Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tennant Yeti (Happy New Year!)

I thought this image by graphic designer Brad Tennant was appropriate for the eve of the new year and for my last post of 2008.

Much love to Everyone! And Have a Happy New Year!

Harness Yeti

How do you get much cuter than this?

"Adorable Snowman" by Robert Harness aka pockets1987.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Do Narwhals Have Blowholes?

This picture book for kids looks like it was written just for me.

Product Description:
Two yetis embark on an adventure to answer the age-old question, "Do Narwhals Have Blowholes?"

I hope to acquire a copy and read it. THEN I WILL POST MY REACTION.

Alvord Yeti

Grace Alvord was one of the winners of this year's Halloween costume contest.

She also created this awesome, award-deserving plush. See more pics here.

Friday, December 26, 2008


One of my favorite blogs, Monster Brains posted a bunch of great Krampus images, including the above, which reminded me of another winter-climate ape-man who is also prone to the having of horns and whose name should really need no mentioning at this point.

I don't know when this image was created (it looks vintage but who knows these days?), but it could possibly pre-date the Wampa, which is the first well-known, horned yetioid in the popular culture.

if you want to learn more about this Christmas yeti, I previously blogged about Krampus and his Bavarian cousin KLAUBAUF a couple of years ago.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Adopting the Guise...

Bangabe's friend Carlos in his disguise for the Halloween Observance of 2007

MoonofAutumn's friend (or possibly brother) David also in disguise for Hallo-Obz '07

joshualane snapped a Reenactor on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

chris musina made this sweet artistic beardy costume (and here's
another pic of it)

Gibr photographed a clearly popular participant of a Halloween 2006 party

snappiness thought this crazy feathery suit should have won the grand prize (ed. note: definitely), but it "went to a baby dressed like a duck". Shameful.

Robi Lowe is the artist responsible for creating the Yeti and Ice Demon. According to Robi: "On the Yeti costume the icicles were lighted and glowed an Arctic blue."


Sommer Yeti

Illustrator Mikkel Sommer sketched this great character, a yeti in lederhosen.

This isn't the first time I've seen a yeti in lederhosen:

The "Yeti in Ill-fitting Lederhosen" (now disappeared from the Web) was one of the first plush forms of yeti I'd ever seen.

Lederhosen - another new trend!?

Yeti Love at the Pathologist

Door decoration on a pathologist's office door

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Yeti Day

On a recent post to his blog, author Neil Gaiman discussed how you could purchase a print of one of his poems illustrated by artist Jouni Koponen.

The poem is "The Day the Saucers Came" and you can read it in its entirety here.

Here is a snippet from the middle of it, but obviously read the whole thing or it won't make any sense out of context.

Angels, drunk and muddled, stumbled from the bars,
And all the bells of London were sounded, the day
Animals spoke to us in Assyrian, the Yeti day,
The fluttering capes and arrival of the Time Machine day,
You didn't notice any of this because

And I've also taken the liberty of showing you the relevant part of Koponen's illustration (Please note I artistically butchered his work, bolding the word "yeti" as I am wont to do):

What's stopping you? Go check out the full print and buy it!

cronobreaker Yeti

Super-reader Spencer M. spotted the above character on Mojizu.

It reminded me of a recent post featuring an older yeti and a unicorn companion (by artist Mike Mitchell), also riding a scooter with skull apparel. I am tagging both posts with a new label, "Scooters", since I am sensing a new trend.

Who is the artist behind the above? His name is Scott™ or "cronobreaker" on deviantart.

A quick look at his portfolio reveals another excellent yeti illustration. It reminds us that the same thing happens to all of us, even the yeti, when we drink the slurpee too fast:

Link: "Even Yetis get Brain Freeze"

Scott™ submitted this one and a few others to the Australian Slurpee Tee Competition and it was one of his other ones, which also features a yeti, that got selected as one of the finalists!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mystery Yeti - Can you help?

Who made these? Where are they from? If you know, please put in a comment below! Help these yeti get properly contextualized.

Update: The first cartoon is by Sunchirp. Yay!

Ol' Coal Eyes is Back

Peter A. Cancilla and Edward Lee of Vaudeville Pictures created this stop-motion movie just in time for the holidays.

