For decades, old Hattie's legend was kept alive for thousands of kids lucky enough to own a copy of this LP, with its "magnificent full-color illustrated book." There was (and still is) something deliciously disturbing and exciting about Collin Campbell's illustrations, and the very best page was the the one that showed "a cloaked man whose head disappears from his body and glows hideously from within a hat box."
As far as we know, we've never seen a three-dimensional figure based on Campbell's Haunted Mansion illustrations, so this may very well be the first. Our 8-1/4" tall ghost was cast from my sculpture and then hand-painted by Jody in Campbell's illustrative style, with "hair" fibers added on as a final touch. The maquette is displayed on a wooden base made of antique weathered barn wood, under a glass bell jar. When viewed through the wavy glass, the figure takes on a mildly distorted appearance that makes him even more ghostly.
Hope to meet some of you in Florida.
Here is where we'll be...
Friday, September 30, 2011 -- WDW's Contemporary Resort
Signing at the Contemporary Resort gift shop from 10am-12pm
Haunted Mansion: Room For 1 More event 6pm to 9pm
Saturday, October 1, 2011 -- WDW's actual 40th Anniversary
Diamond Horseshoe in the Magic Kingdom from 1pm-3pm