LA Horror Presents: Will Penny

Cookies and milk.  Cream and sugar.  Jason and a machete.  Some things are just meant to go together, and Will Penny shows us exactly that in his ridiculous and hilarious comic strips titled “Sex and Monsters.”  We must warn you, fair reader, “Sex and Monsters” is by far the least frightening but potentially deadliest thing ever featured on this website.   Be careful to not die laughing…

Penny’s comic strips are full of, well, sex and monsters, two of every true horror fans favorite things.  He was the campus newspaper cartoonist in his college days, and though he works as a professional in law now, he uses his extra time to continue his passion for art and horror through his comic strips.

“I’m a big horror nerd.  I’m a comic book nerd, but actually I was a horror nerd first.  And I think that comes out of growing up on the old classic black and white Universal horror films,” Penny told LAHorror.com.  Yet, movies alone didn’t do it.  Penny was an avid horror comic book fan growing up and draws much of his inspiration from the comics that used to spook him.  “And of course anytime you mention comic books and horror you always have to drop in the EC comics, you know, the first and last name in horror comics.  So, of course, I was heavily influenced by ‘The Crypt Keeper,’ ‘The Vault Keeper’ and ‘The Old Witch.”

Other notable influences Penny taps into are “Cracked,” one of his favorite horror magazines as well as several writers/illustrators from Playboy.  Together, these pieces are put together in Penny’s “R” rated comics in a ghastly fashion.  (Speaking of which, “Sex and Monsters” was recently nominated for a Ghastly Award, which celebrates excellent up-and-coming horror comics).

Penny is not simply the writer of these strips, but also illustrates and colors each one in a process that can take over a week to complete.  But that is only the tip of the iceberg for “Sex and Monsters.”  Penny also creates hilarious “Crack-Ups,” montages of images from the very same horror movies he grew up watching with hilarious and unexpected punch lines.  Penny has successfully transformed so many once-horrifying characters into the butt-end of some zany humor.  Check out a couple of our favorites.

“Sex and Monsters” is without a doubt one of the silliest things we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing, but the true punch line of all of this is in how Penny came up with the idea for this strip.  You see, “Sex and Monsters” was created by accident in a strange way only just over a year ago.  Penny was trying to get tickets to last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, but they were all sold out.  Determined to attend, Penny got creative.

“I looked online [and thought], ‘What are other ways to get tickets,’ and one of the ways they said you could get into the show, the convention, is if you were an actual professional.  And you applied for a professional pass, but to do that you had to have an actual comic strip up on the web or a book published in your name.  I was like ‘crap, I only have a few months to get something started so I could get tickets to this show.’  That’s basically the genesis of ‘Sex and Monsters,’” Penny told us laughing.  For the record, it totally worked.

Check out Will Penny’s full collection of “Sex and Monsters” at www.SexandMonsters.com.

LA Horror Presents: Lior Molcho

WHO:  Lior Molcho, Make-up artist

FAVORITE HORROR FILMS:

“Hellraiser”

“A Nightmare on Elm Street”

“Friday the 13th:  The Final Chapter”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many horror films have you seen without any gore?  Sure, they’re out there, but they are few and far between.  Violence is to horror as kissing is to romantic comedies.  Lior Molcho knows all too well about gore in the movies and takes pride in being the artist behind it.  He started covering his parents in blood and guts at the tender age of 12.

“I grew up in Israel, so there were no make-up schools, no horror movies…I just watched a lot of horror movies on video.  I really liked Tom Savini’s horror films…I just wanted to get into that.  I had my parents bring me materials and books from the States, actually,” Molcho told LAHorror.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yet, one thing that wasn’t available commercially in Israel was latex, the main ingredient of many make-up designs.  And due to the fact that latex was not allowed on planes, Molcho’s family had to get creative in acquiring it.

“When I was, I guess, like, 12 or 13, I went with my mom to a condom factory and we just asked them to fill up some coke bottles with latex…they didn’t even charge us; it was, like, the weirdest thing,” Molcho recalled laughing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now those are some cool parents.  As Molcho got older, he worked on many projects in Israel, including over 200 music videos.  Within the last year, he’s brought his work to Los Angeles to show people what he can do.  The results?  Well, see for yourself in this disgusting and hilarious music video directed by Molcho for the band, “The Active Set.”

“We had ‘dying’ in the title—we had Halloween coming up, we figured hey, lets do a horror zombie kind of thing…We had less than an afternoon to shoot the whole thing,” Molcho said.  And in that afternoon, Molcho and guts supplier and fellow make up artist, Walt Phelan, created, arguably, the best and zaniest zombie music video ever.

Molcho explained, “It was kind of disturbing, but a lot of fun!”  Kind of disturbing?  An understatement.  He’s just being modest…

Make-up for all photos featured by Lior Molcho.  If you are in need of a make-up artist in the LA area, you can contact Molcho at molcho.lior@gmail.com