Draw A Werewolf Day: ‘Where’s My Coffee?’

Draw A Werewolf Day Coffee 160916The hunt for fresh meat overnight was successful, but the hunt for the morning coffee still needs to be had. His overnight “carnivorous lunar activities” has spent his fuel. No coffee makes for an extremely cranky werewolf as his fuel depletes and resulting in a mid-morning crash. Time to give this werewolf some coffee. A word to the wise: do not offer the werewolf decaf coffee; it will not end well for the one serving the coffee.

Today is also Draw a Werewolf Day, as it is also the “Harvest Moon” full moon. How can you get on the werewolf art action? Draw anything werewolfy. It does not matter if you are a pro artist or drawing a simple stick-figure werewolf, if it is werewolf, it is good to go. The rule is that it must be art that you created on the assigned Draw a Werewolf Day (full moon day)

(or +/- one day to accommodate overseas participants). To submit your own Draw a Werewolf drawing or to view the archives, go visit drawawerewolf.tumblr.com or Tweet on Twitter using the hashtag #DrawAWerewolfDay.

The Ugly Werewolf ‘Interview With the News’ is Thoughtful, Amusing

Last night I enjoyed listening to a great podcast from The Ugly Werewolf, “#12 The Ugly Werewolf: Interview With the News.” The recent episode features the Portland (Ore.)-based host, Nodnash, and the guest, err “a guest” A. Quinton, the founder of the werewolf website Werewolf-news.com and the editor of the “Monster Versus” series.

The episode dives deep into discussions about HowlCon 2017, the movie Teen Wolf, and a review on a Bad Dragon werewolf-related adult toy in an informative, thoughtful, and amusing discussion.

If you have 74 minutes of free time at home, you may want to give this episode a listen. I highly advise not to listen to this at work given some language and a discussion on adult toys.

One little disclaimer: this is the first of The Ugly Werewolf podcast I have listened to and I intend to listen to more later.

Now, go listen to “#12 The Ugly Werewolf: Interview With the News.”

I Miss This Ale

September has arrived. As many food and beverage transform into something related to pumpkin spice, there is one other thing I crave for in the fall. It’s definitely beer. It’s definitely werewolf. It’s the Newcastle Werewolf Blood Red Ale.

In 2013 and 2014, I picked up a few 6-packs and enjoyed a few. I can’t quite recall how it was then, but I definitely drank it down, so it had to have been good. I kept a few unopened bottles for keepsakes.

In 2015 and now in 2016, I cannot find any Newcastle Werewolf Blood Red Ale in the Portland area, including across the river in Vancouver, Washington. It is a little disappointing that it dampens the Halloween spirit for not being available.

Heineken USA produced the werewolf ale seasonally in the early fall from August to October, apparently between 2012 and 2014.

NBC ends ‘Grimm’ at Season 6

This Portland-based werewolf is howling mournfully and growling a bit on the reported news of the NBC fantasy television series, Grimm.

NBCUniversal reports in the press release on August 29 that Grimm will wrap up its final season with thirteen episodes starting on January 6, 2017.

“The sixth and final season of NBC’s drama “Grimm” will begin its last chapter with the battle fans have long been waiting for — Nick versus Capt. Renard,” NBCUniversal’s press release states.

Grimm is about two Portland Police detectives interacting and solving crimes with humans transforming into creatures called wesen. The pilot episode aired on October 28, 2011.

I will have my full thoughts about the Grimm series posted here on PDXWerewolf.com after the final episode airs in 2017.

Help Bring the Ever-awesome “Robot Werewolf” to Portland’s FrightFest

I have a strong desire to pull out my credit card from my wallet and throw it at this werewolf, because I want to see this robotic lycanthrope beast in action at FrightTown, a Halloween haunt display in Portland, Oregon. Who would want to see this robot at FrightTown this year? I know I sure do. You can find out more and help by contributing to the “Robot Werewolf” GoFundMe fundraising campaign and help make it happen.

Meanwhile, enjoy this 8-foot beast in your presence.

‘Werewolf Versus Music’ Unleashes Aug. 30

The third of the “Werewolf Versus” digital magazine series, “Werewolf Versus: Music” is set to be released tomorrow, August 30. The digital magazine is over 150 pages of compiled works tribute to werewolves that includes short stories, comics, paintings, essays, and downloadable songs from fifteen contributors . For more details, to pre-order now or to order on Aug. 30, visit their webpage.

AWIL Still Picked as Best Practical Transformation Effect

It’s no surprise that John Landis’s “An American Werewolf In London” was picked for the best movie transformation effect in the non-scientific PDXWerewolf.com Twitter poll.

The poll posted on Wednesday and over the course of 24 hours, 48 voters have made their picks.

The pack leader comes to as no surprise. 69 percent chose the 1981 Academy Award winning comedy-horror for the Makeup category, An American Werewolf In London.

