Sunday, October 31, 2010

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Wishing everyone a Happy and
EXTREMELY HAUNTED HALLOWEEN
from KOSART EFFECTS STUDIOS!

If you purchase one of my masks, be sure to post the pics on my Facebook Page!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

BLAGOWEEN: BLAGO Mask on FOX 2010 Election Discussion with Sirott, Flannery, Kay, and Shaw

With Halloween right around the corner, and the 2010 elections taking place on November 2nd, the BLAGO Mask keeps appearing in the media. The latest was tonight on FOX News Chicago. Political reporting powerhouses Mike Flannery, Dick Kay, and Andy Shaw sat down with Bob Sirott for a conversation on the upcoming 2010 election. The mask is mentioned right in the beginning of the discussion and regularly referenced. Plus, look about 15 and a half minutes into the discussion to see a reenactment of Blago's political career.

"...Blago has not yet gone away, but he's resurrected for Halloween."
~ Andy Shaw

Watch the news segment here . . .



. . . or watch it on FOX News Chicago - HERE

HERE IS ANOTHER ARTICLE ON THE BLAGO MASK:

RedEye: ChicagoNow

Please let me know if you find any other articles that I may have missed!! If you purchase one of these masks, be sure to post the pics on my Facebook Page!!

Purchase this mask HERE

Ex-Gov mask sculpted by J. Anthony Kosar.
Ex-Gov Mask © 2010 Zagone Studios, LLC and Kosart Effects Studios, LLC.
Ex-Gov mask made exclusively for Fantasy Costumes.
Articles and Video clip © their respective owners.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

BLAGOWEEN: BLAGO Mask on FOX Chicago & More!

Here are some more mentions of my EX-GOV BLAGO Mask, some missed that were recently brought to my attention and some new, including more video clips from FOX Chicago News!!

Watch the news clips here:





...or you can watch it on FOX Chicago News HERE

Another article on FOX News Chicago states:

"Rod Blagojevich might want to hold off on his desire to jump back into politics. The group Public Polling Policy found that around the nation, no other politician is as disliked in their own state as Blagojevich. He has an unfavorable rating of 83 percent . . . As for Blagojevich, he can take some comfort that he is popular as a Halloween mask."
~
FOX Chicago News

Please let me know if you find any other articles that I may have missed!! If you purchase one of these masks, be sure to post the pics on my Facebook Page!!

Purchase this mask HERE

Ex-Gov mask sculpted by J. Anthony Kosar.
Ex-Gov Mask © 2010 Zagone Studios, LLC and Kosart Effects Studios, LLC.
Ex-Gov mask made exclusively for Fantasy Costumes.
Articles and Video clip © their respective owners.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

BLAGOWEEN: BLAGO Mask Mania on ABC7

It seems that Halloween 2010 will forever be known as the year of BLAGOWEEN! There has been such a huge BLAGO craze.... the masks paired with business suits, jail jumpsuits, or with Elvis jumpsuits... the mask used in lawn displays.... and even Blagoween parties with Blago-themed costume contests. I'm humbled and humored by every new article, newsclip, and photo of people wearing the mask or creating displays with the mask. Watch the news clip on ABC7 Chicago news:



...And here is a quote from an article on the ABC7 Chicago website:

"With more than 3,000 masks in stock, customers can find just about anything they can dream up. But one mask is more popular than most. 'Well of course it's the ex-governor,' said Chuck Giovenco, manager of Fantasy Costumes. He said the store has sold more than a hundred Rod Blagojevich masks at $39.00. 'We have plenty left for the rest of the season.' "

Read entire article and watch the news clip HERE

Please let me know if you find any other articles that I may have missed!! If you purchase one of these masks, be sure to post the pics on my Facebook Page!!

