how they chose to claim their identity. It was a beautiful reminder that art is a language for connecting with others.

Thanks to Rachel Orr for art directing and editing this story, Hannah Good for additional editing, and Maria Alconada Brooks for reformatting my comic for The Lily's site. ⁠⁠


❤️💛💚💙💜
Click HERE to read the whole thing.

 Client Work 

Ask a Doula: How Do You you Help People with Abortion Care for VeryWell Health
Driving in Aruba for TripSavvy
Best Online Kickboxing Classes for Verywell Fit

 Graphic Novel 

I have been working like a demon on this book! I'm currently penciling, inking, and finalizing the cover designs for (working title) Ronan and the Endless Sea of Stars. My collaborator Rick Louis has been endlessly supportive of the process, sending me lots of quality feedback and cheering me on. Of course, I wish I was further along, but I feel great about what's already done. Here I am working on a spread:

Inspiration

My friends and I recently went to the New York Renaissance Faire! I hadn't gone since I was a teen and it was incredibly fun to create a character and arrive in style!
The character I created for the Faire was a mix of inspiration from Joan of Arc, general witchiness, and bejeweled relics. In addition to good ol' Pinterest research, I was heavily inspired by a book called Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs, by Paul Koudounaris. It's a beautiful investigation into the religious tradition of dressing saintly remains in costumes, wigs, crowns, jewels, and all types of fanciful filigree. Few words describe the decadence and veneration involved -  you've got to see it to believe!

Movies from Helloween

My pal Brett Ryans and I will be making illustrations as a part of our "Movies from Helloween" challenge throughout the month of October! #Moviesfromhelloween is our excuse to watch great (and not so great) films and make art inspired by their creepy, spooky, or otherwise bizarre vision. We both created some cool illustrations last year and are going to try our hands at a few more this year! Check out Brett's and my Instagram to follow along!
 P.S. Look at Brett's amazing graphic!  

From the Archives

In 2019 I made a comic about "dark tourism" for By The Way, The Washington Post's travel section. Traveling has changed so much since then. However, I am still finding ways to reconnect with my friends and see the darker side of life.

If you want a macabre (but still poignant) read, check out my  DARK TOURISM comic!

Digital Freebie 

✨Trick or Treat  Poster!✨

I designed this for my building's Trick or Treat festivities and I'm excited to share it with you! You will get two downloadable PDFs: one with editable text to write your own message and print, and one without (so you can write your own text on a printout!)

Feel free to use this poster for your Trick or Treat or Halloween celebrations! Just be sure to send me some photos or tag me when it goes live! Or...undead? Bwa ha ha!

Download HERE.
 
BONUS: I have a killer Halloween playlist I've been building for years.
Listen on Spotify and feel free to send any new, spine-tingling recommendations!
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