Religion, Politics and the Great Pumpkin
So it’s not quite Halloween, but it’s our last full week before the holiday so we’re going for it. And while some may argue the mythicality of said beast, I think it’s got some serious potential. For those not in the know, the Great Pumpkin was an unseen holiday spirit in the Charles Shulz comic Peanuts. While he shared the title slot on occasion with Mr Brown, he was really a Linus story arch.
Every year on Halloween Linus, or Mr van Pelt, would wait in the pumpkin patch, blanket in hand and occasionally with signage, waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear. Invariably Linus would fall asleep or the legendary beast would not materialize and Linus would curse the gods and vow to wait to see him the following year.
Now I don’t really recall there being a solid reasoning for needing to see him nor magical powers mentioned. And the best i have to offer you in the ways of a description are that he was “great” and probably at least some part pumpkin. I’m almost positive Robot Chicken did a murderous hell pumpkin but as far as i know this beast has remained entirely unseen. So i leave it to you, your imagination and your licit and illicit substances to create. I just ask that you make him festive!
Our judge this week is going to be Mike Small, who recently escaped the exciting world of consulting to work full time with his camera. “I photograph buildings for the money and recapture my childhood by playing with Legos and candy to create the art side of my photography.” Click here to check out his work, it’s fun and reminds me that I miss Ken’s box of always delicious Swedish Fish.