"This is a presentation of Snownatra's live performance of his hit song "FROSTHEATH" at the North Pole's hottest and most exclusive nightclub, The Iceberg Lounge, for Christmas Town's top citizens."

The identity of the nightclub's bouncer should elicit thrills, Good Ol' Sally Brown makes a brief cameo, and as always, dig that cool crooner, the one and only "Snowman of the Board".

FROSTHEATH: An Evening at Christmas Town's Hottest Nightclub from Peter A. Cancilla on Vimeo.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Castleforte Yeti

Spencer of Lawrenceville, GA found this 16" tall plush yeti made by Brian Castleforte (aka NiceBunny)for sale on

Way to go, Spencer! This is an excellent find!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

RPG Yeti

The yeti is "one of many dangers awaiting the PCs in 'Spires of Xin-Shalast,' the final adventure in Rise of the Runelords", part of the Pathfinders series published monthly by Paizo.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Serrano Yeti

Artist Anna Serrano was commissioned by Pepsi's recycling initiative and Live Earth to make a sculpture out of Pepsi cans.

The choice of subject matter: The yeti!

See more pictures of the sculpture at her blog, OK, BYE.

AND BONUS: Watch a video of her making it! Just click on the brown flying bird and the video will pop up.

Via Joshuah Bearman.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Not Yeti Friday - Penguin?

Alyson Shane posted this picture to her flickr site.

With title: "Penguin? Yeti?"
And caption: "Not sure WHAT this was..."

Zarprey Yeti

Zara Gonzalez (aka Zarprey) draws monsters on most everything, especially post-it notes, at her site, mindless monsters. She also blogs at seven color days.

She clearly loves the yeti. You can tell by her post-it doodles, like this one.

She also made this excellent papercraft yeti (which I think is available as a holiday card):

And if that wasn't enough to prove her yeti love, her name on flickr is yetiyetirarara (or: Yeti, Yeti, Ra Ra Ra!).

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

FritoSparrow Yeti

This is a painting.

It is called Here Comes the Yeti.

And it is by FritoSparrow.

I like the yellow markings to indicate the yeti yell.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Not Yeti Friday came early this week!

Frozen Empire Toys has a lot of figurines for sale, but only 2-3 are technically yeti. Here is a rundown of the "ya-coulda-fooled-me" type of Not Yetis you might find available for purchase there. You will do a double-take, believe me.

KFGU - Layered Clear GID Magman
by Touma / Wonderwall

King Ken Mini Figures - Blind Box
by James Jarvis / Strangeco

Albino Mr. TTT Plush
by Friends With You / Strangeco

MAD*L X Andrew Bell

And of course there's Ugly Dolls and Treeson available as well.


And I know there's nothing yeti about 'em, but man, check out Pete Fowler's Monsterism Island, particularly his Pets and Owners series - it's all pretty rad.

Monday, December 8, 2008

2008 Holiday Gift Guide

Every year I do a gift giving guide for the holiday season. For more great ideas, see my posts for 2005, 2006, 2007, pt. 1, and 2007, pt. 2.

The obvious:

  • Big Gama Go Yeti figure. Available here ($87.99, if not sold out).

  • Qee yeti figure. Available here ($9.50).

  • Yeti Guy figure. Available here ($35.00).

  • Curster Yeti figure. Available here ($25.00).

  • Plus, you know, a T-shirt.

  • The not so obvious:

    Something handmade from Etsy.


    Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology by Loren Coleman

    Loren Coleman (who blogs at Cryptomundo) is my favorite cryptozoologist. I haven't read his biography of Tom Slick, but hope to soon. I also hope that they make a movie based on it.

    From the description:

    "This true story of Texas millionaire Tom Slick’s quest for the Abominable Snowman and other cryptids—creatures unknown to science—reveals a life made for the movies."


    Yeti Fleece Hat. 'Nuff said.


    Frankenstein Makes A Sandwich by Adam Rex.

    A wonderful picture book, it is more Halloween-themed than Christmas-themed, and it's mostly about Frankenstein and other classic Universal monsters. But there is an excellent page on the yeti, which (with Mr. Rex's permission) I may have to scan and show you on this blog, and a matching one on the bigfoot. And let's just say that neither one of these crypto-cousins is pleased for being confused for the other.