Purchase this mask HERE

Ex-Gov mask sculpted by J. Anthony Kosar.
Ex-Gov Mask © 2010 Zagone Studios, LLC and Kosart Effects Studios, LLC.
Photo of Ex-Gov mask in Orange Jumpsuit courtesy of Fantasy Costumes.
Articles and Video clip © their respective owners.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Art for BUMP - A Collaboration with Horror Artist/Author Mark Kidwell


Here is the cover for artist, author, and friend Mark Kidwell's Novel of Extreme Horror BUMP, based on his horror comic book series of the same title. This is the first novel to be published by The Scream Factory, and I am proud to be a part of it! Kidwell did the initial drawings for the front and back cover illustrations and I digitally painted them in Photoshop. Pre-orders begin October 26, 2010 HERE

Here is the top of the back cover:


I also did an additional composition for other purposes such as advertising for the novel
(click image to enlarge):



And here is to show the Kidwell / Kosar collaboration:
(click images to enlarge)



Also see the images on my website

ABOUT THE NOVEL:
"Expanding the horrific story told in the sellout four issue graphic comic mini-series (now also available as a collected edition graphic novel), Mark Kidwell’s BUMP is presented here, for the first time, as a brutal, novel-length roller coaster ride through hell. Praised as a classic cautionary tale with all the trappings of a haunted house story, a blood-soaked slasher film and a no-holds-barred monster movie, BUMP will crawl under your skin…And leave splinters on its way out." ~ScreamFactoryStudios.com

Pre-order HERE

BUMP: A Ghost Story With Teeth

Publisher: The Scream Factory; First Edition (December 2010)

Language: English

Product Description and Dimensions: Paperback, 6 x 9 inches

Price: $14.95


Artwork by Mark Kidwell and J. Anthony Kosar 2010.
Bump Novel © Mark Kidwell & The Scream Factory.
Bump & All Related Characters TM & © 2008 Alder County Entertainment, LLC. A.R.R.

BLAGOWEEN: BLAGO the Lawn Ornament *UPDATED*

What is scarier than a cemetery on your front lawn complete with zombies, monsters, and ghouls?? Why,... POLITICIANS OF COURSE!!! Here is Mark Weyermuller's Halloween display featuring Ex-Governor Rod BLAGO Blagojevich sporting my EX-GOV BLAGO Mask:


Read the articles and see more pictures here:
CNN iReport
NBC Chicago
Chicago Sun-Times
The Wilmette Beacon
Wilmette-Life
CBS Chicago

Click images to view larger:

Please let me know if you find any other articles that I may have missed!! If you purchase one of these masks, be sure to post the pics on my Facebook Page!!

Purchase this mask HERE

Ex-Gov mask sculpted by J. Anthony Kosar.
Ex-Gov Mask © 2010 Zagone Studios, LLC and Kosart Effects Studios, LLC.
EX-GOV Mask made Exclusively for Fantasy Costumes.
Articles and pictures © their respective owners.

And the WINNER of the VENUSIAN Mask is...

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Friday, October 22, 2010

VENUSIAN Mask in ACTION!

Don't know what to be this Halloween?? Why not be a Venusian Alien Lord!! Contest for FREE Venusian Mask ends tonight at Midnight! Click HERE to enter! See this moving mask in action:



Check out some of my other masks
for more Halloween options!! - HERE

And see their sculpture processes HERE

To purchase signed masks, contact J. Anthony Kosar. The Ex-Gov Blago masks only sold through Fantasy Costumes in Chicago and do not come signed. All masks made for and produced by Zagone Studios, LLC.

Venusian Mask © J. Anthony Kosar & Zagone Studios, LLC.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Win FREE Venusian Mask!! Ends 10-22!


TO ENTER, CLICK HERE

Join Facebook page by clicking LIKE and answer question:
What is your Halloween ritual and why?
(haunted house visits, ghost stories, decorations, etc...
what is the one thing you must do each Halloween?)


Enter now!!

AND THE WINNER OF LAST WEEK'S
GARGOYLE MASK GIVE-AWAY IS...


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Venusian and Gargoyle masks was designed and sculpted by J. Anthony Kosar, and is handmade in Chicago, IL USA by Zagone Studios, LLC. Masks are made of Rubber Latex. J. Anthony Kosar, Kosart Effects Studios LLC, and Zagone Studios LLC is not responsible for misuse of wearing mask. Venusian Mask and Gargoyle Mask © 2008 J. Anthony Kosar and Zagone Studios, LLC. Facebook not affiliated with this contest.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

BLAGO Mask makes a Cameo!

My Ex-Gov BLAGO Mask makes a cameo in the Chicago Tribune today in an article about Fantasy Costumes, for whom the mask was exclusively created for by Zagone Studios! Click image to read article!

