From Haunted Verdun Manor to Thrillvania – Re-Designing the First Haunted House Logo I Ever Designed!

In the late 1980’s I was attending the University of North Texas (Dallas area) when I discovered an amazing haunted attraction called Haunted Verdun Manor. Almost overnight I signed up to act in the haunt, and for the last couple of years of my college career I spent many weekends hanging out/becoming friends with Verdun’s owner Lance Pope, who is now legendary in the industry (and taken from us far too soon).

Besides forming friendships that last to this day with other budding haunters who also tended to just hang out at Verdun whenever they could (Michael Edwards and Bart Butler, I’m looking at you), Lance gave me the opportunity (my first in the industry) to design a new logo and program art for Verdun.

I graduated in 1991 and moved on from Dallas. Subsequently, Lance passed and Haunted Verdun Manor became Thrillvania Haunted House Park, the logo for which kept the same font style and werewolf artwork that I’d done for the original Haunted Verdun Manor logo.

Flash forward to now. Current owner Todd James has given me the opportunity to update the Thrillvania logo… 30 years later. I can barely wrap my head around that.

So here are all 3 logos – the original ink-and-presstype Haunted Verdun Manor logo, the Thrillvania logo that they’ve been using up until this past season, and the freshly-approved 2019 update, built with Procreate and Photoshop.

This has been a very cool thing to get to do!

Logo Progression

#MakingCreepmas 2019 Day 1: “O Come All Ye Slayful”

When I was assembling this year’s #MakingCreepmas prompt list, I wound up taking Christmas Carol titles and putting spooky spins on them. Now that I’m actually trying to execute images based on them, I hope I didn’t conceptually paint myself into a corner!

This Slayful Soul represents about an hour in Procreate with the Apple Pencil 2.

O Come All Ye Slayful

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The Scareclown will hold out both closed fists and ask you to pick one. You’d better hope you pick the Happy Jack. What happens if you pick the Sad Jack? Nobody lives long enough to say…

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