Coming in second is the 1981 horror-thriller The Howling, which received 17 percent of the votes.

The vaguely “other” category received 10 percent of the votes. On Twitter, @Lord_Stabdagger suggested the 1984 fantasy-horror Company of Wolves. The BBC version of television series “Being Human” werewolf transformation scene involving George was another selection, but the poll asked for movie practical transformation effects.

Coming in last at 4 percent was the 2014 independent Canadian film about a drunken sheriff deputy who becomes a drunken werewolf, WolfCop.

The original poll Tweet is posted here. Some of the comments in the thread may be omitted due to user’s Twitter protection settings.

‘Come Howl With Us’ and Join the Pack at HOWL CON 2017

“Werewolves are the BEST MONSTER,” the headline on HOWL CON’s Indiegogo campaign page boldly states. Indeed, werewolves are the best monster, but the conventions based on and honoring werewolves are very rare. Only HOWL CON has hosted two successful werewolf conventions in the past, but we need to to do more to make werewolf conventions grow.

Last week I reported on HOWL CON starting up for its fundraiser campaign to bring HOWL CON back to Portland, Oregon, on February 4-5, 2017. I am excited to say HOWL CON has launched their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. So, let’s make HOWL CON happen.

From the HOWL CON Alpha, Stephen, from the funding campaign website:

The global community of werewolf lovers has their very own convention . . . sometimes. Hi, I’m Stephen, and I produced two HOWL CON events in 2012 and 2015. Hundreds of lunatics just like you got our socks charmed off by GRIMM’s Silas Weir Mitchell, line-moshed in costume to GrimWolf‘s blood-boiling werewolf metal, laughed ourselves silly at the instant cult classic film Wolf Cop, and raised money & awareness for Wolf Haven International.

Those were great cons, but behind the scenes they were pretty threadbare, achieved on charm, cussedness, and borrowed capabilities. If we’re going to howl together again, especially in the wake of 2016’s failure to launch, let’s do it without begging pardons or cutting corners.

The fundraising campaign is seeking a $15,000 goal within two months (started July 3, 2016). Each tier has it’s own perks, but I recommend at least the $40 weekend pass pre-registration or the $150 attending patron. Some limited tier perks offer lifetime weekend and lifetime patron passes. You can still make an “absentee” contribution, which you can still receive some of the perks if you cannot attend.

Even better, let’s exceed the $15,000 goal that can expand content, special entertainment, or even have a movie event, as we did at HOWL CON 2015.  Personally, I’d like to see the goal reached double. HOWL CON needs to become something big for the werewolf community.

If the goal is not met, HOWL CON keeps the funds as the campaign does have a flexible goal. Stephen says even reaching half of the goal, “that gives us the wherewithal to secure a hotel and book featured guests, and a regular pre-registration campaign will have August-January to finish the job.”

As for those who registered for HOWL CON 2016 and decided to roll over the pre-registration for HOWL CON 2017 (as I did), I inquired via email last night and should have an answer back soon on more details.

The convention location is to be determined, but will be in Portland, Oregon.

I definitely want to be at HOWL CON. It’s definitely a great convention for werewolf fans, costumers, artists, writers, and dealers. Let’s make HOWL CON happen and go fund it.

Be sure to follow @howlconpdx on Twitter or like their Facebook page.

I hope to see you at HOWL CON 2017!

Let’s Bring Back HOWL CON!

After a cancellation in 2016, HOWLCON wants to make a return in 2017! The werewolf and fantasy convention hosted in the Portland (Ore.) metropolitan area, plans on returning in February 2017.

For this to happen, HOWL CON is running a crowdfunding campaign from July 1, 2016 to August 15, 2016. More information on the crowdfunding is available at HOWL CON’s 2017 Crowdfunding event page on Facebook. Go to the event page to sign up for notifications. HOWL CON is also on Twitter at @howlconpdx.

HOWL CON is a great convention for werewolf enthusiasts and aficionados to come together to explore and discuss all things werewolves. Attendees attend panels on werewolf-related topics. Meet the artists of werewolf art or authors of werewolf stories and novels and know more about their background. Meet werewolf makeup artists and costume builders and see the behind the scenes look and tips.

HOWL CON cancelled the 2016 event, which was to be held 40 miles north of Portland in the small town of Kelso, Washington. The convention relocated last summer when the original venue across the river from Portland in Vancouver, Washington, closed for demolition and redevelopment.

HOWL CON 2012 in Clackamas, Oregon, and HOWL CON 2015 in Vancouver, Washington, were a success. HOWL CON 2013 was the only other event that cancelled due to low pre-registration and that it was held in the month of October, likely from coinciding with other Halloween events.

HOWL CON’s official website, howlcon.com, apparently is offline.