Last weekend, we were at the Cinema Wasteland show and just had a blast, as usual. They were having a Night of the Living Dead reunion, but to be honest, I never even made it to a single panel. I think this was the first time I didn’t take one single picture of any guests while I was there. It might have had something to do with that I was running the table by myself for the most part, though my good buddy Scott was there to watch it when needed. But really, and especially at this show, it really is about seeing my old friends and having the time to hang out and talk about the thing that binds us all together…horror movies! It really is the highpoint of the conventions for me these days. Maybe I’m just spoiled since I’ve been going to these things for close to 30 years and not too many guests that I either haven’t seen, or just don’t feel like paying the autograph fee, so I never even bother going up to talk to them. Ken does a good job keeping the prices low at Wasteland, but other shows…not so much. I know it’s a shame because there are some guests that are so nice and great to talk to. But more than not, these days they are there to take money from you and could really care less about a fan, unless your wallet is out. Yeah…bitter attitude from Old Man Kitley.
But the conversations (like with the three pictured above)….those make the trip all worth it. From the different people that come up to the table and chat to the long, deep-rooted discussions we have in the bar in the wee hours of the morning, it just fuels my passion. Getting to hear other thoughts and opinions really can help you open your own on certain movies, maybe making you think about it a way you never did before. Even when you don’t agree, it makes you think (or at least I hope so) when you hear the opposing opinion.
One thing that seems to be happening on a regular basis at the Wasteland shows, is the gathering of many of the Evilspeak magazine contributors on converging on this show to hang out and talk shop. We missed the opportunity last year, but we wanted to make sure we didn’t miss it this time out. And that was the photo op of what now are considered the Four Horsemen of Evilspeak, Leon Marcelo (aka Doc Holocausto), Dave Kosanke, Vanessa Nocera, and myself. I couldn’t be more proud to be associated with this group and love them to death. But we also had other alumni from the magazine there, such as Matt Harding, Ryan Olson, Colin Rogers, Jimmy Foust, William Sievers, Eric Rot, and possibly a few more. Same that with this many people, we don’t have more time to be able to sit down and talk more. But at least we did have an official Evilspeak cake, thanks to the lovely Mrs. Doc Holocausto! Such a great evening!
We picked up a few more Blu-rays and T-shirts at the show but kept our spending at a minimum for a change. Tough to do at this show. But all said and done, we had a great time and looking forward to the October show.
Our next show that we’ll be vending at is Cinevent in Columbus, that takes place May 25th through the 28th. This is an old fashion movie memorabilia show, so it isn’t just horror. We set up there last year and had a pretty good time, so we’re going to give it another try. I will say it is kind of nice to set up at a show where you’re not competing with autograph prices from celebrities. This show is just vendors selling their wares. They screen movies on 16mm over the 4-days as well, though I think most of them are silent films. I do know they are screening Man Made Monster (1941) with Lionel Atwill and Lon Chaney Jr. that I may have to check out. You can find out more information by clicking on our Kryptic World Tour link at the top of this page and that will take you to our full listing of upcoming shows.
We have also recently added the HorrorHound show in September in Indianapolis. Looks like they are doing a Friday the 13th Part 2 reunion.
Now, while this isn’t official yet since we’re still working out some details, there is a strong possibility that we might be heading down south for the Texas Frightmare Weekend. We won’t be a dealer this time out, but just going to the show. In fact, we’ll only be there Saturday. The main reason is Dario Argento. My travelling companions have never met the Maestro and really want to make this happen. Since it has been quite a few years since I’ve done anything crazy-stupid like a 14-hour road trip, I figured we’d just drive down on Friday, hang out Saturday and meet Argento, then drive back on Sunday. I mean…isn’t this what life is all about?
So…maybe we’ll see you on the road at some point???