Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Monster Mania 14 Recap - Horror Bloggers Unite

The highlight of my Monster Mania weekend was not meeting a horror star or snagging some cool piece of merchandise, it was a totally impromptu and unplanned gathering that looked a little something like this....



About a month ago I found out that Geof from Enter The Man Cave (far left) was going to be attending Monster Mania and so we decided to meet up and grab a drink - this would be the first fellow blogger I would ever meet in person. We decided to meet up at the bar on Saturday afternoon and so that's where I was Saturday afternoon, and for most of Saturday for that matter. I was headed over to the bar to grab a few drinks and I got called over to a table by a guy asking if I was Johnny from Freddy In Space. This was not Geof, it turned out to be John and Lance from one of my favorite blogs of all time, Kindertrauma! They're the two dudes sitting in the picture. As if that wasn't cool enough, sitting with them was Teneberous Kate from Love Train For The Teneberous Empire! I had no idea any of them were gonna be there, so this was pretty damn cool and exciting. I texted Geof asking if he made it to the bar and after a while we realized he was sitting at the table right next to us and neither of us had any idea. So Geof came over to the table and all of us horror bloggers sat there for a couple hours shooting the shit and drinking the day away - I literally missed all Monster Mania events and panels for Saturday due to this gathering, but it was totally worth it.



Geof brought along his friend Dan, who had never been to a horror convention before and who wasn't even too hardcore into horror movies. In fact, Dan's coming to the convention was a last minute thing from what I understand. It didn't take long before he got a few drinks down and was bit by the convention bug - i'm pretty sure he ended up having the best time there out of any of use diehard horror fans. Here we are after a seemingly neverending round of exchanged drinks....



We ended up spending most of that afternoon with Geof and Dan and it was so much fun - drinking Blue Moon's, buying weird sex/food comedies, taking pictures with big breasted women who were promoting weird sex/food comedies, trying to meet Thom Mathews but getting kicked out of the signing room for some kind of medical emergency, and getting Geof to buy his first ever Fright Rag. These are two cool dudes that I am proud to call friends and hopefully Monster Mania buddies in crime for years to come. Can't wait to see you guys at the next one!

By the way, check out Geof's hilarious recap of the weekend over at Enter The Man Cave.



While the four of us were over at the Fright Rags table, I also ran into Bill Adcock (seen above) from Radiation Scarred Reviews, who was also a hell of a cool dude and whose smile could not have been surgically removed from him for the entire weekend. You can check out Bill's recaps of the weekend here, here, and here.

Had an awesome time with all of these guys and gals and it wasn't until midnight on Saturday that Jen and I fully recovered from it all and headed back down into the lobby for some more fun, Rocky Horror and Fright Rags style. More on that later!

21 comments:

Zach S. said...

I'm getting my permission slip signed for the next field trip, even if I gotta forge it...

Mike Snoonian said...

I came oh-so-close to heading down for this and now I'm kicking myself for not.

Johnny said...

Would love to see both of you guys there next time!

Emily said...

Horror 'con season is back! Sounds like you kids had a blast. Anybody else planning on attending April's Jersey Chiller Theater?

Bill (RSR) said...

Haha, yeah, my jaw ached at the end of each day from grinning so damn much.

Next time around (March, if not August), I'll have to see about encountering more of the horror blogging community! I'll be less starstruck next time around (or so I hope) and be able to do more than just gape with joy.

Johnny said...

Emily - I would go to Chiller but i'm gonna be in Georgia that weekend.

Bill - We definetly need to plan these things out more in the future so we can all get together!

ThePersonYouBenefitFromKnowing said...

And plan an awesome Fright Rags partay too with all the cool people, ya know?!

Strange Kid said...

Sounds like the event was a blast! You guys are like some kind of impromtu secret society or something, all you're missing are the pipes and fez hats. Haha, I love it!

the jaded viewer said...

Hmm if I knew all you guys were gonna be there, I'd have went as well.

Well one day I'll get to meet all you guys (East Coast HBA members represent!)

Sounds like you all had an awesome time.

Johnny said...

Kristy, can we all just throw down for one of those giant rooms next time and have a big party?!

Zach S. said...

@ Johnny, Jaded, and Mike - I'd definitely be down for an east coast trip now that the snow and grit are lifting. I would say what's up with the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors but it's sadder than a puppy with cancer.

You guys nerdy enough for Comic Con?

Johnny said...

I am nerdy enough for anything, sir. Name the time and place!

Geof said...

I like the "big room party" idea!

Thanks for the kind words and can't wait to read what happened after we left, which I'm still pissed we had to do. I will never forgive the element of rain for making us leave...ever.

oducerproducer said...

Anyone going to San Diego Comic Con? I'll be at that.

Tenebrous Kate said...

It was great to meet you! That was such a cool coincidence, and I was delighted to have the fellow-blogger company. It was totally worth braving the hurricane-force weather to hang out with such great folks.

I'm doing Chiller Con--damn shame we won't have a repeat meeting, this time with less "happenstance" and more "planning" involved! I always wind up getting sucked back in--this year Sergio Martino's going to be there and I'll be DAMNED if I don't make it.

B-Sol said...

Very, very cool! I'll most likely be at Chiller in Jersey. But I'll also probably be taking the little ones along, which will put a crimp in any drinking-related activities.

Johnny said...

Kate, hope to see you at the next Monster Mania!

Same goes to you B-Sol!

The Frog Queen said...

Looks like a great time. Thanks for sharing all the details. Fun to hear yours and Geoff's take on the whole thing.

Wish I could have been there!

Cheers!

kindertrauma said...

Truly excellent day. Great meeting you and Geof and seeing Kate again. I think we should plan for a reunion in August!-Unk

Johnny said...

I'll be there, that's for sure!

Carl (ILHM) said...

Thats what its all about man, wish I could have made it out to the east coast but now we need everyone to fly out to Creations Weekend of Horrors LA this year to meet Argento and sleep on my couch slash floor lol..