Please let me know if you find any other articles that I may have missed!! If you purchase one of these masks, be sure to post the pics on my Facebook Page!!

Purchase this mask HERE

Ex-Gov mask sculpted by J. Anthony Kosar.
Ex-Gov Mask © 2010 Zagone Studios, LLC and Kosart Effects Studios, LLC.
Article © Chicago Tribune.

Friday, October 15, 2010

BLAGO Mask is BEST SELLER!!!

More and more articles and news blurbs keep popping up about my Ex-Gov BLAGO mask! It has truly become a hit for this Halloween. Bob Sirott on FOX Chicago News just said:

"In Chicago the $49 Blago mask is the best seller."

Watch the news clip here:



...or you can watch it on FOX Chicago News HERE

Also, here are clippings from the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune:
(Click image to read article)


See more articles on my BLAGO Mask
in my previous post HERE


Here are masks on the Zagone Studios production line... in one, Blago is with vulture masks and in the second photo, he is with chimpanzee masks.... there's gotta be a joke here!


Please let me know if you find any other articles that I may have missed!! If you purchase one of these masks, be sure to post the pics on my Facebook Page!!

Purchase this mask HERE

Ex-Gov mask sculpted by J. Anthony Kosar.
Ex-Gov Mask © 2010 Zagone Studios, LLC and Kosart Effects Studios, LLC.
Photo of Ex-Gov mask in Orange Jumpsuit courtesy of Fantasy Costumes.
Articles and Video clip © their respective owners.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Win FREE Gargoyle Mask!! Ends 10-15!


TO ENTER, CLICK HERE

Join Facebook page by clicking LIKE and answer question:
What is your favorite monster and why?

Gargoyle mask was designed and sculpted by J. Anthony Kosar, and is handmade in Chicago, IL USA by Zagone Studios, LLC. Masks are made of Rubber Latex. J. Anthony Kosar, Kosart Effects Studios LLC, and Zagone Studios LLC is not responsible for misuse of wearing mask. Gargoyle Masks © 2008 J. Anthony Kosar and Zagone Studios, LLC. Facebook not affiliated with this contest.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

MORE ADDED - The EX GOV - Blago Mask in the NEWS!!!


Just released on October 1st, the EX GOV Mask of "Blago" has already been getting quite a bit of coverage in online blogs and articles, in newspapers, on the radio, and even on TV (above)! Check out some of the press:


"Is Pete going to purchase a Blago mask for Halloween?
It looks like a chimp mask with hair on it.
Actually it might be chimp hair too."

~ The Steve Dahl Show

Please let me know if you find any other articles that I may have missed!! If you purchase one of these masks, be sure to post the pics on my Facebook Page!!

Purchase this mask HERE

Ex-Gov mask sculpted by J. Anthony Kosar.
Ex-Gov Mask © 2010 Zagone Studios, LLC and Kosart Effects Studios, LLC.
Photo of Ex-Gov mask in Orange Jumpsuit courtesy of Fantasy Costumes.
Still from ABC7 News courtesy abclocal.go.com/wls

EX GOV - Blago Mask Posted to Website...

My 4th and final Halloween masks for this 2010 Halloween Season is the EX GOV Mask, of Illinois' Ex Governor "Blago." This mask was designed and created for Zagone Studios, made exclusively for Fantasy Costumes in Chicago, IL. Usually I sculpt my masks for Zagone a year in advance, but this one was a one-week rush sculpt done the last week of August. The request from Fantasy Costumes came in about a week til deadline, so there was a real rush to get it done and manufactured in time for this season. It was definitely a challenge as this is the first caricature likeness I've sculpted, but really enjoyed it and learned a lot! I am very pleased with the way it turned out, with just enough exaggeration while keeping his likeness. Luckily, Blago is already a caricature! The EX-GOV Halloween mask is available for purchase exclusively through Fantasy Costumes.

To see the mask sculpting process,
visit my website HERE


Purchase this mask HERE

Ex-Gov mask sculpted by J. Anthony Kosar.
Ex-Gov Mask © 2010 Zagone Studios, LLC and Kosart Effects Studios, LLC.
Photo of Ex-Gov mask in Orange Jumpsuit courtesy of Fantasy Costumes.