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Jan 01

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

Another year gone.  Many many projects accomplished and many still left on the floor.  I always want to do twice as much, but just run out of time.  I am pretty proud what I was able to fit in amongst my day job and family without compromising either too much.   This New Year’s Eve I’m taking a real quick look back.

I started early in the year sculpting a few new “Custom Crazies” including the Half Corpse Zombie from Return of the Living Dead, Chet from Weird Science (Which would be released later in the year) and a new version of my Critters lineup.

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I also started to sell t-shirts.  Some were of older designs I had previously featured on bumper stickers and some were new designs.  I made a few with my past and present logos as well.  (At least my dad bought one. haha)  In 2016 I’ll be revamping the t-shirt line and I’m working on a tip from an artist buddy that will lead me to a printer that can bring the prices down.

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During that time I was also getting ready for Motor City Nightmares in the spring.

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The show went pretty well even though we were stuck in a separate room off the hall with a few other disgruntled vendors.  While there I was approached by Dee Wallace to make some figures for her to have on her table at appearances.  Being a huge Dee Wallace fan myself, I put everything else on hold and made some new bases for my Cujo and Critter figures so that they would be easier to sign.  That was a fun one. I love her

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Next, I jumped into a summer sale including the Chet presale.  Phew!  I don’t take breaks.

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As soon as I shipped all that stuff out, It was time for a really bizarre direction.  Eventhough I had never picked up a chainsaw before, I decided to enter a week-long chainsaw competition.  I was ready for a new challenge.  That’s me in yellow on top of that incredibly large tree.  Somehow,  I won the competition.  Shocked and extremely proud.

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The next day, I got to work on all the Chet orders…

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Next up?  I went right in to getting inventory ready for one of my favorite conventions around – HorrorHound Weekend in Indy!!!  Good times had by all.   New items and magnets like the Split-Dog, Stuff, Friday the 13th sign, Handbook for the Recently Deceased, Creepshow book, etc…

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I did a free raffle giveaway of a one-of-a-kind 18″  They Live custom (That I was sad to give away)

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There I was approached by Amoktime toys which is one of the largest and best toy stores in New York to make some Karbonite Killers for them to feature.  Of course, I did it!  I love AmokTime

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When I finished that?  Another Sale!!!

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Finally, a break!  Not really.  I started putting together and building my son’s Halloween costume.  It’s kind of a tradition.  Not a lot of child size DeathStroke costumes

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Meanwhile, I started to sculpt the secret, exclusive Homemade Horror/Freddy In Space Christmas ornament.  Thanks go again to Freddy In Space’s John Squires for his partnership on this for the 3rd year.  Also, thanks to everyone who shared the post and/or your pics of the ornaments on your trees or shelves.  It means so much to me to see those.  I can’t express.

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During that sale, I was Casting/Painting and Finishing up as many ornaments as I could for the second Xmas sale.  Sorry about the limited runs.  As you can see, I was pretty busy.

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This wasn’t all of them, but that’s a lot of ornaments going to the Post Office.

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You guys kicked my ass this year and I love and appreciate you all for it.  I know I didn’t get to everything I said I would or wanted to do, but I hope you can see how much I really did push to get out to you all.  It was an amazing and busy 2015 for Homemade Horror.  I feel so humbled to have you all supporting my work and continually communicating with me through my Facebook pages.

I have so many more plans for 2016 including new/old figures, magnets, shirts, collectables and collaborations with other artists and companies.  I’m not sure how many conventions I’ll get to this year, but It’s looking like I may be able to be at HorrorHound Weekend in Cincy for “Friday ONLY.”  More to come on that.  If I can get to half of what I have in my head than I will be happy.

For your continued interest, here’s a sneak peek at something that was supposed to be ready for Christmas but I just couldn’t give it the time it needed. It will now be a Custom Crazy for a 2016 release.  Better photos and specs will be put out over the next month or so on Homemade Horror’s Facebook page.  Check back often!

 

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Sincere Thanks!

 

Gabe LaPeer

 

 

 

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