Rundown of Bizarre AC II, June 13-15, 2014

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If you know me, you know how much I love the horror genre. Going to horror conventions is one of the best parts of being enamored with this genre. This past weekend was the second ever Bizarre AC held at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, NJ. Here’s what the official convention website has to say about the event:

bizarre-acDecember monsters, zombies, ghouls, freaks and goblins sunk their teeth into Atlantic City, and now they hunger for more. The weird, the odd, the BIZARRE, Return to the Tropicana June 13th thru the 15th for a weekend of entertainment, education, commerce and camaraderie as we celebrate all things horror, paranormal  and beyond  at the jersey shore.

This spring Bizarre AC II brings back the strange and curious for an entertaining weekend at the Tropicana Casino and Resort.  Featuring a variety of interactive components, a Bizarre cast of characters along with some of the most entertaining and outlandish band of misfits ever to set foot in our seaside city.   Now in its 2nd run, show producers have created a variety of off the wall antics and experiences for show goers of all ages.  The hours will fly by for attendees as they walk and shop the unique exhibitors of the Bizarre Bazaar.  Fans will be in a state of shock and amazement as freaks and geeks from around the globe command the stage.  Horror movie aficionados can take part in movie screenings complete with Q&A’s and the chance to delve into the minds of some up-and-coming film-makers.  Bizarre AC II will also play host to special celebrity guests and speakers from movies and tv.

One of the most significant changes to the con this year was moving all of the vendors, celebrities, and events to one floor. During the previous con, you had to go to two different floors to catch everything. It did help to bring everything together. The only comment I would make is it might help more to keep celebrities in one room and vendors in another to help with flow, but that is the picker’s poison. Other than that, this was a pretty excellent convention. While I wasn’t able to stay late at night for the partying and other events and I missed the screenings, I was able to talk to a lot of vendors, authors, artists and celebrities. I thought I do a little summary of who I meet and who we should all be looking for. 

Celebrities

You can check out who all was at the convention at the official guest webpage.  Below are pics of those celebrities that I was able to meet. The only picture I didn’t get was Robert LaSardo (I wasn’t going to pay extra for a picture). All of these folks were friendly and easy to talk to. I was most impressed with the cast of The Human Centipede. They were extremely friendly and really took the time to talk to their fans. 

Cosplayers

While I didn’t get a ton of pictures, there were a lot of people dressed up as their favorite horror or scifi characters. You can see some examples here:

Authors/Vendors

I had a lot of fun meeting some interesting authors who I think might have a lot to offer to the horror community. Total, I picked up 5 books that you should be seeing reviews about in the near future. I’m really looking forward to diving into the works of Charlie Jack Joseph Kruger and Christian Jensen as well as looking at all of the neat sites in Weird US (I already have Weird PA). You can find more about these authors/books at these links:

Charlie JJ Kruger 

Christian Jensen

Weird US

There was a lot of vendors hawking wares from steampunk to horror. There were chainsaw wielding Hello Kitty dolls, zombie babies, framed surgical tools, NJ Toxic Waste alcohol, horror coffee, t-shirts, artists, etc… There was even a barber chair set up and I had a little bit of a trim to my beard.

I also picked up a pretty wicked love/zombie print from Manda Cantillon. Definitely check her artwork out. What is better than love with zombie killing involved?

Overall, it was a pretty great convention. It has definitely grown since December and I can only see it getting bigger and better in the future. If you are ever on the east coast during the convention, I highly recommend checking this one out. It is fun and interesting to see a convention start and grow (also makes it nicer than the ones where you wait in line for hours). Thank you to the staff of Bizarre AC for such an awesome weekend!

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