This weekend was the 24th Monster-Mania Con (the Semi-Annual Philadelphia Horror Film and Memorabilia Convention), and I had the opportunity to attend. While I wasn’t able to stay for any of the Q&A sessions (someone had to let the dog out), I was able to meet some of the celebrities, check out the vendor tables, and take a look at a lot of the costumes fans designed and wore. I ended up only going on Saturday, but it was a great day had by all.
Monster-Mania is held three times a year, with the March and November shows being held in Cherry Hill, NJ and the August show is held in Hunt Valley, MD. The convention includes celebrity autographs, various vendor booths, author tables, movie displays, photo ops, Q&A sessions, and much more.
Overall, the celebrities that I was able to meet were very friendly. Tyler Labine (Reaper, Tucker and Dale vs Evil), Tyler Mane (X-Men, Rob Zombie’s Halloween I & II), Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead), Irone Singleton (The Walking Dead), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) and John Kassir (The Cryptkeeper from Tales from the Crypt) were the only celebs that I approached. Some of the lines were a little insane and I think that the staff of Monster-Mania might want to take a look to see if there would be better ways to organize the autograph areas. I do have to give them credit for handling all of the fans (there were a ton of them).
On top of that, I had the opportunity to meet some authors (Christine Dougherty, Brian Koscienski, and Chris Pisano) and I picked up some of their works to review here on Lytherus. I also checked out some upcoming directors and movies (short film – Flesheaters: A Love Story, Undead Country). There were some very interesting (to me) vendors like The Leather Laire, Murder Jewelry,Oddities Store, Dan Henk Tattoos, etc).
It was a great experience. It was amazing to see fans including goth, bikers, parents with kids, grandparents, cosplay (I took a picture of cosplayer, artist, costume, designer, make up designer Mercury), punk, movie fans, etc doing what they enjoy. Everyone was very respectful and courteous. Take a peak at the pictures below, and maybe go to a horror movie convention near you. You won’t regret it!
Take a peak at this link for more information about this weekend’s convention, plus you can see more about upcoming cons too!