    Adam Rex is an impressive genius in 15 creative mediums. I recently blogged about a yeti of his as well as another yeti of his, but the one in "Frankenstein" is completely different from those two. Lock Adam Rex in a room with a sketchbook and he would come up with 159,323 different unique yetis. The man has no limit in his talents.


    Yetisburg: Titanic Battles in World History, Volume 1

    This is the first in Titanic Games' line-up of history-meets-monster card games. It probably wins the award for most clever yeti mash-up concept and all signs point to a fun game.

    From the description:

    "On the bloody fields of Pennsylvania in 1863, two great armies collided to decide the fate of a nation. The South rose, and the North responded with fervent mettle. As every schoolchild knows, at the forefront of the battle stood the mighty Yetis, white-furred giants imported from the wilds of Canada to shred the opposing front lines..."


    Do you have any yeti gift ideas? Send 'em post-haste to this email address!

    Sunday, December 7, 2008

    Wright (Honorary) Yeti

    Michal Wright-Ward of Yarn & Coffee doesn't really make yeti plushes. But they are very yeti-ish. And quite EXCELLENT.

    They are honorary yeti.

    She's selling some of these below and they're available for purchase here:

    I did find this sketch she did that she called "snowman" in the file name, so maybe yeti are sometimes in the back of her mind:

    And as the Sherpa used to say: "There is a Yeti in the back of everyone’s mind; only the blessed are not haunted by it."

    Let's hope that the yeti in the back of your mind is a lot like Wright-Ward's!

    Friday, December 5, 2008

    Not Yeti Friday - Albino Wookiees

    We all know that Star Wars has its own version of the yeti: the Wampa.

    (For you wampa fans, see here for a good cartoony, bloodpainting wampa by illustrator Michael Fleming (tweedlebop!) as part of his Star Wars Alphabet series.)

    The Wampa has been cited by Loren Coleman as the most likely inspirational source for all those horns that artists often make sprout from the tops of their own yeti's heads.

    Yep, wampa = yeti. But look at the wampa up close and compare it with a certain other significant hairy hominid of the Star Wars universe:

    They're not that much different. Give Chewie some horns and dye his hair white and he'd pass as a skinny wampa.

    Believe it or not, there are albino Wookiees in the Star Wars universe. The SW Wiki has this to say on the subject:

    "Although albino Wookiees were rare, they were not unheard of. However, such a birth was generally held to be a bad omen, as white hair did not blend in with the earth-tones of their forest surroundings."

    A famous albino Wookiee is a fellow named Tojjevvuk:

    His SW Wiki entry reveals he was a freedom fighter. But he fought Chewbacca in a duel over a girl (later Chewie's wife Malla). During the fight, Tojjevvuk employed his claws. This is a big no-no in Wookiee culture. He would have been made a social outcast for the dishonorable act, but before he could be brought to justice, he fell to the forest floor. His white hair (which did not blend in with the earth-tones of his forest surroundings) made him an easy target for the creatures of the forest floor, who killed and devoured him.

    That is why there aren't more white wookiees. They stand out too much.

    Cry a tear for the tragic albino wookiee.

    Thursday, December 4, 2008

    Lunia Yeti

    Lunia is a 3D isometric action arcade style MMORPG.

    It looks pretty fun.

    And like many games these days, there are yetis on the roster of enemies to defeat. They look like this:

    You can watch the Lunia yeti in action in the following clip:

    Wednesday, December 3, 2008

    Sabloff Yetis

    This a painting by a Mr. Gabriel Sabloff.

    It features a daring escape from multiple yetii via a snowmobile.

    Tuesday, December 2, 2008

    Snow World Yeti

    Lis, Pratima, and Pranathi visited the theme park called Snow World in Hyderabad in the heart of India.

    They snapped some pictures of themselves (one, two, three) with the statue of the yeti there.

    Monday, December 1, 2008

    The Motherload

    The sketchblog DrawerGeeks! is amazing.

    ALL THESE ARTISTS participate.

    Not too long ago, as is BOUND TO HAPPEN, the yeti was the topic.

    There were TWENTY NINE entries!

    Should I stop the yeti blog? The collective talent of DrawerGeeks! has single-handedly blown the lid off the field of 'Yeti in Popular Arts'. It's like an entire year's worth of content for this blog.

    Which ones should I post here? They're ALL GOOD. How can I pick? Ah heck, here's a few, but you should really just go straight to the site and see them all.