I've decided that rather than bore you with elaborate details about drinking pumpkin beer, eating veggie burgers, failing to meet Tito Santana, watching drunk assholes tear up bibles and hanging out with friends at this past weekend's Monster Mania convention, I'd instead entertain you (hopefully) by showing off the goodies I returned from the convention with. Because pictures are more fun than walls of text, right?
Actually, truth be told, the reason I'm going this route is because a highly entertaining account of the most fun experience at the convention was already written for me, by Matt over at Dinosaur Dracula. I've been a reader and fan of Matt's writing since the days where he used to run X-Entertainment, and in fact I credit him for being the guy who made me think it'd be fun to start my own blog...which I both curse and thank him for.
Matt and I have recently become friendly through e-mail, forming a bond that can only be formed by two guys who have devoted far too many days of their lives locked in their bedrooms, blogging about horror movies and old toys and struggling to make $2 a month through Adsense. We've missed each other at a few recent Monster Manias, and we vowed this time around to at least say hello, and possibly grab a drink if we found ourselves not hating one another.
Before we knew it, we reeked of tequila, it was 2am, and Jen and I had come to the realization that Matt and the lovely Ms. X are the coolest couple we've ever met, which almost feels weird to say, considering they're pretty much carbon copies of ourselves. I always knew that Matt and I were pretty damn similar, but I completely did not expect that our two significant others would also share so many common interests and personality traits. Things went so well that I'm admittedly a tad bit afraid of ever getting together again, for fear that it was all a fluke. Yea. That well.
We were also joined by the always cool to hang out with Jay from the blog The Sexy Armpit, as well as The Joker and Freddy Krueger, depending on what point in the night we're talking about. I could never sum up the night in as thorough or humorous a way as Matt did, so if you have any interest in reading about our Friday night spent together, head over to Dinosaur Dracula for the full recap!
Saturday was mostly spent missing our new friends and bonding with old friends, the latter of which has really become the highlight of Monster Mania for us, in recent years. The more I go to these things the less interested I am in blowing all my money in the dealer room or spending increasingly exorbitant amounts to meet people who were in movies I like, instead preferring to just hang out and drink beer. Quite frankly, they could get rid of the dealer and celebrity aspects of the show and I'd still go, and have just as much fun.
That being said, I did spend a couple bucks and score some nice little goodies, and I was also hooked up with some treats by some of those aforementioned friends. So let's take a look at the swag I returned home with, shall we?!
If there's one thing I hoped to leave the convention with it was at least one You're Next promotional mask, which I had heard were being handed out at various conventions. Jen and I found ourselves in the right place at exactly the right time on Saturday and were able to score the sheep and tiger masks, free of charge. All we had to do was let the guy from Lionsgate take a picture of us wearing the masks, and then we were free to take them home. Looking forward to rocking these at the theater this weekend, and creeping some people out!
One of the only things I purchased at the show was this big ass beer mug, with Michael Myers etched into it. Well, at least I thought he was etched into it. As I realized later on that night, when I actually looked the thing over, it's just a decal sticker that was placed onto the mug, rather than an image that was etched into the glass. Don't know why I thought otherwise, but I blame those pumpkin beers I had been sucking back before heading down into the dealer room. Still pretty cool, and it was only $10, I'm just fearing that the stickers will peel right off if I go ahead and try to wash this thing. Perhaps it's best as a display piece anyway.
I've seen people make mock-up images of things like this in Photoshop, but I've never seen anyone actually make a physical can that you can hold in your hands, and I knew I had to have it the moment I laid eyes on it. True, it's just a soon to be expired can of soup with a sticker wrapped around it, but it's that sticker that makes that soon to be expired can of soup the coolest soon to be expired can of soup I've ever seen. This bad boy was only $5, and the seller threw in a free 'Bisque o' County Jr' sticker label, which one of you will probably someday randomly find in a giveaway package I send out.
This was being sold by the same seller as the can of soup, another DIY affair of a simple sticker placed over an existing product that totally won over my heart. I mean come on...it's a DECOMPOSITION BOOK....GET IT?!?! Pretty clever, I must say.
The inside cover includes tips for identifying those who may be infected, a nice little touch that ensured I wasn't walking away from the table without adding it to my soup order. I wish I took down the name of the company, because they had many unique little items at their table, including some awesome 8-bit bead-craft creations.
Though I'm not the biggest fan of Troma, I do have an intense childhood connection to and love for Toxic Crusaders, the children's cartoon that was based on The Toxic Avenger. My friend Chris Tanski knows this, and he gifted me with this super cool Toxic Crusaders Poster Book, which includes eight full color posters of characters from the show. Needless to say, this is totally awesome, and will make a nice addition to my budding Toxic Crusaders collection, the crown jewel of which is that lunchbox I scored on eBay last year.
