My EC Comics-inspired Birthday/Halloween Card

As much as I love those crazy internets, I’m still a big fan of having actual paper cards that you send through the mail when you’re inviting people to a party. My wife and I both turned 40 this fall and so we decided to have a small afternoon gathering to celebrate–and of course I wound up making a card for it. Given the date, (October 30th) a Halloween theme seemed appropriate.

The gag here is the “reveal.” In this (blurry) pic you can see that there’s a circular hole cut into the card allowing a bit of the card interior to show through.  (This project was also a good excuse to buy a Fiskars circle cutter, which I’m sure will get used on some minicomics in the future.) Astute film buffs will note the reference to that 80s Twilight Zone movie:

When opened you get this:

Yeah, I know… walker with tennis balls, Depends, AARP card–it’s a pretty lame gag.  But it was fun to draw. If you’re a comics person, you’ll likely recognize the werewolf here as this beautiful Jack Davis-drawn character from Tales from the Crypt #46.


  1. Isaac says:

    That circle cutter sure looks like fun. How does it work? Is it adjustable? Is it more like a punch, or like a knife on a compass, or what?

  2. Ben says:

    It’s one of these things:


    Basically, a little adjustable-length swing arm that rotates around a foot that remains stationary on the paper. It’s designed for cutting paper not card stock, so it was a little difficult to use on these cards, though.

  3. Isaac says:

    Does it take a while to make each cut, then? That sounds pretty time-intensive.

  4. Ben says:

    It took longer than I’d have liked. But it’d be pretty quick with regular paper. I printed the center point of the circle on the card itself, so that made getting things lined up pretty easy. There are dye cutters that do circles as well and would probably handle card stock better, but they’re (obviously) not adjustable.

  5. Mike Rhode says:

    Awww, very cool. And cute.

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