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October 21, 2005

Athena's Gothy Holiday Greetings!


Yeah, this one's going to get pilfered for all the goth message boards for sure. And why not!

It's a few days early for Halloween, but Athena just couldn't wait. And can you blame her.  

The picture this was derived from, and other creepy delights, available behind the cut.

Here's the "original" of that holiday greeting:


And another version, which I put up earlier and then took down, in which I had Athena's eyes replicating the big creepy eyes of the stuffed dog:


Mmmm... Photoshop.  

And because all that freakiness needs to be counteracted by cuteness:


That should do it.  

Posted by john at October 21, 2005 06:15 PM

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Steve Eley | October 21, 2005 07:03 PM

Hey, what happened to the Big Creepy Eyes? I saw it in my RSS reader and was happily creeped, but now it's not here. Was it too creepy?

John Scalzi | October 21, 2005 07:07 PM

I thought two creepy pictures on the same night was a bit much, and I went with this one instead. But I'll reinstate that picture behind the cut.

David | October 21, 2005 07:49 PM


Just thought you'd be interested in that browser for your iMac John, looks pretty slick, it integrates with del.ico.us, flickr and has lots of stuff for blogging.

Steve Thorn | October 21, 2005 10:45 PM

I see Athena has good taste: Where the Sidewalk Ends. My 9 yr. old daughter has worn out that book and also Falling Up. She loves reading them to me every once in a while.

Tom Nixon | October 22, 2005 12:44 AM

Yup. Shel Silverstein was the man: poetry for children and articles for Playboy!

Audrey Estock | October 22, 2005 02:08 AM

I am truely amazed by your Photoshopping abilities and wish I could steal them from you! Alas I have yet to create that ability stealing machine, so I must simply sit here and envy you.

chibent | October 22, 2005 08:48 AM

Is that her room in the last picture? She's got her own galaxy on the wall!

Athena is one nifty kid.

andrew | October 22, 2005 09:21 AM

You know, your Photoshop skillz are so mad that one might suspect that your "cute" portraits are as... enhanced, say... as your "creepy" ones. Luckily, people who have met your family IRL haven't said anything/are in on it.

John Scalzi | October 22, 2005 09:52 AM

Yes, there's that "Cute" filter on Photoshop. It was developed especially for baby photographers,

When I post "real" pictures, I do sometimes I use Photoshop to get rid of "shine" on noses due to flash and etc. That's about the extent of it.

Wan Zafran | October 22, 2005 09:55 AM

Big Eyed Athena is creepy. Although, I wonder how I find anime, manga and other forms of Japanese artwork appealing.

But that last picture of Athena is cute!

(This post gave me quite a huge laugh, haha.)

Xuxa | October 22, 2005 04:12 PM

Are you sure she didn't drink the ink of Tim Burton somewhere?

Mary | October 22, 2005 09:32 PM

Thanks for putting us on your Halloween card list. And I, too, am amazed at your Photoshop skills. Cool stuff!

becky | February 8, 2006 05:35 AM

wat da fuk is dis??

John Scalzi | February 8, 2006 06:25 AM

Becky, it takes a special kind of person to write an entire sentence and have "is" as the only correctly-spelled word.


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