You can check out Chris over on UnderScoopFire.com, and he's also the co-host of The (title pending) Movie Podcast!
One of my favorite tables to visit at every Monster Mania is Brian Dunn's, who runs the company Alter-Ego-Dezines. Brian is one of the most talented sculptors I've ever met, and he's created some of the most kickass masks and busts I've ever seen. He also recently started doing something really cool with the busts he makes, using them to cast squishy foam versions of them, which essentially are like Madballs. He's always got a big tub of them at conventions, each pseudo-Madball available in various different colors, and Jen and I always make sure to grab a couple. This time around, she picked up the lime Silent Hill nurse, while I snatched up yet another Sam Madball, which I procured for the purpose of giving away to one of you fine readers. Will probably do a quickie giveaway for that over on the Freddy In Space Facebook page, sometime around Halloween!
Many thanks Brian, for always being so nice to Jen and I.
Rob Dimension gave me a screener copy of his new short film Baggage, which premiered Sunday afternoon at the show, though I was already halfway home by that point in time. That said, I did get the chance to check out the short on Saturday, and it's definitely a more mature step forward from Dimension's last short No Clowing Around, which was of more of the fun variety. For only his second effort Dimension is definitely showing promise, and Baggage has a nice little May vibe that I dug. You can pick it up for real cheap over on his website, if you're interested.
Despite some minor differences I've had with owner Kyle Crawford (differences that are very much in the past), I've always been a big time fan of Electric Zombie, and I came to the realization over the weekend that I've actually never bought one of his shirts. I don't know how I let that happen, but I corrected that oversight by picking up this incredible Stay Puft t-shirt, which may very well be my new favorite shirt in my wardrobe. And that's saying something, considering my closet is packed with about 100 different shirts, all of which are pretty damn cool.
Kyle also hooked me up with one of the boxes from a recent limited edition wrestling themed package he sold on Electric Zombie. If WWF ever started their own pizza delivery service back in the day, I can only imagine that this is what the box they'd have Brooklyn Brawler deliver to your door would look like, a box that includes its very own cut-out WWF championship. Too cool. Thanks Kyle, and I'm glad our differences have been put behind us!
Speaking of shirts, Jen picked up one of Fright Rags' kid's shirts, which is pretty much the cutest thing ever. No, we do not have a kid (aside from our two cats), but there's no harm in getting prepared and buying some cool clothes for our kid of the future, is there? Or should I be concerned that Jen bought this? Yea, I probably should be...
Fright Rags has a bunch of cool kid's shirts like this one, so if you have a kid, or know someone who does, check 'em out!
Kristy from Fright Rags gifted me with these goodies, which she recently found at a used book store. Madballs, Goosebumps and the Abominable Snowman....my friends know me far too well. Thanks, Kristy!!
Shit Movie Fest's Tom Bryce hooked me up with this awesome VHS screener of the new sorority slasher Alpha Girls, which was made by some friends of his and will be available On Demand September 1st. Really excited to check this out, and I am totally impressed by the pink VHS tape.
Tom Bryce is truly one of the nicest and most awesome friends we've ever met on the convention scene, one of the few friends who I've actually invited over to our house for a weekend stay. We spent a lot of time over the course of the weekend hanging out and drinking with Tom, which is always a blast. Love that dude!
Chris Garofalo is another guy we've become friendly with, a talented artist who runs Quiltface Studios. He's a part of a new book of movie poster art called Alternative Movie Posters : Film Art From The Underground, and he gave me this promotional flyer for the book, which includes a bookmark made out of a Nightmare on Elm Street 4 film strip. Almost makes me want to read. Almost.
Late Saturday night Jen and I hung out with our friend Jeff Rego and his two young kids, another guy who it's always a pleasure to see and chat with. In the room with Jeff was his friend Michael Welch, who is Jeff's co-host on the internet show The Horror of it All that he recently started doing. Welch is also a producer/writer/actor, and he gifted me with a copy of his new anthology film You Better Watch Out!, which he produced, co-wrote and stars in (as Santa!). Love me some holiday horror, so I'm definitely looking forward to checking this out.
And that about does it. Will be posting some more pictures/telling some more stories throughout the week on the Freddy In Space Facebook page, and if you missed it, be sure to enter the giveaway I posted last night, where you can win a one of a kind toy lawn mower, which I had signed at Monster Mania by Dead Alive star Timothy Balme. The deadline for entries is August 26th, and you definitely don't want to miss out on that!
To all who contributed to making Monster Mania 25 another successful venture outside the house, I thank you!!