Monday, May 13, 2013

Day 3 May Monster Madness - Bigfoot!

For Day 3 of May Monster Madness I'm introducing you to Bigfoot, Texas style. He's known as the Caddo Creature, Monkey Man, Wood Ape, and many other names throughout the state. Creeping through the swampy, big thicket of east Texas, there have been umpteen-thousands of sightings over the years. East Texas is very "squatchy".

 
The Gulf Coast Bigfoot Reasearch Organization has tons of information about their research and sightings. Texas also has the Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy, who's main goal is proving Bigfoot's existence with proven scientific research.

There's even a town called Bigfoot, Texas.

As a child, I was obsessed with Bigfoot. I grew up in the 70's and I was a huge fan of the famous Patterson-Grimlin video. I'm still fascinated with watching shows like Finding Bigfoot, and I'm still waiting for them to prove his existence. If I could get paid "squatch-watching," I would.

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 And last, but not least, I've written two stories for kids featuring Bigfoot, one picture book and one MG. But my Bigfoot is more of a fuzzy woodland creature. Think Harry from the movie Harry and the Henderson's. Here's a sketch I did last summer for my picture book.





19 comments:

  1. Why is it the thought of Big Foot ignites the imagination? It's like believing in UFOs. There's just something so engaging in thinking about a life form we haven't yet discovered who remains elusive and, therefore, slightly dangerous.

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  2. Your sketch is cute. That Bigfoot doesn't look so scary.

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  3. I never even considered the whole Bigfoot being real thing. I put it on the same level as Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks. But maybe I should. Love the sketch. :)

    Shah x

    shahwharton.com

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  4. @Julie, Bigfoot ignites my imagination too!
    @Alex, Yeah, for my children's story, he's not a bit scary.
    @Shah, Oooh, I've always believed. :) Thanks for your sweet comment about the sketch!

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  5. I need a children's story of bigfoot for my god daughter. She would love it.

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    1. My picture book will have to wait a while. One was just released, called The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot, which has a similar premise to mine. I need either a new premise or a new creature to feature. But you might want to check out Scott Magoon's book.

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  6. I swear, Texas has more monsters and legends than anywhere else in the US. No wonder you write so much - you have so much to inspire you! Great post! :-)

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    1. At one time, I jotted down 27 urban legends / crypto monsters throughout Texas! I've only written about a handful of them.

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  7. Loved the Bigfoot as a child, in all its incarnations - and I still believe that he exists somewhere :)

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  8. Cool on Bigfoot. Love getting to see your sketches!

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  9. Cool choice, Bigfoot is like one of the best monsters. I'm digging your choice of crypto-creatures for Monster Madness! Keep it up!

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  10. Aww, your Bigfoot looks cute and cuddly :). I've never been much of a Bigfoot fan in the past, I suppose because it's remote to me. Giants dogs and Nessie were more of a fascination for me growing up what with those tales being not too far away.
    Tasha's Thinkings

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  11. I loved this post! And the term "squatch-watching" is a keeper! Thanks again for making this hop so freakin cool! Here's my day IV MMM at Design du Jour.

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    1. If an area would make a good habitat for Bigfoot, the woods are "squatchy" and a Bigfoot hunter is a "squatcher". It's fun, like making up new words.

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  12. Mr. Paterson purchased a "Hollywood Gorilla Costume" from Morris Costumes (by mail) just a few months before filming his famous footage... so That case leaves us to ponder upon its authenticity....

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