It’s not funny

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It’s not funny

So there are clowns popping out all over the place and not in a funny way. They’re coming out of the woods and trying to lure children in with bags of candy and stacks of cash. Terrified eyewitnesses have sighted them here in my hometown of Greenville, South Carolina.

Shortly after the first appearance there were more creepy clowns spotted around town and then BOOM the news went international. The Greenville Police department was flooded with calls wanting to know about the clown pandemic in Greenville! “It’s illegal. It’s dangerous. It’s inappropriate, and it’s creating community concern so it needs to stop,” said Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller.

Weeks prior to the sightings I ran across a news article about a clown walking the streets of Green Bay at night carrying black balloons. Not approaching anyone. Just being a general creepy dude. I figured, other places sure are strange. I guess we’re one of the strange places now.


Some people are totally creeped out by clowns and even terrified. It’s called Coulrophobia. I don’t particularly like clowns, neither circus or creepy variety. I don’t recall ever being scared of them, they just don’t jibe with me. Clowns actually make me feel a little sad and I don’t know if that’s part of what should be happening or not. People like different types of humor and clowns really aren’t my type I guess.

A few years ago I drew Emmet the Monster Clown that was inspired by a paint-by-number of a famous mid-century clown, Emmett Kelly who played Weary Willie. It wasn’t until afterwards that found out that Emmett Kelly really did try to put out a circus fire while still dressed in full clown makeup(click for more info). Isn’t that strange? Maybe clowns really are creepy.


Those Ringling Bros. Clowns are pretty amazing. Their costumes are fairly unique and they’re all extremely acrobatic. Of course being a clown for large audiences is a lot tougher than a backyard full of 5 year old children.

Regardless, a lot of people are passionate about clowns. Both positively and negatively. Heck I have a sister who has dressed as a clown and painted faces for kids. She is one of the nicest most caring people you’d ever meet. She loves clowns.


So when all this was happening with the clown sightings I had an idea of a group of people who would go out Clown Hunting in the woods. I made stickers for that group and you can purchase one while supplies last for just $5.00. Plus you’ll get an original clown drawing by me and it will all be shipped to your house no cost for postage. Order now!